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The Centre is an initiative of the Erasmus Medical Center and the Leiden University Medical Center



Symposia & Meetings:

EMGS (Environmental Mutagensis and Genomics Society) 47th Annual Meeting, September 24-28, 2016, Kansas City, Missouri

Radboud Nijmegen organizes "New Frontiers in cancer research", November 24-25, 2016. Sessions will focus on the future of cancer imaging, on cancer immunology, on ‘treating the mutation, the cancer or the patient’, on prevention and patient participation and on durability of the healthcare system. Each session of the program will be of interest to both molecular life scientists and health scientists as well as to clinicians with a focus on patient care instead of research. See Flyer Radboud New Frontiers 2016 (3).pdf

3Gb-TEST Course;  Next-generation sequencing in a diagnostic setting. The 3Gb-Test Consortium invite you to participate in the NGS 2016 course in Lisbon, Portugal.

It is a 4-day course from 24th till 27th of October 2016 with focus on clinical diagnostics using exome/genome sequences, variant identification and analysis including afternoon practical sessions. See 3Gb flyer and 3Gb program.

To simplify the search for an interesting meeting: .

This website gives an overview of conferences organized in all aspects of biology. It is open source so everybody can not only find but also add their meeting. It’s launched in April, 2012 and already contains over 400 conferences, a number that’s increasing every day.

All the added meetings are categorized so you can search both by keyword and category.

PCDI - Postdoc Career Development Initiative - is an organisation that aims at improving awareness of career planning and opportunities among postdocs, PhD students and their employers. We bring together scientists, universities and key players in the life science industry.


26th MGC symposium

 Thursday  22 September, 2016

Location: The Second Level (Bargelaan 180, Leiden)

Next to Leiden Central Station


Provisional program MGC symposium




Publieksmiddag ´Wijzer over DNA: een genenpaspoort voor iedereen´

Locatie: 'de Oranjerie' in de Hortus Botanicus, Leiden

Datum: zondagmiddag 6 november, 2016

Voorlopig programma

Inschrijving: vanwege het beperkt aantal stoelen gaarne een email naar

Er zijn geen kosten aan deze middag verbonden

MGC Course Programme

You can enrol now for the following courses:

Course 'Basic and Translational Oncology'


10 - 14 October, 2016, Erasmus MC


organized by MolMed in narrow collaboration with MGC


Program Basic and Transl Oncology 2016


Registration via


The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of translational cancer research and is directed primarily at PhD students and postdocs in MolMed and MGC, but others (e.g., students and technicians of LUMC and Erasmus MC) are welcome too. The program is set up logically in 5 steps, one step a day:

Pathology, diagnostics & pathways in cancer, Biology of the cancer cell: Genetics, Invasion, metastasis & inflammation, Tumor Immunology; Clinical practice: targeted therapies and Epidemiology of cancer; personalized medicine; end-of-life interventions


The amount of ECTS awarded for the entire course is 1.8.


The course is free of charge for participants from the postgraduate school MolMed and MGC (and one participant from the group of any speaker) 


For more information:

Erasmus Optical Imaging Centre- OIC organizes the course

 "Live Cell and Super Resolution Imaging"

October 24 - 28, 2016, Erasmus MC

this is a combined course of the Medical Genetics Center South-West Netherlands (MGC) and the Erasmus Optical Imaging Centre

Registration via

 This five day course consists of lecture sessions in the morning and practical sessions in the afternoon. On Monday and Thursday there will also be evening sessions with a dinner. In the final session on Friday afternoon participants will present and discuss the results of their practical work. The practical sessions can be attended by a maximum of 24 participants (6 groups of 4 participants). When registering for the course you are expected to follow the complete (one week) course.

Topics: Time lapse, FRAP, FRET, super resolution, single molecule localization, PALM, STORM, GSDIM, Hyvolution, Airy scan, Rescan, Fluorescent proteins, quantitative data analysis.

More information and registration can be found on the OIC website


The course is free of charge for personnel from MGC, MolMed and ONWAR. Participants from outside these organisations pay €200 euro for this course. The lecture sessions can be attended for free.

Course 'From Molecular Pathogenesis to Targeted Therapy’

November 1 - 4, 2016, LUMC

Provisional program 2016

Registration: please, send an email to

The course gives an overview on how cells communicate with each other, how (molecular) signals (such as activated hormones, cytokines, growth factors) are transduced between cells and into cells, how these processes regulate cellular functions, how misregulated signal transduction events lead to diseases, and how insights in these processes can be translated into targeted therapies providing personalized and more effective treatments for patients with less side effects.

The course is free of charge for personnel from MGC departments. Participants from outside these organisations pay €250 euro for this course. We only have facilities to accommodate 16 participants next to the 14 FOS students. Should the course be oversubscribed, then places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Workshop  ’Share your (biotechnology) research with a broad audience’

November 15 and November 29, 2016 (two afternoons only), LUMC


A training course on 'how to share your biotechnology research with a broad audience, like patients, clients, journalists or investors'. How do you go about this? What should you tell and how to make sure that the reader doesn’t lose quickly interest after the first sentences. 

In the workshop Marianne Heselmans and Astrid Smit – two experienced science journalists - provides you with tools to do this. They will teach you to understand the reader, to discover your own appealing story, to write this down in a clear way. The workshops are practical. You get started quickly, after a theoretical introduction. Smit and Heselmans prefer to work with your own texts. These may be blogs, websites, articles for specialist journals,  posters, press releases or presentations. You work on an assignment already before and also between the two workshop sessions.

Please, send an email to if you are interested to enroll in this workshop. Minimum number of participants is 5, maximum number of participants is 16.  For participants of one of the MGC departments this workshop is free of costs. Participants from outside these institutes pay 150 euro.

For more information go to




Courses organized by OOA (Oncology Graduate School Amsterdam)

Please check our website ( for more information and registration.

Courses organized by MolMed


NGS in DNA Diagnostics Course

20 – 22 September, 2016

This course is intended for bioinformaticians, researchers and molecular & clinical geneticists. The mixed programme will appeal to all those requiring a solid background in the application of NGS techniques for (routine) genetic diagnosis of a patient. NGS in DNA diagnostics is a course aimed at Genomic Resequencing in a Medical Diagnostic Context, i.e to apply Next Generation Sequencing data as diagnostic tool in the hospital. Lectures will be accompanied with hands-on exploration

For more information and registration: 


Programming with Python – new

20 – 23 September, 2016

This four day course is split in two parts. In the first part, the basic principles of object oriented programming in Python are discussed. The second part will focus on specific applications, such as statistics, signal processing, machine learning or general software development. The main direction of the second part will be chosen based on the background and preferences of the participants. The organizers therefore highly encourage interested individuals to contact the teacher about the intended application(s) of Python.

For more information and registration:


Course and Workshop Basic and Translational Endocrinology

24-28 October 2016

The aim of this course and workshop is to offer a comprehensive, interactive introduction to the field of basic and translational Endocrinology, including the paediatric aspects. Its target audience are PhD students working in this field, who like to gain in-depth knowledge, but also MDs and others wo are interested, are welcome to register.

For more information and registration:


SNP Course XIII: SNPs and Human Diseases – new

14 – 18 November, 2016

The analysis of DNA variations, including Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), is a standard research approach to understand causes of disease, in particular the so-called “complex” diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer disease, etc. The field is changing fast with large scale projects (Human genome, dbSNP, HapMap, 1000genomes, ENCODE) and novel technology being continuously introduced, including Next Generation Sequencing. The aim of this course is to give a broad introduction in SNP techniques and applications.

For more information and registration:

Courses organised by Boerhaave CME

On the 'Boerhaave CME (Continuing Medical Education)' website several courses for PhD students and other employees of the LUMC are announced:


- Introduction Genetic Epidemiology:  (once a year)


- Design, Management & Analysis of Clinical trials: (once a year)


- Advanced Genetic Association Analysis: (once a year)


- Regression Analysis: (once a year)


- Using R in Data Analysis: (once a year)


- Dealing with Conflicting Demands: (once a year)


- Repeated measurements: (once a year)


- Basic methods and reasoning in biostatistics: (once a year)



General information:

Download the booklet with the teaching programme for PhD students, version 2015-2016

For new PhD students: Download the forms for Coaching Group and Teaching Plan

Download MGC bulletin 52  (september 2015), MGC bulletin 51 (September 2014),  MGC bulletin 50 (April 2014),

Website of Leiden University on teaching for PhD students: English or Dutch. [Courses on Research management; Career counseling; Academic writing; Writing grants, proposals and beyond; Faster reading and Memory-improvement; Creative thinking; Academic presentation / Presentation of academic work; Orientation in policymaking; Orientation on Management]


The MGC Instituten

Het MGC secretariaat is gevestigd op

de afdeling Humane Genetica, LUMC, Leiden.

TEL 071-5269600; FAX 071-5268284  

Directie secretaris: Dr. M.J.M. Nivard 071-5269605  



De MGC instituten:

Afdeling Humane Genetica

Leiden Universitair Medisch Centrum

Postbus 9600, 2300 RC Leiden


hoofd: Prof.Dr. S.M. van der Maarel  (voorzitter MGC bestuur)

Afdeling Celbiologie

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


hoofd: Prof.Dr. D. Huylebroeck (lid MGC bestuur)

Afdeling Moleculaire Celbiologie

Leiden Universitair Medisch Centrum

Postbus 9600, 2300 RC Leiden


hoofd: Prof.Dr. H.J. Tanke (lid MGC bestuur)

Afdeling Klinische Genetica

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


hoofd: Prof.Dr. R.M.W. Hofstra (secretaris MGC bestuur)

Afdeling Moleculaire Genetica

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


hoofd: Prof.Dr. J.H.J. Hoeijmakers (lid MGC bestuur)

LACDR (Leiden/Amsterdam Center for Drug Research) - Toxicologie groep

Universiteit Leiden

P.O. Box 9502, 2300 RA Leiden


hoofd: Prof.Dr. B. van de Water (lid MGC bestuur)  

  Afdeling Ontwikkelingsbiologie,

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


hoofd: Prof.Dr. J.H. Gribnau (lid MGC bestuur)


Andere afdelingen/groepen binnen het MGC

Biochemie, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. P. Verrijzer)

Bioinformatica, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. P. van der Spek)

Erasmus Optical Imaging Centre (OIC), Department of Pathology, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. A. B. Houtsmuller)

Genetische Epidemiologie, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. C.M. van Duijn)

Genetische Identificatie, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. M. Kayser)

Kinderheelkunde, Ontwikkelingsbiologie groep, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. D. Tibboel)

Anatomie en Embryologie, LUMC (Prof. Dr. C.L. Mummery)

 Huid- en geslachtsziekten, groep erfelijke melanomen, LUMC (Prof. R. Willemze, Prof. Dr. W. Bergman)

Klinische Genetica, LUMC (Prof. Dr. C.J. van Asperen)

Moleculaire Epidemiologie, LUMC (Prof. Dr. P.E. Slagboom)

Pathologie: moleculaire tumorpathologie, LUMC (Prof. V.T.H.B.M. Smit, Prof. Dr. P.C.W. Hogendoorn, Prof. J.V.M.G. Bovee, Prof. Dr. J. Morreau, Prof. Dr. P. Devilee)


   [n.b. verbeteringen voor deze lijst gaarne doorgeven aan het secretariaat]




























Revised: september 26, 2016