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



Symposia & Meetings:

Lecture by Dr. M. v/d Wetering, "Organoids in Cancer Diagnosis", Hubrecht Institute, 10th February 2016, 11.00 hrs, Gele Collegezaal UMC Utrecht

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.


MGC PhD Workshop June 14-17, 2016. Location will be announced Thursday, February 18, at the announcement drinks (5 PM)

For more information visit the website:


MGC Course Programme

You can enrol now for the following courses:

Course 'Genome Maintenance and Cancer'

March 21 -22, 2016, LUMC

 provisional program 2016


Preservation of genetic information (DNA) is of prime importance to all living systems. The aim of the course is to familiarize participants with the mechanisms that are involved in maintaining genome stability. In the environment humans are exposed to chemical agents and radiation, which threaten the integrity of the genetic material leading to risks for the induction of cancer and congenital malformation. To withstand the harmful effects of DNA damage and to maintain genome integrity, cells are equipped with an intricate network of DNA damage response pathways. Key players in these processes are protein complexes involved in DNA replication, DNA repair and chromosome segregation as well as regulators of the cell cycle and cell death.

This course will provide an up to date insight in the chain of reactions from exposure to the ultimate consequences. Lectures will deal with the basic principles of several cell biological aspects such as DNA damage formation, signalling pathways, DNA repair and mutation formation.  A few lectures will deal with more applied research.


There is a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 50 places.


The course is free of charge for all personnel of MGC associated institutes and OOA (VUMC, AMC, NKI departments), CTO (UMC Utrecht), and RIMLS/RIHS (Radboud UMC) associated departments. Participants from outside these organizations pay € 150 for this course.

Workshop  ’Share your biotechnology research with a broad audience’

two afternoons: March 29 and April 12, 2016, 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.

The workshop will be given at the LUMC in Leiden on March 29 and April 12, 2016 from 13:30 - 17:30 h.  The workshops are meant for phd’s and postdoc’s and is free for researchers of MGC. There is a maximum of 12 and a minimum of 6 participants.


Selection is on first-come, first-served basis.  

For registration send an email to before March 15, 2016.


For more information go to


Course 'Epigenetic Regulation'

May 2-3, 2016, LUMC

Program 2014 edition


The course aims to introduce students to epigenetic technologies by providing an overview of the state-of-the-art chromatin and gene regulation studies in The Netherlands. The course consists of lecture sessions in the morning and in the afternoon.

Some of the topics induced are: genome wide methylation profiling, genetic and epigenetic pathways in health and disease, transcription factors, chromatin remodelling, chromatin and the DNA damage response, X-inactivation and stem cells.

There is a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 100 places.

The course is free of charge for all personnel of MGC associated institutes and OOA (VUMC, AMC, NKI departments), CTO (UMC Utrecht), and RIMLS/RIHS (Radboud UMC) associated departments. Participants from outside these organizations pay € 150 for this course.


Courses organized by OOA (Oncology Graduate School Amsterdam)  

Please check our website ( for more information and registration.

PhD students from one of the MGC departments can indicate on the registration form that they are MGC PhD student (registration does not demand payment)


17 February, 2016

Exploiting epigenetics for therapeutic antitumor strategies - Lecture and meet-the-expert with prof. dr. Roberto Pili

We proudly announce a lecture and meet-the-expert meeting with prof. dr. Roberto Pili and we would like to invite you for this unique opportunity. His laboratory research focuses on the development of novel therapeutic agents and understanding the mechanisms of angiogenesis and epigenetics in the progression of cancer. The aim of his research group is to determine the anti-tumor activity of a combination of differentiation inducing agents, angiogenesis inhibitors, immunomodulators, and chemotherapy agents utilizing several mouse models in hopes of bringing novel agents into the clinic. He also conducts phase I/II clinical trials of novel agents for the treatment of genitourinary malignancies. Please see below more information about his inspiring work.

Organized by: prof. dr. Henk Verheul (VUmc)


24-26 February, 2016

WinterSchool on Quantitative Analysis of Medical Images

In a three-day programme, six lectures teams of renowned scientists give introductory and in-depth lectures on in vivo optical imaging, PET and tracer kinetic modeling, MRI how does work and why is in useful in the clinic, extracting quantitative information form EEG and MEG, imaging and treatment planning with CT in Radiotherapy. A poster session & a social evening are scheduled to foster discussions and to encourage collaboration.

Organized by: Inistitute Quantivision (AMC, NKI-AvL, UvA, VUmc)


18 April, 2016

Training in Scientific Data Visualization: Getting Your Message Across

This training is an introduction to the principles of good table and graph design as pioneered by Cleveland and Tufte and updated by Few. The aim is to learn the OOA PhD candidates about issues like:

* Which of the messages in my research results requires a graph?... and which a table?

* How can I best convey the message?

* Is my graph truthful?

Organized by: prof. dr. Maarten Boers (VUmc)


May 10-27, 2016

Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy

The course covers both the role of the tumor-microenvironment and the development of novel cancer immunotherapeutics, including cancer vaccines, checkpoint inhibitors, and combination therapies. Both basic scientific research and clinical implementation of cancer immunotherapies will be covered. The course comprises an introduction on May 17 by the course organizers on cancer immunotherapy and the tumor microenvironment, followed by three days of active participation of the PhD students in paper discussions, on May 18, 19 and 20. The course participants will attend the  National Symposium on Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy on Thursday May 26, with many key opinion leaders in this exciting and rapidly changing field of research. The course ends with meet-the-expert sessions and the ‘Immunology meets Biotech’ discussions on Friday May 27, given by successful scientists/entrepreneurs in the field of Immunology/ Immunotherapy.

Organized by: John Haanen, Jannie  Borst, Ton Schumacher, Karin de Visser, Jacques Neefjes (NKI)

Courses organized by MolMed


Ensembl Workshop

22 March 2016 - 23 March 2016

This one-and-a-half-day workshop offers participants the possibility of gaining lots of hands-on experience in the use of the Ensembl genome browser but also provides them with the necessary background information. The workshop is primarily targeted at wetlab researchers.

For more information and registration at:


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:


Analysis of microarray and RNA Seq expression data using R/BioC and web tools

4 – 8 July, 2016

Five days hands-on computer course for biological and clinical researchers whose research involves experiments that generate gene expression data. The course focuses on microarray data, but some concepts may be applicable to next-generation sequencing gene expression data, or other types of genomics data measured on microarrays. Most of the speakers (and therefore examples) have a biomedical background. Software packages used are mostly freeware, including the statistical software R, Bioconductor, Cytoscape and web tools. The only commercial tool used is Spotfire.
For more information and registration:


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: 

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 Institutes

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:

Instituut Celbiologie

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


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


Afd. Humane Genetica

Leiden Universitair Medisch Centrum

Postbus 9600, 2300 RC Leiden


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

Instituut Genetica

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


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

Afd. Humane Genetica

Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum

Postbus 9600, 2300 RC Leiden


Prof.Dr. L.H.F. Mullenders (voorzitter MGC bestuur)

LACDR (Leiden/Amsterdam Center for Drug Research) - Toxicology group

Universiteit Leiden

P.O. Box 9502, 2300 RA Leiden


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

Instituut Klinische Genetica

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


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

Andere instituten/groepen binnen het MGC

Moleculaire Celbiologie (Prof. Dr. H.J. Tanke & Prof. Dr. A.K. Raap, Prof. Dr. J. Noordermeer & Dr. L. Fradkin, Prof. Dr. R. Hoeben, Prof. Dr. J.A. Maassen, Prof. Dr. P. ten Dijke)

Neurologie, groep neurogenetica, LUMC (Prof. Dr. R.A.C. Roos, Prof. Dr. J.J.G.M. Verschuuren, Prof. Dr. M.D. Ferrari)

Huid- en geslachtsziekten, groep erfelijke melanomen, LUMC (Prof. R. Willemze, Prof. Dr. W. Bergman, Dr. F. de Gruijl, Dr. N.A. Gruis)

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

Medische Statistiek, LUMC (Prof. Dr. T. Stijnen, Prof. Dr. P.E. Slagboom)

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

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

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

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

Afd. Ontwikkelingsbiologie, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. J. Gribnau)

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

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

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

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




























Revised: February 12, 2016