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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

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 in Dortmund

For more information visit the website:

26th MGC symposium

 Thursday  22 September, 2016

Hampshire Hotel - Fitland Leiden: 'Level' (Meeting Center)

Next to Leiden Central station

MGC Course Programme

You can enrol now for the following courses:

Course 'Next Generation Sequencing data analysis'

August 29-31 2016, LUMC

Program NGS 2015

Registration NGS 2016

The 10th edition of the “Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Data analysis” course will be organized at the LUMC, from 29 - 31 August, 2016.
The course aims at PhD students, postdocs and senior researchers who are interested in, planning, or already
working with next-generation sequencing. We welcome researchers from both the genomics and bioinformatics fields. Currently available technologies as well as hardware and software solutions will be presented and discussed. The focus of the course will be on the data and ways to analyse the data. 


We only have facilities to accommodate 60 participants. All registrants have to send a motivation in the free text field of the web form in due time. Important are your experience in this field and the data you have. When we get more registrations before the deadline (August 1, 2016) we have to make a selection. In this case, we will inform you before August 15, 2016.


This course is 1,4 ECTS


The course is free of charge for all personnel of MGC associated institutes.

Participants who are member of BioSB pay € 175,00. Participants from the academic world but outside MGC or BioSB pay € 250,00. Participants from outside the academic world pay € 500,00.

In case of cancellation after the deadline of registration or upon no show, participants from the MGC and BioSB will be charged 50 euro; other participants have to pay the full price.


Workshop  ’Share your biotechnology research with a broad audience’


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 one of the upcoming editions. Date will be set in due time depending on the  number of interest.


For more information go to


Courses organized by OOA (Oncology Graduate School Amsterdam) or

Utrecht Graduate School of Life sciences 

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)


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)


May 9-13, 2016

Breast and Colon Cancer Course

To register please follow this link: The program can be downloaded:

Courses organized by MolMed


Basic Introduction Course on SPSS – new!

9 – 11 May, 2016

Popular, basic introduction course on the statistical computer program SPSS dealing in an easy-to-follow step-by-step way with several elements of SPSS. This course is meant for (PhD-)students who have no knowledge of statistics and/or SPSS. The course deals with: Summarising and Presenting Data; Descriptive statistics; Introduction in using syntax; Inferential statistics; Comparison of two groups; Association Analysis; Practical Issues; and Regression analysis.

This course is free for all Erasmus MC PhD-students

For more information and registration:


Galaxy Course – new!

12 -13 May, 2016

This course will focus on using the Galaxy platform ( to analyse data from DNAseq and RNAseq experiments and provide the scientist a platform to communicate the output of an analysis back to the research team using iReport in Galaxy

For more information and registration at:


Course in Virology 2016 – new!

27 – 30 June, 2016

The course in virology is organized for PhD students, post-docs and medical microbiologists, who are invited to participate. During the course, national and international experts in the field of virology will present seminars. Relevant literature will be made available at the start of the course

For more information and registration at:


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: 


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:

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:

Afdeling Celbiologie

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


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


Afdeling Humane Genetica

Leiden Universitair Medisch Centrum

Postbus 9600, 2300 RC Leiden


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

Afdeling Moleculaire Genetica

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


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

Afdeling Klinische Genetica

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


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


Andere afdelingen/groepen binnen het MGC

Moleculaire Celbiologie (Prof. Dr. H.J. Tanke, Prof. Dr. R. Hoeben, 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. 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)

Moleculaire Epidemiologie, LUMC (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: May 13, 2016