- MGC -        

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



Symposia & Meetings:

Publieksmiddag "Wijzer over DNA: Genome editing wordt in de toekomst verplicht"

 Zondag 5 november, 2017

Programma 2017

Registration form

Locatie: Oranjerie, Hortus Botanicus, Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ Leiden

To simplify the search for an interesting meeting:

The 26th TCB meeting – Lunteren 31 October and 1 November, 2017

The KWF society for Cancer Biology (f.k.a. Tumor Cell Biology) organizes an annual two-day conference on cancer biology and genetics, specifically aimed at, but not exclusively for, researchers supported by KWF. This meeting provides an excellent opportunity for PhD students, postdocs and PIs to present and discuss their work, build informal networks and set up new fruitful collaborations.

The KWF kankerbestrijding strongly endorses this meeting and encourages KWF grant project leaders and personnel to attend. The final program will not be available until the second half of October, since you, the participants, will determine most of what will be presented. To get an impression you can look at the program of previous meetings at our website:

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 Course Programme

You can enrol now for the following courses:

Course 'Practical Linux'

LUMC, Building 1, J1-84

1 November or 6 December, 2018

Registration form


This short and concise hands-on course, designed especially for researchers, will teach you how to effectively use the Linux command line interface. After completing this course, attendees will be able to swiftly start using Linux both on a server, e.g., the LUMC Shark cluster, as well as on your personal computer.  The lessons are interactive and will take place in a location with computer facilities.

Goals: - Basic understanding of operating systems - Understand and navigate the filesystem - Obtain information about files and directories - Manipulate, i.e., create, delete, move, and rename files and directories - Inspect and edit file content - Gather disk storage information - Search for and within files - Manage file and directory access permissions - Connect to other computers

This year the course will be given on the following dates:  1 November (13:30-17:30), 6 December (13:30-17:30).

Course is free of charge. Please indicate on the registration form for which date you will subscribe. 



By completing this course you will be able to join the following courses:
- Introduction to the Shark cluster
- Code and Data Management with Git
- Scripting for Life Science Researchers

- Python Programming
There is a maximum of 18 places for each edition of the course. Should an edition of the course be oversubscribed then places will be allocated based on a first-come

first-serve basis.

In collaboration with the Research School MolMed

Course 'Basic and Translational Oncology'

 23 October 2017 - 27 October 2017

Erasmus MC, Ae-4.06

The postgraduate school Molecular Medicine (MolMed) has been organizing the Basic and Translational Oncology course for many years now – in narrow cooperation with the school Medical Genetic Center (MGC) and with contributions from many speakers from the LUMC. Besides that, many speakers from the NCI will participate. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of translational cancer research. The course 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 maximum number of participants is 40. 

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

·         Epidemiology of cancer; personalised medicine; end-of-life interventions 

Like last year, the program is enriched with journal clubs (JC’s) on Tuesday and discussion sessions with course speakers on most days. Publications to be discussed are announced 2 weeks in advance to all participants. We expect you to prepare these before the course starts. The amount of ECTS awarded for the entire course is 1.8. At the start of the course, participants will receive a comprehensive reader consisting of recent papers relevant to the lectures. Give your preferred JC’s in the free text field on the web form. We’ll send you the assignments & publications.

Course fee: For non-commercial participants the course fee is € 750. Discounts:

·         PhD students get a 50% discount and pay €375.

·         Participants from the postgraduate school MolMed and MGC (and one participant from the group of any speaker) get a 100% discount and pay €0.

·         Master students, get a 50% discount and pay €375.

·         Master students who have to pay the fee from their personal budget get a 75% discount and pay €187,50.

Erasmus Optical Imaging Centre- OIC organizes the course

 'Functional  Imaging and Super Resolution'

Erasmus MC

October 30 - November 3, 2017

Course is fully booked; if you register your name will be put on the reserve list

Program 2017

Course 'GitLab as a Collaborative Working Environment'

LUMC, Building 2, S0-010

8 November, 2017, 9:00 - 13:00

Registration form

Aimed primarily at LUMC researchers, this short but concise course consists of an introduction to the LUMC GitLab. The course takes approximately three hours and provides participants an insight into how GitLab utilization enhances collaboration and greatly simplifies project management. The lessons are interactive, thus we encourage you to bring your own laptop. However, we can also provide you with a laptop, but please let us know in advance.
Course is free of charge. Please indicate on the registration form for which date you will subscribe.


There is a maximum of 15 places. Should an edition of the course be oversubscribed then places will be allocated based on a first-come first-serve basis.

Workshop  “How to make a video about your own research”.

LUMC, Building 2

15 (afternoon) and 29 November (half day) and 13 December (afternoon), 2017

This workshop is a new initiative of the MGC and will be offered to you for free. There are 8 places available and you will work in duo’s. There is a preference for duo’s working at the same research group, obviously because both participants can benefit from the movie, but this is not a prerequisite. Therefore, you can either sign up for this workshop as a duo or you can sign up as an individual (not knowing if you can use the movie afterwards).

This first edition is already fully booked but if you are interested you can send an email to


Animated Science: explaining research in a short video

Would you like to know how to make an explanation video about your own research?

Bruno van Wayenburg, animator and science writer, and Astrid Smit, trainer at De Perskamer and science writer, will provide you with the tools and tricks to make these videos.

The workshop consists of three (half) days

On the first day of this workshop (afternoon only), Bruno and Astrid will tell you about science communication and how to prepare an explanation video (from storyboard and script to recording a voiceover, drawing illustrations, editing and sound-effects). On the second day of the workshop (whole day) , you will be starting on your own animation. Afterwards you get two weeks to finish your video and present your video to the rest of the group on the third day of the workshop (afternoon only).


Course 'Code and Data Management with Git'

 LUMC, Building 1, J1-84

22 November, 2017, 9:00 - 17:00

Registration form

This course aims at everyone who works in the Bioinformatics field. We cover a version control system named git. This system is widely used by software developers, but can also be used for project management. By keeping track of all versions, history, etc. collaboration with colleagues is easy and your analysis will be reproducible.

Knowledge of Linux is required to attend this course!

There is a maximum of 20 places. Should an edition of the course be oversubscribed then places will be allocated based on a first-come first-serve basis.

Course 'Safely working in the Laboratory'

8 January, 2018 in room J1-116, LUMC - Building 1

PhD students and other personnel from the LUMC can register via 'Bedrijfsopleidingen'

PhD students from Erasmus MC can register via an email to


A 'one day' course that is intended to refresh the memory and to supplement courses that may have been followed earlier. The following points will be addressed: safe microbiological techniques; radiation; toxic and carcinogenic agents; physical strain, transport and disposal hazardous waste.

This course is mandatory for all PhD students working within the MGC and is free of charge on condition that you will be present during the entire course.. This edition of the course will be in English; the Dutch version is expected to be given in spring 2018.

Courses organized by Research School OOA (Oncology Graduate School Amsterdam)

Please check the website ( for more information and registration.

Courses organized by Research School CTO (Clinical and Translational Oncology, UMC Utrecht)

CTO Course Clinical Trial Development, 29-30 November and 1 December 2017.

Please use the following link for further information about the program and registration (which will be provided later):

Courses organized by MolMed


Course on Molecular Diagnostics (XI) – new

2 – 3 November, 2017

The Erasmus Medical Center houses many different molecular diagnostic techniques, which are subject to continuous research and are developed based on their practical applications. These applications are based on all areas of the healthcare, such as Clinical Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Complex Diseases and a broad spectrum of oncological adaptations.

This course will bring the state-of-the-art of these areas of the Molecular Diagnostics, and is meant for translational researchers as well as doctors and medical specialists operating outside of their initial field of research. But also PhD-students and technicians are welcome. This course is a yearly updated from 2007 on.

For more information and registration:


Course Biomedical Research Techniques XVI  

6 – 10 November, 2017

PhD students (and others) often experience that not all expertise for biomedical techniques or assays they need to perform for their research project is readily available in their department. The organization of the Postgraduate school offers the wonderful opportunity to exchange this expertise. Therefore, the course ‘Biomedical Research Techniques’ is organized to create an overview of techniques routinely used in the various departments. This course is issued the 16th time after the big success of the previous ones. This course is also part of the Research MSc Infection & Immunity

For more information and registration:


SNP Course XIV: SNPs and Human Diseases – new!

13 – 17 November, 2017

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:


Erasmus MC Cancer Institute Research Day – new

30 November, 2017
We organize the Cancer Institute Research Day (former mentioned Daniel den Hoed Day), from 10.00 until 15.00. The day is organized by MolMed in close cooperation with the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute.
For more information and registration:

Courses organised by Boerhaave CME or others

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)


PhD course Introduction to Neuroimaging  - Leiden
30 Oct. - 17 Nov. 2017
Part-time program (mornings only) including: Basics of MRI, CT, PET and optical imaging; Advanced methodologies, such as fMRI, ASL, DTI and ultra-high field MRI; Applications in neurology and neuroscience, in humans and animal models; Latest developments.
For more information please contact Dr. Louise van der Weerd by e-mail:




General information:

Download the booklet with the teaching programme for PhD students, version 2016-2017

Download MGC bulletin 52  (september 2015)

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. R. Kanaar (lid MGC bestuur)

LACDR (Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research) - Research Division Drug Discovery and Safety

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, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. D. Tibboel)

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

 Huid- en geslachtsziekten, groep erfelijke melanomen, LUMC (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: oktober 20, 2017