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



Symposia & Meetings:

MGC PhD Workshop 2017

 May 30th to June 2nd

For more information and registration visit the website:

27th MGC symposium

 Thursday  21 September, 2017

Location: Forumzaal, Erasmus University Rotterdam

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 Course Programme

You can enrol now for the following courses:

Course 'Technology Facilities'

21 - 24 February, 2017, LUMC, Building 3

 Provisional program 2017

Registration is closed

The course will deal with four topics:

1. Day 1 - Genomics and Transcriptomics

     Organizers: Dr. W. van IJcken, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, and Dr. H.P.J. Buermans, and Prof. Dr. J. den Dunnen, LUMC, Leiden

2. Day 2 - Proteomics

    Organizers: Dr. J. Demmers, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam and Dr. P. Hensbergen, LUMC, Leiden

3. Day 3 – Live cell imaging (half day)

     Organizer: Dr. G. van Cappellen and Prof. Dr. A. B. Houtsmuller, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

4. Day 4 – Metabolomics

    Organizer: Prof. Dr. T. Hankemeier, Leiden Academic Centre for Research (LACDR) - division Toxicology, University Leiden


The course is directed primarily at PhD students who just started their research or are not familiar with the different topics but other participants are welcome too. One can also subscribe for individual days.

There is a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 40 places. Deadline for registration 14 February,2017.

 The course is free of charge for all personnel from MGC institutes. Participants from outside these institutes pay €350 including lunches. Registration costs for a single day is €100. In case of no show participants from the MGC institutes will be charged 50 euro, other participants have to pay the full price.

Course 'Introduction to Cytoscape' – new

6 April, 2017, LUMC, J1-84

Registration form

Course is fully booked. You can use the registration form to add your name on a waiting list for next edition.

The aim of this course is to introduce the Cytoscape software platform for visualizing complex networks and integrating omics (e.g. gene expression, proteomics and metabolomics) data.


There is a maximum of 20 places. If the course will be oversubscribed a selection will be made by the course coordinator. People not selected for this edition will be selected with priority for next edition.

 The course is free of charge for all personnel from MGC institutes and from the Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics (LUMC). Participants from outside these institutes pay €150 including lunch.


Course 'Genetic engineering in model organisms: technology and application in basic and medical research'

 12-14 June (course) and 15-16 June (2 days international workshop on Innovative Mouse Models connected to the MGC course), 2017

The ability to modify genes at the level of the germ line by transgenesis and gene targeting has been crucial for our understanding of gene function and has yielded many highly valuable models for human diseases.

This course will deal with the basic principles underlying the generation of transgenic, knock-out (KO) and knock-in (KI, i.e., gene-modified rather than gene-inactivated) mice.

Most recently, the spectacular advances in CRISPR/Cas9-assisted gene modification have found wide application in mouse genetics. CRISPR/Cas9-technology strongly facilitates gene targeting in ESCs, but can also directly be used in zygotes, evading the ESC route. Both applications will be presented, as well as the application of CRISPR/Cas9 technology in non-germ-line gene modification.

The course will consist of lectures covering technology and applications of genetic engineering in basic and medical research. Practical demonstrations will show crucial steps in the generation of transgenic, KO and KI mice, and principles of in vivo imaging.

The first three days of the course will prepare participants for the 2-day international workshop on Innovative Mouse Models (IMM 2017) immediately following the course. Keynote lectures from leading laboratories and presentations from selected abstracts will discuss the latest developments on advanced genome modification protocols and its applications in fundamental biology and biomedical research. Course participants will participate in ‘meet-the-expert’ sessions.

This introductory course is aimed at PhD students with little or no experience in the field of transgenesis and in vivo imaging, but is also of interest to those already working with animal models but wishing to expand their knowledge of the above technologies for applications in their own research.  


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)

Head and Neck Oncology Symposium, 24 March 2017

Please use the following link for further information and registration:

CTO program together with the department of Pathology organizes the course Modern Cancer Pathology, 4-5-6 July, 2017

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


Courses organized by MolMed


Galaxy for NGS – new
6 – 8 February, 2017

The 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. In 2017 we will add a 3rd day on metagenomics analysis. This training of is aimed at giving the clinical research scientists who is non-bioinformatician the necessary skills to understand and successfully work with next-generation sequencing (NGS) data

For more information and registration: 


Translational Imaging Workshop by AMIE: From mouse to man – new

11 – 14 April, 2017

The aim of this 4-day workshop is to give a broad introduction into preclinical and translational Molecular Imaging techniques and their applications in biology and medicine. Several applications in translational research will be discussed, such as multi-modality detection, imaging of cancer, and imaging of vascular diseases. In addition to the lectures presented in the programme, practical demonstrations on the different imaging devices will be given at the AMIE Facility, designed to facilitate multi-modal animal imaging. SPECT/CT (U-SPECT/CT, NanoSPECT/CT), PET (Inveon), CT (Skyscan), optical (ICIS), and MRI (7T GE/Varian) imaging equipment are housed in a single complex.
For more information and registration:


NGS in DNA Diagnostics Course

19 – 21 September, 2017

This course is intended for bioinformaticians, researchers and molecular & clinical geneticists. The mixed program 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)


Courses organised by others

Titel: Flowcytometrie, van kalibratie tot applicatie. Datum: 27 maart, 3 april en 10 april 2017. Locatie: Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. Kosten: € 600,-


- Laboratory animals pathology course

  1 - 3 May, 2017

FGB (Fondazione Guido Bernardini) and LUMC present an international workshop on pathology of laboratory animals. For more information visit the website:


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) - 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. 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: februari 27, 2017