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MGC Course Programme

Practical Linux 

Date: in 2018 the course will be given on the following dates: 31 October, and in December (t.b.c), from 13:00 - 17:00 h Location: LUMC, Leiden - Organizer: Mihai Lefter.  After completing this short, half day, course attendees will be able to swiftly start using Linux both on a server as well as on their personal computer. 

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Using 'R' for data analysis

Date: 20 - 25 September, 4 days, Location: LUMC, Leiden - Organizer: Szymon Kielbasa

The MGC co-organizes this edition of the course 'R'. The course is part of the I/2 minor "Introduction to biomedical informatics". The course materials are available at the website course/ (We plan some changes to the order of the topics, but in general the contents will remain the same). Course is free of costs. For registration you can send an email to

Basic and Translational Oncology 

Date: 8 - 12 October, 2018, Location: Erasmus MC - Organizers: Monique den Boer, Reno Debets, Peter Devilee, Frank van Vliet 

The program is set up logically in 5 steps, one step a day: 1.Pathology, diagnostics & pathways in cancer; 2.Biology of the cancer cell: Genetics; 3.Invasion, metastasis & inflammation; 4.Tumor Immunology; Clinical practice: targeted therapies; 5.Epidemiology of cancer; personalised medicine; end-of-life interventions. For more information and registration or visit the website

Safely working in the Laboratory

Date: 10 October , 2018, from from 9:00 - 15:00 hr, Location: LUMC, Building 1, room J1-116 - Organizer: Fred van Dam

This one day course provides guidelines for the objective assessment of risks in laboratory and, based on this knowledge, the application of the right measures according to the occupational hygiene strategy. On the one hand this is a refresher course, but on the other hand it will become clear to the participant which technical and organizational measures have been taken within the hospital and LUMC in specific to perform research responsibly.

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Workshop Animated Science: Explaining research to a broad audience in a short video

Date: 30 October (afternoon) - 13 November  - 4 December (afternoon), Location: LUMC - Organizers: Astrid Smit and Bruno Wayenburg

Youtube videos including animation are an effective and fun way to communicate science to a general audience or a broader audience than your direct colleagues. Technical bits that are hard to explain in language alone, can be crystal clear in language accompanied by moving images. But how to make an animation which is entertaining as well as crystal clear? This course will teach you the fundamentals. Together with a course mate you will be finishing your first animated research animation. For more information and registration  (see also two videos under 'news' item on this website)

From Molecular Pathogenesis to Targeted Therapy

Date: 31 October - 2 November, 2018, Location: LUMC - Organizers: Prof.dr. P. ten Dijke and dr. H. van Dam

The course will involve state of the art lectures on signaling, molecular pathogenesis and targeted therapy by experts in the field. Subjects: Signaling pathways,  ageing, metabolic diseases and cancer Inflammation, growth control, stem cells and cancer personalized medicine, targeted therapy and imaging. For registration you can send an email to For more information

Erasmus Optical Imaging Centre- OIC organizes the course "Functional imaging and super resolution"

 Date: 5-9 November, Location: Erasmus MC - Organizers: Adriaan Houtsmuller, Gert van Cappellen, Gert-Jan Kremers, Erasmus OIC

The course will give an overview and increase your knowledge of the rapidly developing advanced imaging methods and how they can support you during your research. For more information and how to register (in due time) follow this link.

Protein aggregation disorders: from clinic to therapy    (new in 2018)

Date: 21 - 22 November, 2018  (next edition 2020), location: LUMC - Organizers: Willeke Roon-Mom1 , Ronald Buijsen1 , Renate Hukema - Felten2 , Wim Mandemakers2 , Vered Raz1 (1 Human Genetics, Leiden University Medical Centre 2 Erasmus Medical Centre)

This course will discuss the main molecular mechanisms regulating protein homeostasis and protein folding with a focus a mechanistic foundation in protein aggregation disorders. We will focus on four selected diseases and will discuss genetic, clinic, and current knowledge of disease mechanisms and models for examples. The end point of this course will be development of novel therapeutic strategies to combat protein aggregation in pathological conditions. For more information and registration

Stem Cells, Organoids and Regenerative Medicine   (new in   2018) 

Date: 27 - 30 November, 2018 (next edition 2020), Location: Erasmus MC - Organizers: Joost Gribnau (the course is full. When you sign up your name will be put on a reserve list. It gives you priority at a next edition of the course)    

Goal of this course is to provide post-graduate students (PhD students and post-docs) an comprehensive overview of stem cells, organoids and regenerative medicine by expert lecture in this field. They will learn about concepts, techniques and (future) medical applications (Knowledge and skills). Moreover there will be plenty opportunity of students to get to know each other and to present/discuss their own research projects (Communication skills and Networking). For more information and registration

Python Programming

Date: 27 - 30 November, 4 days, lectures in the mornings and SSA in the afternoons, Location: LUMC, J1-83, Building 1, Leiden - Organizer: Mihai Lefter 

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Introduction to Cytoscape

 Date: 6 December, Location: LUMC, J1-84, Building 1, Leiden - Organizer: Magnus Palmblad

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. It will be the third time that this course is organized by MGC in collaboration with Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics, LUMC. For more information and registration or register directly via

Code and data management with Git 

Date: 7 December, Location: LUMC, J1-82 or 84, Building 1, Leiden - Organizer: Mihai Lefter

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 GITLab as a collaborative working environment

Date: to be decided. The date is determined in consultation with sufficient registrations. For more information and registration or you can register via  

The course will be one half day; morning or afternoon. When there are at least 6 registrations a date will be determined based on availability of the participants.