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Course module: BMB505416
Introducing Cancer, Stem Cells & Developmental Biology
Course info
Course codeBMB505416
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Cancer, Stem Cells and Development Biology;
Contact personJ. Koedam
Contactperson for the course
J. Koedam
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (20/08/2018 to 17/08/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Remark10-21 september 2018
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
At the end of the course the student:
1. has a good understanding of the research topics, techniques and model systems of the research school;
2. can distinguish and analyze the ethical and societal aspects of research in the areas of stem cells, cancer and genetics;
3. can quickly read, grasp and present research papers in the fields of developmental biology, stem cells, cancer and genetics.
Period: 10-21 September 2018

dr. Joost Koedam, Center for Molecular Medicine, DBG, UMCU
Prof. dr. Boudewijn Burgering, Center for Molecular Medicine, DBG, UMCU
>30 lecturers from UMCU, UU, Hubrecht Institute

Course description
This course is a compulsory introduction to the fields of developmental biology, stem cells, cancer, genetics/genomics, and all of its associated techniques and model systems. Through lectures, literature studies and demonstrations, the new students of the CSDB Master’s program will become acquainted with many aspects of their program. The topics will be introduced by experts in the field, most of which also coordinate or participate in the elective Theoretical Courses that are offered later in the year. This will lay a good theoretical foundation, while also model systems such as C.elegans, Zebrafish and organoids will be covered. These lectures will help students in their future choices for these in-depth courses. Moreover, students will get a good impression of the research that is going on, and will start building their network and community.
The topics of the first week will include basics in developmental biology, stem cells, cancer and genetics. Recent key research papers will be handed out, which will serve as background for presentations by the students on the final day of the course. Ample time will be devoted to the ethical and societal aspects of performing research in these areas. Students will write an opinion article (essay) about an ethical issue of their choice. The second week will have self-study time scheduled to prepare these assignments.
The final day of the first week, and several days of the second week will be devoted to proteomics, metabolomics, genomics, microscopy techniques and bioinformatics. Tours and demonstrations, as well as do-it-yourself bioinformatics exercises (BYOD, bring your own device!) will be part of this.

Literature/study material used:
handouts of lectures
research papers

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Prerequisite knowledge:
Same as for admission to the CSDB Master’s programme
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats



Master's thesis




Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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