Introduction course “Hot and Happening”, obligatory for CTO PhD students but open for candidates from other programs (1,5 ECTS)

(5 consecutive Fridays, as from 4th June through July 2, 2021, 09.30-12.30)

The aim of this course is to highlight ongoing clinical and translational cancer research in the UMC Utrecht, UU, Hubrecht, and PMC, and various senior researchers will share their passion, struggles, successes, expertise, technologies, and/or views on the future.

You as a PhD student are, however, central to this course and we ask you to introduce the invited speakers and to moderate the discussions. Furthermore, as your own research importantly contributes to our community and in order to connect with each other, we ask you to present your PhD project in small interactive peer to peer sessions - to learn from each other by sharing. For instance, by emphasizing a particular technology you have mastered for your research that may also be of interest to others. Or by sharing how you have or are trying to overcome certain (technical) challenges.

Finally, we aim to familiarize early career scientists with some strategic visions that enable our cancer research to continue to thrive and have impact.

Because of the ongoing and uncertain Covid situation, this course will be organized online with scheduled sessions from 9:30 to 12:30 on five consecutive Fridays from June 4 through July 2, 2021.This course is obligatory for candidates within the CTO program, but open for candidates from other programs.


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Advanced Molecular Pathology Course (1,5 ECTS)

21-22-23 June 2021

If you are not a CTO PhD programme participant, the costs for this course are 400 EURO's. 

This course is fully booked, but please register! We are working with a reserve list. If the course is given digitally (because of COVID19) we will adapt the number of participants and more people can join.


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Translational Immuno-oncology: cancer & immune therapies from bench to bedside (1,5 ECTS)

15-16-17 November 2021 

Translational Immuno-oncology course for PhD candidates

With this course we will bring a unique platform for students from 3 different PhD programs: Clinical & Translational Oncology, Infection and Immunity, Cancer Stem Cells & Development, to meet and learn from each other’s expertise.

The course will focus on Immuno-oncology, both on tumor effects on the immune system, and immune therapies. Both existing therapies, and novel therapies still under development or in trials will be discussed.

Students will be taught on the subject by medical specialists and scientists, and will be challenged to work with their colleagues from another expertise to find solutions for a clinical or experimental problem.

To promote an interactive setting, and knowledge exchange between students, we will accept a select group of students (max. 18).

Important:Students are requested to provide a motivation letter explaining why they will benefit from this specific course, and knowledge of basic immunological concepts is required. Please send this to ctoncology@umcutrecht.nl


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Introduction course “Hot and Happening”

5 consecutive Friday mornings from June 4 through July 2 2021 


Advanced Molecular Pathology Course

21-22-23 June 2021

Quotes course 2019:

"Very nice and complete course in molecular pathology. Definitely worth to take the 3 days off from work!"

"Well organized, good speakers and large variety of topics."

"It gave excellent background into the research that I am in."


Translational Immuno-oncology: cancer & immune therapies from bench to bedside

15-16-17 November 2021

Quotes course 2019:

"I learned a lot about the field of immuno-oncology and the diverse presentations were very nice."

"Really useful to get an overview of immuno oncology"

"Good quality speakers, lots of variation and overall good organization."

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