Courses

Medical imaging specific courses

Advanced MR Physics 1

Period (from – till): 11 November 2019 - 31 January 2020

Course coordinator: Dr. ir. Wilbert Bartels.
Lecturers
Dr.ir. Wilbert Bartels, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. Clemens Bos, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturerRenée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)

Course description
This advanced MRI course covers the physical principles of MRI and sequence design issues.
Topics that will be covered are:

  • The classical NMR mode: nucleus in a magnetic field
  • Rotating reference frame & resonance
  • Bloch equations
  • Signal detection concepts
  • Signal acquisition: FID and echo techniques
  • Multi-dimensional Fourier imaging and k-space
  • Fourier image reconstruction
  • Signal, contrast and noise
  • Basic sequence design

For the lectures (morning sessions) attendance is highly recommended; the tutorial sessions in the afternoon are mandatory: students have to prepare and present assignments.

Literature/study material used
Magnetic resonance imaging: Physical principles and sequence design. E.M. Haacke, R.W. Brown, M.R. Thompson, R. Venkatesan. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1999 and hand-outs provided by the lecturers.
Registration
You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
Students from outside the UU or TU/E partnership can register for this course by sending an email to mix@isi.uu.nl. Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.
Mandatory
No.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge:
Basic knowledge of mathematics (differential equations, vector calculus, Fourier analysis, complex functions, electromagnetism (Faraday’s law of induction, static magnetic field calculations, electromagnetic waves)) and MRI at BSc level. Preferably also the study material on MRI provided in the Medical Imaging course Medical Image Formation.

Advanced MR Physics 2

Period (from – till): 3 Febuari 2020 - 17 April 2020

Course coordinator: Dr. J.C.W. Siero
Lecturers
Dr. J.C.W. Siero, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Renée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)
Course description
This advanced MRI course builds on the course Advanced MR Physics 1. It focusses on MR imaging methods and applications. The mathematical and physical framework laid down in AMRP 1 is used to focus on MR imaging methods and applications: fast spin- and gradient-echo imaging, spectroscopy, MR angiography, perfusion, diffusion and susceptibility weighted imaging and quantification, scan acceleration techniques.

For the lectures (morning sessions) attendance is highly recommended; the tutorial sessions in the afternoon are mandatory.
Literature/study material used
-
Registration
You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
Students from outside the UU or TU/E partnership can register for this course by sending an email to mix@isi.uu.nl. Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.
Mandatory
No.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes, provided they have passed the course Advanced MR Physics 1.

Prerequisite knowledge:
Advanced MR Physics 1

Capita Selecta in Medical Image Analysis TU/Eindhoven

Period (from – till): 3 February - 17 April 2020
Course coordinator: Renée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)
Course aims and content:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN EINDHOVEN
This course covers a number of state-of-the-art techniques and topics in medical image analysis. It is a specialisation course for those with a general understanding of medical image analysis looking to deepen their knowledge. The topics of this year are

  • Deep Learning
  • Image Registration and Validation

You will learn about machine learning, (convolutional) neural networks and how to train them. The second part of the course considers nonlinear image registration and proper methods to set up a validation study. Each part of the course will come with a large group assignment on actual medical data to give you hands-on experience, both in a deep learning approach to a medical image analysis problem and in nonlinear image registration for clinical data.
Literature/study material used
Slide hand-outs, Deep Learning by Goodfellow, Bengio and Courville; other material will be made available
Registration
Please register at TU/e, course code 8DM20, at least 4 weeks before start of the course. Osiris registration will be done retroactively when results from the TU/e are received.
Mandatory
No.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No.

Capita Selecta in Medical Imaging

Period (from – till): 11 November 2019 - 31 January 2020
Course coordinator: Dr. Alexander Leemans
Faculty
Dr. Alexander Leemans, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr.ir. Hugo de Jong, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. A.M.R. Schilham, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. R. van Rooij, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. ir. B.J. van Nierop, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Renée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)
Course aims and content:
This course consists of two independent topics. During the first half of the course researchers from the Hybrid Imaging group will introduce the following topics:

  • Spectral/dual-energy CT
  • Pharmacokinetic modelling and dynamic contrast-enhanced analysis
  • Image reconstruction of CT and SPECT/PET
  • Monte Carlo simulations and dosimetry in nuclear medicine

During practical sessions students will improve their understanding of the above topics, e.g. by carrying out Monte Carlo simulations, programming of a simple image reconstructor for SPECT and working on pharmacokinetic data.

The second half of the course covers theory and practice of processing, analysing and visualising diffusion MRI data. Key concepts and practical considerations of data processing and analysis are explained. Topics include

  • Quality assessment
  • Artifact correction
  • Diffusion approaches
  • Fiber tractography
  • Automated analyses
  • Visualisation methods

During computer practical sessions students will learn how to work with real diffusion MRI data.
Literature/study material used
hand-outs provided by lecturers
suggested reading material
Registration
You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
Students from outside the UU or TU/E partnership can register for this course by sending an email to mix@isi.uu.nl. Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.
Mandatory
No.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.

Image Processing

Period (from – till): 9 September 2019 - 31 January 2020
Course coordinator: Dr. Kenneth Gilhuijs
Faculty
Dr. Alexander Leemans, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. Kenneth Gilhuijs, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Renée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)

Course content
This course covers the full roadmap from basic to more advanced techniques that are commonly used in medical image processing. You will learn how to analyse concrete medical questions that arise from medical images, and that can be solved by mathematical analysis of CT, MRI and X-ray. We will take you from theory to design of computer-aided diagnosis systems and Radiomics systems. Examples of such systems are those that automatically detect tumors in CT and MRI scans, that automatically detect micro-aneurysms in retinal images, or that estimate the prognosis of breast-cancer patients based on imaging features that cannot be picked up by the human eye. Topics include segmentation (dynamic programming, active contours, level sets), image registration, mathematical morphology, texture analysis, pattern recognition (feature spaces, classifiers; support-vector machines and random forests). During the lectures we will provide small practical assignments using a voting system. A computer practicum will be provided to get hands-on experience with the different techniques. In addition, individual assignments are provided consisting of actual problems that were encountered in medical images.

Literature/study material used
Book: Image Processing, Analysis, and Machine vision (Sonka, Hlavac, Boyle), as well as handout materials.

Registration
Medical Imaging students are registered automatically for this course upon entering the Masterprogramme.
Other UU and TU/e partnership students can register register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
Students from outside the UU or TU/E partnership can register for this course by sending an email to mix@isi.uu.nl. Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.
Mandatory :
Yes, for MIMG students.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge:
A BSc in

  • (applied) physics
  • (applied) mathematics
  • computer science
  • biomedical engineering
  • science major of University College Utrecht
  • electrical engineering
  • or similar degree

Medical Image Formation

Period (from – till): 9 September 2019 - 8 November 2019

Course coordinator: Dr.ir. Wilbert Bartels
Lecturers
Dr.ir. Wilbert Bartels, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. Arnold Schilham, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr.ir. Roel Deckers, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr.ir. Bastiaan van Nierop, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Renée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)
Course description
In this course the physics behind the most important medical imaging modalities will be treated. After an introductory lecture, x-ray imaging (radiography, fluoroscopy, digital subtraction angiography, computed tomography), ultrasound, nuclear imaging techniques (SPECT & PET) and magnetic resonance imaging will be discussed. The increasing importance of medical imaging for guiding surgery and minimally invasive radiological interventions will be emphasized. During the course, representative problems will be handed out and discussed.

Literature/study material used:
“The essential Physics of medical Imaging”, authors: Bushberg, Boone, Leidholdt and seibert; 3rd revised edition ISBN-10: 1451118104
“Basic Principles of MR Imaging”; published by Philips Nederland (to be purchased from the Education Coordinator)

Registration:
Medical Imaging students are registered automatically for this course upon entering the Masterprogramme.
Other UU and TU/e partnership students can register register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
Students from outside the UU or TU/E partnership can register for this course by sending an email to mix@isi.uu.nl. Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.
Mandatory for students in Master’s programme:
Yes, for MIMG students.
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge:
A BSc in

  • (applied) physics
  • (applied) mathematics
  • computer science
  • biomedical engineering
  • science major of University College Utrecht
  • electrical engineering
  • or similar degree

Programming for Medical Imaging

Period (from – till): 9 September - 8 November 2019
Course coordinator: Dr. Hugo Kuijf
Faculty
Dr. Hugo Kuijf, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Renée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)
Course description
In the area of medical imaging, it is necessary to create computer programs to process and analyse image data. This course deals with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of working with (large) image datasets.

Students will learn how to write source code and create a computer program to process medical images efficiently. This includes debugging and problem solving.

Course includes algorithms and data structures used in medical image analysis. Modern programming techniques are used, paying attention to efficient computer instructions and memory usage.

Examination:

  • Written exam: 60%
  • Two computer assignments: 40%

The weights indicated above are applied to calculate the final mark. To pass the course the grade for each component must be a 5.0 or higher and the final mark must be an unrounded 5.5 or higher
Literature/study material usedMANDATORY, book will be actively used during the course: Programming Principles and Practice Using C++”, Bjarne Stroustrup, ISBN: 9780321992789 MANDATORY will be used throughout the entire course

Microsoft Visual Studio (free community edition)

ITK Software Guide (PDF: https://itk.org/ItkSoftwareGuide )
Registration
Medical Imaging students are registered automatically for this course upon entering the Masterprogramme.
Other UU and TU/e partnership students can register register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
Students from outside the UU or TU/E partnership can register for this course by sending an email to mix@isi.uu.nl. Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.
Mandatory
Yes, for MIMG students.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge:
Basic computer skills

Radiation Physics TU/Eindhoven

Period (from – till): 2 September 2019 - 8 November 2019
Course coordinator:Renée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)

Course description:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN EINDHOVEN
In this course the basic notions from atom and nuclear physics are treated. From atomic physics we will discuss: waves and particles, atom models of Rutherford and Bohr, the Schrödinger equation, quantum numbers, x-rays and x-ray tubes. From nuclear physics we will discuss: structure and elementary properties of the nucleus, chart of nuclides, binding energies, atom masse, Q-values, radioactivity with alpha beta and gamma decay.
Literature/study material used:Material for study and exercises are available during lectures; Modern physics by Kenneth Krane, 3rd edition (recommended)
Registration:
Please register at TU/e, course code 8CM10, at least 2 weeks before start of the course. Osiris registration will be done retroactively when results from the TU/e are received.
Mandatory:
No

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No.

Radiotherapy Physics

Period (from – till): 3 February - 17 April 2020
Course coordinator: Dr. B. van Asselen
Faculty
Dr C.P.J. Raaijmakers, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr B. van Asselen, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. M.A. Moerland, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr.Ir. J.W.H. Wolthaus, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. J.C.J. de Boer, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. E. Seravalli, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. S.L. Hackett, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Dr. G.H. Bol, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
J.G.M. Kok, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturerRenée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)

Course description
This course covers practical and theoretical aspects on medical physics in the field of radiotherapy.
First the basic radiation physics will be discussed: e.g.
production of radiation, radioactive decay, characteristics of ionizing radiation, interaction with matter and measurement of absorbed dose.
The next part covers the essentials of dose calculation using various algorithms and dose optimization such as Intensity modulated therapy (IMRT) and volumetric arc therapy (VMAT).
Third topic is image guided radiotherapy (IGRT): e.g. inter- and intrafraction motion, position verification devices (electronic portal imaging device, cone-beam CT and MRI), real time imaging and various methods to deal with motion.
Finally topics in the field of MRI guided treatment will be discussed: e.g. dose delivery in magnetic fields, MRI linac design, workflow and plan adaptation.
Examination:

  • Written exam: 80%; attendance to the practical work is obligatory to qualify for examination
  • Oral presentation and discussion: 20%

The weights indicated above are applied to calculate the final mark. To pass the course the grade for each component must be a 5.0 or higher and the final mark must be an unrounded 5.5 or higher. (Anglo-Saxon grade mark D) Literature/study material usedKhan’s the physics of radiation therapy, Khan, Faiz M, ISBN 9781451182453. (an electronic version of the book is available at the UU library)
Hand-outs.
Articles on specific topics
Registration
You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
Mandatory
No

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No.

RF in MRI TU/Eindhoven

Period (from – till): 3 February 2020 - 17 April 2020
Course coordinator:Renée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)

Course description:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN EINDHOVEN
The course will cover all aspects of RF in MRI. The course can be divided in four parts:
To generate RF fields with a RF coil or antenna, the coil or antenna needs to be driven with high power (~kw) RF signals. In the receive phase of the MRI sequence, the spins in the tissue will emit signals that will be detected by the RF coil. The coil will transform these signals into electrical RF signals and sent them to the ADC. The course will give an in-depth treatment of the generation and transportation of these signals. For this purpose, the following concepts will be covered: impedance calculations, RF amplifier classes, transmission lines, Smith Chart, scatter matrices, transmit-receive switches. (2 lectures)
The second part focuses at the coil or antenna. The most-often used types will be covered (loop coil, birdcage coil, dipole antenna and arrays). (1 lecture)
The third part will focus at the fields that are generated by the coil or antenna. The B1 field consists of B1+ en B1-, one only useful for the transmit phase, the other only useful for the receive phase of the MRI sequence. In addition, every coil or antenna also generates (or is sensitive for) electrical fields. These are responsible for energy deposition (SAR) and, in receive, noise. (2 lectures)
The third and last part will cover how relevant metrics of MRI performance can be calculated from (for example simulated) field distributions of RF antenna arrays, such as SNR, noise correlation, optimal reconstructions and g-factor distributions. (2 lectures)
Literature/study material used:Lecture slides and exercises
Registration:
Please register at TU/e, course code 8DM30, at least 4 weeks before start of the course. Osiris registration will be done retroactively when results from the TU/e are received.
Mandatory:
No.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No.

Team Challenge

Period (from – till): 2 September 2019 - 17 April 2020
Course coordinator: Dr. Hugo Kuijf
Faculty
Dr. Hugo Kuijf, UMC Utrecht/Imaging Division, lecturer
Renée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)

Course description
This course, which runs over three periods of the academic year, will pose a challenging medical imaging problem that will be addressed by teams composed of students from Utrecht and Eindhoven. Over the course period, teams will first perform a literature study, and subsequently work on a strategy for solving the problem at hand, using their knowledge in image acquisition physics and image analysis. At the end of the course, all teams will present their work.
Literature/study material usednone

Registration
Medical Imaging students are registered automatically for this course upon entering the Masterprogramme.
​Mandatory
Yes, for MIMG students.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No.

Ultrasound in (Bio)medical Engineering TU/Eindhoven

Period (from – till): 11 November 2019 - 31 January 2020
Course coordinator: Renée Allebrandi, MA (course contact person)
Course aims and content:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN EINDHOVEN
The physics of acoustics (waves and wave propagation) are the foundation of this imaging course. Starting point is the wave equation, after which several models for wave propagation in elastic and visco-elastic tissue and fluids will be treated. Solution to these equations will be derived for point sources and extended to arbitrary apertures. The physics of attenuation (= damping) and its consequences will be discussed. Next, the physics behind US pressure field formation, including reflection, diffraction, and scattering, will be discussed and it will be shown how this forms the basis of in vivo imaging. A number of techniques to improve image formation will be discussed, including array technology, focusing, advanced beam forming, 3-D ultrasound and plane wave imaging techniques. The concept of speckle, speckle statistics and its relation to tissue morphology will be discussed, including techniques for speckle reduction and image enhancement.
Next, a clear overview of medical applications of ultrasound will be given, including all pro’s and con’s and image artefacts. The basic principles of Doppler and the corresponding signal analysis are shown for the commonly used modes (continuous wave, pulsed wave, color flow & power Doppler). Next, relative new techniques will be introduced, such as speckle tracking, strain imaging and (shear wave) elastography. The physics of piezoelectric materials are treated shortly, after which the design of US transducers is discussed. Photoacoustics will be introduced, from photoacoustic effect to medical imaging applications.
Finally, in a number of guest lectures, two more advanced topics will be discussed that are based on non-linear wave propagation: harmonic imaging and contrast agents and contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging.
Literature/study material used
-
Registration
Please register at TU/e, course code 8VM60, at least 4 weeks before start of the course. Osiris registration will be done retroactively when results from the TU/e are received.
Mandatory
No.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No.

General elective courses

Academic Writing

Period (from – till): This course will be given three times a year. See dates below for start and end dates of the course editions. FacultyCourse coordinator: Eva Herold, MSc, programme advisor BMS, UMC Utrecht, - If you have any questions regarding the content of the course, please contact the lecturer.Lecturer: Frans van Dam, Lecturer science communication, Faculty of Science

Course description
This mini-course will focus on the demands of ‘academic’ writing in English, and will include topics such as writing strategies, text plans, revision and structure. It is particularly helpful for students embarking on a research thesis or an internship report.

Registration
This course is (in first instance) open to all second year Master’s students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. It is important that you are already experienced or starting with writing an internship report or Master's thesis. You can apply for this course starting from July 1st 2018 and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. Applications before Julu 1st will not be taken into account.
For the editions of this course that start before 12 November 2018, you can apply via Study Guide.
For editions of this course that start after 12 November, you can apply via Osiris Student (see below for starting blocks corresponding with the different groups/course dates).
You will be able to register for this course in Osiris Student at specific intervals based, on the starting date of the course. See the information on the Study Guide. Registration for these courses will open in the second half of September.​
The maximum number of participants is 15, the minimum 6.
Course datesGroup 1 Dates 13 Sept 2018 – 1 Nov 2018:
Meeting 1: Thursday 13 September 2018 - 10:00 – 13:00h
Meeting 2: Thursday 27 September 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 3: Thursday 11 October 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 4: Thursday 1 November 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h

Group 2 dates 5 Dec 2018 – 23 Jan 2019 (Osiris Student starting block: BMS P2 A)
Meeting 1: Wednesday 5 December 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 2: Wednesday 19 December 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 3: Wednesday 9 January 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 4: Wednesday 23 January 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h

Group 3 dates 8 May 2019 – 26 June 2019 (Osiris Student starting block: BMS P4 A)
Meeting 1: Wednesday 8 May 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 2: Wednesday 22 May 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 3: Wednesday 12 June 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 4: Wednesday 26 June 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Literature/study material used
Will be handed out during the meetings.
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.
Testimonials
"This short course is very useful and instructive"
"The teacher is very enthusiastic"
"You work on your own report"
"Useful advise about the writing process and common pitfalls"
"Eye-opener"

Basics of Biostatistics

Period (from – till): 12 November 2018 - 7 December 2018

Programme:
The more detailed programme of the course will follow when available.
Faculty
Paul Westers, GNK (coordinator)
Cas Kruitwagen, GNK (weblecturer)
Rebecca Stellato, GNK (weblecturer)

Course description
Please note:Basic of Biostatistics is a 'Blended course'. The lectures of this course are offered online via Elevate and are self-studies. During the course there are some optional face-to-face meetings with the lecturers. These meetings are held at UMC Utrecht.

The four week course(4,5 ECTS, 32 hours per week) provides an introduction to statistical methodology and supplies a number of statistical techniques important for practical data analysis. Examples from the medical and biological fields will be used in exercises. Datasets will be analyzed on the computer using the statistical package SPSS. The first part covers the "Basics of Biostatistics", statistical testing for one and two samples, confidence intervals, simple linear regression and correlation, one way analysis of variance, binomial distribution and proportions, analysis of contingency tables and non-parametric statistics. The second part covers an "Introduction to Modeling" and introduces the most important regression models used in biomedical research, that can be used in the study of the relation between a number of explanatory variables on the one hand, and the occurrence of an outcome on the other: multiple regression and logistic regression.
Note: Some basic statistical notions will be assumed known, such as measures of location (mean, median) and scale (variance, standard deviation), the normal distribution, standard error of the mean. They will not explicitly be repeated in the course, but will be used implicitly. If necessary, participants should refresh their knowledge using a statistics book used in previous courses, or using the statistics e-books.

Literature/study material used:
During the course all the course material will be online available. Besides this online material you can use also one of the following statistical books:

  • W.W. Daniel, Biostatistics: Basic Concepts and Methodology for the Health Sciences, International student version, 9th Edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2010;
  • P. Armitage, G. Berry and J.N.S. Matthews, Statistical Methods in Medical Research, 4th edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2001;
  • M.C. Whitlock and D. Schluter. The Analysis of Biological Data. Roberts and Company Publishers, 2009;
  • J.H. Zar, Biostatistical Analysis, 5th Edition. Pearson Education International, 2010.

The first two books have more medical examples, whereas the last two books more biological examples. These reference books remain useful long after you have completed the course. They can be obtained from scientific bookstores. You are not obliged to use any of these books during the course.
Brief manuals of SPSS are included in the workbook of the course. If you are interested in more detailed manuals we recommend one of the following books:

  • A. de Vocht, Basishandboek SPSS 16, Bijleveld, 2008;
  • A. Field, Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, 3rd edition. SAGE Publications Ltd, 2009;
  • The very extended help function of SPSS itself.

An overview of all kinds of statistical hyperlinks (books, applets, software et cetera) on the internet is also given in the online course manual.

Examination
The examination consists of two parts, namely:

  1. a case study (25% of final grade)
  2. a final test (75% of final grade) consisting of open and multiple choice questions.

The grades for both parts should be at least 5the final test must be at least 5. To pass for the course the final grade should be at least 5.5. If the final grade is lower than 4 it is not allowed to do the re-exam, except if there is a permission from the exam committee.
Furthermore active (online) attendance is mandatory.

Registration
You can apply for this course through Osiris Student.
The course registrations of the course will be open at specific intervals based on the starting date.
See the information on the Study Guide. Registration for these courses will open in the second half of September.
Students will be dived into four groups. The number of students per group is limited to 15 (60 students in total).
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.
Prerequisite knowledge
Although active statistical knowledge is not a prerequisite, we assume some basic knowledge on statistics and mathematics acquired through, for example, courses in biostatistics in the bachelor programme or self study.

The basic knowledge we assume are:
1) the concepts of population and sample;
2) histogram, boxplot, frequency table, scatterplot, contingency table;
3) mean, median, mode;
4) variance, standard deviation, range, interquartile range, standard error of the mean;
5) probability, probability distributions (especially the normal distribution).

If you want to refresh your basic knowledge we recommend one of the following sources of information (see also study material):

  • Chapters 1 till 5 of the book of W.W. Daniel;
  • Chapters 1 till 3 of the book of P. Armitage, G. Berry and J.N.S. Matthews;
  • Chapters 1 2, 3, 5 and 10 of the book of M.C. Whitlock and D. Schluter;
  • Chapters 1 till 6 of the book of J.H. Zar;
  • Module A and B of the Dutch E-learning software COSO (ComputerOndersteund StatistiekOnderwijs). It requires the (free) software authorware to run;
  • Module I, II, III, V of the very advanced online textbook Online Statbook;
  • Modules 1 and 2 (e-book) and/or module 1 (exercises) of CAST (Computer-Assisted Statistics Textbooks) that consists of a collection of electronic textbooks (e-books).

Several weeks before the start of the course there will be a test available for testing your basic knowledge on statistics and mathematics. It is then also possible to ask questions with respect to the basic knowledge to the lecturers. Both will be features of the Elevate environment of this course.

Bio-inspiration Essentials

The subjects being addressed
This is a course that introduces the field of Bio-Inspiration. We start to elucidate the philosophical and historical roots of the concept of bio-inspiration. We will touch upon movements like: deep ecology and permaculture and illustrious predecessors such as, Leonardo da Vinci, Buckminster fuller, Viktor Schauberger, Jay Harman and Bill Mollison.
Next, we will give an overview of the main bio-inspired approaches, being: biomimicry, bionics, nature inspired design, natural capitalism, biophilia, Circular Economy and CtoC. Moreover, you will learn to see similarities and differences, by to comparing and classifying different bio-inspired approaches.
Finally, we will address Design as a discipline and process. In this way you can start to formulate and explore possibilities for innovation as a product, process or systems innovation.
You learn how to define the function you want to ‘biologize’. By doing so, you will describe the scope and hoped-for-outcome in such a way that a biologist can deliver the information as an important co-creative step in an innovation process.

This is an online course stretching over 10 weeks with a study load of approximately 7 hours per week. The course consists of web lectures as well as articles, group assignments, individual assignments, peer feedback and feedback from teachers. During the course you interact with other participants through assignments and discussions. The course is moderated actively by a professional moderator and teaching staff.

The added value for the participants
For students with a chemical biological or bio-medical background it gives a first introduction into a whole new and promising field that combines economic values and methods (innovation) with nature based approaches.
For entrepreneurs, programme & project managers, policymakers, trade and industry professionals: the course will help you to understand the main concepts within bio-inspiration that allow you initiate and direct bio-inspired innovation-trajectories.

Summary of course content (max 75 words)
This course introduces a new field in Science and Design: Bio-Inspiration you will learn to look at nature as source of knowledge that will help to make our products, processes and systems part of nature, compatible with and supporting a transition to a circular economy instead of designing for the ‘dump’. After an overview of different Biologically Inspired approaches you will learn to define the scope and function of an innovation and write a first design-brief.

Cardiac Regenerative Medicine

Period (from - till): 28 January 2019 - 8 February 2019

Lecturer(s):
Lectures are provided by (guest) lecturers from the Hubrecht Institute, UMCU, and other national cardiac RM experts. Working groups are administered by guest lecturers from UMCU. Laymen and/or patients are involved in assignment(s).

Course description:
In this course the student will get acquainted with the application of regenerative medicine in cardiac diseases. Subjects like cardiac development, reprogramming, RM treatment options including non-cell based therapies and translational cardiac RM are addressed. In addition, students are introduced in the interpretation and processing of study data, and get acquainted with the impact of research on society, in particular on patients. The course consists of lectures, interactive meetings, an exam, and a group assignment, supervised by experts and laymen.

Literature/study material used:
- Primary literature
- E-module
- Textbook Medical Physiology (background information)

Registration:
Please register via the study guide Life Sciences.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
For BoD students: this course is one of the specific cardiovascular BoD-courses. Additional to the mandatory Kick off course, BoD students should accomplish 12 EC with specific (cardiovascular) BoD courses.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes. RMT and BoD students have priority for enrollment.

Prerequisite knowledge:
Bachelor in Life Sciences and basic knowledge about cell biology and cardiac physiology.

Co-challenge: Life's professional challenges

Period (from – till): 6 May - 17 May 2019.

Course Coordinator: Ing. Michèle Gerbrands (m.c.gerbrands@umcutrecht.nl)

Facluty and Lecturer(s):
Heleen van Ravenswaaij Msc, Biomedical Sciences.
Heleen and Michele developed this elective course in co-operation with Career Services.
A diverse groups of lecturers and professionals from the educational and corporate world will share their knowledge and skills during this elective course

Course description:
As a 3d year Bachelor, Master or PhD student of Utrecht University (UU) you are not far away from graduating, taking your first steps into the professional world. You will be challenged to work with a diverse group of colleagues, co-operate, and solve complex problems that fit users and society’s needs. In order to prepare yourself for the labour market you need to develop your professional and personal skills and attain the necessary knowledge. Gaining new skills implicates the ability to actively plan, reflect, learn and experience your way into them in order to keep on track in a world where ‘life-long learning’ has become the standard.

This two-week elective course offers you a challenge to create a concept for a client in co-operation and co-creation with peers from several Bachelor (year 3), Master and PhD programmes as well as with professionals from the educational and corporate world. You are offered short inspirational sessions and workshops to discover which team- and individual based (soft)skills, techniques and tools are needed to deliver a concept. At a networking event you will pitch the concept and receive feedback. Several coaches are available if you need help (on-demand coaching). You will present your final concept to the client and a jury using a pitch and a report.

Moreover you will create an elevator pitch. Being able to pitch your own unique set of skills can assist you in your future employability. Therefore, a coach will guide you through the process of making this pitch, and you will hand in a video of the pitch.

For more Information visit: www.co-challenge.com or contact m.c.gerbrands@umcutrecht.nl

This course is inspired from a co-creation event: Edu Challenge

Literature/study material used:
-

Registration:
Students can register via the website https://www.co-challenge.com/apply/. Please follow the instruction on the website.

The registration is open for all UU students (3y Bachelor, MSc, PhD), recent alumni and HBO students.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
No

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes

Remarks
There is a limit of 25 students. Registration is on first come, first served basis (max. 6 students per bachelor/master) if the applicant will meet the following criteria:

  • You are available (full time) during the course (9:00-16:30).
  • Short motivational letter why you want to attend this elective course.

The theme of this years’ real-world problem is “Students Wellbeing and Stress”. You will be developing a concept for the City of Utrecht. A detailed description of the assignment will be presented online before the start of the course and face-to-face on day 1 of the course.

The course will be offered in English.

Schedule
A detailed schedule will be online before the start of the course and handed at the first meeting. We will start every day at 09:00 a.m. with an informal activity and end around 16:30 p.m. On day 4 the day ends at 18:30 p.m. due to the networking event.

Communicating Life Sciences

Period (from – till): 13 September 2018 – 15 November 2018.
Faculty
Course coordinator: Eva Herold, Msc, programme advisor BMS, UMC Utrecht, - If you have any questions regarding the content of the course, please contact the lecturer.
Lecturer: Connie Engelberts, MSc, science editor, UMC Utrecht
Course description
During this course, the participants will write and edit articles for three editions of a digital newsmagazine from the Graduate School of Life Sciences. The course starts with three meetings in which the students learn to identify interests of their target group, practice interview techniques and exercise in popular science writing. In the second half of the course, the students will form an editorial board and write at least three popular science articles about Utrecht life sciences research. The course is available for 4-10 students.

Previous issues of Master for life magazine can be found here.

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Literature/study material
N.A.
RegistrationYou can apply for this course for 2018-2019 starting from July 1st and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. Applications before July 1st will not be taken into account.
You can register via the Study Guide.The maximum number of participants is 10, with a minimum of 4.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.

English for Academic Purposes

Period (from – till): Seven times a year. The exact dates are displayed in the table below.
Faculty
Teachers from Babel Talen, Utrecht

Course description
The Babel Language Institute organises an 'English for academic purposes' course specifically for Life Sciences students. You can take this course as part of your elective component, if your programme coordinator agrees.

This English for Academic Purposes course focuses on giving academic presentations and writing an academic paper. The students’ own subjects will be used as a basis for language work. We will consider some essential elements of a presentation: opening, closing, signposting the organisation, referring to visuals, handling questions, adopting the right body language, and involving the audien­ce. Students will learn how to give feedback and will improve their oral fluency and their vocabulary throughout the course.Furthermore, we will focus on language aspects relating to writing an academic paper. We will analyse its information and look at language conventions. Moreover, we will discuss some issues involving punctuation, formal and informal English, wordiness and the use of linking words. This course aims to develop and improve the writing and presenting skills students need in their master programme. In addition, students will activate and expand their vocabulary and improve their fluency in English.

The course length is 10 meetings of 2 hours. Students need to invest 3-5 hours of self-study per week. Students will pass the course if they attend at least nine meetings, have given a presentation, and have handed in a paper.
Literature/study material used
Textbook (writing and presenting scientific papers) and loose-leaf material will be handed out during the meetings.
RegistrationRegistration is on a "first come, first served" basis. You can register for the course through the Study Guide for courses in period 1 (groups 1 and 2 with starting date before November 12th 2018). Registration for the remaining courses in period 2-4 (groups 3-7 with starting dates after November 12th 2018) will be through OSIRIS. In the table below the corresponding registration periods for each edition have been added under the group number, to indicate which one you should use when registering via Osiris Student in Period 2-4.The maximum number of participants per group is 10, the minimum 6.
Mandatory for students in Master’s programme
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge
The English proficiency is of an upperintermediate to advanced level.

Teaching Schedule:
The course is taught from 19:15-21:15 in the Hijmans van den Bergh building.Group:
Osiris:group 1
BMS P1 Agroup 2
BMS P1 Bgroup 3
BMS P2 Agroup 4
BMS P2 Bgroup 5
BMS P3 Agroup 6
BMS P3 Bgroup 7
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Essentials of Neuroscience

Period (from – till):
Essentials of Neuroscience Face-to-face course: 21 January 2019 - 1 Febuary 2019
Essentials of Clinical Neuroscience Online course: 7 January 2019 - 22 March 2019
Faculty
Ramakers, Adan, Burbach, Pasterkamp, De Graan, Kas; UMC Utrecht, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, Department of Translational Neuroscience
Course descriptionOverall aim
The aim of the course is to provide sufficient background in molecular and cellular neuroscience to understand mechanisms underlying psychiatiric and neurological diseases.

Description of the Essentials of Neuroscience Face-to-face course:
This intense two weeks course is intended for non-neuroscience master students who want to get more background into neuroscience. The lectures during the course cover a broad range of neuroscience topics from gene to neurological disease and include neuro-anatomy, neurodevelopment, synaptic plasticity, neurogenetics and diseases such as Epilepsy, Anorexia nervosa, Obesity and Parkinsons disease and are given by experts from the Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neurosciences. During the afternoons the students will work in couples on an assignment on a neurological disease. This assignment will results in a scientific presentation on the disease, which will discuss all aspects covered in the lectures, ranging from clinical symptoms and treatment, to molecular and cellular mechanisms, to genetic studies and genes involved. These presentations will be held on the last Friday during a symposium.

Description of the Essentials of Clinical Neuroscience Online course:
This online course gives you a unique opportunity to study the state of the art insights in Neurosciences, discover the research strengths of UMC Utrecht and experience our educational philosophy.With participants from all over the world you will follow weblectures by top UMC Utrecht neuroscientists, discuss recent developments in this field and make assignments and group projects online. This course gives you a unique opportunity to study the state of the art insights in Neurosciences, discover the research strengths of UMC Utrecht and experience our educational philosophy. Wherever you are, whenever you are available you can join our academic community of eager, young minds from behind your computer!
The course will consist of web lectures by renowned experts as well as articles, group assignments, individual assignments, peer feedback and feedback from teachers. During the course you will interact with other participants through assignments and discussions. The course will be moderated actively by professional moderators and teaching staff of the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus of UMC Utrecht.

Literature/study material used:
Parts of Neuroscience (Purves et al., Sinauer Ass.Inc., Sunderland, Massachusetts, 4e editie, 2004 (ISBN 978-0-87893-697-7)) and recent reviews and original articles.

Registration:
Essentials of Neuroscience Face-to-face course: apply at least 1 week before start of course. Register via the study guide. The maximum number of participants is 40.
Essentials of Clinical Neuroscience Online course: apply at least 3 weeks before start of the course. Register via the study guide. The maximum number of participants is 16.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
BoD students: This course is one of the specific cardiovascular BoD-courses. Additional to the mandatory Kick off course, BoD students should accomplish 12 EC with specific (cardiovascular) BoD courses.
This is not applicable for the online variant of this course.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes, except for NSCN students.

Prerequisite knowledge:
No special requirements.

Fundamentals of Biofabrication, online course

Period: 1 April - 2 June 2019

Practical information
This is an online course stretching over 9 weeks with a study load of approximately 10 hours per week.
Please note: the course contains weekly deadlines for individual and group assignments, so students should take this into consideration when signing up​.

Course coordinator: : Paulina Nuñez Bernal, MSc (p.nunezbernal@umcutrecht.nl)
Lecturer: Prof. dr. ir. Jos Malda

Course content
Biofabrication combines advanced 3D fabrication techniques with biological systems to create complex tissue constructs, which can be applied for tissue engineering, as 3D in vitro biological models, or as medical therapeutic products. This online course aims to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge on the various aspects of biofabrication, including 3D printing techniques, biomaterials, tissue engineering, applications, translation and ethics.

The subjects being addressed:

  • 3D printing history, techniques, applications
  • CAD/CAM, 3D modelling, STL, G code
  • Medical imaging to printing
  • 3D printing techniques: additive manufacturing, robotic
    dispensing, fused deposition modelling, electrospinning,
    stereolithography, powder printing, metal printing
  • 3D printing in the clinic: devices and implants
  • Biomaterials: polymers, bioinks, tissue­derived matrices
  • Cells and stem cells
  • Cell printing
  • Applications: cartilage, liver, cardiovascular system,
    organ­on­a­chip, in vitro models
  • Translation, bench­to­bedside
  • Automation, implementation, regulation
  • Ethics

The added value for the participants:
This course provides fundamental knowledge on biofabrication and is developed by a leading research group within the biofabrication field. Weblectures are given by experts in the fields of tissue engineering, materials sicence, mechanical engineering, medicine, biology and ethics.

Registration
The registration will be via the Study guide.
Students from outside the Graduate School of Life Sciences can register for this course by sending an email to Paulina Nunez Bernal. Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.

History of Medicine and the Biomedical Sciences

Period (from – till): 14 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
Faculty:
Prof. dr. F.G. Huisman, Julius Centre UMC Utrecht
Course description:
This is a nine-week course that is part of the Research Master History and Philosophy of Science, offered by the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities. In principle, it is open to all MA students of the Graduate School of the Life Sciences.
Modern biomedical science and modern medicine originated - both epistemologically and institutionally – in the period between 1850 and 1950. The epoch not only witnessed the birth of the modern hospital and the laboratory, but there was a growing awareness that the state had an important role to play in public health as well. Taken together, the hospital, the laboratory and the caring state can be considered as the symbols of modernity.

Over the course of time, the medical scientist and the clinician have become valuable citizens, who transformed our health care system profoundly. At the same time, scientific progress has come with problems and drawbacks. In order to understand modern medicine and health care, it makes sense to take a look at its historical roots.
This course is an introduction to the birth of modern medicine, looking at developments over the course of the ‘long nineteenth century’. After an introduction of five weeks, you are expected to choose a topic that particularly interests you and write a paper about it. Topics may be chosen from any period between Classical Antiquity and contemporary biomedicine.
You will find out that history is not about presenting dry facts about the past, but rather about reflecting the human condition. Medical history is thinking about the ways in which man is dealing with health and illness, with pain and death – both in the past and in the present.

Literature/study material used:
- W.F. Bynum, Science and the practice of medicine in the nineteenth century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).
- M. Jackson ed., The Oxford handbook of the history of medicine (Oxford: Oxford university press, 2011):
* R. Cooter, ‘Medicine and modernity’ (pp. 100-116)
* H.J. Cook, ‘Medicine in western Europe’ (pp. 190-207)
* M. Gorsky, ‘The political economy of health care’ (pp. 429-449)
* R. Bivins, ‘Histories of heterodoxy’ (pp. 578-597)
- Chr. Hamlin, Cholera: the biography (Oxford UP, 2009).

Schedule:
PART 1
Week 7 (Thursday 14/2/2019)
Week 8 (21/2)
Week 9 (28/2)
Week 10 (7/3)
Week 11 (14/3)

PART 2
Week 12 (21/3)
Week 13 (28/3)
Week 14 (4/4)
Week 15 (11/4)
Week 16 (18/4) – Tuinzaal, all day

Time and location
Time: on Thursdays, 13.15-17.00 (= 1.15 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
Location: Heijmans van den Bergh Building (HvdB), Uithof (to be reached by bus no. 12 or 28). Rooms differ (power point facilities are available everywhere).

Registration:
The maximum number of participants is 15. Please register via Osiris Student in Period 3 (Please note that this is a small exception in regards to start dates and corresponding Period. Use starting block BMS P3 A). More information can be found here in the Study guide.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
This course is an elective course for all Master’s student of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. It is open to all students enrolled in the Research Master History and Philosophy of Science.

Prerequisite knowledge:
Bachelor’s degree and admission granted to a GSLS Master’s programme or Research Master History and Philosophy of Science.

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

Period (from – till): February - November

Course coordinator: Prof. Niels Geijsen (n.geijsen@hubrecht.eu)

Faculty:
Prof. Niels Geijsen (n.geijsen@hubrecht.eu)
Dr. Margot Koster (M.C.Koster@uu.nl)
Prof. Dr. Guido van den Ackerveken
Prof. Dr. Roos Masereeuw
Dr. Ton Peeters
Course description:The iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine competition), http://igem.org/Main_Page, is an international organization that stimulates students to work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. The competition already involves more than 100 teams from many universities and institutes. This course offers students the unique possibility to work in an interdisciplinary team on a very challenging project. The students do not only have to design and build a genetically engineered biological system, but also need to get sponsors, attract media attention and finally present their work on different occasions, including the iGEM jamboree in November in Boston.

Assessment is based on participation, the quality of the final report and an individual report to be judged by at least two instructors/teachers.
Literature/study material:
N.A.

Registration
For application and or information you can contact Prof. Niels Geijsen or Dr. Margot Koster. Deadline for the application is February 1. The team is selected from motivated students in a face-to-face interview. (July-august min. 75 % availability is required). For application and or information you can contact Prof. Niels Geijsen (n.geijsen@hubrecht.eu ) or Dr. Margot Koster (M.C.Koster@uu.nl).

Mandatory for GSLS students.
No.
Optional for students from other GSL Master's programmes:Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge:
N.A.

Laboratory Animal Sciences

Period (from – till): several times a year.
Faculty
Teachers from the Department of Animals in Science and Society , Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiteit Utrecht

NOTE: There are different courses offered please read the information on the websites carefully. You should take the laboratory animal sciences course only if you need it for your research project; you must have permission from your supervisor and your programme coordinator.

You can find the exact course dates and information for the English taught course here.
More information about the Dutch taught course can be foud here.
Course description
This course is a requirement for conducting animal experiments and teaches you the basics on animal research.
The objective of the course is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of animals and for the quality of research. From the beginning of the course, emphasis is placed on the fact that the scientist is the central person in the design and performance of animal experiments, and that he/she has specific responsibilities with respect to the welfare of the animals used. It is made clear that the use of animals can be accepted only under a set of strict conditions. Among these are that the experiment must be approved by an ethics committee, and must be conducted by persons who are fully competent.Please note:

  • You should take the laboratory animal sciences course only if you need it for your research project; you must have permission from your supervisor and your programme coordinator.
  • Because this course is expensive, you need to fill the rest of your elective component with modules which are free of extra costs, in exceptional cases more than one course may be allowed. You have to ask prior approval from the Board of Examiners if you want to take more than one of these courses.

Registration:

  • For BMS students BIFM, BIDM, CSND, EPIM, IMIF, NSCN, RMTM, TXEH: please use the registration form which can be found in the here.
  • For students from BII, ENVB, MCLS, SBM and DINN: please use the standard form of the LAS course which you can find here.

Fill out the form and first hand it in at your Master's programme’s administration desk for approval. You need a signature and financial account number in order to have the form accepted at the LAS administration. In order to get approval from the Board of Examiners please add a signed statement of your examiner that this course is mandatory for your researchproject. After obtaining the approval you can sent the form to the LAS administration.
Mandatory for students in GSLS Master’s programme
No.

Optional for students in GSLS Master’s programme
Yes.
More information in Dutch: click here, in English: click here.

Career Orientation & Professionalisation

This course is in Dutch only!De mastercursus Loopbaanoriëntatie en Professionalisering is een cursus voor masterstudenten van de Utrecht University, Graduate School of Life Sciences. De cursus wordt sinds 2001 gegeven door Jan van den Broek, managementtrainer en o.a. werkzaam bij de Bètafaculteit van de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.
Cursusomschrijving
De student analyseert zichzelf en de arbeidsmarkt en stelt een plan van aanpak op om zijn/haar doel te bereiken. Daarnaast wordt een aantal managementvaardigheden getraind. De cursus beoogt zelfreflectie en externe oriëntatie actief te stimuleren, o.a. door presentaties van individuele competentieprofielen, beroepsprofielen, netwerkervaringen, zoekrichtingen en actieplannen. Verder biedt de cursus de mogelijkheid om kennis, inzicht en vaardigheden met betrekking tot een aantal algemene professionele functievereisten (verder) te ontwikkelen: o.a. multidisciplinair samenwerken, projectmanagement, probleem solving, persoonlijke effectiviteit en leren omgaan met belangentegenstellingen (onderhandelingstechnieken en conflicthantering). De cursus wordt gegeven in het Nederlands. De cursusdagen zijn 7 hele dagen (9.00-17.00).
De cursus kent geen tentamen maar wordt afgerond met een persoonlijk werkstuk. Studenten ontvangen een beoordeling in de vorm van een cijfer. Registration:
Stuur een e-mail aan science.gsls@uu.nl onder vermelding van naam, studentnummer, e-mail adres, telefoonnummer, masterprogramma. Let op, bij te weinig aanmelding kan de cursus niet doorgaan. Het aantal maximaal toe te laten studenten is 20. De aanmelding wordt geaccepteerd indien er plek is en na bevestiging.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme: NO.
Optional for students in other Master’s programmes GS-LS: Optional for all GSLS students who have a good command of the Dutch language.

Wat reacties van studenten na afloop van de cursus vorig jaar:
“In deze cursus heb ik geleerd hoe ik mijzelf moet presenteren, hoe ik professioneel overkom. Zelfreflectie vond ik een belangrijk onderdeel. Door deze cursus is mijn koers duidelijker geworden.”
“Ik liep te twijfelen over wat ik kon doen na mijn studie. Deze cursus heeft inzicht gegevens in wat ik wil, wat ik kan en wat ik waard ben op de arbeidsmarkt. Dankzij deze cursus heb ik het aangedurfd op meerdere posities te solliciteren en heb ik een geweldige baan in het bedrijfsleven gevonden”.

Nanomed

Characteristics of nanoparticles such as size, surface area and internal composition make them attractive candidates for use in therapeutic and diagnostic applications. The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the nanomedicine field. Every week a theme will be discussed in which nanomedicine is involved: therapeutics (both synthetic and bio-inspired) and diagnostics. We will focus on the applications of nanomedicine in cardiovascular disease and cancer.
 
After an introductory lecture on a specific theme, you will have an interactive meet up with two experts of the cardiovascular and cancer field, respectively. During the week you will work on an assignment together with one of the other students. During the course you will write a research proposal, present a paper and present the unique selling point of a nanomedicine company.  

Philosophy of Neuroscience

Period (from - till): June 2019

Course description
This course is offers compact, rigorous and practical journey in the philosophy of neuroscience, the interdisciplinary study of neuroscience, philosophy, cognition and mind. Philosophy of neuroscience explores the relevance of neuroscientific studies in the fields of cognition, emotion, consciousness and philosophy of mind, by applying the conceptual rigor and methods of philosophy of science. The teaching will start with the basics of philosophy of science including the work of Popper, Lakatos, Kuhn and Feyerabend, and use a methodological evaluation scheme developed from this work that allows rigorous evaluating neuroscientificresearch as science or pseudoscience. Furthermore, there will be attention for the historical routes of neuroscience starting with Aristotle, and the conceptual problems in neuroscience, methodological confusions in neuroscience, dualism and fysicalism. The main aim of the course is provide wide-ranging understanding of the significance, strengths and weaknesses of fields of neuroscience, which helps in critical thinking, creativity, methodological precision and scientific writing.

Literature/study material used
Book Chapters and Articles on Neurophilosophy and Philosophy of Neuro(science).
Registration
Via the study guide.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
No

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes

Radiation Safety 5B

Period (from – till): Several times a year. The exact dates will be published on the website of TU Delft.
Faculty
W.F. Wiersma, PhD, head of the training centre/tutor in Utrecht, NCSV
Course description
This course can be followed in English and in Dutch. Go to the website for detailed information (select the 2,5 day course. PDF with details available).
Unfortunately there seems to be no English page available. If anything is unclear, please contact the person under "informatie" in the PDF with details on the website via the link above.

The radiation safety course 5B level is open to MSc students who need it for their research project. You must have permission from your supervisor and your programme coordinator.
Please note: Because this course is expensive, you need to fill the rest of your elective component with modules which are free of extra costs. The costs of the radiation safety course at level 4B will not be reimbursed.
The course Health Physics expert level 5B is meant for radiation experts in situations where radioactive sources with a low risk of exposure are used. The course offers a useful introduction in working with ionizing radiation for all kinds of radiation workers, such as laboratory personnel, technical staff, medical personnel and workers in industry. Because of the diversity in work environment of the participants, the course will not focus on one specific radioisotope.
A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is used for this course. Participants will have to study before the start of the training. This can be done independently and all students are fee to choose their own study moments.
The course level 5B is open to MSc students who will have to work with radioactive material during their research project. You must have permission from your supervisor and your program coordinator.
The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions. After passing this exam, you will receive the certificate Health Physics expert level 5B and are allowed to work independently with radioisotopes.

The courses will be taught at the Ornstein Laboratory, Princetonplein 1, De Uithof, Utrecht.
More information, contact details and registration form can be found here.
Literature/study material
Practical Radiation Protection (J. van den Eijnde, M. Schouwenburg)
(in the course fee included)

Registration
To register:
1. Fill in the General application form for electives;

After approval fill in the from below of the TU Delft
2. Form of the TU Delft

Mandatory for GSLS students.
No.
Optional for students from other GSL Master's programmes:Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge:
The course is based on participants with a technical, medical or scientific education on university level. A good knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics is necessary.

Science and Society

Period (from – till): 11 January 2019 - 7 June 2019
Note: The Course schedule is: January 11, February 22, March 15, May 17, June 7 and optional date November 22 (a lecture from the PhD course open for students of this course), 2019. The exact schedule of lectures is available in the detailed desciption through the link below.
Faculty
Prof. dr. F.G. Huisman, Julius Centre UMC Utrecht;
Dr Annemieke Meijer
Guest lecturers
Course description
A detailed description of the course can be found here on the Study Guide.

In modern life, science is everywhere. The products of biomedical science and technology may help achieve a healthy society and economic progress. They may even prolong life and make it more agreeable at the same time. But how much do we really know about the production, implementation and evaluation of scientific knowledge? What, exactly, is the basis for our belief in science? What sets it apart from common knowledge? Who should we trust in case two scientists disagree in a hotly debated issue? Is science a vocation or just another profession? Is scientific knowledge something special to be emulated, or ‘just another opinion’? Are scientific facts discovered or socially constructed? How are science and technology embedded in society and how do they change over time?

Whoever wants to become a scientist, should be aware of these and similar questions; (s)he should not just know about the contents of scientific knowledge, but about its context as well. This course sets out to create that awareness. Until recently, it was only available to PhD students. Now, an abridged version is offered to graduate students. In six Friday afternoon sessions, the historical, philosophical, sociological and ethical dimensions of the biomedical sciences will be discussed.

For those of you who are interested in a public debate that is now going on with regard to science and the university, see www.scienceintransition.nl and http://www.wetenschapsagenda.nl/.

The course will be assessed by means of a writing assignment: you will be asked to submit a 1500 word paper on any topic, related to the theme of the course.

You will write an argumentative essay: one in which you discuss a controversial issue, take up a position and give supporting arguments aimed to persuade your readers to accept your claim(s). It is different from the types of text that you may be used to writing (lab reports, research papers) in that the writer has a clear voice – he or she is present in the text, which allows for (or indeed, requires) a considerable amount of creativity and personal choice. You may use a variety of sources, both scholarly and popular (newspapers, magazine articles).

Your essay will be graded on the basis of the following criteria:

  • information: detailed, accurate, relevant
  • structure: rigorously argued, logical, easy to follow
  • interpretation: evidence of independent thought and critical analysis
  • use of evidence: key points supported with evidence, critically evaluated
  • academic referencing: good use of academic referencing conventions
  • style & use of language

Literature/study material used:
Three articles, taken from the Golem-series by Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch:

- ‘Introduction: the Golem’ and ‘The Germs of Dissent: Louis Pasteur and the Origins of Life’ in: Collins and Pinch, The Golem. What You Should Know about Science (Cambridge UP 1993), 1-3 and 79-90.
- ‘ACTing UP: AIDS Cures and Lay Expertise’ in: Collins and Pinch, The Golem at Large. What You Should Know about Technology (Cambridge UP 1998), 126-150.
- ‘Vaccination and Parents’Rights. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and Pertusis’ and ‘The Themes Revisited’ in: Collins and Pinch, Dr. Golem. How to Think about Medicine (The University of Chicago Press 2005), 180-204 and 205-224.

In addition to these articles, speakers will provide one or two articles on the topic of their lecture. When possible, we will send an email with these attachments before the meetings, so that you can prepare the topics to be discussed. Students should print the documents themselves.

Registration:
The Course schedule is: January 11, February 22, March 15, May 17, June 7 and optional date November 22 (a lecture from the PhD course open for students of this course), 2019.
Please register via Osiris Student in Period 3 (Please note that this is a small exception in regards to start dates and corresponding Period. Use starting block BMS P3 A) Please also be aware that the course starts on January 11th and therefore the re-registration for this course is only available on January 10th since afterwards the course has already started. More information can be found here and by sending an email before November 25th 2018 to Ms M. van Dijk-Okla: m.vandijk-okla@umcutrecht.nl, including the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Home Address
  • Zip code and City
  • A short motivation

The maximum number of students is 25.
All Master’s students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences are welcome to attend the course. There is, however, a maximum capacity of 25 participants. Should there be more applicants, the final 25 will be selected on the basis of their application letter.
You are expected to be an active participant, i.e. to prepare the topic and to take part in the general discussion.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge:
Bachelor’s degree and admission granted to a GSLS Master’s programme

Societal challenges for life science scientists: exploring interdisciplinarity

Period (from - till): 3-14 December 2018

Course coordinators:
Dr. ir. M.E.G.L. Lumens
Dr. G.M.J. Ramakers

Course description:
One overarching interdisciplinary theme will be chosen each year. This year the theme is Food and health. In the first few days, lecture/discussion will be organized with experts in the field to help students familiarize with the topic, get an overview of the current debate, and the problems to solve. In the meantime, students will be instructed on the principles of interdisciplinary research.
Students form interdisciplinary groups of 3/4 and develop a research question within the theme that captured their interest. After presenting their plans and receiving (peer) feedback on the feasibility of their plans, students make a concrete plan for the rest of the course period and divide tasks. Each team has a supervisor.

Examination:AssessmentDescriptionWeightONDERZResearch proposal40%OPDRACHTAssignment30%PRESENTPresentation30%
Literature/study material used:
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RegistrationYou can apply for this course through Osiris Student.
The course registrations of the course will be open at specific intervals based on the starting date.
See the information on the Study Guide.​ Registration for these courses will open in the second half of September.
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.
Prerequisite knowledgeStudents should be enrolled in a master's programme of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Vascularized Tissue Engineering online course

Period (from – till): 4 February - 31 March 2019
Note: this is an online course stretching over 7 weeks with a study load of approximately 9-10 hours per week. Please take into account that the studyload is divided over the week so you will need to be able to login on various moments (taking into account vacation days).
The e-moderator will keep track of your progression. He/she will score the quality of the content and your responses on all required activities. This results in ‘insufficient, ‘sufficient’ or ‘good’. You need at least a 5.5 for all three individual components to pass the course. ​

Course coordinator: Dr. Joost Fledderus
Lecturer: Merle Maas-Krebber, MSc

Course description:
Tissue engineering (TE) is an ever-growing multidisciplinary scientific field aiming at replacing injured, missing or damaged tissue. Current researchers in the field use different principles, knowledge and techniques from (stem) cell biology, vascular biology, medicine, biomaterials and bioengineering. Vascular and vascularized tissue engineering take prominent places within this field. The construction of blood vessels is both an independent target for replacement therapy as well as an integral part of larger constructs. A crucial challenge in obtaining large sized functional TE scaffolds (>1 milimeter in any dimensional space) is how to introduce a complex vascular tree that supplies a steady medium and blood stream for the expanding tissue to meet oxygen en nutrient demands.
This course teaches Master students’ in-depth and hands-on knowledge on developmental and adult blood vessel formation in health and disease and the current clinical treatments for which vascular(ized) TE is thought to be eligible. Moreover, we will address state of the art techniques of vascular(ized) TE, including the use of biomaterials and cell sources for bioreactor-cultured and in situ applications.

This course teaches fundamental knowledge on vascular and vascularized tissue engineering, adding significantly to the currently available curriculum concerning angiogenesis, vascular repair and remodeling, regenerative medicine and cardiovascular disease. Participants in this e-course will benefit from the flexible work hours, enabling participation parallel to writing a thesis or doing an internship abroad. This course was developed using collaborative partners leading in regenerative medicine and cardiovascular disease. Grading of this course will be based on handing in a graphical abstract (group assignment), an individual assignment and on individual participation during the course and in discussion forums.

Required Materials:
N.A.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Open as an elective to GSLS students from the programmes RM&T, BFAB & BOD.

Registration:
Please register via the Study guide. Deadline for registration is January 25th. The maximum of participants is 16.
Students from outside the Graduate School of Life Sciences can register for this course by sending an email to m.m.krebber@umcutrecht.nl (link sends e-mail). Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.

Prerequisite knowledge:
Master student RMT, BOD, Biofab