CRIG Doctoral Schools specialist course on 'Cancer' - 2020

CRIG organizes the 3rd edition of the Doctoral Schools specialist course on ‘Cancer’, which has been recognized by the Doctoral Schools Life Sciences & Medicine. One of CRIG’s important aims is to educate young cancer researchers, and we believe this program is a great opportunity and added value for UGent PhD students involved in cancer research. Considering the fast evolving trends in cancer research, this specialized educational course, lectured by CRIG experts, can meet the needs of pre-doctoral cancer researchers with variable educational background and active in different cancer research disciplines.


Target audience & registration terms

The course is targeted to and open for Ghent University PhD students with different educational background, who are involved in cancer research, and are enrolled in the Doctoral Schools of Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences and/or (Bioscience) Engineering. This course is free of charge.

Pre-registration is possible via the link below. Important: your pre-registration will be screened by the Doctoral Schools and your registration will only be final upon confirmation by mail later.


As this course is open for PhD students with different educational background, we offer the participants the flexibility to choose from a set of 6 different modules (each of which covering various topics and speakers), resulting in a tailored educational package for each individual participant (see full program further)

  • Module I: Cancer biology  -  18 Feb 2020 (13:15 – 17:30)
  • Module II: In vitro and in vivo cancer modeling  -  10 March 2020 (13:15 – 17:30)
  • Module III: Technologies in cancer research  -  13 March 2020 (9:00 – 15:00)
  • Module IV: Cancer therapeutics  -  23 April 2020 (9:00 – 16:05)
  • Module V: Cancer diagnosis and screening  -  27 April 2020 (13:15 – 17:30)
  • Module VI: OncoPoint symposium  -  20 May 2020 (9:00 – 17:30)

Each participant needs a minimum of contact hours to meet the Doctoral Schools requirements.

  • Minimal requirement: participation to at least 4 modules
    (important remark: each module represents a separate, well-defined educational package and thus can be followed separately from the other modules)
  • Participants are allowed to follow all modules (if you want to attend OncoPoint: do not forget to register for this symposium via this link as well)
  • At registration, each participant needs to indicate which modules will be followed



As described above, we offer 6 modules in the program: modules I-V consist of classes/presentations (for maximum 40 PhD students); module VI (OncoPoint) is a research symposium.
Below are the topics per module. Venues are not all confirmed yet, but all modules will take place in Ghent.

Module I: 'Cancer biology' - 18 Feb 2020 - 13:15 to 17:30  (3h45m contact hours + coffee break*)
        Venue: Seminariezaal 4, Campus Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ottergemsesteenweg 460, 9000 Gent)

Module II: 'In vitro and in vivo cancer modeling' - 10 March 2020 - 13:15 to 17:30  (3h45m contact hours + coffee break*)
        Venue: UGent-VIB research building FSVM (seminar room), Technologiepark 71, 9052 Gent-Zwijnaarde

  • 2.1) In vitro/in vivo gene editing and modulation (1h15) – prof. Geert Berx
  • 2.2) Cellular model systems and assays in cancer research (1h15) – prof. Olivier De Wever
  • 2.3) Overview of in vivo models in cancer research (1h15) - prof. Kris Vleminckx

Module III: 'Technologies in cancer research' - 13 March 2020 - 9:00 to 15:00  (4h30m contact hours + coffee break* + lunch break*)
        Venue: UZ Gent campus, MRB2 (entrance 38), seminar room ground floor

  • 3.1) Genomics & transcriptomics (45 min) – prof. Jo Vandesompele
  • 3.2) Proteomics (45 min) – prof. Kris Gevaert
  • 3.3) Metabolomics & lipidomics (45 min) – prof. Lynn Vanhaecke
  • 3.4) Technologies for drug delivery (45 min) – prof. Stefaan De Smedt
  • 3.5) Cellular imaging and (high throughput) screening (45 min) – dr. Dominique Audenaert (VIB-UGent)
  • 3.6) In vivo imaging techniques (45 min) – prof. Christian Vanhove

Module IV: 'Cancer therapeutics' - 23 April 2020 - 9:00 to 16:05  (5h15m contact hours + coffee break* + lunch break*)
        Venue: UZ Gent campus, MRB2 (entrance 38), seminar room ground floor

  • 4.1) Surgery (45 min) – prof. Wim Ceelen
  • 4.2) Chemotherapy & targeted therapy (45 min) – prof. Hannelore Denys (UZ Gent, UGent)
  • 4.3) Radiotherapy (45 min) – prof. Piet Ost
  • 4.4) Immunotherapy (45 min) – prof. Tessa Kerre
  • 4.5) Clinical trials in oncology (45 min) – prof. Sylvie Rottey
  • 4.6) Precision oncology (45 min) – prof. Katleen De Preter
  • 4.7) From symptom to multidisciplinary treatment: the clinical path of cancer patients and case studies (45 min) – prof. Vibeke Kruse

Module V: 'Cancer diagnosis and screening' - 27 April 2020 - 13:15 to 17:30  (3h45m contact hours + coffee break*)
        Venue: UZ Gent campus, MRB2 (entrance 38), seminar room ground floor

  • 5.1) Pathology (45 min) – prof. David Creytens
  • 5.2) Clinical biology (45 min) – prof. Jan Philippé
  • 5.3) Genetics (45 min) – prof. Nadine Van Roy (UZ Gent, UGent)
  • 5.4) Novel (non-invasive) diagnostic technologies (45 min) – dr. Joni Van der Meulen
  • 5.5) Societal and economic aspects of cancer (45 min) – prof. Koen Van Herck

Module VI: 8th OncoPoint symposium – May 20, 2020 (9:00 – 17:30)
       Venue: Het Pand (Onderbergen, Gent)

OncoPoint is a yearly symposium organised by CRIG, providing a common interface to meet fellow cancer researchers, exchange information, discuss and start collaborations. Basic, translational and clinical cancer researchers from CRIG (Ghent University, Ghent University Hospital and VIB-UGent) will present their latest work to each other. In addition, we welcome high impact invited speakers to our program.
Program under construction – for a view of the concept and the program of last years, we refer to the pages of 2018 & 2019.

* lunch and coffee are provided for the participants and presenters, free of charge



This specialist course is organized by CRIG, with support from:


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