CRIG Doctoral Schools specialist course on 'Cancer' - 2021


CRIG organizes the 4th edition of the Doctoral Schools specialist course on ‘Cancer’, which has been recognized by the Doctoral Schools Life. 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  -  Feb 26, 2021 (13:15 - 17:30)
  • Module II: In vitro and in vivo cancer modeling  -  March 18, 2021 (13:15 - 17:30)
  • Module III: Technologies in cancer research  -  March 30, 2021 (9:00 - 15:00)
  • Module IV: Cancer therapeutics  -  May 7, 2021 (9:00 - 16:00)
  • Module V: Cancer diagnosis and screening  -  May 18, 2021 (8:45 - 13:00)
  • Module VI: OncoDot.2 symposium (Jan 27, 2021) & OncoDot.3 symposium (April 28, 2021)

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
  • At registration, each participant needs to indicate which modules will be followed

According to the COVID-19 regulations of Ghent University, all modules of the 2021 specialist course will take place online!



As described above, we offer 6 modules in the program: modules I-V consist of online classes/presentations; module VI consists of the online research symposia OncoDot.2 and OncoDot.3.

Below are the topics per module. Modules I-V will take place between February and May 2021 (all dates will be confirmed as soon as possible)

Module I: 'Cancer biology' - Friday 26 Feb 2021 (13:15 - 17:30)
                  (3h45m contact hours + breaks)

Module II: 'In vitro and in vivo cancer modeling' -  Thursday 18 March (13:15 - 17:30) 
                   (3h45m contact hours + breaks)

  • 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' -  Tuesday 30 March (9:00 - 15:00)
                    (4h30m contact hours + breaks)

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

Module IV: 'Cancer therapeutics' - Friday 7 May (9:00 - 16:00)
                    (5h15m contact hours + breaks)

  • 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 (AZ Sint-Nicolaas, UGent)

Module V: 'Cancer diagnosis and screening' - Tuesday 18 May (8:45 - 13:00)
                   (3h45m contact hours + breaks)

  • 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: CRIG's online OncoDot symposia: OncoDot.2 (Jan 27, 2021) & OncoDot.3 (April 28, 2021)

OncoPoint is a yearly symposium - organized by CRIG – in which fundamental, translational and clinical cancer researchers from CRIG are invited to present their work, meet each other, discuss and start new collaborations. As a corona proof alternative, CRIG launched OncoDot: a series of 3 short, online symposia. In October, our first event successfully took place (contact us if you would like to see the recording of the event)! The upcoming OncoDot.2 (focus on immuno-oncology) and OncoDot.3 (focus on cancer modeling) symposia again guarantee an attractive experience with live streaming from a professional studio.
Programs under construction – for a view of the concept and the program of the first OncoDot event, we refer to this link



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


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