CRIG Doctoral Schools specialist course on 'Cancer' - 2023


CRIG organizes the 6th edition of the Doctoral Schools specialist course on ‘Cancer’, which has been recognized by the Ghent University Doctoral Schools. 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.

Registration is possible via the link below. Important: your registration will be screened by CRIG and the Doctoral Schools to check whether this course can be included in your Doctoral Schools curriculum.



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  -  8 Feb, 2023 (13:15 - 17:30)
  • Module II: In vitro and in vivo cancer modeling  - 7 March, 2023 (13:15 - 17:30)
  • Module III: Technologies in cancer research  -  9 March, 2023 (9:00 - 15:00)
  • Module IV: Cancer therapeutics  -  29 March, 2023 (9:00 - 16:00)
  • Module V: Cancer diagnosis and screening  -  16 May, 2023 (13:15 - 17:30)
  • Module VI: PrIOMiC-OncoPoint symposium (3-4 May, 2023)

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 he/she would like to follow

Each module will take place physically (classroom or auditorium in UGent or UZ Gent buildings) and the exact locations will be communicated later.



As described above, we offer 6 modules in the program: modules I-V consist of classes/presentations; module VI consists of the research symposium PrIOMiC-OncoPoint.

Below are the topics and speakers per module. The exact locations (in Gent) will be communicated later.

Module I: 'Cancer biology' - Wednesday 8 Feb 2023 (13:15 - 17:30 in UZ-MRB2)
                  (3h45m contact hours + breaks)

Module II: 'In vitro and in vivo cancer modeling' - Thursday 7 March 2023 (13:15 - 17:30 in VIB-FSVM) 
                   (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' - Thursday 9 March 2023 (9:00 - 15:00 in UZ-MRB2)
                    (4h30m contact hours + breaks)

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

Module IV: 'Cancer therapeutics' - Wednesday 29 March 2023 (9:00 - 16:00 in UZ-MRB2)
                    (5h15m contact hours + breaks)

  • 4.1) Surgery (45 min) – prof. Wim Ceelen
  • 4.2) Radiotherapy (45 min) – prof. Piet Ost
  • 4.3) Chemotherapy & targeted therapy (45 min) – dr. Michaël Saerens (UZ Gent)
  • 4.4) Clinical trials in oncology (45 min) – prof. Sylvie Rottey
  • 4.5) Precision oncology (45 min) – Kathleen Schoofs on behalf of prof. Katleen De Preter
  • 4.6) Immunotherapy (45 min) – dr. Nicolas Kint (UZ Gent)
  • 4.7) From symptom to multidisciplinary treatment: the clinical path of cancer patients and case studies (45 min) – prof. Gwen Sys (Kankercentrum UZ Gent)

Module V: 'Cancer diagnosis and screening' - Tuesday 16 May 2023 (13:15 - 17:30 in UZ-B3 room 0.2)
                   (3h45m contact hours + breaks)

  • 5.1) Clinical biology (45 min) – dr. Pieter De Kesel (dept. clinical biology, UZ Gent)
  • 5.2) Genetics (45 min) – dr. Suzanne Vanhauwaert on behalf of prof. Nadine Van Roy (Center for Medical Genetics Ghent)
  • 5.3) Novel (non-invasive) diagnostic technologies (45 min) – dr. Joni Van der Meulen
  • 5.4) Pathology (45 min) – prof. David Creytens
  • 5.5) Societal and economic aspects of cancer (45 min) – prof. Katrien Vanthomme (Center for Prevention and Early Detection of Cancer, UGent)

Module VI: CRIG's PrIOMiC-OncoPoint symposium (3 & 4 May 2023 at Het Pand in Ghent)

PrIOMiC is CRIG's International Thematic Network on cancer (read more). OncoPoint is a yearly one-day 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 (for a view of the concept and the program of the last edition in 2022 check here). In 2023, the PrIOMiC and OncoPoint meeting will be combined in a 2-day symposium with a mix of presentations by international partners and CRIG researchers. More info will follow.



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