CRIG Doctoral Schools specialist course on 'Cancer' - 2024


CRIG organizes the 7th 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 (e.g. Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, (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  - Thursday 8 Feb 2024 (8:45 - 13:00)
  • Module II: In vitro and in vivo cancer modeling  - Thursday 22 Feb 2024 (13:15 - 17:30)
  • Module III: Technologies in cancer research  -  Monday 18 March 2024 (9:00 - 15:00)
  • Module IV: Cancer diagnosis and screening  -  Thursday 23 May 2024 (13:15 - 17:30)
  • Module V: Cancer therapeutics  -  Thursday 30 May, 2024 (9:00 - 16:00)
  • Module VI: OncoPoint symposium - Monday 29 April 2024 (full day)

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 (classrooms/auditoria at UGent campuses) 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 OncoPoint.

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

Module I: 'Cancer biology' - Thursday 8 Feb 2024 (8:45 - 13:00)
                  (3h45m contact hours + breaks)

Module II: 'In vitro and in vivo cancer modeling' - Thursday 22 February 2024 (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' - Monday 18 March 2024 (9:00 - 15:00)
                    (4h30m contact hours + breaks)

  • 3.1) Technologies for drug delivery & nanomedicines in cancer (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 and DNA-adductomics (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 diagnosis and screening' - Thursday 23 May 2024 (13:15 - 17:30)
                   (3h45m contact hours + breaks)

  • 4.1) Pathology (45 min) – prof. David Creytens
  • 4.2) Genetics (45 min) – prof. Nadine Van Roy 
  • 4.3) Clinical biology (45 min) – dr. Pieter De Kesel (dept. clinical biology, UZ Gent)
  • 4.4) Novel (non-invasive) diagnostic technologies (45 min) – dr. Siebe Loontiens
  • 4.5) Societal and economic aspects of cancer (45 min) – prof. Katrien Vanthomme (Center for Prevention and Early Detection of Cancer, UGent)

Module V: 'Cancer therapeutics' - Thursday 30 May 2024 (9:00 - 16:00)
                    (5h15m contact hours + breaks)

  • 5.1) Surgery (45 min) – prof. Wim Ceelen
  • 5.2) Radiotherapy (45 min) – prof. Piet Ost
  • 5.3) Chemotherapy & targeted therapy (45 min) – dr. Michaël Saerens (UZ Gent)
  • 5.4) Clinical trials in oncology (45 min) – prof. Sylvie Rottey
  • 5.5) Precision oncology (45 min) – prof. Katleen De Preter
  • 5.6) Immunotherapy (45 min) – prof. Tessa Kerre
  • 5.7) From symptom to multidisciplinary treatment: the clinical path of cancer patients (45 min) – speaker to be confirmed (Kankercentrum UZ Gent)

Module VI: CRIG's OncoPoint symposium (Monday 29 April 2024 at Sint-Pietersabdij in Gent)

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, with a mix of keynote speakers and selected abstract & poster presentations. All information and registration via this link.



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



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