CRIG Doctoral Schools specialist course on 'Cancer' - 2018


CRIG organizes for the first time a 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. Remark: PhD students enrolled in the Doctoral Schools of Natural Sciences and (Bioscience) Engineering are allowed to register but are required to submit an application for recognition to include this course in their Doctoral Training Program. Half of the available places (or more) are foreseen for PhD students from the Doctoral Schools of Life Sciences & Medicine. 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 21, 2018 (13:30 – 17:45)
  • Module II: In vitro and in vivo cancer modeling  -  March 7, 2018 (13:30 – 17:45)
  • Module III: Technologies in cancer research  -  April 17, 2018 (9:00 – 15:00)
  • Module IV: Cancer therapeutics  -  May 3, 2018 (8:30 – 13:00)
  • Module V: Cancer diagnosis and screening  -  May 3, 2018 (13:30 – 18:00)
  • Module VI: OncoPoint symposium  -  Feb 28, 2018 (9:00 – 18:00)

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. All modules will take place in the Ghent area (exact locations to be confirmed).
Below are the topics per module:

Module I: 'Cancer biology' - Feb 21, 2018 - 13:30 to 17:45  (3h45 contact hours + coffee break*)
       Venue: UZ Gent campus, MRB2 (entrance 38), seminar room ground floor

Module II: 'In vitro and in vivo cancer modeling' - March 7, 2018 - 13:30 to 17:45  (3h45 contact hours + coffee break*)
        Venue: UGent-VIB research building FSVM (seminar room), Technologiepark 927, 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' - April 17, 2018 - 9:00 to 15:00  (4h30 contact hours + coffee break* + lunch break*)
       Venue: UZ Gent campus, MRB2 (entrance 38), seminar room ground floor

  • 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) – prof. Lynn Vanhaecke
  • 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' - May 3, 2018 - 8:30 to 12:45  (3h45 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

Module V: 'Cancer diagnosis and screening' - May 3, 2018 - 13:30 to 17:45  (3h45 contact hours + coffee break*)
      Venue: UZ Gent campus, MRB2 (entrance 38), seminar room ground floor

  • 5.1) Pathology (45 min) – dr. David Creytens (UZ Gent)
  • 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) Economic and societal aspects of screening and cancer treatment (45 min) – prof. Lieven Annemans

Module VI: 6th OncoPoint symposium – Feb 28, 2018 (8:45 – 18:00)
       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, UGent-VIB and Ghent University Hospital) will present their latest work to each other. In addition, we welcome high impact invited speakers to our program.
Read more and register.


* 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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