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Organ transplantation


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Disclaimer: due to the coronavirus pandemic, this course description might be subject to changes.

Topics: The theme of organ transplantation, and all its medical, scientific and societal aspects.
Disciplines: Medicine, Biology, Political Sciences.
Skills: Active participation and collaborate on specific assignments with students from other disciplines.

Admission requirements:

This course is an (extracurricular) Honours Class: an elective course within the Honours College programme. Third year students who don’t participate in the Honours College, have the opportunity to apply for a Bachelor Honours Class. Students will be selected based on i.a. their motivation and average grade.

Note: A (bio)medical background is not essential, but a basic biology background is a pre, and you should have a broad interest in societal aspects of transplantation.


The aim of this honours class is to provide an integrated and broad view on the process of organ transplantation. Both cell and organ transplantation have a long history and are currently accepted treatment modalities and very successful life-saving clinical procedures in several diseases. Despite this success, there are still major challenges ahead. Transplantation is in the middle of clinical, scientific, ethical, economic and political discussions. Therefore an integrated and multidisciplinary approach is needed to help the field forward.

The faculty participating in this honours class constitutes of experts in these diverse areas, including clinicians and scientists forming the centre of the transplantation procedure, opinion makers in the societal discussions surrounding the transplantation process and people involved in technological developments and regenerative medicine pushing the boundaries of transplantation.

Course objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have an integrated and broad view on the process of organ transplantation.

Programme and timetable:

[UPDATE 19-01-2021]

This Honours Class will be held on Wednesdays from 18.30 - 21.00) on the following dates: February 3, 17 / March 3, 17, 31 / April 14 / May 12, 26 / June 9, 23.

The dates and the external speakers of the classes and format of different evenings might be subject to change depending on COVID-19 developments. In the 10 evenings, the following specific subjects will be dealt with:

February 3
Introduction program; Get to know each other
Ian Alwayn (LUMC, dept Surgery, LUMC Transplant Center), Sebastiaan Heidt (LUMC, dept Immunology), Cees van Kooten (LUMC, dept Internal Medicine-Nephrology)

February 17
The benefits of transplantation
Dr Mijntje Nijboer (LUMC, dept Surgery) & Prof Marlies Reinders (ErasmusMC, dept Internal Medicine, Rotterdam)

March 3
Lack of donor organs; how to increase the pool
Dr Luc Colenbie (Universitair Ziekenhuis Ghent, Belgium)

March 17
The immunological challenges of transplantation
Dr Sebastiaan Heidt (LUMC, dept Immunology) & Prof Cees van Kooten (LUMC, dept Internal Medicine)

March 31
The new Dutch law on ‘ADR’ (active donor registration) and its ethical aspects
Mr Koen van der Kroef (Ministry of VWS) & Prof Martine de Vries (LUMC, dept Pediatrics)

April 14
Technological improvements to aid transplantation
Prof Ian Alwayn (LUMC, dept Surgery) & Dr Jason Doppenberg (LUMC, Organ Preservation and Regeneration Unit (OPR))

May 12
The impact of COVID-19 on transplantation programs
Dr Aiko de Vries (dept Internal Medicine, LUMC Transplant Center)

May 26
Value based health care in transplantation
Prof Willem Jan Bos (LUMC, Internal Medicine; St Antonius Ziekenhuis, Nieuwegein)

June 9
The future of growing organs for transplantation
Dr Cathelijne van de Berg (LUMC, dept Internal Medicine-Nephrology) & Drs Rosalie Rietjens (LUMC, dept Internal Medicine-Nephrology)

June 23
spare date


online, and if possible some sessions will be held at LUMC.

Reading list:

The reading materials for the individual sessions will be posted on Brightspace and distributed by email.

Course load and teaching method:

This course is worth 5 EC, which means the total course load equals 140 hours.

  • Lectures: 10 sessions of 4 hours; (attendance is mandatory)

  • Literature reading: 5 hours per session;

  • Session organization: 15 hours;

  • Assignments & final essay: 40 hours.

Assessment method:

The assesment methods will look as follwow:

  • 20% organising a session;

  • 10% active participation in the sessions;

  • 70% final essay (minimum of 2000 words).

Brightspace and uSis:

Brightspace will be used in this course. Students can register for the Brightspace module one week prior to the start of the course.

Please note: students are not required to register through uSis for the Bachelor Honours Classes. Your registration will be done centrally.

Registration process:

UPDATE 29-10
Registration will be possible from Monday 9 November 2020 up to and including Thursday 19 November 2020 23:59. The registration link will be posted on the student website of the Honours Academy.

Dr. Nelleke A. Gruis (Coördinator Honours College Medicine):