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Stem cells, regeneration and development


Admission requirements


Period: 23 October 2023 - 17 November 2023

Regenerative medicine is a rapidly moving field that aims to restore functionality of tissue that is lost due to disease or trauma. Restoration of tissue function is achieved by stimulation of the regenerative potential of tissue-resident stem cells, stem cell transplantation, tissue and genetic engineering or a combination of these approaches. This course will provide insight into the current state of scientific developments in regenerative medicine. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the field of regenerative medicine, this course will touch upon different fields such as (stem) cell biology and the (developmental) biology of stem cells that underly the development of different organ systems.
We will address the following topics:
1. Early embryonic development and pluripotent stem cells
2. Adult stem cells in different organ systems
3. Technologies for the exploration of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine
4. Regenerative medicine and the patient perspective
5. Gene editing technologies
6. Current and future developments

The course design will be based on a combination of lectures and discussions based on paper related to the lectures. This requires full time attendance during the course. Topics will be presented in blocks of 3-4 days which will each consist of lectures, interactive discussions and student presentations.

Course objectives

The student:

  • Knows about the important cellular events in developmental biology.

  • Can apply knowledge of developmental biology to stem cells in applications in regenerative medicine.

  • Knows about germ cells and fertility and can apply this knowledge to regenerative medicine.

  • Knows about stem cell models for different organ systems (e.g. cardiovascular and muscle) and can apply these to regenerative medicine.

  • Can design and present a research proposal to advance the field of regenerative medicine using the knowledge from this course. This will be in the context of a team.


All course and group schedules are published on MyTimeTable.

The exam dates have been determined by the Education Board and are published in MyTimeTable.
It will be announced in MyTimeTable and/or Brightspace when and how the post-exam feedback will be organized.

Mode of instruction

The course will be based on lectures and a workshop by experts and cover past and current developments in the field. In addition, reading and discussions of relevant literature will be an important interactive aspect of the course.

Assessment method

Summative assessment:

  • Written exams

  • Writing assignments

  • Peer reviews

  • Presentations

Reading list

This course will not rely on a syllabus, but on notes taken by students during the lectures that are checked by the lecturers. Papers related to the lectures will also be provided.


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