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Stem Cells


Admission requirements

  • This course requires discipline and a solid knowledge of the basics of molecular and cell biology (Molecular Biology of the Cell. Fifth Edition. Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter. Garland Science Publishers, 2007; ISBN 978-0-8153-4106-2).

  • Relevant documentation/literature can be obtained from the organizers three months prior to the start of the course.


Period: March 5 – 30, 2012

This four-week course focuses on human somatic stem cells (hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells) and mouse and human pluripotent stem cells (embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells). In particular their fundamental aspects and potential in regeneritive medicine will be discussed.
The course comprises:

  • seminars by experts in the field

  • dialogues with these experts

  • forum discussions in which each student is expected to prepare questions and bring up issues

  • hands-onculture and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells

  • self study of key/state-of-the-art publications on the biology and applications of stem cells, and a written exam.

Research competences:

  • Defining relevant research questions from stem cell literature and/or lectures;

  • Gaining insight into the interplay between basic and applied research;

  • Getting acquainted with the combination/integration of multidisciplinary research in molecular medicine.

Professional competences:
Identifying, formulating and solving problems, critical reading, creative thinking, motivation, commitment, developing a (broad) view, integrating large amounts of information.

Course objectives

  • Acquiring a solid basic knowledge about somatic (i.e. multipotent) and pluripotent (e.g. embryonic) stem cells;

  • Evaluating the potential of stem cells in (regenerative) medicine;

  • Getting acquainted with the culture and reprogramming of stem cells.

Mode of instruction

Seminars, practical classes, interactive lectures, expert meetings, participation in symposia, self study assignments.

Assessment method

Written exam, student behaviour (motivation, participation in panel and expert discussions, scientific input).