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Biomedical Translational Research in Surgery


Admission requirements

The course will be given at level 500, expanding on knowledge acquired in the first- and second-year Bachelor-s courses.

Content of the course

Period: 19 November 2018 - 14 December 2018

The main theme of this advanced course is translational biomedical research in surgery. Based on examples from the current research program in the department of surgery, the students will be introduced in the translational aspects of the biomedical research currently being performed in the department. This comprises the vascular surgery research focused on vascular remodeling in aneurysm formation, atherosclerosis and angiogenesis, the surgical oncology research on biomarkers, proteomics in various tumors as well as image guided surgery,and operation methods. Furthermore it touches upon transplantation surgery research, in its epidemiological and biomedical aspects.

The close interaction between clinical and basic research will be addressed by presenting topics both from a clinical point of view by clinicians and from a basic research point of view by the researchers, illustrating the interactions in the program.

The course consists of lectures, surgery demonstrations via live connection with the operation theatre, assignments, debate, panel discussion, a research proposal and lectures prepared by the students.

The first two weeks will consist of an introduction in the vascular research program, starting with the assignments and preparing the first group lectures, also the transplantation surgery research program will be presented. The second two weeks will mainly be focused on oncological surgery and its research aspects, Furthermore there will be lectures on more general aspects like different approaches towards research in academia and industry, career aspects and publication strategies.

This course will particularly work on:
Research competences:
Addressing a clinical problem in a translational way, integrating clinical and basic research aspects. This is being done both by preparing presentations on relevant topics and designing adequate research programs on selected topics as a group or in couples under supervision of PhD students performing research in the department.
Professional competences:
Collaborating with peers, apprehending new information on clinical issues, combined with basic research issues on that very topic and translate this new knowledge in practical research proposals.

Course objectives

The student:

  • Shows deep insight in topics regarding translational scientific research within the department of surgery of the LUMC.

  • Translates current challenges in clinics into research projects with a more biomedical character.

  • Formulates a research question and presents a possible approach for addressing this in a research project.

  • Translates current challenges in clinics into research projects with a more biomedical character.

  • Formulates a research question and presents a possible approach for addressing this in a research project.


All course and group schedules are published on our LUMC scheduling website or on the LUMC scheduling app.

Mode of instruction

Plenary seminars provided by experts in the field, self study assignments and interactive discussions between trainees and tutors, presentations prepared by students (assisted by tutors) and written assignments prepared by the students.

Course load

Total course load is the amount of EC’s multiplied with 28 hours.

Assessment method

Summative assessment:

  • Research Proposal

  • Essay

  • PHD assignment

  • Oral presentation


Blackboard will be used during this course.

Reading list

Will be distributed during the course.


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