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Organ transplantation


Admission requirements

This course is an (extracurricular) Honours Class: an honours elective in the Honours College programme. There are limited spots available for non honours students. Admission will be based on motivation.


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, economical 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

The course objective is that upon successful completion, the student needs to have an integrated and broad view on the process of organ transplantation.


This Honours Class will be held on Wednesdays from February 2018 onwards between 17.15-21.00 hours.

Wednesdays: January 17; February 21; March 14 and 21; April 11, 18 and 25; May 16 and 30; June 6 between 17.15-21.00 hours (17.15-18.00 hours get-together with soup and rolls. The session is scheduled from 18.00-21.00 hours).


LUMC H1-14


Wednesday evening (18.00-21.00)- Welcome with soup and rolls (17.15-18.00)

  • 17-01-2018: Coming together, brief overview of the Honours Class and student assignment

  • 21-02-2018: The purpose and benefits of transplantation.
    Dr Marlies Reinders, Dr Joris Erdmann (LUMC)

  • 14-03-2018: Lack of donor organs; how to increase the pool.
    Dr Luc Colenbie (Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent, Belgie)

  • 21-03-2018: The immunological challenges of transplantation.
    Prof Cees van Kooten, Dr Sebastiaan Heidt (LUMC)

  • 11-04-2018: The ethical boundaries of transplantation.
    Drs. Mike Bos (Nederlandse Transplantatie Vereniging (NTV) en Gezondheidsraad)

  • 18-04-2018: Technological improvements to aid transplantation.
    Dr Ian Alwayn (LUMC)

  • 25-04-2018: The economic challenge of medical care and transplantation.
    Dr Joan Deckers (College Beoordeling van Geneesmiddelen)

  • 16-05-2018: Patient self-management in the internet age.
    Prof dr Andrea Evers (UL)

  • 30-05-2018: The future of growing organs for transplantation.
    Prof dr Ton Rabelink (LUMC)

  • 06-06-2018: Final session of the Honours Class.

Course Load

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

  • Lectures: 10 sessions of 4 hours

  • Literature reading: 5 hours per session

  • Session organization: 15 hours

  • Assignments & final essay: 40 hours

Assessment method

  • 20% Organising a session

  • 10% Active participation in the sessions

  • 70% Final essay (minimum of 2000 words)
    Students need to get a pass for each item

Blackboard and uSis

Blackboard will be used in this course. Students can register for the Blackboard site two weeks prior to the start of the course.

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

Reading list

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


Enrolling in this course is possible from Monday November 6th until Thursday November 16th 23.59 hrs through the Honours Academy, via this link. It is not necessary to register in uSis.


dr. Nelleke Gruis