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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 second-year and third-year non-honours students. Admission will be based on motivation..


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 aim of this Honours Class is to provide an integrated and broad view on the process of organ transplantation.

The professors of this Honours Class are 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.


This Honours Class will be held on Wednesdays. The sessions are scheduled from 18.00-21.00 hours.

16, 30 January, 13 February, 6, 27 March, 10, 24 April, 15, 29 May, 5 June.


Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), gebouw 1.

16-01-2019 CZ 2
30-01-2019 J1-116_route-554
13-02-2019 J1-116_route-554
06-03-2019 J1-116_route-554
27-03-2019 J1-116_route-554
10-04-2019 J1-116_route-554
24-04-2019 J1-116_route-554
15-05-2019 CZ-4_route-762
29-05-2019 CZ-4_route-762
05-06-2019 CZ-4_route-762 (extra date)


Tentative program of speakers:


General Introduction Prof dr Marlies Reinders, Dr Sebastiaan Heidt, Prof dr Cees van Kooten, Prof dr Ian Alwyn and Dr. Nelleke Gruis

The purpose and benefits of transplantation Prof dr Marlies Reinders and Dr Joris Erdmann (LUMC)

Lack of donor organs; how to increase the pool Dr Luc Colenbie (Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent, Belgie)

The immunological challenges of transplantation Prof Cees van Kooten, Dr Sebastiaan Heidt (LUMC)

Technological improvements to aid transplantation Prof Ian Alwayn (LUMC)

Value based health care in transplantation Prof. dr Willem-Jan Bos

Science, policy and societal impact of transplantation Prof dr Jet Bussemaker

Patient self-management in the internet age Prof dr Andrea Evers (UL)

The future of growing organs for transplantation Prof dr Ton Rabelink (LUMC)

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)

All parts must have been positively assessed in order to pass the course.

Please note: Attendance is mandatory.

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 Tuesday November 6th until Thursday November 15th 23.59 hrs through the Honours Academy, via this link.
It is not necessary to register in uSis.


Dr. Nelleke A. Gruis