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MGC Course Program

Practical Linux 

Date7 May - cancelled , new dates will be posted a.s.a.p.Organizer: Mihai Lefter.  After completing this short, half day, course attendees will be able to swiftly start using Linux both on a server as well as on their personal computer.   

There are no prerequisites, but the Linux course is mandatory for the courses: Shark, Code and data management with Git, Scripting for life science researcher, and Python programming.

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Code and data management with Git

Date: to be decided

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Genome Maintenance & Cancer

Date:  - to be decided, hopefully we are able to organize the course second part 2020

Scripting for life science researchers

Date: 29 - 30 June, 2020, online version - Organizer: Mihai Lefter

This course is designed for researchers, who frequently handle large datasets or large numbers of files (images, sequence reads, mass spectra etc.) and who need a more efficient way of working with such data. The goal of the course is to empower students and researchers with backgrounds in biology or biomedicine to navigate, manage and perform operations on files and data and metadata in tabular text formats. The data may be microscopy images, FASTA sequences, gene ontology files, chromatograms, mass spectra or tables with data on genes or proteins. The course is not a general introduction to programming and will not deal with XML data, Web services or more advanced topics. For the Scripting course it is required to have followed the Linux course first.

Course is free of costs for MGC members, for non-MGC members the course fee is 200 euro.  

Course is fully booked. Upon registration your name will be put on a waiting list.

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Next Generation Sequencing data analysis

Date: Postponed to next year, august 2021 - Organizers: Johan den Dunnen, Susan Kloet, Judith de Boer, Wilfred van IJken en Leon Mei

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Epigenetic Regulation in Health and Disease

Date: 1-2 October, 2020, Location LUMC, lecture room 2 (first day) and room V4-36/40 (second day), Organizers: Lucia Clemens-Daxinger, Raymond Poot, Haico van Attikum

The course aims to introduce students to epigenetic technologies by providing an overview of the state-of-the-art chromatin and gene regulation studies in the Netherlands. The course consists of lecture sessions in the morning and the afternoon.

Some of the topics induced are: genome wide methylation profiling, genetic and epigenetic pathways in health and disease, transcription factors, chromatin remodeling, chromatin and the DNA damage response, X-inactivation and stem cells.

There is a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 50 places. The course is free of charge for all personnel of MGC associated institutes. Participants from outside these organizations pay € 200 for this course. In case of no show participants from the associated institutes will be charged 50 euro, other participants have to pay the full price.  

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 Python Programming

Date: 12 - 15 October, 2020, Location LUMC room J1-83 - Organizer: Mihai Lefter

The course is targeted at PhD students, postdocs, or anyone willing to learn how to program in Python. Participants are assumed to have some experience with programming, but not necessarily in Python, and the UNIX shell. Knowledge of Git is required to attend this course.

There will be a focus on bioinformatics and programming to support scientific research in general. The program consists of four mornings with lessons and some assignments to be done in your own time (i.e., during the afternoons).

The course is free of charge for all personnel from MGC institutes. Participants from outside these institutes pay €400 including lunch. There is a maximum of 25 places. Should the course be oversubscribed then places will be allocated based on a first-come first-serve basis.

For more information and registration or register direct via this form.

Single Cell analysis

 Date: 19-23 October, 2020 in an online version - Organizer: Susan Kloet, Miao-Ping Chien, and Ahmed Mahfouz 

This week-long course will cover the practicalities of single-cell sample prep and analysis with a particular focus on single-cell RNA-seq libraries. This course is aimed at both wet-lab researchers interested in learning how to analyze their own single-cell data sets, as well as bioinformaticians who are new to single-cell sequencing analysis. Basic knowledge of the programming language R is a prerequisite for participation in the course.

The course features a mix of lectures and practicals, and you will have the opportunity to perform hands-on analysis of scRNA-seq data in R. Topics to be covered in the course include (but not limited to): an overview of different single cell platforms, experimental design, preprocessing of scRNA-seq data, normalization, dimensionality reduction, clustering, batch correction, differential expression, trajectory inference. The fifth day of the course will be a mini-symposium featuring guest lectures from scientists using various single-cell techniques in their research.

All potential participants are asked to write a motivation letter that will be use to make a selection out of the registered people. The course is free of charge for all personnel of MGC associated institutes. Participants from outside these organizations pay 200 euro. 

You can register via the registration form Please, include your motivation. Deadline for registration 15 August. People will be informed by 1 September if they are or aren't selected to participate in the course.

Stem cells, Organoids and Regenerative Medicine 

Date: autumn, 2020 - Location Erasmus MC 

Goal of this course is to provide post-graduate students (PhD students and post-docs)  a comprehensive overview of stem cells, organoids and regenerative medicine through lectures of experts in this field. You will learn about concepts, techniques and (future) medical applications (Knowledge and skills). Moreover there will be plenty opportunity  to get to know each other and to present/discuss your own research projects (Communication skills and Networking).

You can pre-register.  Pre-Registration via MolMed