Basic Human Genetics course: Genetics for Dummies

Course date: 01 November 2017 - 02 November 2017
Location: Erasmus MC, OWR/CQ-U

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On Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd of November, 2017


Fuelled by successful applications of Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) and High Throughput (HT) Sequencing in various disease areas, this course is meant to give some introductory background for people wanting to start or become involved in such studies, or just want to know what it is all about. Mostly, these will be people who are specialized in the diseases and/or traits of interest, but do not have the necessary genetic background knowledge.

It will explain the basic concepts in human genetics, and more in particular "Complex Genetics”. This is the scientific discipline that studies the role of genetic variation in common complex diseases (such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc.) and traits (such as blood pressure, BMD, glucose level, height, cholesterol level, etc.). 

Target audience
The target audience includes -but is not limited to- Master of Science students, technicians, PhD students, post-docs, assistant/associate/full professors with an interest in genetic studies. These may come from various disciplines and from a clinical, basic/biological, epidemiological or public health background.

Students who have followed the Nihes Summer Course (master Health Science and related courses) ESP57 ("Genomics in Molecular Medicine”) do not have to follow this course because the contents are similar. The course is compulsory for Research master students I&I. 

This short course is also very useful connected with the more advanced MolMed "SNP course” which covers a much wider and deeper range of topics in this rapidly evolving field.

The total number of participants is limited to 75. 

Course locations

The course will be held;

Wednesday 1st of November in room OWR-72
Thursday 2nd of November in room CQ-U

See here for maps of the Erasmus MC, including the Educational centre: 

Course fees 

The attendance fee of the course is €350, but certain participants can get a discount. See program for details. 


This course including self-study is 0,6 ECTS. 

PAYMENT: MGC Notification

The Erasmus/LUMC Research School MGC has made a selection of courses it deems fit for its members. This course is not one of them.

Therefore, the Erasmus/LUMC Research School MGC will not pay for its members to participate in this course. All MGC-members will need to pay themselves (or from personal budget) after receiving an invoice (please provide personal address) or will have their research departments pay for them (in that case, please provide ‘kostenplaatsnummer’ of the research group). To see if you are an MGC-member, here you can find an overview of all MGC research groups: 


In "Genetics for Dummies” five experienced lecturers from Erasmus MC will introduce you to basic concepts in complex genetics, laboratory techniques, and statistical analytical issues. The program is built on four half days, each of which is covered by one speaker. After every talk, much time is reserved for Questions and Answers, to get interactivity with the participants. 

Basic knowledge, background literature

Basic knowledge of (molecular) biology is expected from the participants.
Background literature on the topic can be found in:

  • "Genetics for Dummies” (2nd edition, T.R. Robinson, Wiley Publishing, Inc.; ISBN 978-0-470-55174-5)
  • "Molecular Biology of the Cell" (5th ed.; editors: Alberts et al.; published by Garland Sciences; ISBN 978-0-8153-4111-6 );
  • "Human Molecular Genetics" (4th ed.; editors Tom Strachan& Andrew Reed. ISBN 0-471-33061-2; published by Garland Sciences; £40,-).
Course material
All presentation slides will be available on our website:

Attendance fees
Course tuition for non-commercial participants is € 350. Discounts are handled as follows:

  • All PhD students get a discount of 50%
  • All participants from the postgraduate school MolMed receive a discount of 100%
  • Other Erasmus MC participants and master students from elsewhere get a discount of 50%
  • Master students from elsewhere who pay the fee from their personal budget get a discount of 75%

All participants who will pay the invoice from their personal budget (PB) need to provide their personal address details when they will online apply for this course. 

Course organizers

Dr. Robert Kraaij, Dept Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC

Dr. Linda Broer, Dept Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC

Prof. Dr André Uitterlinden, Dept Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC

Dr. Annemieke Verkerk, Dept Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC

Dr. Frank van Vliet, Postgraduate School MolMed 

General information
Financial regulation of the Postgraduate School MolMed

From January 1st, 2017 the following financial rules apply, but they may differ per course still. Look at the course fee of each course to be sure which discounts are really applied:

Non-commercial course, symposium or workshop fee: €200/day, €750/week

• Participants of the postgraduate school MolMed: discount of 100%

• However, the Research Management course and the workshops Photoshop/Illustrator/Indesign have to be paid from the ‘personal budget’ of employees, MolMed members and PhD students included. So they will receive an invoice from us which you have to pay and which will be reimbursed by your Department. When you will pay from your personal budget you need to provide us your home address details for the invoice

• PhD students and Master’s students, regardless of institution: discount of 50%.

  • The course fees of research master’s students will be paid by their master program at rate of €100/ECTS. For not I&I master students: please inform your master program in advance whether they agree to pay.
  • Master’s students who are paying the fee from their private budget: discount of 75%. When you will pay from your personal budget you need to provide us your home address details for the invoice.
  • However, 2 courses in statistics are paid centrally by the Dept. of Research policy for all PhD students from Erasmus MC! These are R and the SPSS course. So for Erasmus MC PhD students, these courses are always free, provided you are officially registered as a PhD student.

There is one fee for the entire course. There is no reduction for partial participation.

Some courses have less course days: SPSS 3 days, Survival Analysis 2 days, Management 2 days, Presenting 1,5 days and also other may be shorter as indicated on the website.

Commercial participants, companies & sponsors are invited to inquire about commercial tuition fees and about sponsoring.

All invoices will be sent by email to the mail address that you filled in upon registration. If this address is not correct we use your Erasmus MC address.


Those who register for a course, symposium or workshop agree with these financial conditions.

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