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On the news page of our website you can find updates on our projects and news articles on exciting findings within our projects.

Studying abroad during a pandemic

July 15, 2021

For many students from the LUMC’s academic programmes, studying abroad is an indispensable experience. Doing part of your studies abroad is a special experience, not only because of the sense of adventure of being abroad, also to develop a broader perspective on Life Sciences & Health, a highly international field. So, you can imagine the LUMC’s International Office’s struggle to have to tell students ‘no’ for a study experience abroad in the midst of the corona pandemic. In addition, the many lockdowns worldwide increased the workload dramatically for the International Office. Evelien Hack, Head of the International Office and Sandra van Deursen, senior administrative assistant, share how corona has impacted studying abroad.

Meet Indonesian PhD Candidate at the LUMC, Farid Kurniawan

July 12, 2021

Farid Kurniawan’s enrolment as a PhD student at the LUMC is a perfect example of how the LUMC aims to attract talented Indonesian students early on and develop their talents through international research projects. The young physician started his PhD project in April, 2019 after first getting introduced to the LUMC in 2016 and 2017 through the Half Minor Cellular Therapies and a research internship at the Department of Parasitology. Let’s zoom in on some of the interesting work Farid is doing at the LUMC and how he hopes to make a difference in his home country of Indonesia.

Wistar Schoemaker International Postdoc Fellowship

July 7, 2021

The Wistar Institute and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) have formalized a memorandum of understanding to explore a postdoctoral training exchange program in immunology, cancer research and vaccine biology.

Prestigious EJP RD ERN Research Mobility Fellowship awarded to Eva Coopmans and Oana Danila

July 6, 2021

Twice a year, the Research Mobility Fellowships of the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) from the European Reference Networks (ERN) get awarded to prominent researchers or MDs to develop new skills and expertise in a European institution specialized in research on rare diseases.

LUMC Global Community Meeting: China

July 5, 2021

On June 23rd, we organized the first LUMC Global Community Meeting on establishing successful Sino-Dutch collaborations in (bio)medical research and education.

Introducing our first LUMC Global PhD candidate: Jeremia J. Pyuza

June 21, 2021

Creating new sustainable relationships between the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and international counterparts is one of the core elements incorporated in the LUMC Global strategy. Through multiannual partnerships in (bio)medical research and education, we aim to contribute to global healthcare improvement. We’re therefore very excited to announce our first Global PhD candidate, Jeremia J. Pyuza, who’s at the centre of a newly set-up collaboration between Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), Tanzania and the LUMC.

A Marie Skłodowska-Curie – Postdoctoral Fellowship in Leiden: success story by Prasanna Iyengar

June 21, 2021

In 2018, Prasanna Iyengar was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie – Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-IF) to implement a research project on bladder cancer at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in The Netherlands. This two-year fellowship allowed Prasanna to pursue an independent line of research as a senior postdoc, thereby elucidating mechanisms of bladder cancer metastasis as well as further developing his career track.

LUMC will host several online summer schools in 2021

May 18, 2021

In the summer of 2021, the LUMC will host numerous summer schools on varying topics. All summer courses will be online due to COVID, making it possible for international students to join more easily!

LUMC Global launches very successful expert webinar on Fetal Therapy

May 18, 2021

On April 15th, LUMC Global and the LUMC’s Obstetrics and Gynecology department organized a very successful expert webinar Innovations in Fetal Therapy. We have published the entire recording of the event online!

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Leiden European City of Science in 2022

April 7, 2021

Leiden will be the European City of Science in 2022! Leiden will be the stage for European Knowledge and science, giving great momentum to the whole of the Netherlands!

Read more about the event here

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LUMC and Ixaka announce collaboration to advance cell therapy development

March 30, 2021

The Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and Ixaka Ltd. have announced a research collaboration on 30 March 2021, to better understand REX-001, Ixaka’s lead cell therapy product. The project will be led by Professor Paul Quax, Head of Experimental Vascular Surgery at the LUMC, to support accelerated development of REX-001 in Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI).

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Janssen COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in EU on March 11

March 11, 2021

The Janssen-Cilag International N.V COVID-19 vaccine has received authorization for emergency use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on March 11. Developed with fundamental support from the Molecular Virology group of the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), it is the fourth vaccine to be administered in the European Union. The Netherlands has ordered more than 11 million vaccine doses.

From internship project to the European market: LUMC device allows surgeons to detect tumors more precisely

February 25, 2021

The DROP-IN gamma probe technology developed at the LUMC has received CE certification. This means that hospitals throughout Europe can use the device. The probe improves the detection of tumors during operation procedures with a surgical robot. The technology is currently being commercialized by Crystal Photonics. What started off as an internship project has turned into a product that has reached the market. What did this process look like?

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Population Health Management (MSc)

March 17, 2021

Today’s health care system faces many challenges. The new interdisciplinary two years master PHM will train you to contribute to a more integrated health care system.

What does this master’s programme entail?

Health care faces ageing populations, rising health care costs, fragmented health care supply and advancing medical technologies and IT systems. Health care professionals will require new competences to meet these challenges in the current health care system. Population Health Management (PHM) is a broadly based response to the challenges and has emerged worldwide as an important strategy for health care

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