Cancer-Immune Diseases-Personalized Therapies

Faculty of Medicine VU

Cancer-Immune Diseases-Personalized Therapies

This minor addresses various immune-related processes that play a crucial role in almost every disease. It is often the balance within the immune system that determines the outcome of disease, ranging from tissue destruction or the development of cancer to complete cure. To illustrate this point, we will touch upon immunological reactions  that are out of balance, resulting in chronic inflammatory diseases. On the other hand, lack of immunity due to specific molecular deficiencies can result in cancer. The latest achievements in the field of cancer treatment by immune therapy will be highlighted. Also, this minor will give insight in the ongoing battle between a host and its pathogens.

To reach these aims, the minor addresses the latest diagnostic techniques in order to understand the underlying pathophysiology: these techniques include genome-wide DNA and RNA sequencing, metabolomics and microbiome analysis. 

The minor is completed with the new role of Medical Imaging and Nanomedicine in the context of personalized therapy. Patients are different in their genetic DNA profile, immune system, microbiome and metabolism, so if possible, treatment should be optimized by accounting for these personal characteristics. You will learn advanced imaging techniques such as Nuclear Medicine and MRI, which are used to assess if your patient is responding to the given therapy.

All these aspects will be covered by (pre)clinical and scientific experts in their own field.

The minor (24 or 30 EC) consist of two components: 
  • The minor-module Cancer-Immune Diseases-Personalized Therapies (24 EC)
Tracks of 30 EC will be completed with a literature essay (6 EC).

Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example: medicine, biomedicine, psychobiology, technical medicine, medical biology, liberal arts & sciences or biopharmaceautical sciences. 

Admission and registration

Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

Admission
The international minor Faculty of Medicine VU is open to:

  • Medical bachelor students VU. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC), where 18 EC is acquired in the first semester of the second year. For Medical Bachelor VU/ students: apply before 1 April 2020. For more information check Canvas.
  • Foreign exchange students of VU partner universities who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example biomedical sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine or biopharmaceutical sciences. In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language. Please mind that some tracks are only open to medical students, and acceptance also depends on the availability of sufficient spots. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl. International exchange students should be selected and proposed by the international offices of the partner universities.
  • Third year BSc VU students in Biomedical Sciences, Health and Life Sciences (major clinical sciences or major biomedical sciences), Medical Natural Sciences and the beta track Amsterdam University College can also enroll. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC). In addition, it is vital that your level of English is sufficient (at least VWO level). Please mind that some tracks are only open to medical students and acceptance also depends on the availability of sufficient spots. To apply send an e-mail to bachelor.info@vumc.nl before 1 April 2020.

Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

Admission
The international minor Faculty of Medicine VU is open to:

  • Medical bachelor students VU. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC), where 18 EC is acquired in the first semester of the second year. For Medical Bachelor VU/ students: apply before 1 April 2020. For more information check Canvas.
  • Foreign exchange students of VU partner universities who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example biomedical sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine or biopharmaceutical sciences. In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language. Please mind that some tracks are only open to medical students, and acceptance also depends on the availability of sufficient spots. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl. International exchange students should be selected and proposed by the international offices of the partner universities.
  • Third year BSc VU students in Biomedical Sciences, Health and Life Sciences (major clinical sciences or major biomedical sciences), Medical Natural Sciences and the beta track Amsterdam University College can also enroll. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC). In addition, it is vital that your level of English is sufficient (at least VWO level). Please mind that some tracks are only open to medical students and acceptance also depends on the availability of sufficient spots. To apply send an e-mail to bachelor.info@vumc.nl before 1 April 2020.

Further information

Attention: International exchange students should be selected and proposed by the international offices of the partner universities.

If you need more information on the minor, for example on its content, learning outcomes and assessment methods, please visit our Faculty of Medicine VU website and select the minor of your choice.

Contact    
Please contact us at bachelor.info@vumc.nl if you have any more questions regarding our minor.

Samenvatting Cancer-Immune Diseases-Personalized Therapies

Taal

Engels

Duur

1 semester (24/30 EC)

StartDatum

2 september 2020

Interessegebied

Gezondheid en Beweging

Faculteit

Geneeskunde (VUmc)

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