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University Medical Center Groningen


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Fundamentals of Biobanking and Cohort Research

Please join us for the sixth UMCG summer school exploring the fundamentals of biobanking and cohort research.

Biobank research involves the use of systematic collections of human biomaterials and related data, in population-based or clinical investigations, to answer a broad array of research questions. Biobanks and large population cohorts are increasingly recognized as essential tools for exploring the origin of diseases, understanding the relationships between genetic and lifestyle determinants and diseases, and developing new diagnostic and drug therapies.

Our five-day programme addresses the fundamental concepts in biobanking research.

The programme includes interactive workshops and lectures about international population-based biobank studies, clinical biobanking and sample analysis, questionnaire quality and design, ethical, legal and social issues and the future role of biobanks in research and much more!

Preliminary programme:

Day Description

Introduction to biobanks: biobank research in the international context - population-based biobank studies - the Lifelines case study


Clinical biobanking and sample analysis: cases from the Parelsnoer Institute (PSI) - analytical quality


ICT and infrastructure: information technology in the biobank context - ICT management systems - questionnaire quality and design


Regulation and participation: participant and patient involvement - ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) - consent and privacy


Practical considerations: standardization, essential tools, and quality management in biobanks - the future role of biobanks in research

In addition to the course program, social activities will give you a chance to get acquainted with your fellow students and instructors and enjoy the lively Dutch city of Groningen. Expand your knowledge, meet other students, and broaden your professional horizons in “the smartest kilometer in the Netherlands.” Join us!

  • Location University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen
  • Fee (course attendance, lunches, and social activities) €395.
  • Meals (breakfast/dinner), local accommodation, and travel are at the student’s expense.


The course is intended for PhD students or graduates in biomedical, social, or behavioral sciences, or those with equivalent professional experience. Masters students with sufficient background and motivation may request permission to participate from the course instructor.

Course language English
Number of participants 20 students
Certificate Upon successful completion of the full five-day program
Deadline for application -


Please fill out the application form from the menu, attach your curriculum vitae (CV) and a scanned passport photograph of yourself to this form, and e-mail all to: BiKE .

All applications received before 1 April 2019 will be considered and notified of acceptance. Applications received thereafter will be considered on a case-by-case basis, pending availability.


For questions about the programme please contact:

Dr. Noha El-Baz- Hooiveld
Department of Epidemiology University Medical Center Groningen
FA 40, Hanzeplein 1
PO Box 30 001, 9700 RB Groningen
The Netherlands

Phone: + 31 50 3610954

E-mail: BiKE



Laatst gewijzigd:03 maart 2020 12:26