SNPs and Human Diseases [GE08]

Course highlights

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Course days

Monday to Friday


Dr. Joyce van Meurs, PhD , Dr. Linda Broer, PhD, Dr. Fernando Rivadeneira, PhD, Prof.Dr. André Uitterlinden, PhD


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




It is recommended for the participants of the SNP course to have basic knowledge of the central molecular biological dogma's (such as DNA and gene structure, DNA encodes RNA encodes protein, etc.) and of basic genetic principles.


  • Genetic Epidemiology

Detailed information about this course:


The analysis of DNAvariations, including Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), is a standardresearch approach to understand causes of disease, in particular the so-called"complex" diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimerdisease, etc. The field is changing fast with large scale projects (Humangenome, dbSNP, HapMap, 1000genomes, ENCODE) and novel technology beingcontinuously introduced, including Next Generation Sequencing.

The course will deal with five main topics, which are in logical order:

  • General Introduction and Study design,
  • Bio informatic tools for SNP finding and analysis,
  • Genotyping techniques and DNA management,
  • Data analysis, and
  • Examples of research in which SNPs are used.
Every day will cover one topic. The programme for every day will consist of four to six presentations, including international speakers, and there are learning-by-doing sessions. The possibility exists for participants to discuss their own data and work. This course is organized by the Molecular Medicine postgraduate school (MolMed) in collaboration with NIHES.For more information and application check the MolMed website.


To get a broad impression of SNP techniques and applications.

Participant profile

The course is primarily organized for PhD students and postdocs of the Erasmus Postgraduate School Molecular Medicine, NIHES, MGC and other research schools. Other participants, e.g., scientists, students, and technicians from other universities in- and outside the Netherlands are also welcome.



Reduction on fees


50% reduction on our fees for participating institutes of NIHES

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the departments or sections participating in NIHES.

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam:

  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Psychiatry, Section of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Department of Medical Informatics
  • Department of General Practice
  • Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management
  • Generation R

50% reduction on our fees for NIHES affiliated partners

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the following NIHES affiliated partners:

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam, departments of:

  • Dermatology
  • General Paediatrics
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam (iMERR)

Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital

  • Department of Cancer Epidemiology

25% reduction on our fees for partner institutes of NIHES

For participants formally appointed at the following departments, institutes:

  • Departments of Erasmus MC (except the departments mentioned above)
  • Addiction Research Institute (IVO)
  • Integraal Kankercentrum Zuid (IKZ)
  • Pallas Health Research and Consultancy
  • Municipal Health Service Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam)
  • Municipal Health Service Rotterdam (GGD Rotterdam)
  • Havenpolikliniek
  • Admiraal De Ruyter Ziekenhuis

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students
Please upload proof of enrollment as a PhD student in the application form.

25% reduction on our course fees (maximum 3 EC points per academic year) for all NIHES alumni
Please state that you are a NIHES alumnus/alumna and the academic year you graduated (remarks field). Please note that the reduction on fees for alumni does not apply to the Erasmus Summer Programme.