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June 15 – 19, 2020

Cancelled: Ph.D / Postdoc course Advanced Optical Microscopy 2020

“Due to the Corona virus we unfortunately have to inform you that our Advanced Optical Microscopy course (June 15-19, 2020), including the Maastricht Microscopy Meeting symposium, will be canceled for this year.” ​

The aim of this one-week course is to introduce, discuss, and experience the technologies and applications of various advanced optical microscopic techniques. Also, tissue and cell preparation protocols and immune-cytochemical procedures will be discussed. Finally, vital imaging and quantification of molecular processes in the cell will be explained and demonstrated.

Target group:
PhD and Postdoc students in the Life Sciences.

This course is composed of lectures, practical training, and demonstrations on the following topics:

  • Basic microscopy
  • Fluorescence (spectroscopic) microscopy
  • Confocal laser scanning laser microscopy
  • Light sheet microscopy
  • High-throughput microscopy
  • Super-resolution microscopy (with a focus on STED)
  • Multiphoton laser scanning laser microscopy
  • Vital imaging of cells and tissues
  • Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)
  • Fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM)
  • Sample preparation and clearing
  • 3D image restoration and image processing

Theoretical lectures will be provided in the morning sessions, while practical training and demonstrations are planned in the afternoon. You will have the opportunity to discuss your results or view your own microscopic preparations with experts in the field.

The course will end with a one day symposium, the annual Maastricht Microscopy Meeting (MMM) on Advanced Optical Microscopy.

At the start of the course students will receive by email an open question, dealing with a cell biological problem that should be solved by using microscopic techniques and proper preparation of the sample. Students may do this assignment individually or in small groups. The deadline for the assignment is Friday June 26th 2020. Examination results will be available by July 24th 2020 at the latest.

Min/Max students:
Maximum 20 participants

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences,
Maastricht University Medical Center

Prof.dr. Marc van Zandvoort, Dept. of Molecular Cell Biology,
Maastricht University Medical Center, PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht,
tel: +31 43 3881361,

Teaching staff:
M. van Zandvoort, J. Broers, D. Kapsokalyvas, T. Rademakers, and others (to be announced).

Secretary Molecular Cell Biology /  / +31 43 3881351

Registration fee:
€ 200

Full programme: click here
Registration form: click here

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Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2021

Systematic Reviews

Both for epidemiological and health care researchers as well as for professionals who are expected to interpret and apply the results of scientific research, it is vital to be able to summarize and review the relevant literature in one’s own domain of interest in a systematic and checkable way. Nowadays a systematic literature review is the point of departure of almost every new research initiative, and upon completion the study results will often be incorporated in an updated version of the review. Systematic reviews are at the heart of evidence-based medicine and public health.

Course objective
This module deals with the full scope of principles, concepts and methods of systematic literature reviewing, including meta-analysis (statistical pooling of outcomes of included component studies).

1. Ability to distinguish between and mention the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of literature review
2. Ability to tailor the principles of systematic literature review to the requirements of different study designs
3. Ability to identify the subsequent steps of a systematic literature review
4. Ability to identify the relevant elements of a research question for a systematic review (PICO, PED, PTCO)
5. Ability to distinguish between various literature search strategies and methods
6. Ability to distinguish between various approaches and criteria lists for methodological quality assessment of component studies in a systematic review
7. Ability to distinguish between quality assessment tools and reporting guidelines for the publication of scientific reports
8. Ability to distinguish between various types of biased review outcome
9. Ability to perform statistical pooling
10. Ability to distinguish between various sources of heterogeneity
11. Knowledge and understanding of the infrastructure for health care reviewing and the role of the Cochrane Collaboration
12. Knowledge and understanding of guidelines for review protocol writing of systematic reviews
13. Knowledge and understanding of accepted standards and guidelines for the publication of systematic literature reviews (e.g., PRISMA)
14. Knowledge and understanding of systems for grading the quality of evidence from original studies and systematic reviews (e.g., GRADE)

Course Leaders

  • Prof. Dr. Maurice Zeegers, Professor of Complex Genetics and Epidemiology
  • Dr. Anke Wesselius, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Location: The course will take place at Maastricht University.
Costs: The course fee is € 499,- and includes materials online and on paper.
Schedule: please find the full programme here.

Erika Bemelmans
Tel. +31 (0)43 3882012

  • June 15 – 19, 2020

    Cancelled: Ph.D / Postdoc course Advanced Optical Microscopy 2020

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  • Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2021

    Systematic Reviews

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