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Save the date for BBMRI's Metabolomics workshop!

In collaboration with NIHES and the NMC (Netherlands Metabolomics Center), the BBMRI consortium will organize a metabolomics workshop, which will be held in Leiden at the 26th and 27th of Januari, 2016.

The workshop will consist of 1.5 day of lectures and a 0.5 day hands-on workshop. The hands-on part is intended for people who work (or would like to work) with the Brainshake metabolomics data and will be focused on quality control, data analysis, and visualization of results.

Could you please let us ( know before the 1st of December 2015 if you are planning to attend this meeting, so we have an indication of the number of people we can expect.

Please click here for the preliminary program (the speakers indicated in bold are confirmed). 



November 16 2015 Author: Eka Suchiman

Check out our new publication in Plos Genetics!

How is it possible that all different organs and tissues in the body contain the same DNA molecule? A publication in the renowned scientific journal PLoS Genetics of October 22 solves some of this mystery by investigating for the first time epigenetic changes during fetal development. The research of our epigenetics group led by Bas Heijmans in collaboration with the group of Susana Chuva de Sousa Lopes (Anatomy and Embryology, LUMC) shows how in each tissue, developmental genes are gradually turned off, while genes that are required are turned on.

October 23 2015 Author: Eka Suchiman

Looking for a (bio) Informatics Student project?

Look no further! Our Maarten van Iterson is looking for a Bachelor's or Master's student with basic R programming skills.

October 09 2015 Author: Eka Suchiman

Registration is open: Connecting development and late life health

To disseminate her IDEAL EU project, Eline Slagboom organises a conference at October 12-14 2015 in Leiden about "Connecting development and late life health: Epigenetic mechanisms and beyond". Please find more details at the conference website.

July 15 2015 Author: MolEpi

Announcement PhD Defense of Yolande Ramos

The department of Molecular Epidemiology is happy to announce the PhD defense of Yolande Ramos. The title of her thesis is: Osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease of the articular joints

May 26 2015 Author: Molecular Epidemiology - Molepi

Molepi's Osteoarthritis Research exposured @ OARSI 2015 !

Molepi will be presenting at the OsteoArthritis Research Society International (OARSI) annual world congress on Osteoarthritis 2015, held in Seattle, WA. No less than five abstracts submitted by our Osteoarthritis research group were acknowledged for presentation whereas Ingrid Meulenbelt will present as invited speaker.

April 14 2015 Author: molepi - molecular epidemiology

Marian Beekman actively participates in the BBMRI-NL work group Sample Integrity.

Professor Hein Verspaget (LUMC) launched a BBMRI-NL work group Sample Integrity that will document the prerequisites for reliable research using biomedical biobanks. The work group consists of 10 member of which Marian Beekman is one.

April 08 2015 Author: MolEpi - Molecular Epidemiology

Announcement PhD defence Erik van den Akker and Mini Symposium

promotie erik van den akkerThe dept. of Molecular Epidemiology is proud to announce the thesis defence of Ir. Erik van den Akker, which will take place next Wednesday February 18th at 11.15 AM, in the Academic Building, Rapenburg 73, Leiden. The title of his thesis is "Computational Biology in Human Aging - An Omics Data Integration Approach".

After the thesis defence....

February 01 2015 Author: Eka Suchiman

Media exposure due to Epigenetics publication in Nature Communication

After publication of the epigenetics data of the Hungerwinter famine study in Nature Communication by Elmar TobiRoderick Slieker and Bas Heijmans. Several newspapers and weblogs paid attention to our research.


December 18 2014 Author: Molecular Epidemiology

Elmar Tobi publishes in Nature Communications

The department of Molecular Epidemiology proudly announces the publication of Elmar Tobi and Bas Heijmans in Nature Communications.

Please read our press release below:

People born during the Dutch Famine have altered regulation of growth genes

And may have helped these individuals to survive as a fetus. 


Individuals conceived and born in the severe Dutch Famine, also called the Hunger Winter, may have survived this horrendous period of World War 2 by making adaptations to how active their DNA is.  Genes involved in growth and development were differentially regulated. Researchers at the Leiden University Medical Center, Columbia University and Harvard University just published an article in Nature Communications.

November 27 2014 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiology


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