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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

Molepi and Medical Research Profile Ageing

homepage medical research profile ageingThe department of Molecular Epidemiology is involved in one of LUMC's 7 profiles of Medical Research, i.e. Ageing. We are happy to announce that the website of Medical Research profile Ageing is online since October 9!

October 10 2014 Author: Molecular Epidemiology - Molepi

Ageing research exposed in EOS Magazine

Some time ago, but nevertheless quite interesting, Eline Slagboom and many internationally collaborating ageing research collegues were interviewed by EOS magazine.

September 19 2014 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiology

Celebrate BBMRI-NL’s fifth anniversary at Connecting Biobanks 2014

logo bbmriOn Friday 28 November, BBMRI-NL will celebrate its 5th anniversary in the Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden. Five years in which much has happened: BBMRI-NL has funded 94 Complementation projects, 12 Rainbow projects, and 3 ELSI-projects; set up a biobank catalogue; struck up close collaborations with PSI and LifeLines; and hosted three editions of Connecting Biobanks and one of HandsOn: Biobanks. Up to date, BBMRI-NL funded projects have yielded some 150 publications.
To highlight these accomplishments, as well as to present our plans for the future, we cordially invite you to the fourth edition of Connecting Biobanks. You will find out about BBMRI-NL2.0, the next phase in our existence; learn how the current Rainbow projects facilitate future research; view posters highlighting the Complementation projects; discuss ELSI matters; and of course, catch up with the biobanking community. We have put together a programme that does justice to all of BBMRI-NL’s achievements and sheds some light on the way forward.

September 18 2014 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiology

Joost Kok and the power of big data

joost kok and his phd studentsLast week Prince Constantijn attended and spoke on the opening of the Leiden Centre of Data Science, the virtual centre for research on big data at Leiden University. Joost Kok, who works at Molepi one day/week,  was also involved and the Leiden University paid special attention to him and his research.

September 10 2014 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiology

New publication of Maarten van Iterson

Our epigenetics group developed MethylAid, a tool to do Quality Control of 450K data in large-scale populations. This is published in BioInformatics and online now.

August 26 2014 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiology

Interview Joris Deelen in Cicero's August edition

Last June Joris Deelen succesfully defended his thesis and on the occassion of this event he was interviewed by LUMC's magazine "Cicero" in its last issue of August.

August 25 2014 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiology


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