November 21-25, 2016: Basic Medical Statistics/SPSS

Course outline

The course will explain statistical techniques for the evaluation of biomedical data. It provides an introduction into design aspects, methods of summarizing and presenting data, estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, including multivariable regression methods for the assessment of association. Although the course focusses somewhat on methods and examples from clinical research, it should be useful for experimental researchers as well. The emphasis will be on practical application and interpretation rather than theory.

An optional half-day introduction to the statistical software SPSS will be given for those not familiar with this program.

The next course

  • Date: Nov 21-25, 2016
  • Time: 9:00-17:00 h
  • Optional half-day “Introduction to SPSS” on Friday Nov 18 at 13:00 h in Z4
  • Location: Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), Amsterdam
  • Language: English

More information and registration: here.

October 10-14, 2016: In the footsteps of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, basic microscopy course

Goal A five-day course covering the many possibilities of microscopy for your research.

Format This course teaches you the application of a range of imaging possibilities within the Centre for Microscopy at the AMC, the VUmc and the NKI-AvL. They are presented in lectures, discussions and hands-on demonstrations. The individual research projects of the attending participants will be discussed in relation to the demonstrated techniques, allowing exchange of ideas with fellow participants and microscopy experts and operators. The course is a guide to implement cellular imaging in your own research project. A part of the participants could bring their sample for analysis after consulting with the organization first.

This course is organized and coordinated by the Oncology Graduate School of Amsterdam (OOA, Onderzoekschool Oncologie Amsterdam; It is primarily meant for PhD students but when possible postdocs and technicians with their own research project can attend.

Scheduled dates Fall 2016 (2 days at the VUmc, 1 at the NKI-AvL, and 2 at the AMC)

Content Topics covered include:

  • basic principles of microscopy
  • basic principles of confocal laser scanning microscopy
  • specimen preparation and staining methods
  • quantitative analysis of microscopic images (e.g. Image J)
  • electron microscopy techniques
  • Imagestream, ultramicroscoop and 2-photon
  • live cell imaging (e.g. inverted automated fluorescence and Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence)


Course Organizers

  • AMC: E.A.J. Reits, H. van Veen, dr. R. Hoebe, dr. J. Stap dr. N. van der Wel
  • NKI-AvL: L. Brocks,  dr. L. Oomen, dr. N. van der Wel, H. Janssen
  • VUmc: J.A.M. Beliën, dr. R. Mebius, T. O’Toole, dr. Juan J. Garcia-Vallejo

Application and further information: For information on OOA courses, and to register, please visit the OOA website:


For questions about this course, please contact Esther Ruhé: