Disciplines

Human Intestinal Organoids and Application in Cystic Fibrosis

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Medicine
Course code
M22
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 1600.00
Level
Master
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This course will teach participants basic and advanced culturing techniques of human intestinal organoids. We will focus on functional fluid secretion measurements using the forskolin-induced swelling (FIS) assay and its use in the field of cystic fibrosis (CF) research, diagnostics and personalized medicine. This course is comprised of meeting experts in organoid research and CF patients, hands-on bench work, and practical demonstrations. At the end of the training participants will have acquired basic knowledge of intestinal organoid technology and their applications in CF and will be able to culture human intestinal organoids and perform FIS assay experiments themselves. 


The development of sustainable human intestinal organoid stem cell cultures has been a massive breakthrough in human stem cell biology. Since organoid technology was developed by the research group of Prof. dr. Hans Clevers many potential applications have been proposed in clinical and research areas like oncology, gastro-enterology, microbiology and many more. Based on the human intestinal organoid stem cell model a fluid secretion assay has been developed which is capable of measuring CFTR function and response to therapy at the individual level. The forskolin induced swelling (FIS) assay (developed by the research group of dr. Jeffrey Beekman) is a valuable tool in cystic fibrosis drug development and patient stratification and has shown its potential for clinical patient representation and personalized medicine for CF-subjects.

This intensive course is offered by the University Medical Center Utrecht and the Beekman research group. During the course  you will learn the basic and advanced techniques that are necessary for successful isolation and culturing of human rectal organoids. Next to basic information about human intestinal organoids, we will zoom in on clinical applications of the organoid model focusing on cystic fibrosis. The forskolin induced swelling assay will be explained through interactive demonstration and hands- on  experiments by the participants. The course combines lectures from experienced and relevant speakers, tutorials with hands-on experiments and demonstrations. At the end of the training participants will have basic knowledge about organoids and applications and are able to culture human intestinal organoids as well as to perform FIS assay experiments.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Dr. Jeffrey Beekman

Lecturers

Marne Hagemeijer PhD. & Jeffrey Beekman, PhD. Experiments and practical work will be coordinated by Annelotte Vonk, Research coordinator.

Target audience

This course is open to life sciences students and professionals but the main target group is experienced technicians and PhD students with a specific interest in the described techniques and research field. English proficiency is required to follow this course.

Course aim

In this interactive course at a Masters level, you will learn the basic theory and techniques to work with rectal organoids for CF screening. The course combines lectures, tutorials with hands-on experiments, demonstrations and tours.

Study load

Full-time course from Monday - Friday

Costs

Course fee
€ 1600.00
Housing fee
€ 200.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

All lab material costs are included in the fee. Everyday lunch is also provided.
Master or PhD- students will receive a € 400,- discount on the course fee. Please note your position in your application to activate your discount.

Housing can be arranged by participants themselves if desired.

Scholarships

Master or PhD- students will receive a € 400,- discount on the course fee. Please note your position in your application to activate your discount.

Application

This course is open to life sciences students and professionals, however the main target group is experienced technicians and PhD students/ Post doc professionals with a specific interest in the described techniques and research field. English proficiency is required to follow this course. In case of maximum participants being exceeded selection will be based on background relevance. Please describe in your motivation letter why this course is of interest to you and how you wish to apply the knowledge that is gained during this training.

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.

More information

a.m.vonk-3@umcutrecht.nl

Registration

Application deadline: 01 June 2019