About us Human GeneticsThe patientcare (divison clinical genetics) and genetic diagnostics (division genome diagnostics) performed within our department is hosted by an official and acclaimed Centre for Clinical Genetics
The division genome research performs groundbreaking research into the relationship between genes and diseases, notably concerning blindness and deafness, cancer, congenital anomalies, and mental handicaps.
To identify and functionally characterize novel disease genes, we utilize a combination of biochemistry, genomics technologies, molecular biology, cell biology, and developmental systems such as Drosophila melanogaster, zebrafish and mouse.
The department of Human Genetics considers its teaching responsibilities top priority. Good education in genetics is essential for medical students, medical specialists, general practitioners, and future scientists. We have a clear responsibility to society, as a personal DNA profile will become as ordinary as a determination of your hemoglobin levels. Since the interpretation of this huge amount of complex genetic data will ultimately be done by (medical) specialists and should be understandable for (family) doctors in primary care, our goal is to provide high-quality education of basic genetics for all healthcare professionals.
The department participates in the curricula of Medical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Dentistry, as well as in the Master’s program Molecular Mechanisms of Disease. Specific courses that are organized include Medical Genomics, Human Genetics, Genomics and Statistics and Genetic and Metabolic Diseases. In total, more than 50 lecturers contribute their expertise to more than 25 courses, accentuating the central position that the field of genetics holds in life sciences.
For more information, you can contact dr. Arjan de Brouwer, teaching coordinator of the department of Human Genetics.