EducationThe main Bachelor's blocks of these curricula are: Immunology and Oncology. Furthermore, the department coordinates the optional block for curriculum Medicine Gene and Immunotherapy and heavily participate in newly developed optional block of Biomedical Sciences: Cancer Research.
International Master's courses have been developed for Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease.
The department plays an important role in the international Master's program Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MMD), since Tumor Immunology is one of the core themes of the program. Faculty members of the department coordinate the main courses: Excellence in Communication and Core Fundamental Theme a (Immune Regulation). Regularly, members of our department organize Master's classes within the MMD education.
Within the Faculty of Science our department participates in the Master's curriculum of Molecular Life Sciences in the blocks Understanding of Molecular basis of the disease, Cellular communication, and Cause and effect in tissue damage and in the Master curriculum of Biology/Medical Biology in the blocks Immunology, and Molecular and Translational Oncology.
In addition, the members of the department are active in the Honours program of the Medical Faculty, in the activities organized by research institutes RIMLS and Research Institute for Oncology, as well as in Capita Selecta series.
PatientsDendritic Cell (DC) therapy represents a promising immunotherapeutic approach for the treatment of cancer. The beauty of DC therapy is that it exploits the body's own immune system to fight cancer. Since 1997 we perform clinical trials to test the potency of this approach. For each patient a specialized vaccine is prepared from immune cells isolated from the blood. In specialized cleanrooms, a personalized DC vaccine is prepared after which patients are vaccinated.
So far, our clinical trials are mainly focused on melanoma, a cancer of the pigmented cells of the skin. We have treated more than 350 patients until now and observed that DC vaccination is well tolerated with minimal side effects.
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Job opportunities and internships Tumor ImmonologyThroughout the year the Department of Tumor Immunology recruits motivated PhD candidates, postdocs or technicians for new projects. Please visit the Radboudumc site for more information and to apply for current positions. You are welcome to inform at any time also for vacancies not outlined. We advise you to send your CV accompanied with a motivation letter by email to Sandy.Devue-Budde@radboudumc.nl.
InternshipsMotivated undergraduate students are always welcome for internships within our department. Be aware that you make inquiries at least 6-9 months in front to prevent disappointments. Inquiries including a motivation letter why and what your specific interests are, accompanied by a CV, should be emailed to Martijn Verdoes.
Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
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6525 GA Nijmegen
Postal address278 Tumor Immunology
P.O. Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen