New Frontiers symposium 2017 on Microbiome 12 & 13 October

Symposium on the Microbiome

The RIMLS is organizing its eleventh annual international symposium, focusing on the exciting and rapidly emerging field of the Microbiome.

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Symposium on the Microbiome

The RIMLS is organizing its eleventh annual international symposium, focusing on the exciting and rapidly emerging field of the Microbiome. The human microbiome (all of our microbes’ genes) can be considered a counterpart to the human genome (all of our genes). Whilst our genome is fixed for life, the microbiome is continually developing. Disruptions in our microbiome ‘ecosystem’ can lead to disease, and vice versa. Understanding the molecular interaction between us and our microbes is a fascinating area of life science and medical research. From molecular and cell biology to the implications for patients, our symposium will explore the relevance of our microbial friends…or foes.

Our symposium takes full advantage of molecular life science developments in (stem) cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, (epi)genetics, genomics and proteomics, immunology, physiology and more. We will cover various diseases including cancer, arthritis, intestinal disease, skin disease and neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as avenues for therapy. True to our Frontiers symposia, a top line-up of speakers who will provide high-quality presentations on current achievements and challenges ahead. The symposium is aimed at both junior researchers as well as faculty members.

Symposium organisors:
René Bindels, Annemarie BoleijJoost DrenthJoost Hoenderop, Dagmar Eleveld, Judith Homberg, Sacha HijumIrma Joosten,  Leo Joosten, Amanda KiliaanMihai NeteaIris Nagtegaal, Joost Schalkwijk, Patrick Zeeuwen  


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Registration deadline: 27 September 2017.

Registration details
The total capacity for the Auditorium is 350. Registrations will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Your registration will be confirmed by automatic email.
Registration fee

Registration fees include all catering and the Symposium dinner on 12 October. The symposium is heavily subsidised by RIMLS and therefore further discounts are not possible.
Early bird fee for registration before 1 July, 2017.
Internal Radboud University/Radboudumc: € 215,00 (early bird € 150,00)
Internal RIMLS MMD Student: (fee internally arranged)
External: € 270,00 (early bird € 225,00)
Refund Policy
Cancellations received after 1 October 2017 or no-shows will not be given a refund. All balances must be settled upon registration at the symposium.
After online registration you will receive an e-mail with a unique html link to our payment system. Payment is possible by (preferably) IDEAL or by debit/creditcard (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro).

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Confirmed speakers

List of all confirmed speakers you can find here.



Download poster: link
Download programme: link 

Preliminary program:
THURSDAY 12th October 2017
08:00 - 08:45  Registration, Coffee & Tea
08:45 - 09:00  Opening Symposium: Paul Smits, Dean / vice-chairman Radboud University Medical Center

Chair: Joost Hoenderop
09:00 - 09:25   Mike Jetten (NL)
09:25 - 09:50   Cisca Wijmenga (NL)
09:50 - 10:15  Jeroen Raes (BE)
Coffee / Tea Break

Chair: Annemaire Boleij
10:45 - 11:10  Julian R. Marchesi (UK)
11:10 - 11:35  Cynthia L. Sears (USA)
11:35 - 12:00  Christian Jobin (USA)
Lunch & poster session

Chair: Mihai Netea
13:30 - 13:55  Lars Engstrand (SW)
13:55 - 14:20  Willem de Vos (NL)
14:20 - 14:45  David Underhill (USA)
Coffee / Tea Break

Chair: René Bindels 
15:15 - 15:45  Yasmine Belkaid (USA)
15:45 - 16:10   Mihai Netea (NL)
Hans Bloemendal Medal
16:10 - 16:25  Hans Bloemendal Medal for Outstanding Scientific Achievement
16:25 - 17:25  Richard Flavell (USA)
17:25               Coaches depart for Landmark Wijnfort, Lent
18:00 - 23:00  Dinner at Landmark Wijnfort
23:00               Coaches depart back to Nijmegen center 
FRIDAY 13th October 2017
08:00 - 09:00  Registration, Coffee & Tea

Chair: Peter van der Kraan
09:00 - 09:25  Gregory A. Buck (USA)
09:25 - 09:50  Kjersti Aagaard (USA)
09:50 - 10:15  Melanie Schirmer (USA)
Coffee / Tea Break
10:45 - 11:10  Nanna Fyhrquist (SWE)
11:10 - 11:35  Elizabeth A. Grice (USA)
Chair: Judith Homberg
 11:35 - 12:00  Rochellys Diaz Heijtz (SW
Lunch & poster session
13:30 - 13:55  Christopher A. Lowry (USA)
13:55 - 14:20  Ted Dinan (IER)
Chair: Joost Schalkwijk
14:20 - 14:45  David Relman (USA)
Coffee / Tea Break
15:15 - 15:40  Dominic Raj (USA)
15:40 - 16:05  Ellen Blaak (NL)
Poster awards & closure

Chair: René Bindels
16:05 - 16:25  Poster awards
16:25 - 16:30  Closing words

Hans Bloemendal Medal

The Hans Bloemendal Medal is bestowed by the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences on very prominent scientists active in a wide variety of research fields. From 2015 onwards, the medal is awarded every two years.

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Travel & accommodation


Airport Schiphol, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (for example by Easy Jet), by train to Nijmegen approx. 100 min., by car/taxi to Nijmegen appr. 80 min.

Airport Eindhoven. The Netherlands. by car/taxi to Nijmegen appr. 60 min.

Airport Weeze, Germany, (for example by Ryanair), by car/taxi to Nijmegen approx. 60 min.

Brussels Airport Zavetem, Belgium, by car/taxi to Nijmegen approx. 120 min..



A full list of accommodation can be found on Some suggestions and price guides are given below.

Hotel Mercure Sationsplein 29 6512 AB Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Hotelcode : 1356. Tel : (+31)24-3238888, e-mail : 

Hotel Sionshof Nijmeegsebaan 53, 6564 CC  Heilig Landstichting, The Netherlands Tel.: (+31)24-3227727, e-mail: (22 rooms)

Hotel - Grand Café Atlanta Grote Markt 38-40, 6511 KB Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Tel.: (+31)24-3603000, e-mail: (17 rooms)

Hotel-Restaurant Erica Molenbosweg 17, 6571 BA  Berg en Dal, The Netherlands.
Tel.: (+31)347-750427, e-mail: (60 rooms)

Hotel Apollo Bisschop Hamerstraat 14, 6511 NB  Nijmegen The Netherlands
Tel.: (+31)24-3223594, e-mail: (18 rooms)

Bastion Hotel Nijmegen Neerbosscheweg 614, 6544 LL  Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Tel.: (+31)24-3730100 (40 rooms)

Amrâth Hotel Belvoir Graadt van Roggenstraat 101, 6522 AX Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Tel.: (+31)24-3232344, e-mail: (25 rooms)

Golden Tulip Val Monte Oude Holleweg 5, 6572 AA Berg en Dal/Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Tel.: (+31)24-684 2000, e-mail: (80 rooms)

Hotel MANNA, Oranjesingel 2c, 6511 NS  Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Tel.: +31(0)24 - 365 09 90, e-mail:

Hotel Blue Nijmegen, Oranjesingel 14-20, 6511 NT Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Tel.: +31(0)24-7440094, e-mail:

Bed and Breakfast De Olm, Hazenkampseweg 33, 6531 NB Nijmegen, The Netherlands, tel.: (+31)6 244 05 108,

Bed and breakfast Wilhelmina, Wilhelminasingel 36, 6524 AN  Nijmegen, The Netherlands.  Tel. (+31)641 141 029 ,

Bed and Breakfast Nijmegen. All 61 Bed and Breakfast accommodations in Nijmegen.

Poster prizes


Poster sessions­>

Poster session:
We will also have a poster session during the 2 days of the Symposium with a maximum of 40 posters in total. Submission of a poster abstract is optional. Shortly after the poster deadline (1st September) you will be informed if your poster has been selected. A jury will award cash prizes to the best three posters. Each winner will receive a certificate and 100 Euros. The poster board dimensions for the posters are 1.20 m x 1.20 m.

This year there will be extra poster awards from our sponsor, who will award three antibodies.

More detailed information about the abstract (one page) for the poster and a format will be given during registration. After registration you will receive a link to upload the abstract.

If you have any questions, please send us an email.

Public evening

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, which is part of the Radboudumc, organizes an international symposium every year which contains the most prominent subjects of BioMedical research. 
Associated with this symposium, we organize a free public evening for patients, researchers, students and other interested. We will take you on a journey to the new borders of chronic bowel diseases such as Crohn and Colitis Ulcerosa research.

The primary goal this year is to discuss, together with patients and other interested, which therapy perspectives are realistic in the near future.
Participants can view demonstrations, attend interesting lectures and participate in an interactive panel discussion.

More information and subscription is available on the Dutch website.


Radboud Auditorium (exterior)

Radboudumc Auditorium­>

The Radboud Frontiers Symposium will be held at the Radboudumc Auditorium, Geert Grooteplein 15, 6525 GA Nijmegen, route 296.


The symposium dinner will be held in Fort Lent, Bemmelse Dijk 4, 6663 KV  Lent. A coach is available to take you from the Radboud Auditorium to Fort Lent.

In the mid 19th century, the fortress town of Nijmegen wanted to strengthen its position. As fort Knodsenburg in Lent could not fulfill any role of significance three new defensive works around the village of Lent were planned two of which were realised: fortress Boven-Lent, also called Sprokkelenburg, and fortress Beneden-Lent, or Nieuw-Knodsenburg. The first was built in 1862, the second a year after. Although most of the fortresses were dismantled after the abolition of fortress Nijmegen in 1874, both fortresses in Lent were preserved. During World War II in September 1944 the German used these to open fire on the Americans on both banks of the Waal. The Americans finally won, but lost 200 men. Fort Sprokkelenburg is situated at the north shore of the Waal by Nijmegen. The Fort, also known as Fort Above Lent, was part of the line of defense for the city of Nijmegen back in 1870. Nowadays it is in the limelight as a unique location for intimate or big parties in the Netherlands.