Genetics Retreat: the annual Rolduc meeting

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This two-day event, organized by the department of Genetics and Cell Biology of Maastricht UMC+, covers molecular and translational genetics, genomics and epigenetics in health, development and disease in a wide range of disciplines.
The venue of this annual meeting, which started in 1990, is the former Augustinian abbey of Rolduc in Kerkrade (the Netherlands). The meeting is intended for: PhD students, (junior) postdocs, their supervisors and all other scientists from universities, clinical institutions and research centres in the Netherlands and neighboring countries. 

Under auspices of NVHG

Since 2015 the meeting is organized under the auspices of the Netherlands Association for Human Genetics (NVHG). NVHG-members receive a discount on their registration fee.

Why you should attend the Genetics Retreat

  • As a PhD student you can gain proficiency in discussing your ongoing research.
  • As a PhD student you can develop your presentation skills in an informal but professional setting.Art award
  • The three best oral presentations (PhD students) will be rewarded an award (see: overview of former prize winners).
  • You will be updated on forefront research in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
  • You will be inspired by a top-notch speaker during the keynote lecture.
  • You have ample opportunity to discuss research projects among peers, with principal investigators and with the keynote speaker.
  • As a participant you get exclusive access to the abstracts.
  • You can break free from your daily routine and combine science with pleasure.
  • You can become connected to the Genetics Retreat community.
  • The event as well as the hotel rooms in Rolduc are inexpensive.

Honorary guest speaker 2017

Nick Loman, PhDEach Genetics Retreat features a keynote address by a renowned scientist known for his/her groundbreaking research in the broader research areas relevant to human genetics and disease. During and following the keynote address, there is ample opportunity to interact with the keynote speaker. Each keynote address is concluded with a social evening in one of the ancient distinctive arched cellars of the Augustinian abbey. This setting offers excellent opportunity for further discussion and networking.

Nick Loman, PhD of University of Birmingham is the honorary guest speaker of 2017.

Introducing the portable nanopore single molecule sequencing revolution
Loman has pioneered the use of nanopore sequencing, notably establishing in-field real-time surveillance of infectious diseases such as Ebola and Zika. This data can be used to simultaneously inform epidemic control measures, monitor pathogen evolution and discover new biology. Single molecule long read sequencing can now be used for de novo assembly of small and large genomes, as well as metagenomic populations. Loman recently helped sequence the first human genome from nanopore reads alone and because nanopore sequencing directly senses individual single molecules, this can lead to determination of non-standard nucleotide bases and base modifications. Nanopore sequencing can even be used to sequence RNA directly, without the need for reverse transcription or amplification. All these exciting recent advances will be discussed in the keynote lecture.

Take a look at the overview of honorary guest speakers since 2000.

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