Workshop rounds will take place on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of March. During registration you can register for one workshop per workshop round. There are limited spaces and they are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. 

The following workshops will be available during LIMSC 2019! 

Hands-on in the lab: introduction to laboratory skills

Workshop round I
Dr. J. vd Zee, Dept. Cell Chemical Biology; a.o. coordinator of the BW-track for medical bachelor students in Leiden.

In many bachelor curricula in Medicine, students never enter a research lab, although later in their career they will come in contact with researchers or get the opportunity to do lab work themselves. In this workshop you will learn some simple lab techniques and will obtain a ‘real life’ lab experience

Train your laparoscopic skills

Workshop round I
Jeroen Metzemaekers

This workshop comprises an introduction to the training of laparoscopic skills. Laparoscopic surgery is a relatively new surgical technique. Despite the advantages of laparoscopy over the conventional open surgical approach for patients, it poses specific demands for the surgeon. The surgeon needs to interpret the three-dimensional operation field from a two-dimensional screen and has to use long instruments with limited freedom of motion. Additionally, the instrument manipulation and camera navigation require good hand-eye coordination. For that reason, and because of ethical and financial constraints, various devices have been developed to train laparoscopic skills outside the operating room. In the skills laboratory of the LUMC box trainers have been designed, validated and have shown to be able to train medical students (without prior experience) up till the level of experts. During the workshop you are introduced to the world of surgical simulation and you will get the opportunity to test and train your own skills. This workshop is given by Jeroen Metzemaekere, who is currently a resident in gynaecology along with working as a PhD on endometriosis and quality improvement of the surgical treatment.

Tripoli Airplane Crash; how to identify the mutilated victims

Workshop round I
Prof. dr. Maat

On the 12th of May 2010 an Airbus A 330 crashed into the Libyan Desert in the vicinity of the City of Tripoli. Except for one child, all passengers died. After local recovery of the corpses and their separated body parts, the human remains were transported to the ‘Tripoli Medical Centre’ and the ‘Central Hospital’. In the meantime, the Libyan authorities requested specialized forensic assistance by the Dutch Disaster Victim Identification Team of the National Team for Forensic Investigations (DVI / LTFO). Within 48 hours the team left for Libya to start with their task. The so-called postmortem part of the investigations was completed in four weeks time. At the symposium the complexity and the details of the investigation process will be presented step by step

Debate: Global Health Challenges

Workshop round II
dr. Tarek Meguid and Thomas van den Akker

After you have heard the inspiring and educational lecture of dr. Tarek Meguid, this workshop enables you to speak for yourself. Together with a gynaecologist of the LUMC, who is also an expert in Global Health due to his experiences working abroad, dr. Meguid will lead the debate about some difficult topics in Global Health. While gaining further in-depth knowledge about (un)equality in healthcare, you will practise your debate-skills. When every international and national participant shares their opinions, ideas and knowledge about Global Health challenges, an inspiring workshop will take place.

Natural course of vaginal birth

Workshop round I & II
Marie-Louise van Heijst, Marjolein Meijer and Thomas van den Akker

In this workshop the mechanism of a normal vaginal birth will be demonstrated.
All four stages of labour will be explained, but the focus will lay mostly on the second and third stage. You will learn about the different positions of the baby during vaginal delivery including the mechanism of the internal and external rotation of head and shoulders.

After our theoretical introduction you will practise the examination of the abdomen and the vaginal examination to determine dilatation and the position of the fetal head on birth-models. Lastly, every participant in this workshop will assist a natural childbirth on these models, supervised by a midwife.

After this workshop you will :
- understand the principles of normal vaginal birth
- recognise some well-known problems that may occur during childbirth
- feel safe to assist when the purser on a plane asks for a doctor because of a woman in labour…..

eHealth: from development to impact

Workshop round I & II
Rishi Khusial, research fellow; Jacob K. Sont, associate professor - Dept. of Biomedical Data Sciences, section Medical Decision Making

In this workshop we will discuss the opportunities of eHealth in health care for patients with a chronic disorder. After a general introduction of the topic we will demonstrate an eHealth system for patients with asthma that has been developed in the EU Horizon2020 myAirCoach project ( This system integrates devices for home-monitoring with an app for patients and a web-application for health care professionals. We will discuss whether and how eHealth can improve health care delivery and patient health and wellbeing.

Debate: Transition to animal free innovations in biomedical research

Workshop round I
Debby Weijers, Director of The Dutch Society for the Replacement of Animal Testing; Frank Staal, Professor of Stem Cell Biology LUMC, and Jan-Bas Prins, Professor of Laboratory Animal Science LUMC.

The Dutch government’s ambition is to become trendsetter of the transition to animal free innovations. Is this realistic? To an increasing extent, the scientific literature is critical of the translational value of animal data to humans, and of the reproducibility of research conducted with animals. More and more, that criticism appears in the editorials, news and correspondence sections of leading scientific journals such as Nature and Science. Those contributions present multiple reasons and give extensive advice on what should be done to improve the translational value and reproducibility of animal experiments and how to replace them. How important are animal models for biomedical science and what is a realistic perspective? This is your chance to join the debate.


Genetic testing of the patient and his tumor offers new possibilities for treatment and prevention

Workshop round I & II
Prof.dr. Christi J. van Asperen, clinical geneticist, department Clinical Genetics; Dr. M. Nielsen, clinical geneticist, department Clinical Genetics; Dr. T. van Wezel, clinical molecular biological pathologist, department Pathology

New technological developments such as high-throughput sequencing or next-generation sequencing (NGS) can now be implemented in the daily practice of oncological care. For this technique the availability of standard paraffin material from tumors is sufficient. Meanwhile, NGS is widely used in molecular pathology. This creates an integration of genome diagnostics in clinical practice and this brings personalized medicine one step closer. In this workshop an introduction will be given of NGS applied within the pathology with possible consequences for clinical genetics.

The practical applications for the oncological patient will be discussed on the basis of examples. Differences between somatic and germline mutations will be discussed and possible ethical consequences.


Field applicable diagnosis of schistosomiasis: in search of the last worm

Workshop round I & II
Dr. L. van Lieshout

Schistosomiasis is a parasitic infectious disease caused by the worm Schistosoma. Globally approximately 240 million people are estimated to be infected, the majority living in poor rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa. The classical laboratory procedure for diagnosing the disease is by detection of parasite eggs in stool or urine samples by microscopy. Besides being labour intensive and subjective, microscopy can easily miss low intensity infections, which is particularly relevant for treatment follow-up and in settings were control measures have been implemented.  The workshop gives an overview of the importance of schistosomiasis, with a focus on possible diagnostic challenges when dealing with this poverty related disease. In the second half of the workshop alternative strategies will be explored in small groups and these will be summarised in a general discussion at the end.


Augmented reality in Medical Education

Workshop round I & II
Dr. Beerend Hierck

An increasing number of applications is available to study medicine or biomedical sciences in Virtual or Augmented Reality. At LUMC we developed DynamicAnatomy, the first interactive AR application for HoloLens to study the functional anatomy of the ankle joint. Research shows that some students learn anatomy better with a 3D model in the HoloLens than with a 3D model on a computer screen. What do you think about learning in AR? Will it support you or distract you? In this workshop, you will get the chance to experience DynamicAnatomy and discuss the pros and cons of AR for education. Do you have good ideas for AR in your study? Our team of teachers, developers, and researchers will be available to discuss these ideas.

Responsible animal experimentation - the collaborative effort of the investigator and the animal facility

Workshop round II
Prof. dr. Jan-Bas Prins, Professor of Laboratory Animal Science, Director of the Central Animal Facility

At the LUMC all animal experimentation as well as the breeding of genetically altered rodents take place in the Central Animal Facility. Only when the facility and the researchers of the LUMC collaborate maximum protection of animal welfare and the highest quality of science can be achieved. You are introduced to the ‘wicked problem’ of animal experimentation and invited to form your own opinion after a tour of one of the units of the facility.

Participants who visited the debate on animal experimentation during the workshop round on Friday will have priority during registration for this workshop.


“Technology in Motion” lab tour

Workshop round I
LUMC Neurology department

In 2014 the Technology in Motion (TIM) lab was established by the LUMC to develop innovative ICT technologies that facilitate evaluation of motor function and to embed these technologies in medical practice, both in diagnosis and treatment. Affordable RGB-D cameras (such as Microsoft KinectTM) and modern computer-vision techniques are used to perform accurate, markerless motion tracking.  Motion tracking is combined with augmented reality (AR) to quantify natural motor behavior and systematically vary motor and cognitive demands, providing insight into how these mechanisms interact in healthy individuals and patient populations (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and movement disorders like tremor or dystonia). In this workshop, participants will learn about these new techniques and experience their potential. Challenges and pitfalls in developing such innovative techniques will also be addressed.  For more information, see

Introduction to performing arts medicine

Workshop round I & II
Dr. A.B.M. Rietveld

Epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries in dancers and musicians. An interactive lecture / workshop, presented by A.B.M. (Boni) Rietveld, orthopaedic surgeon/musician. You are invited to bring your musical instrument or dance shoes.

A.B.M.(Boni) Rietveld studied both medicine and music (trumpet and harp). He is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire for Music in The Hague (trumpet, B.A. music, 1976) and of the Leiden University Medical Centre (M.D., 1978). 

In 1982–83 he had extensive training in dance-orthopaedics in New York City (U.S.A.), working with William G. Hamilton, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon of the New York City Ballet company.

In 1988 he was appointed orthopaedic surgeon of the Nederlands Dans Theater in The Hague and later of the dance-faculty of the Theatre School (National Ballet Academy) of Amsterdam. 
These activities merged into the Medical Centre for Dancers and Musicians (MCDM), which he established in The Hague Medical Centre (HMC) in 1993, and soon celebrating its 25th anniversary.

On April 1st 2005 he founded the Dutch Performing Arts-Medicine Association (NVDMG).

Rietveld is professionally full time involved in Performing Arts-Medicine, as a clinician and researcher. He teaches at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and presents regularly, both in the Netherlands and abroad, about Performing Arts-Medicine. He is author of the chapter on orthopaedic dance- and musicians-medicine in the Dutch Handbook of Orthopaedics. He has published in several medical scientific and popular magazines. Currently he is working on his PhD-thesis: “Orthopaedic causes of limited and painful relevé in dancers”.

For his ‘tireless efforts to improve healthcare for dancers and musicians, both nationally in The Netherlands and internationally’, he received in 2015 a high royal order of knighthood, ‘Officer in de Orde van Oranje Nassau’.

Tour of the Anatomical Museum

Workshop round I & II
S. Wielaard

The anatomical collection of the LUMC has been acquired over the past centuries and even contains some preparations that were attained around 1600 AD. The founder of the museum was Bernhard Siegfried Albinus who lived in the 18th century. He was a German professor who worked at Leiden University and who dedicated his life to the anatomy of the body by making the first atlas of human anatomy and by creating a vast collection, a part of which can be seen in the Albinus cabinet. In that antique, wooden cabinet you’ll find some original preparations of the 18th century.

The wall of fame next to the cabinet is an overview of professors who have been important for the further formation of the wide collection of this Anatomical Museum. Over the past centuries 11000 preparations have been collected and the most diverse and special ones have been selected and placed in this museum.

The exhibition
1. The five display cases on the ground floor have been set up around the theme “Healthy and sick”. Each display unit represents a specific phase of human life: it contains a panel with slides of healthy tissue and racks filled with medical sections of physical abnormalities or defects. The racks or ladders are organised after Underwood’s disease classification (General Systematic Pathology). Each such island has two touch screens containing information on the medical sections and sometimes close-ups of the abnormalities.

2. Based on the theme “The Leiden tradition”, historical medical sections are displayed in the 300-year-old Albinus case. There are also paintings by famous anatomists and panels with information about how the collection came into being.

3. On the first floor of the museum, alongside the display case with changing exhibits, you will find a long wall display showing unique medical sections and models and a skeleton display.

Zooming in on Cell and Tissue Structure with Electron Microscopy

Workshop round II
Dr. C.R. Jost

Electron microscopy can visualize the architecture and structure of tissue and cells with nm-scale resolution. With automation it is possible to acquire and visualize large digital electron microscopy datasets.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to examine (hands-on) a 5 day old zebrafish embryo over scales ranging from the full organism to individual cells and subcellular structures such as mitochondria, ribosomes and desmosomes (cell-cell connections).

Tour of the 7-Tesla MRI scanner

Workshop round I
LUMC Radiology department

MRI is an important diagnostic tool, as it can noninvasively image different parts of the body. The strong 7-Tesla MRI of the Gorter Center provides many new opportunities, both in terms of diagnostic power as in technical developments. In this workshop we will present some of the frontiers of the research in MRI, followed by a tour through the lab where new MRI-related hardware is designed. The workshop will end with a demo of the 7-Tesla MRI.

Tips and Tricks for successfully publishing your research work in an international journal

Workshop round I & II
P.G.M. De Jong (Editor-in-Chief, IAMSE) and J.K. Hewett (Journal Production, IAMSE)

In publishing scientific work, not only the writing skills of the author are of importance. At least as important is choosing the right strategy in submitting the work to the most appropriate journal. It is also useful to know how the Editorial Office and Editorial Board of a journal handle the manuscripts received. Knowledge of these last two aspects can significantly increase the chances for acceptance of the manuscript.

The workshop will give the attendees more insight in the editorial processes of a journal and based on several brainstorm exercises and actual experiences from the audience, the presenters will provide tips and recommendations to increase the chances of acceptance of their work.

First an overview of several journals will be presented and the differences in focuses will be discussed, including topics such as target audience, open access, journal impact and altmetrics. The presenters will showcase the internal procedures of a specific journal to explain what is happening behind the scenes of a journal. Some general advice will be given in order to make the process of submission as successful as possible.

At the end of the workshop the participants will have a better understanding of scientific publishing and the way a manuscript should be submitted.


Games for Health: Playing with transformation to prevent negative innovation

Workshop round I & II
Jurriaan van Rijswijk, founder of the Games for Health Europe Foundation

Playing with transformation to prevent negative innovation

Shaping the future of healthcare requires disruption - a leap to change. Creative construction as innovation principle means putting patients and healthcare professionals in position to become positive change agents. Creative destruction however is disruption like Uber and AirBNB. This kind of negative innovation only focusses on optimisation of a suboptimal system that in the end won’t lead to improvement and positive change. In this presentation Jurriaan van Rijswijk, founder of the Games for Health Europe Foundation explains how play enabled can improves health care and happiness of people with solid scientific research and plenty examples.

The Games for Health Europe Foundation is the largest worldwide networking ecosystem of people, companies and institutes for research, development and implementation of games within the health ecosystem. In 2014 Jurriaan won the ICT Personality of the Year Award. This award is an acknowledgement for a person who stimulate and impactful applies and implements the use of ICT for the benefit of profit and non-profit organizations as well as governmental organisations.