Ageing

Education

The Medical Research Profile Ageing is involved in the educational programs for Medical students and Biomedical Sciences students (master and bachelor), post-graduate and pre-university students.

Coordination activities

Master

During the Master of Medical and Biomedical Sciences we organize various electives with ageing as a main theme. During this elective we elaborate on the definitions of ageing, the biological mechanisms of ageing, the main clinical problems that arise during ageing, and the scientific research that is performed with ageing as the main theme. More information can be found in the individual elective descriptives in the web links.

Master Medicine

Half Minor Program Vitality and Ageing

The medical half minor Vitality and Ageing brings the important and challenging theme of ageing in the curriculum of third year Bachelor students from LUMC, from other national and international universities. The half minor will be given in parallel to the master program Vitality and Ageing.

After an introduction about the societal and individual aspects of ageing, this course will focus on the biological aspects of vitality and ageing. Attention will be paid to repair mechanisms, nutrition, longevity and maintenance of bodily and mental functions and independence. The aim of this course is to develop understanding of the biological mechanisms that underlie ageing and age-related diseases so as to stimulate scientific thinking towards potential interventions aimed at enhancing vitality. The students will get interactive expert lectures, working groups on the biology of Vitality and Ageing. During this half minor the students will bring a working visit to the Max Planck Institute in Cologne.

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Master Program Vitality and Ageing

The masters Vitality and Ageing is a one-year international programme combining biological, individual and societal aspects of ageing. Graduates of the Master Vitality and Ageing usually start their careers in medical, scientific or management positions. The international character of this master’s programme provides a perfect stepping stone towards a national or international career in research (PhD), care organisations or governmental policy organisations.

There’s more to growing old gracefully than staying as healthy as you can for as long as you can. For example, maintaining independence and continued participation in valuable social activities are equally as important. When it comes to getting old, our internationally oriented master’s programme will equip our students with the kind of knowledge and dedicated academic skills that will enable you to enhance the lives of our senior citizens. The expertise in the area of ageing will be enriched in three main areas: biological, individual and societal. As no other, V&A professionals will be primed to play a key role in improving the future of our ageing society.

In this small-scale master program, an international and interdisciplinary group of students will study and learn together to understand the broad concepts of ageing. The degree programme lasts one academic year and is broken down into five thematic elements: Future Perspectives; The Biology of Vitality and Aging; The Older Individual; and The Organisation of the Ageing Society. The programme is concluded with an internship and thesis during the Science and Career course. Parallel to these interactive courses, educational lines involve extensive trainings during the whole year, where the development of your transferable academic skills will be central. These transferable academic skills will enable you to become a successful researcher, innovator and policy maker e.g. The educational lines involves the courses: Communication in Science, Research and Evidence, Academic Development.

To complete the masters, a master thesis will have to be written during an internship of your choice, which can be followed either inside or outside the Netherlands. The masters has a broad international network of possible partners for the internship destinations abroad. Depending on the chosen research topic, internships can be followed in the areas of biomedical studies, social sciences or for example a governmental environment.

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Master Biomedical Sciences

During the Master of Medical and Biomedical Sciences we organize various electives with ageing as a main theme. During this elective we elaborate on the definitions of ageing, the biological mechanisms of ageing, the main clinical problems that arise during ageing, and the scientific research that is performed with ageing as the main theme. More information can be found in the individual elective descriptives in the weblinks.

Frontiers of Science (FOS) courses

Biological Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
Cardiovascular disease and Metabolic Syndrome
Molecular Epidemiology in Ageing Research
Bioinformatics: Computational biology of complex disease and ageing
Genome (in)stability, cancer and ageing

Internships

Master students Biomedical Sciences and Medicine interested in Ageing are welcome to perform their scientific internships at our departments. These internships could be related to clinical presentation of elderly within the acute clinical care, or the epidemiology of various age-related diseases or the genetic bases of longevity.

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Extra-Curricular activities

Pre-university education (VWO) (pupils and biology teachers): training in research questions and design (MOLEPI/OUDGNK).

Clinical Training

The departments of Gerontology and Geriatrics and Public Health and Primary Care provide education in the clinical training to geriatric medicine.

Post-academic education (Boerhaave CME)

Leidse Ouderengeneeskunde dagen: two days of interprofessional and interdisciplinary continuous medical education for professionals in the ageing field.


LUMC Generic Biomedical PhD Courses
Joint UL-LUMC Transferable Skills PhD Courses