Regenerative Medicine Utrecht

PhD Courses

As part of their PhD trajectory, students have to follow courses to deepen their knowledge and develop various transferable skills. Of note, the students are responsible for tracking their own educational progress.

Course Fees: All RM Program courses are free. Placement is on a first-come-first-serve basis, with priority given to RM students. Registration is sent out by email.

Absence Policy: If you will be absent from a course for any amount of time, please contact the program coordinator before the start of the course. Enrollment, number of ECTS and certificate of completion will be determined by the coordinator and course leaders. ECTS: 28 hours = 1 EC

General courses: Please visit the Utrecht University PhD Course Center. These courses are free to all registered PhD students.

All RM courses are listed below, including: Introduction to Regenerative Medicine, Introduction to Stem Cells, Perspectives in Regenerative Medicine, Enabling Technologies, FACS course/masterclass, PhD retreat, From Bench to Bedside, Confocal Microscopy, Cardio-Renal Regenerative Medicine, Musculoskeletal Regenerative Medicine


Introduction to Regenerative Medicine

Course Directors: Koen Braat and Bart Spee
When: once per year, next date: TBA
Program: 5 days, 1.5 ECTS


Information: Mandatory for all new PhD students, please enroll as soon as possible after you start your PhD program. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of regenerative medicine and highlights research in Utrecht. Students are joined in the mornings by international summer school students. The afternoon track is designed specifically for the PhD level to allow for in-depth discussion on particular topics.

Registration: closed

Introduction to Stem Cells

Course Directors: Paul Coffer and Koen Braat
When: once per year, next date: 6-17 January 2020
Program: 2 weeks + exam, 3.0 ECTS


Information: Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types during development and tissue repair process. This course addresses the fundamental mechanisms regulating stem cell function and considers their use in stem cell-based therapies.

Registration: closed


Perspectives in Regenerative Medicine

Course Directors: Annelien Bredenoord Marcel van der Heyden
When: once per two years, next date: TBA
Program: 2 days, 0.6 ECTS



Information: Mandatory for all PhD students in the RM program. The course engages students in the ethical and societal issues associated with RM.It provides them with an overview of current RM and stem cell-based clinical trials and an activity on looking at the outcome of a clinical trial from the point-of-view of different stakeholders. Furthermore, it offers new ways to think about their research, their approach and how it may impact the market.

Registration: closed


Enabling Technologies

Course Directors: Laura Creemers and Silvia Mihaila
When: once per year, next date: TBA
Program: 5 days + presentation, 1.5 ECTS



Information: The course aims to give an overview of state-of-the-art technologies that can be applied in biomedical research and regenerative medicine.

Registration: closed

FACS course/masterclass

Course Director: Jeroen van Velzen, head of the FACS core facility
When: 1-3 times per year, next date: TBA
Program: 1 day



Information: This course is hosted by the FACS core facility in UMC Utrecht and combines theory and application. Space is limited (6-8 persons) and you will be charged in case of cancellation. It is recommended to watch ‘overview’, ‘fluidics’and ‘optics’ on this website before attending this course.

Registration: closed

PhD Retreat

Course Directors: Koen Braat and Paul Coffer
When: once per year, next date: TBA
Program: 2 days



Information: All RM-PhDs are invited to the yearly PhD retreat with workshops, seminars, games and fun!

Registration: closed


From Bench to Bedside

Course Directors: Laura Creemers & Simon Mastbergen
When: once every two years, next date: TBA
Program: 4 days, 1 ECTS



Information: This course combines biological and medical science with business, law and bioethics. It aims to develop expertise in the biological, commercial and regulatory aspects of regenerative medicine, along with its application in biomedicine. Moreover, this course intends to acquaint students to think with a business-based mindset in addition to their scientific mindset to implement new findings in actual care.

Registration: closed


Confocal Microscopy

Course Directors: Corlinda ten Brink & Nalan Liv
When: once per year, next date: TBA
Program: 1 day, 0.25 ECTS

Registration: closed


Cardio-Renal Regenerative Medicine

Course Directors: Jesper Hjnortnaes & Caroline Cheng
When: once every two years, next date: TBA
Program: 3 days, 1 ECTS


Information: The students work together on group assignments, which will result in presentations; the assignments are focussing on a specific topic related to cardiovascular RM (e.g. developmental biology, clinical application of RM research, cell transplantation versus paracrine factors, read outs for successful RM etc.).

Registration: closed


Musculoskeletal Regenerative Medicine

Course Directors: Harrie Weinans & René van Weeren
When: once every two years, next date: TBA
Program: –


Information: –

Registration: closed


Regenerative Medicine Seminars

Course Directors: Koen Braat
When: monthly, see RM flootmeeting schedules
Program: diverse, up to 2.4 ECTS for 4 years, depending on attendance

This seminar series brings international and national experts in regenerative medicine to Utrecht to share their research.