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Understand the immune-related processes in diseases

Cancer-Immune Diseases-Personalized Therapies

This minor addresses various immune-related processes that play a crucial role in almost every disease. It is often the balance within the immune system that determines the outcome of disease, ranging from tissue destruction or the development of cancer to complete cure.

To illustrate this point, we will touch upon immunological reactions that are out of balance, resulting in chronic inflammatory diseases. On the other hand, lack of immunity due to specific molecular deficiencies can result in cancer. The latest achievements in the field of cancer treatment by immune therapy will be highlighted. Also, this minor will give insight into the ongoing battle between a host and its pathogens.

To reach these aims, the minor addresses the latest diagnostic techniques in order to understand the underlying pathophysiology: these techniques include genome-wide DNA and RNA sequencing, metabolomics and microbiome analysis. 

The international minors of the Faculty of Medicine start on September 2nd.

Studying at VU Amsterdam