Former keynote speakers

Each Genetics Retreat - NVHG graduate meeting 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 for interaction.

  • 2023
    Prof. René Bernards (NKI, Amsterdam), 'New approaches to cancer therapy: if you do what you did, you get what you got'
  • 2022
    Prof. Musa Mhlanga (University of Cape Town, Radboudumc Nijmegen), 'Having fun with dark matter'
  • 2019
    Prof. Thierry Voet (KU Leuven), 'Single-cell multi-omics to study DNA mutation, genetic heterogeneity and disease'
  • 2018
    Prof. Cisca Wijmenga (UMC Groningen), 'We and our small friends: ins and outs of gut microbiome'
  • 2017
    Nick Loman, PhD (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom), 'Introducing the portable nanopore single molecule sequencing revolution'
  • 2016
    Prof. Miikka Vikkula, MD, PhD (University of Louvain, Belgium),'Vascular malformations: from examples of human genetic mosaicism towards clinical trials'
  • 2015
    Prof. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (Tübingen/Germany) 'The development of colour patterns in fishes. Towards an understanding of the evolution of beauty'
    Prof. Johan Braeckman (Gent, Belgium) 'Why people are extremely gullible'
  • 2014
    Thijn Brummelkamp, PhD (Amsterdam/Vienna) 'Haploid genetics in human cells unravels portals for pathogens'
  • 2013
    Prof. Michael Snyder (San Francisco, USA) 'Adventures in personal genomics and whole omics profiling'
  • 2012
    Prof. Johannes Krause (Tübingen, Germany) 'Learning about human population history from ancient and modern genomes'
  • 2011
    Prof. Joe Nadeau (Seattle, USA) 'Transgenerational genetic effects on phenotypic variation'
  • 2010
    Prof. Allan Balmain (San Francisco, USA) 'Systems genetics analysis of cancer suspectibility: from mouse model to humans'
  • 2009
    Prof. Edith Heard (Paris, France) 'X-chromosome inactivation: a paradigm for monoallellic gene expression and epigenetics'
  • 2008
    Prof. Stylianos E. Antonarakis (Geneva, Switzerland) 'The mystery of conserved non-coding sequences'
  • 2007
    Prof. Marcus Pembrey (London, United Kingdom) 'Male-line, transgenerational responses in humans – is the Y-chromosome involved?'
  • 2006
    Prof. Roel van Driel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) 'Where do we go to in the nucleus?'
  • 2005
    Prof. Jürgen Brosius (Münster, Germany) 'Echoes from the past – are we still in an RNP world?'
  • 2004
    Prof. Brian Hendrich (Edinburgh, Scotland) 'Early development, stem cells and epigenetics'
  • 2003
    Prof. Stephan Beck (Cambridge, United Kingdom) 'From Genomics to Epigenomics'
  • 2002
    Prof. Michel Georges (Liège, Belgium) 'QTL-analysis'
  • 2001
    Prof. Gert Vriend (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) 'Genomics and bioinformatics'
  • 2000
    Prof. Doug Fambrough (Boston, USA) 'Using DNA microarrays to dissect biological problems'
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