Keynote speakers since 2000

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 to interact with the keynote speaker.
  • 2022: Prof. Musa Mhlanga (University of Cape Town, Radboudumc Nijmegen), 'RNA biology and the dark matter of the genome'
  • 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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