Human Genetics

Human genetics is a relatively young medical discipline which originated in the sixties with the demonstration of chromosomal anomalies in constitutional and acquired disorders. The discipline experienced a rapid growth with the development of DNA analytical methods which enabled the identification of several genetic, mainly monogenic, disorders. At present, human genetics experiences another growth spurt due to the development of genome-wide analysis tools, high capacity mutation detection methods leading towards complete human genome sequencing. This evolution leads to an ever increasing relevance within all medical disciplines. The current technologies not only enable to identify inherited Mendelian disorders, but also increase our understanding of complex diseases. Human genetics not only enables diagnosis, but is leading more and more to improved guidance and treatment. From this ever increasing importance and complexity, the Belgian Society of Human Genetics identified the need for a course which provides a theoretical basis for human genetics at a postdoctoral level. The members of the society represent the eight Belgian human genetics centers as well as scientists and professionals involved in human genetics. The postgraduate course in human genetics intends to fulfill the need of a growing number of professions in which a full theoretical basis of all aspects of human genetics is useful or required. In the industry, health care, diagnostics as well as in certain areas of research, such knowledge is wanted. Within the Belgian genetics centers, the course will provide a uniform and adequate theoretical basis for all those taking up responsibilities in human genetics-related activities.


De faculteiten Geneeskunde van Universiteit Gent, Universiteit Antwerpen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université de Liège, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Catholique de Louvain en Institut de Pathologie et de Génétique Gosselies.


  • Friday 11 October 2013: KULeuven
  • Friday 22 November 2013: ULB
  • Friday 13 December 2013: UGent
  • Friday 10 January 2014: IPG
  • Friday 14 February 2014: UCL
  • Friday 14 March 2014: UA
  • Friday 25 April 2014: ULg
  • Friday 9 May 2014: VUB
  • Friday 13 June 2014: final exam
  • September 2014: final exam 2


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Centrum voor Medische Genetica – UZ Brussel
Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Brussel
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