Medical Genetic Course

The participants, lecturers, and commitees of the 14th Medical Genetics Course (MGC) on 29 November to 01 December 2016


Within the framework of the collaboration between Faculty of Medicine Diponegoro University (FMDU) and Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC), The Netherlands, we have organized the 14th Medical Genetics Course (MGC) on 29 November to 01 December 2016.

Medical Genetics (MG) is the application of principles and knowledge of human genetics in medicine. Areas of medical genetics are, e.g.: clinical genetics, population genetics, pharmacogenetics, immunogenetics, and biochemical genetics. Clinical genetics discusses genetic diseases, including congenital anomalies, pre- and postnatal diagnosis, presymptomatic diagnosis, genetic counseling, and care for patients and their families.

A (differential) diagnosis for hereditary disease can be established after taking the medical history and a physical examination of the patient, and after drawing the family pedigree. Confirmation of the clinical diagnosis is sometimes possible by routine investigations (chromosomes, metabolic, DNA, imaging, etc), but frequently the underlying genetic cause remains unexplained, especially for patients who suffer a genetically heterogeneous disease (such as eye disease, deafness, neurological disorders, cancer, hematological disorders, and psychiatric disorders).

The course covers most aspects of medical genetics including the basis of our genetic material (chromosomes and DNA), common hereditary diseases, cytogenetics, the drawing of pedigree, molecular genetics, and psychological aspects of genetic diseases. This course has been supported by the Dean of FMDU in collaboration with RUNMC as part of annual curriculum for genetic teaching, which has been started since 2002. The course aims to provide an update on medical genetics. In this course, participants are involved in lectures, individual study assignments, workshops, and case studies that form the backbone of the course. In addition, teachers are available for discussion during the hours assigned for case studies.

The workshops on cytogenetics and molecular genetics along with MGC have been started since 2011 because the better clinicians are aware of genetic diseases. Moreover, there is a need for laboratory services to do diagnostic testing for genetic disorders.


Rapid development in medical genetics requires regular and focused updating.


Every year, there will be different lecturers who attend the MGC. For the last year in 2016, there were seven lecturers:

  1. Ben Hamel, Prof, MD, PhD (RUNMC)
  2. Sultana MH Faradz, Prof, MD, PhD (FMDU)
  3. Ineke van der Burgt, MD, PhD (RUNMC)
  4. Hans van Bokhoven, Prof, PhD (RUNMC)
  5. Dominique Smeets, PhD (RUNMC)
  6. Erik A Sistermans, PhD (VUMC)
  7. Tri Indah Winarni, MD, M.Sc (FMDU)