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Summer School 2016

This summer, the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology at Utrecht

University, the Netherlands, offers you three challenging international summer courses. All

courses will cover the key issues in each field and focus on the most important research

methods used. All course teachers have extensive expertise in their field. Supplementary,

there is a cultural and social programme arranged for you to make sure that you experience

the best of Utrecht. We look forward to welcoming you in Utrecht!

M7 Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis (11-15 July 2016)

Medicines are among the most regulated products in society. From the earliest pre-clinical

stages onward, policy makers want to foster the development of safe, effective and

affordable medicines for patients in need of pharmacotherapy. When a drug reaches the

market, it is the beginning of a process of complex interactions between patients,

prescribers, insurers, pharmaceutical companies and governments. Furthermore, the

inequity in access to medicines is still a defining characteristic of the global pharmaceutical

market place.

The aim of the course is to give students insight into current developments in

pharmaceutical policy making as well to give a better understanding of the methods

available for analysing the effects of policy interventions. As a collaborator on this course,

the World Health Organization will provide faculty for several of the sessions.

You will experience an intensive programme covering the following topics:

Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis issues and methods; current challenges in drug innovation;

universal health coverage; regulatory issues and challenges; national policies and

impact on medicines use; policy and politics; synthesis, case studies & public health.

Course directors

Prof. Dr. Bert Leufkens,

Dr. Gilles Forte (WHO) and

Dr. Aukje Mantel

M8 Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety (4-8 July 2016)

With the prospect that innovative drug therapies will be introduced in the coming years,

society demands new approaches and concepts for comparative risk/benefit evaluation.

Assessment of safety and risk management of different drug therapies is done in the

framework of observational epidemiological studies (proof of ‘safety’, proof of

‘effectiveness’). This is the logical next step after randomized clinical trials, which are

designed to provide evidence of a drugs ‘efficacy’.

The course will cover key issues in pharmacoepidemiologic and drug safety research.

Special topics include databases and molecular pharmacoepidemiology. Students will

learn about the typical problems (e.g. confounding by indication, rare side effects) and

approaches to deal with these problems in the practice of pharmacoepidemiology.

You will experience an intensive programme covering the following topics:

Study Design and Methods; Confounding and other biases; Methods in drug

safety research; Drug Safety and Risk Management; Overview of

Pharmacoepidemiological databases; Molecular Pharmacoepidemiology; Drug

utilization research; Synthesis, case studies & public health

Course directors

Prof. O.H. Klungel and Prof. T.P. van Staa


Prof. S. Suissa, Prof. H.G.M. Leufkens, Prof. A. de Boer, Prof. A.C.G.

Egberts, Prof. O.H. Klungel, Prof. T.P. van Staa, Dr. F. de Vries,

Dr. A.H. Maitland-van der Zee.

M14 Pharmacoeconomics (18-22 July 2016)

Today's society is confronted with ever increasing health care costs. One of the factors

is the cost of drug innovations. Diseases waiting for therapeutic solutions are

complicated and multifactorial in nature. As a result, drug innovation has become even

more complex leading to high tech and therefore high cost solutions. The question

arises, what is the added value of such high cost innovations and how can it be

determined when both benefit and harm are considered. Health economics, and more

specific pharmacoeconomics, aims to provide a neutral scientific approach to this


This course aims to provide a broad perspective of the field, including a variety of

subjects from views of the different stakeholders to more in depth methodological

approaches, illustrated with examples and exercises.

You will experience an intensive programme covering the following topics:

Pharmacoeconomic techniques; Study designs and methods; Critical appraisal of

pharmacoeconomic studies; The (im)possibilities of the use of HTA and

pharmacoeconomics in regulatory decisions; The economics of personalized medicine;

Pharmacoeconomics of orphan drugs

Course directors

Dr. A.M. Hövels, Dr. G.W.J. Frederix, Prof. J.A.M. Raaijmakers


Prof. H.G.M. Leufkens, Dr. W. Oortwijn, MD, and others.

General information for all courses

Target groups

(Post)graduates and professionals within governments, NGOs, industry, universities

with a basic knowledge public health/medicine who have an interest in the policy

aspects of pharmaceuticals, pharmacoepidemiology and/or pharmacoeconomics.

Fee and combinations

€950,- per course (including course materials + lunches + course dinner, excluding

housing). Combination fee for two courses is €1500,- (excluding housing), combination

fee for all three courses combined is €1950,- (excluding housing)

Deadline for application

1 June 2016, see (information summer school and

course registration)

More information

Course coordinators: Eline Middelburg ( and Rianne van

den Ham (


The Erasmus Mundus programme aims to enhance the quality of higher education and promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through mobility and academic cooperation. Action 2 Partnerships are the basis for enhancing academic cooperation and exchanges of students and academics, contributing to the socio-economic development of non-EU countries targeted by EU external cooperation policy.

EUSA_ID is a mobility programme offering study, training and research periods in Europe for South African Master and PhD candidates and staff and provides European PhD candidates the opportunity to spend a research period in South Africa.

The mobility programme offering study, training and research periods in Europe for South African Master and PhD candidates and staff and provides European PhD candidates the opportunity to spend a research period in South Africa. ISS has already welcomed several South Africans in the PhD programme through this programme.


Would you like to spend your summer being part of a unique academic programme that boosts your knowledge and includes exciting social activities?  If your answer is yes, be sure to join Radboud Summer School.  Radboud Summer School is organised by Radboud University, one of the leading academic centres of excellence in the Netherlands in cooperation the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc).

The Summer School is intended for both Dutch and International students, PhD candidates and alumni.  All courses are taught in English. 

Application before 1 April = 10% early-bird discount.  Radboud students & students from partner universities receive an additional 15% discount on all course fees!

Overview of Courses 2015
Please check the website for admission requirements, the application procedure and the social programme.

Arts & Languages:

- Achieving Academic Excellence

- Communicating in German - Halfway to B2

- Deutschland und seine Nachbard:  Interkulturelle Kommunikation

- Dutch Culture & language

- Europeans & America:  Transnational Approaches to US Popular Culture;

- Intensive IELTS Programme

- Language Science:  Current Methods & Interdisciplinary perspectives;

- Multilingualism in the Wild;

Brain & Behaviour:

- Brain Computer Interfaces:  How they Work and How to Build One;

- Computational Approaches to Cognitive Neuroscience;

- Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience:  From Molecule to Behaviour;

- maps in the Brain;

- Neutral Metrics 2.0:  Quantitative Methods in Neuroscience;

Business & Economics:

- Dynamic Business Models;

- The Economics of Government Failures;

health Care:

- How to Keep Healthcare Sustainable for Every Citizen;

- Lessons from the Eye:  How to Translate Your Basic Research into Clinical Applications;

- Mitochondrial Bionergetics:  From Molecule to Man to Population;

- Contemporary Concepts in Dental Education & Personalised Health Care;

- Participatory Evaluation in Healthcare;

- Personalised Genomics:  The Future is Now;

History & Politics:

- Historical Demography:  Reconstructing Life Course Dynamics;

- World War One:  Past & Present

Philosophy & Religion:

- Death & Meaning Making in Europe;

- Neurophilosophy:  Self, Science & Society;


- Flow Chemistry;

- Promoting Respionsible Use of Animals in Biomedical Research - Systematic Reviews of Animal Studies;

- Zebrafish as Model in Biomedical Research:  Focus on Gene, Brain & Behaviour;

Social Sciences:

- Debt & Inequality in the 21st Century;

- Ethics & Education;

- Early Programming:  How Early Life Shapes Human Development;

- Gender:  A Core Concept in Society & Science;

- Trends in Behavioral Science;

- Young Consumers;

More Information:

Radboud Summer School

Ms Alice Nieboer, coodinator

+31(0)24 818 77 06


The European Commission has granted the University of Groningen the coordination of a new Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project EU-SATURN with South Africa. The EU-SATURN has budgeted for a total of 82 South Africans to study at one of the seven European Universities during 2013 to 2016. The programme allows for 5 students to study PhD full time, 10 to 15 students to study Masters full time and 18 university staff members (2 staff members from each of the South African partner Universities) to study either Masters or PhD. The studies are offered in a range of academic fields: Agriculture Sciences, Architecture; Urban and Regional Planning; Business Studies, Management Science; Education, Teacher Training; Engineering, Technology; Geography, Geology; Mathematics, Informatics; Medical Sciences; Natural Sciences; Social Sciences; Communication and Information Sciences; and Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Human Rights.


Selected South African applicants will receive a full scholarship to study at one of the EU partner universities:

  • University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
  • Politechnika Wrocławska, Poland
  • Universitat de València, Spain
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Newcastle University, United Kingdom

The South African partner universities are :

  • University of the Free State
  • Stellenbosch University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Fort Hare
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of the Witwatersrand

Only those with South African nationality who graduated from a South African university are eligible to apply. Applicants have to be registered with South African partner universities to be eligible for admission to the programme. Successful applicants will attend half of the course at one of the European universities and the other half at one of the South African Universities hence the requirement for registration with one of the South African Universities. The programme will commence in September 2013.

The scholarship offer can be viewed at: 

For more information interested parties can contact:
Dr. Michel Doortmont, Faculty of Arts
Joyce Fongers, Office for International Relations
UFS/South Africa: Dineo Gaofhiwe Ingram