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Biomedical Sciences

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How does your body convert food into energy? What happens in the immune system when someone falls ill? How do you research new treatment methods for a disease like cancer?

During the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will study in detail the processes that take place in the human body—both in sickness and in health.

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Discover your Biomedical Sciences programme

During the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences programme you will study molecules, cells, and organs, and learn how they are interconnected. If you want to get to the bottom of what a disease is and to investigate how to treat and cure them, this programme is for you. As a biomedical scientist, you will usually not be working directly with patients—but behind the scenes you will be making all the difference.

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Change your world, study Biomedical sciences

  • For children and older people with cancer, there are all kinds of care programmes and safety nets. In the case of adolescents and young adults with cancer, however, there is far less attention for the aspect of contact with their peers or for the physical and psychological side of the illness. “People in this category are at a time of life when they are thinking about their future, but how do you do that if your prospects are far from certain?” Eveliene Manten-Horst is the initiator of the National AYA ‘Jong & Kanker’ (‘Young & Cancer’) Platform that brings young people and care professionals together.

    Read the newsitem (only available in Dutch)

    Focusing on the needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer

  • Yvette van Kooyk, professor of molecular cell biology and immunology, discovered in her research that certain sugar molecules activate and, indeed, deactivate communications between cells of the immune system. For this research, she received the Spinoza Prize in 2019.

    Read the Spinoza special (only available in Dutch)
    Watch the video (only available in Dutch)

    Ground-breaking research into the role of sugar molecules in the immune system

  • Rieneke van de Ven, researcher at VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam

    Rieneke van de Ven is conducting research into a new form of immunotherapy in which the body’s own resources are used to cure breast cancer, by training the immune system to recognize tumour cells. 

    Read the news report and listen to the ‘100 uur voor KWF’ broadcast (available in Dutch only)

    Immunotherapy fights cancer using body’s own immune system