Genomics in Society

Three students share their thoughts about the new programme.

"I committed to this program after hearing about it being developed. Having used commercial DNA testing, I became interested in how genomic information could be collected, protected, and exploited in ethical and pro-social ways so certainly those aspects of this program appealed greatly to me. But it was the opportunity to speak with the program’s developers and instructors that removed any doubt about whether I might fit into such a multi-faceted program outside of my specialization. Developers and instructors all share an energy, dedication, and above all positivity that is exciting to be around. I have every confidence that their decision to welcome students from very different study programs, Dutch and international students alike, will make this a dynamic, engaging, and ground-breaking program."

"This master brings together two of my fields of education, both life- and social sciences. I want to learn how to become a researcher that is more connected to society - more aware of the discussions, hopes and fears - to really be able to make a more positive impact. I feel this master will help me achieve my goal with the support and guidance of the knowledgeable and dedicated teaching team."  

"The field of genomics is advancing at an extremely rapid pace. This program will equip me with the scientific and social tools that enable me to make sense of these advances, and to bring the products and findings of genomic research to those people who need it most and where they have the most impact."

Additionally, a word on the teaching staff:

"The core teachers in this program are buzzing with enthusiasm, are genuinely interested in the person behind the student, and are willing and able to open doors to help further your career in this field. They also have deep expertise in their respective fields and use innovative teaching methods to convey their messages. The combination of enthusiasm, genuine interest, deep expertise, and innovative teaching methods is a combination that you won't find anywhere else!"

And a word on why this program is so valuable:

"The world of science is giving us near god-like tools that rapidly advance our ability to understand human health and disease, and to intervene to preserve health. The implementation of these tools is however not as straight forward as it might seem. Society-wide dialogue and conversation is necessary to find the wisdom that we need to implement these tools wisely. This program will arm you with the scientific, social, and mental tools that you need to try to find the wisdom society needs to wisely implement the near god-like tools that science is providing us with. Science can tell us what is possible and pave a path to how to do it, but only society can tell us if we should do it."

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