Amsterdam, Netherlands

Introduction to Sub-Molecular Medical Sciences

online course
when 10 January 2022 - 14 January 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 800

The aim of this course is to take a single concept in quantum mechanics and demonstrate it with practical application. The course shall apply the same teaching methodology employed by the NASA HRP (human research program). We will take the three foundations of analysis and examine the interactive and synergistic relationship of Light, Water, and Magnetism.

This course provides a framework for gaining and organizing knowledge and not simply a set of facts but also a plan of action.

- Observed behaviour in the world of science is referred to as Natural Law
- A number of Laws can tell us what happens, but not WHY
- In this course, we will try to explain the WHY and make observations from first-hand experiences.

Students will build a foundational knowledge of the translational sciences through a series of simple and practical tasks.

One of the tracers we will rely on throughout the course is Medical Deutenomics, or the discrimination of hydrogen and its twice heavier stable isotope, deuterium, which provides a knowledge base in the standard and integrative arms of health sciences. It explains principles of visual diagnostics (MRI) by diverse proton and deuterium behaviours, biochemistry with disease-related modified enzyme reaction architectures, as well as stable kinetic isotope induced tissue damage for translational and clinical medicine.

Course leader

James C. Lech

Target group

Open to Bachelor and Master’s students, PhD candidates, and professionals from all disciplines.

Who should join?
Professionals and/or students considering working towards Master's and doctoral degrees in the standard and/or integrative medical sciences with interests in translational and clinical sciences besides delivering standard care for patients. The course is open to final year Bachelor students as well.

Additional Requirements:
Students must have an interest in medical biochemistry and the health effects of environmentally stable isotopes.

We welcome participants from all countries and encourage you to apply. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please contact us:

Course aim

By the end of this course, students will understand the biochemical role of deuterium in human disease development and, as a result, be able to incorporate new diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic principles in medical decisions based on deuterium depletion to improve outcomes.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact hours: 30

Fee info

EUR 800: Fees
- Students and PhD Students: €600
- Professionals: €800
- Students, PhD students and employees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC: €500
Applications received before the 1st of October (Early Bird Discount) receive €50 discount!

The tuition fee includes:
- Application and registration
- Exclusive course content for a limited number of students
- Individual/group guidance from course organiser
- Access to all online VU facilities such as the library and online learning environments
- A certificate of attendance after completing the course
- A transcript of records mentioning the grade and the obtained ECTS
- Full support of the winter school team
- Optional online social activity


VU Graduate Winter School offers several scholarships. More information can be found on the website.