December 6-9, 2016 – Annual Congress, Liverpool

ESR Mohammed Ghiboub joined the annual congress in Liverpool. It is a joint event between the British Society for Immunology and the Dutch Society for Immunology, bringing together two of Europe’s most established immunology organisations. Mohammed presented his research in a poster with the title “HDAC3 controls the inflammatory response and LPS tolerance in human monocytes and macrophages“.

More information is on the website of the organisation.


Rembrandt Institute for Cardiovascular Science (RICS)

November 4, 2016 – Annual symposium, Noordwijkerhout

ESRs Oliver Chen and Charo Luque-Martin joined the annual symposium of the Rembrandt Institute for Cardiovascular Science (RICS).

The Rembrandt Institute of Cardiovascular Science is a Dutch scientific collaboration aimed at beating cardiovascular disease. For more information, visit the website of the organisation.


Epigenomics in common diseases

November 1-4, 2016 – Conference, Hinxton

ESR Andrew Li Yim joined the Conference Epigenomics in Common Diseases in Hinxton and gave a poster presentation about his research entitled “Distinctive methylation pattern associated to Crohn’s disease in mucosal-derived fibroblasts“. For the second year, Andrew won a prize for his excellent presentation.

Epigenetic variation plays an important role in disease processes and provides a promising focus for disease prediction, prevention and treatment. For more information, please check the website.


Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences Year Symposium (ACS)

October 7, 2016 – Symposium, Amsterdam

ESRs Charo Luque-Martin and Oliver Chen joined the Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences Year Symposium (ACS) in Amsterdam.

The mission of the Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences is to design knowledge-based treatment strategies to prevent and cure cardiovascular disease. For this purpose, education, research and clinical activities are concentrated in four Centers of Excellence that not only translate experiments to clinical interventions, but also use clinical observations to develop and validate novel biological concepts. For more information, check the website.


European Macrophage and Dendritic Cell Society (EMDS)

September 21-23, 2016 – Symposium, Amsterdam

ESR Mohammed Ghiboub joined the EMDS Symposium in Amsterdam. He gave an update of his research on a poster, entitled “SP140 is a Potential Mediator of Macrophage Activation in Inflammatory Bowel Disease“.

More information can be found on the website of the organisation.


2nd Annual Epigenetics Discovery Congress

September 8 & 9, 2016 – Congress, London

ESRs Svenja Löring and Charo Luque-Martin joined the 2nd annual Epigenetics Discovery Congress in London. Epigenetics has flourished to become one of the most revolutionary areas of science over the past decade. Also, advances in the understanding of epigenetic processes have led to a burst in interest in this area as a potential source of new targets for the discovery of medicines.

For more information, go to the website of the organisation.


Annual meeting

June 8, 2016 – 2nd annual meeting

The 2nd annual meeting was held at GSK in Stevenage, UK. All ESRs gave an update on the progress of their research project. Furthermore, Luke O’Neill was a guest speaker. It was a very interesting and constructive meeting.


International Congress of Human Genetics

April 3-6, 2016 – 13th Congress, Kyoto

ESR Andrew Li Yim presented his reasearch entitled “”DNA methylation profiling of Crohn’s disease in peripheral blood and CD14+ cells in women” on the 13th Internation Congress of Human Genetics in Kyoto, Japan.

Recent spectacular advancement in the technologies of genome analyses including next generation sequencing and in the informatics of huge data including genome sequences and medical information, are bringing exceptional opportunities for better understanding our human genome and diseases, and, furthermore, for developing more efficacious treatment for diseases. More information can be found on the website of the organisation.


Dutch Society for Immunology

March 31 & April 1, 2016 – Symposium “The immune system strikes back”

ESR Mohammed Ghiboub joined the NVvI Symposium in Lunteren. This year’s Lunteren Symposium focused on novel immunological insights into host-pathogen interactions. Pathogens appear to have incorporated exquisite strategies to circumvent, counteract, and/or withstand immune barriers in order to establish infection. More knowledge on these mechanisms will not only advance our understanding of the immune system, may result in novel therapeutic strategies for a wide variety of diseases.

For more information, check the website.


Conference Epigenomics of Common Diseases

November 9, 2015 – Poster prize

Andrew Li Yim and Peter Henneman joined the conference “Epigenomics of Common Diseases”, which was held in Hinxton UK from November 6th – 9th. Andrew became second with his poster presentation entitled “Genome-wide methylation profiling of Crohn’s disease in women”.

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Mucosal Immunology Symposium, Rotterdam

October 8 & 9, 2015 – Cells living on the edge

ESRs Svenja Löring and Mohammed Ghiboub joined the Mucosal Immunology Symposium “Cells living on the edge” in Rotterdam on October 8 and 9. The very interesting symposium was organised by the Erasmus Postgraduate School Molecular Medicine.

For more information, check their website.


Epimac Kick Off

June 8, 2015 – The Epimac kick-off meeting was held. It started on June 8th with a dinner at restaurant “In de Waag”.

It was continued the next day in the “Schreierstoren” with scientific presentations by Wouter de Jonge, Peter Henneman and Menno de Winther. Rab Prinjha and David Tough from Glaxo Smith Kline presented the latest developments and Edwin Groenewegen van Wijk showed the financial implementation. As a special guest, Matthias Zilbauer gave a master class about the conditions for good epigenetic research and a special focus on epigenetics in epithelial cells.


The new EpiMac website

June 1, 2015 – Launch of the Epimac website

Here at Epimac we’re very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website which is live today and is located at the new web address The site’s homepage features bright colors and an uncluttered design as well as including our newly designed logo. A few of our goals with this website were to make it informative, fast, easy to navigate and user friendly.