LIMSC, a Student’s Key to the Future

Since the scientific community is rapidly internationalizing, students in the life sciences or medicine, need to be increasingly aware of the international character of their future careers. For this purpose the Student Board of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) organizes biannually the Leiden International Medical Student Conference (LIMSC). Students from all over the world convene for this three-day conference in Leiden. At this conference students can broaden their professional outlook by meeting their fellow student researchers in an informal setting, visit guest lectures by prominent international researchers and take part in interactive workshops. During the sixth edition of LIMSC in March 2009, we were proud to welcome amongst others Professor Sir R. Maini (Professor of Rheumatology, Imperial College London, United Kingdom) and Prof.dr. C.J.H. van de Velde (Professor of Surgical Oncology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands).

Students can participate in LIMSC either as a presenting or as a visiting participant. Students from all over the world were invited to submit an abstract of their research. In the last edition, over 600 students submitted abstracts about a wide variety of (bio)medical topics, ranging from internal medicine and public health to molecular cell biology and ethics. The 200 best abstracts were selected by a blinded committee of Professors of the LUMC, based on the quality of research, the originality of the research, and the quality of the abstract. The best 120 students were invited to give an oral presentation and the other 80 students gave a poster presentation.

LIMSC 2009 has been a big success! We are proud the give you for the first time the opportunity to take a look in the selected 200 abstracts of the presenting participants of LIMSC 2009. For more details about LIMSC, please visit

Organizing Committee LIMSC 2009