Open meeting: Neurosurgery and Augmented Reality

How do we get innovation from the university to the bedside. And a relating topic is: what is the position of the academic researcher/academic specialist in this process? How do we guarantee objective research results, and at the same time stimulate people to further develop their useful innovations? When do they have to let it go? What are useful mitigating measures for conflicts of interests, without demotivating researchers?

If you are interested in these questions, come to our open meeting on Friday 22 September on the topic ‘Neurosurgery and Augmented Reality’ at 19:00 in the Parnassos Kultuurcentrum (Kruisstraat 201, 3581 GK Utrecht), room 103.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at !

Time: meeting starts at 19:15, doors open at 18:45
Location: Parnassos, room 103

September 22, 2023

Open meeting: Mini-symposium on the Interplay between Environment and Health

Apollo Society Utrecht & Miami teamed up to organise an interesting mini-symposium on the interplay between the environment and health. The event will take place on Wednesday 10th of May, and you are welcome to join us! To sign up, please send an email to You will receive a Teams link a few days in advance.

Hope to see you there!

May 10, 2023

Open meeting: Music & Medicine

We would like to invite you to our next open meeting on 23th of September on Music & Medicine. Pablo Kappen, PhD candidate Neurosurgery / Music as Medicine and resident neurosurgery at the Erasmus MC, will tell us about his research on the effect of music in awake brain surgeries. The second part of the evening will be filled with discussions regarding this topic, and allows potentially interested new members to meet the Apollo society.

Time: meeting starts at 19:00, doors open at 18:45
Location: the Vagant (Budapestlaan 4)
Sign-up: send an email to

September 23, 2022

Open meeting: International Perspectives on Gene Therapy

Apollo Society Utrecht is delighted to announce an online meeting organized by the four Apollo International chapters! The meeting, organized by Apollo Utrecht, Miami, Toronto and London, will take place on Wednesday 1st of June at 18:00 CET. Various distinguished international speakers within the realm of gene therapy, AI and medicine will be present, from both the clinic and the industry. The event will take place at the following Zoom link: We hope to see you all there!

June 1, 2022

Open meeting: The microbiome in health and disease

During this Apollo open meeting, we will focus on the impact of the microbiome on health and disease. Helen Leavis, immunologist and researcher at the UMC Utrecht, will explain why some bacterias make us ill, while others are necessary to survive. The second part will be about new translational findings about the relationship between the microbioma and neurologic and psychiatric diseases.

September 27, 2019

Apollo x UUMUN: Lobbytraining

March 29, 2019

Open discussion: Genderspecific Medicine

Evidence is mounting to underline the differences between men and women in incidence and expression of disease as well as reaction to medicine. Moreover, women are known to use more medication. Nevertheless, most medical research, and hence our knowledge on diseases, is focus on men. Dr Hester den Ruijter conducts research on the differences in cardiovascular health between men and women. In an interactive session, she presented her findings and we discussed potential challenges and solutions to achieve this goal.

September 20, 2018

Guest lecture: Translational Medicine

For the third time, two of our members gave a lecture on Translational Medicine for Medical Humanities of the CRU medicine bachelor programme.

December 13, 2017

Apollo day with Vicki Seyfert-Margolis

Concluding our 2017 summer school, we hosted an Apollo day. Professor Berent Prakken, course leader and in member of our Advisory Board got us sharp and thinking about ourselves, by starting off asking us ‘who we are’. After deep thougts, Vicki Seyfert-Margolis from MyOwnMed organised a workshop on how to use data to make create a better healthcare system. Following this, a group of Apollo students is collaborating with her to build an app for students and academics all over the world.

July 8, 2017

Evidence Based Medicine: Prove It!

During our studies, and afterwards, we are taught to believe in the concept of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). But how objective is EBM? Can we blindly trust its truths, or is it time to open our eyes?

We hosted an open discussion night where future doctors and/or researchers, learned to approach research more critically, and got new insights on how to improve medical science.

After last year’s successful lecture on viroscience and bioterrorism, this second evening was organised especially for all life science masters & PhD students of the UMC Utrecht, and all those otherwise interested. The focus was on a discussion with an extraordinary researcher. For this occasion, we had invited prof. dr. Grobbee, professor in clinical epidemiology and chairman of the cardiovascular center in the UMCU, to join us in this discussion.

April 20, 2017

Open discussion: controversial research to H5N1 influenza virus

On Tuesday June 21, we hosted our first public get together. Dr. Sander Herfst from Erasmus MC held a lecture followed by an intense discussion on viroscience, government interference and fear of bioterrorism.

We like to thank dr. Herfst and all attendees for their enthusiasm and overwhelmingly active participation. It was a great success!

June 21, 2016

Guest lecture: Translational Medicine

Two guest lectures of 45 minutes were hosted by two of our founding members. The attendees were 3rd year students of the medicine curriculum following the course Medical Humanities II. Topic of the lectures was Translational Medicine in general, with special attention for the steps it takes to translate from bench to bedside.

October 29, 2015

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