Your course leader will be René Remie

Professor René Remie, Pharm D, PhD, author and editor of the Manual of Microsurgery on the Laboratory Rat, studied Pharmacy at the University of Groningen. In 1983 he specialized in pharmacology and did his PhD on the presynaptic modulation of noradrenergic neurotransmission in the portal vein of the freely moving rat. In 1990 he co-founded the Microsurgical Developments Foundation and was chairman ever since. In 1991 he specialized in Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare, and worked for nineteen years as a Laboratory Animal Scientist and Welfare Officer at Solvay Pharmaceuticals.

From 1997 to 2012 he held a chair on Microsurgery and Experimental Techniques in Laboratory Animals at the Groningen Centre for Drug Research, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

In 2002 he co-founded International Microsurgical Training Centre, was its Scientific Director and course leader.
In 2009 he started the René Remie Surgical Skills Centre where he is course leader.
He is an experienced instructor for over 40 years.

Assistents / Instructors

Eva Stoffels, DVM, PhD, studied physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands (MSc 1991, PhD in plasma science 1994). After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kyoto University, Japan, she was appointed assistant professor in biomedical engineering at the Eindhoven University. Her research interests included medical applications of plasma science, electrosurgery, wound healing and fundamental cell biology. In 2014 she graduated in veterinary sciences from the Ghent University, Belgium. At present she runs a private veterinary practice with a focus on rabbits, rodents and birds.


Zindy Raida, DVM, PhD, studied veterinary sciences and Biomedicine at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2010 she specialized in in vivo pharmacology and did her PhD in the neuroprotective effects of Neuroglobin and Cytoglobin in transgenic mouse models of brain ischemia. In addition she has attended numerous courses instructed by Professor René Remie and in 2011 she reached the level of instructor. She has been working as a Research Scientist with special focus on experimental microsurgical models and masters numerous techniques including Gastric Bypass in rats, Pancreatectomy, various catheterizations, models of brain ischemia among others.


Inge de Greeuw graduated in 1999 as an animal technician. She worked as (a trainee) animal technician at the Free University of Amsterdam and as an animal technician at ID-DLO Lelystad, The Netherlands. After that, she worked partly for Rephartox B.V., a Contract Research Organisation and partly for International Microsurgical Training Centre (IMTC) as animal technician and as course instructor. She developed microsurgical techniques and telemetry models for small laboratory animals under the guidance of Prof. René Remie. Amongst other things, Inge gives instruction in (micro) suturing techniques, catheterizations and implantation of radio-telemetry devices. Furthermore, she is responsible for proper anaesthesia of the small laboratory animals. In November 2012, Inge was awarded with the Dutch price for Alternatives to Laboratory Animals.

Today, Inge works at the Free University of Amsterdam, as a member of the Animal Welfare Body.


Hans Vosmeer has more than 30 years experience in microsurgical and experimental techniques. He was head of the large laboratory animals section at the central animal facility of Utrecht University. He teached experimental techniques and practical aspects of anaesthesiology at several institutes. His surgical specialties are:

  • Cardio-vascular surgery
  • Neuro surgery
  • Ortopedic surgery
  • Microsurgery
He is (co)author of numberless scientific papers. Since 1991 he is a regular teacher on our microsurgery courses in the Netherlands.