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Title Translational medicine in the field of autoimmunity - an overview
Course number 2760
Program Allergi, immunologi och inflammation (Aii)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2017-10-10 -- 2017-10-26
Responsible KI department Institutionen för medicin, Solna
Specific entry requirements -
Purpose of the course The purpose of this course is to enable the students to get an overview - from bedside to laboratory- regarding a number of autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), multiple sclerosis (MS) and type I diabetes.
Learning outcomes The students will get an overview of the basics regarding a number of autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), multiple sclerosis (MS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and type I diabetes. The students will upon completion of the course have knowledge and insights in the clinical basics of the disease, how it affects the daily life of affected patients as well as the state-of-art immunological aspects of every introduced area.
Contents of the course The course will be given in two blocks, of three days each. The course will cover basic immunology with focus on aspects of central importance in autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), multiple sclerosis (MS), and diabetes. The students will get introduced to a number of chronic autoimmune diseases which will be described from bedside to laboratory. A descriptive overview of the clinical and molecular basics will be followed by a face to face patient-interaction where the patients will give their pictures of how it is to live with an autoimmune disorder, and describe into what extent their daily life has been affected since diagnosis. In addition, other perspective of autoimmune diseases will be covered, eg genetic- and environmental factors and aspects of how clinical trials and registries may be utilized to extend the knowledge regarding these chronic disorders.
Teaching and learning activities The course will feature multiple lectures, interactive discussions with patients, tutorial-style discussions in groups and student oral presentations of scientific articles related to the course subject. The course is full-time three plus three days course with compulsorily reading of selected articles.
Compulsory elements The three plus three days and the seminars are mandatory, including the pre-work of discussing scientific journal articles with the assigned mentor and preparing the presentation.
Examination The course examination will include an oral presentation of a selected topic regarding cellular or molecular aspects related to autoimmune diseases. The presentations will be in groups of two to four students, and both insights to the disease area as well as the presentation skills will be subjected to critical review, in-person feedback and individual assessment.
Literature and other teaching material Janeway's Immunobiology, and relevant scientific publications.
Number of students 8 - 45
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date)
More information Lectures and seminars will be held October 10-12 (Tuesday-Thursday) and October 24-26 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Course directors
Earlier evaluation of the course Not available
Course responsible Karin Lundberg
Institutionen för medicin, Solna

Karin.Lundberg@ki.se
Contact person Caroline Grönwall
Institutionen för medicin, Solna

caroline.gronwall@ki.se