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Title For the benefit to mankind - get your research into broader use inspired by Nobel Prizes
Course number 2988
Program Cellbiologi och genetik
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2017-10-23 -- 2017-11-21
Responsible KI department Institutionen för mikrobiologi, tumör- och cellbiologi
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course To increase the understanding of various pathways and mechanisms that can be used for translating biomedical research into wider use.
Learning outcomes After the completed course, the participants will be able to describe and apply various mechanisms used for translating biomedical research into wider use. The participants will also gain knowledge about some Nobel Prize awarded discoveries and how these have been translated into important health innovations.
Contents of the course The course will have a focus on various aspects of translating science into wider use, but also include research and innovation policy and some of the current theories in this field. The course gives insights into the wide variety of different mechanisms that can be used for translating biomedical research into wider use. In his will, Alfred Nobel stated that the Nobel Prize will be awarded to those who "have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind". With this in mind, the course will initially use Nobel Prize awarded discoveries in Physiology or Medicine as cases. Each student will select a Nobel Prize that they find interesting, and investigate which pathways have been used to get the discovery and the subsequent knowledge into wider use, and ultimately for the benefit of mankind on a larger scale. The course will also include discussions on various blockers and enhancers in the pathways, and how these can be overcome or used. With this knowledge in hand, you will also get the possibility to apply the tools developed on the course to your own doctoral research project and investigate potential mechanisms to get your research into wider use.
Teaching and learning activities The learning activities in this course include lectures by senior investigators, case studies, presentations and discussions. Each student will select either a Nobel Prize awarded discovery (or an important health innovation that is widely used in health care today) and then investigate the pathways how these discoveries came into use. The students will then present their case, and together make a palette of different mechanisms that have been used for advancing research into wider use. The students will then apply this knowledge on their own research project, and present various mechanisms that they intend to use. Using a "two stars and a wish" feedback scenario, the students will be encouraged to give feedback to each other.
Compulsory elements The lectures, the case investigation, the mid-time feedback session for each case, case presentations, own research case presentation and discussions are compulsory.
Examination Examination is based on the presentation of the two various cases (Nobel Prize case and own research case). For the Nobel Prize case, both a written short paper and an oral presentation is necessary. For the own research case, an oral presentation is necessary.
Literature and other teaching material Articles and books at the Karolinska Library or at the Nobel Museum Library.
Number of students 10 - 15
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 The course is part time with four booked occasions and individual study with assignments between. It takes place at MTC in Solna and at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. The course start is in the room A302 at MTC.
Additional course leader The course director is Katarina Nordqvist, MTC, 08-6711832 katarina.nordqvist@ki.se. The course co-director is Matti Nikkola, matti.nikkola@ki.se
Earlier evaluation of the course Not available
Course responsible Matti Nikkola
Institutionen för cell- och molekylärbiologi

Matti.Nikkola@ki.se
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