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Title Current Topics in Infection Biology
Course number 2074
Program Infektionsbiologi och global hälsa (BIGH)
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2017-08-23 -- 2017-12-20
Responsible KI department Institutionen för medicin, Huddinge
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The primary purpose of this course is expose students to scientists who are performing cutting-edge research in the areas of infection biology and immunology. The seminars and discussions during/after the seminars will introduce the students to advanced ways of scientific thinking:
- How diverse scientific approaches are used to make new discoveries in the fields of infection biology and immunology.
- How new scientific concepts are generated in relation to previous knowledge in the field.
- How scientific discoveries are effectively presented to other scientists.
Learning outcomes After the course, students should have increased their knowledge of various topics within the field of infection biology such as host-pathogen interactions including viruses, bacteria, parasites etc, innate immune factors, signalling pathways, antigen presentation, generation of cellular and humoral immune responses, as well as aspects of vaccine and anti-microbial treatment development. The goal is that the students to be able to critically analyze data and concepts presented at the seminars within the course, and to discuss the data with the invited speakers. Since the lectures presented span over several subtopics all the students should also be able to gain new information on frontline research activities relevant for their own research project and PhD studies.
Contents of the course The course is built up by a series of weekly seminars by invited speakers (international and national) presenting their current research in infection biology. The speakers will both give a basic introduction to their field and present their own research and discuss that in the context of the field as a whole. The lectures will cover host/microbe interactions, routes and mechanisms of infection, the susceptibility and the response of the host to such infections, and the molecular and physiological events leading to the clearance of microbes or a diseased state. Innate and adaptive immunity, inflammation, and the biology of membranes and receptors will also be presented and discussions.
Teaching and learning activities The seminars are one hour long and are held weekly as part of a seminar series. A total of 15-20 seminars will be held during the semester.
Compulsory elements Attendance at the seminars is compulsory to pass the course. If a student is unable to attend some seminars, she/he can compensate by summarizing and analyzing additional seminars in a written report to make up for the absence.
Examination To ensure that the examination is at the individual level, each student is required to read the review articles provided by each speaker and summarize and critically analyze one seminar in a written report.
Literature and other teaching material Reading the articles handed out is compulsory. Every invited speaker will provide at least one review article of the field, as well as one or two original articles from the speaker. The list of articles will be provided along with the speaker list prior to the seminar series, and will be updated, if required, during the course.
Number of students 8 - 20
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 seminars within the course are usually held at the Center for Infectious Medicine, F59, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge. A detailed schedule for the seminars will be provided before the start of the course.
Additional course leader
Earlier evaluation of the course Evaluation report
Course responsible Jakob Michaelsson
Institutionen för medicin, Huddinge

Jakob.Michaelsson@ki.se
Contact person Susanna Brighenti
Institutionen för medicin, Huddinge

Susanna.Brighenti@ki.se