Course catalogue doctoral education - VT18

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Title Medical developmental biology
Course number 2794
Programme Utveckling och regeneration (DevReg)
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2017-08-21 -- 2017-08-25
Responsible KI department Institutionen för neurovetenskap
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The main purpose of the course is to acquire a better understanding for issues in developmental and stem cell biology with direct implications for human development and disease.
Intended learning outcomes After the course the doctoral student is expected to be able: - To fully understand and review the basic biology and definitions of embryonic and fetal stem cells, - To understand and review the most fundamental genetic and epigenetic/transcriptional regulatory mechanisms guiding the development of the essential organs, - To understand and review the basic principles of regenerative medicine and perinatal physiology.
Contents of the course To achieve a better understanding of embryonic and fetal development, and to provide better healthcare for newborns and children, it is necessary to understand the development in basic research to be able to more rapidly apply such knowledge in clinical care. In this course, world-leading scientists in the fields of developmental biology, stem cell research, and regenerative medicine, will discuss the molecular mechanisms, cell biology, genetics and epigenetics of development in general and more specifically in a wide variety of organs, with a particular bias towards human development and disease. The nature of the course is translational and provide a wide range of knowledge from transcriptional mechanisms to basic physiology and patient care.
Teaching and learning activities The course is based on lectures from morning to lunch by prominent lecturers. There are practical workshops and clinical visits in the afternoons. The course is considered demanding and requires full-time presence and attention.
Compulsory elements Full presence is absolutely required. Necessary absence will be regulated with the course leader and given as extra tasks.
Examination Every student needs to make either a fifteen minute individual presentation or to present their projects by poster presentation. The oral and poster presentations are examined by at least four course leaders and the participants receive immediate feedback directly from the course leaders/examiners. Further feedback is given continuously throughout the course. Every student will in addition be individually assessed by a summative written exam.
Literature and other teaching material Recommended literature: Pediatrics and Perinatology. The Scientific Basis. Ed. P Gluckman & MA Heyman Two review or research articles per lecture (c:a 20 lectures, 40 articles) to be listed by the lecturers.
Number of students 8 - 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 This course is organized by researchers and MDs from the departments of Neuroscience, Women's and Children's Health, and CLINTEC and is an international exchange course between Karolinska Institutet and University of Toronto with guest lecturers also from universities in Hong Kong via the Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine ( In addition to the lectures, workshops, and clinical visits, networking to enhance the interactions and relations between the universities is an important part of the course. The lectures will take place in Inghesalen (campus Solna) Monday-Friday 9-12. The demonstrations in the afternoons will include visits to the IVF and neonatal clinic at the new hospital as well as demos of cutting edge technologies, such as 3D bioprinting.
Additional course leader Course organisers: Fredrik Lanner, CLINTEC, Klas Blomgren, KBH, and Ola Hermanson, Neuro.
Earlier evaluation of the course Evaluation report
Course responsible Ola Hermanson
Institutionen för neurovetenskap
Contact person Ola Hermanson
Institutionen för neurovetenskap

Fredrik Lanner
Institutionen för klinisk vetenskap, intervention och teknik