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Titel Translational Molecular Imaging in Neurodegenerative Disorders
Kursnummer 3186
Program Neurovetenskap
Språk Engelska
Antal högskolepoäng 3.0
Datum 2019-10-14 -- 2019-10-25
Kursansvarig institution Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle
Särskild behörighet nej
Kursens syfte The aim of this course is to give a state of the art overview of diverse molecular imaging techniques and their in vitro, clinical and paraclinical applications in neurodegenerative disorders with a focus on dementia. This course also provides hands-on experience through different workshops in diverse multifaceted techniques that are useful in different research fields.
Kursens lärandemål After the course the students will understand the main pathophysiological features of neurodegenerative diseases, with a focus on dementia disorders.
After the course a doctoral student shall be able to:
- Account for recent advances in CSF and in vivo brain imaging biomarkers
- Account for the theoretical basis of main techniques used in molecular imaging and biochemical analyses used on living subjects and biological materials
- Perform key in vitro and in vivo techniques used in screening and identifying new PET tracers
- Develop, evaluate and validate in vivo brain and CSF markers
- Collect, process, analyze and interpret data of key techniques
- Apply what they have learned to their own research work
Kursens innehåll This course will focus on scientific approaches used to study neurodegenerative disorders. Topics for the practical experiments will include the following: demonstrations of molecular imaging techniques that are used to study function and pathological changes in the brain of living patients/animal models including PET/micro-PET, demonstrations of MRI techniques for structural brain analysis, histopathological examination of brain lesions in human post-mortem brain tissue and autoradiography, radio-ligand binding and enzyme kinetic techniques to study localization of receptors, binding potential and affinity of ligands, changes in neurotransmitter function and to correlate these with other pathological changes in the brain, quantitative assays of biomarkers and proteins involved in signaling pathways in biological fluids and in the brain using brain homogenate, human CSF and/or plasma etc. The course will also discuss, provide a deep understanding, some hands-on training on how to setup and use common in-house sensitive assays, their advantages, applicability and caveats.
Arbetsformer The course is full time (10 days) and will be organised as an integration of lectures, combined with practical laborations, demonstrations and literature studies.
Obligatoriska moment All parts of the course are mandatory. Absence from any of these will be compensated for by extra individual assignments provided by the course organizers
Examination All the intended learning outcomes will be assessed by a combination of written examination, written reports for the practical workshops, and oral presentation.
Kurslitteratur och övriga läromedel Students will receive specific literature to prepare for practical experiments and for the final examination. The literature will be selected journal articles and lab handouts.
Antal studenter 10 - 15
Urval av studenter 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)
Övrig information The course will be held at the KI Flemingsberg Campus at the NEO building. This course has previously been given with number 2315.
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Kursansvarig Taher Darreh-Shori
Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle

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