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Title Psychiatric Genetics
Course number 3222
Programme Neurovetenskap
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2020-03-23 -- 2020-03-27
Responsible KI department Institutionen för molekylär medicin och kirurgi
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is that the participants acquire basic knowledge in genetic epidemiology, molecular genetics and epigenetics, as well as to provide an overview of the current knowledge of genetics and epigenetics in psychiatric illness including also the study tools, and aspects of ethics and law.
Intended learning outcomes After completing the course, the participants should be able to explain basic genetic and epigenetic concepts and mechanisms, and to some extent be able to describe genetic and epigenetic research methodology and give examples of current understanding about genetic and epigenetic influences on psychiatric health, and briefly explain the legislation on biobanks.
Contents of the course The course provides an introduction to the field of genetics and epigenetics including molecular genetics, genetic epidemiology, molecular epigenetics and the use of nerve cells generated from skin cells. An overview of current knowledge in psychiatric genetics is provided for several of the major diagnostic groups. Visit a laboratory for large-scale sequencing is also included.
Teaching and learning activities The course is given as a full-time course for one week. Lectures, film, exercises and demonstrations are included.
Compulsory elements Participation in the teaching, as well as in the examination assignment. Any absence of compulsory parts must be compensated by reading and summarizing overview articles in addition to regular course literature. This should be aligned with the course management. Observe that it is not possible to compensate for more than 50% of the teaching.
Examination Examination assignment carried out in groups. Presentation for other course participants as well as active contribution to the discussions. Each participant is examined individually.
Literature and other teaching material Distributed material in the form of research original works and overview articles in the area.
Other teaching aids (not necessary): Psychiatric Genetics: A Primer for Clinical and Basic Scientists 1st Edition
by Thomas Schulze (Editor), Francis McMahon (Editor), 2018. Oxford University Press.
Number of students 8 - 25
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) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information
Additional course leader Ida Nilsson
Latest course evaluation Not available
Course responsible Catharina Lavebratt
Institutionen för molekylär medicin och kirurgi
08-517 765 24
Catharina.Lavebratt@ki.se
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