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Title Mucosal Immunology
Course number 3178
Programme Allergi, immunologi och inflammation (Aii)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2019-09-30 -- 2019-10-14
Responsible KI department Institutionen för medicin, Huddinge
Specific entry requirements Basic knowledge in immunology corresponding to the course 2302.
Purpose of the course The primary purpose of the course is to introduce doctoral students to key concepts that underlie immune function in mucosal tissues (gut, lung) and to develop their skills to apply these concepts to their own research. Another purpose of the course is to inspire students by giving them the opportunity to interact with scientist who are performing cutting-edge research in the area of mucosal immunology.
Intended learning outcomes After the course, the doctoral student should be able to:
Understand and explain the differences between the mucosal immune system and the immune system in lymphoid organs.
Discuss how the microbiota shapes immune function.
Explain how altered mucosal immune function and changes in the microbiota can cause inflammatory disease.
Critically evaluate experimental approaches that are used to study the mucosal immune system.
Use the gained knowledge to critically assess experimental data related to mucosal immunology.
Contents of the course The following main topics will be covered during the course: gut immune system, lung immune system, microbiota and its interaction with the immune system, role of immune-microbiota interaction in inflammatory diseases (with focus on gut and lung).
Teaching and learning activities The teaching is mainly through lectures/seminars by the course leaders and other scientists from Karolinska Institutet who work in the field of mucosal immunology. The lectures include introduction to the various topics as well as examples of specific research projects from the lecturer's research group. This will allow the student to become familiar with experimental approaches that are used to study the mucosal immune system. In addition, there will be seminars by external speakers with expertise in mucosal immunology. At the end of each course day, there will be an interactive Question & Answer session to summarize the main points. There will also be group work by the students in the form a scientific figure quiz to learn how to interpret experimental data. Finally, one course day will consist of a practical laboratory session to illustrate how to study the gut and lung immune system.
Compulsory elements Students are required to attend all course days, to actively participate in the group work, and to take the course exam in order to pass the course. Absence can be compensated with an individually written report.
Examination The course examination will be in the form of individual and group assignments that are presented orally. As the individual assignment, students will be given scientific questions related to mucosal immunology. The answers are presented by each student individually as short talk presentation. There will also be group work by the students in the form a scientific figure quiz to learn how to interpret experimental data. Both individual and group presentations are peer-reviewed by the course leaders and the other students. Each student has to show that all intended learning outcomes have been reached.
Literature and other teaching material Before the start of the course, relevant scientific publications will be distributed to the students.
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) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date)
More information The course is given full-time on-site at the KI Solna campus during 2 x three days (September 30-October 2 and October 8-10) with the exam on October 14 (afternoon). Students should reserve 2-3 additional days for work on assignments.
This course has previously been given with number 3070.
Additional course leader Eduardo Villablanca, Department of Medicine, Solna,
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Tim Willinger
Institutionen för medicin, Huddinge
Contact person Eduardo Villablanca
Institutionen för medicin, Solna