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Title Cytokines in inflammation
Course number 1626
Programme 1-Ingår i flera program
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2019-11-25 -- 2019-12-06
Responsible KI department Institutionen för medicin, Solna
Specific entry requirements Basic knowledge in immunology corresponding to course 2302 is required
Purpose of the course The aim of the course is to provide an increased understanding of the function of cytokines in the context of a healthy immune system and in different disease contexts.
Intended learning outcomes At the end of the course the participant should be able to:
- select adequate experimental methods to analyse cytokines based on specific scientific questions.
- understand the relevance of cytokines in the context of their research project.
- compare and contrast the function of cytokines in different organs and different diseases.
- explain how a disease can be treated with drugs targeting cytokines.
- hypothesize future treatment of a disease, where the modification of a cytokine pattern is the target.
Contents of the course Learning the function of cytokines in immunologic networks and the measurement of cytokine responses
Teaching and learning activities The course is partly theoretical, partly practical, where lectures, research seminars and laboratory demonstrations are integrated. Time is also allocated for discussing lab results and the content of the lectures.
Compulsory elements Practical sessions are compulsory, unless stated that they are not. Absence from compulsory practical sessions cannot be compensated for, but absence from one theoretical session can be compensated for in subsequent course sessions.
Examination The participant has to:
- actively participate in the discussions during the course and show that the learning outcomes of the course are reached by the end of the course
- prepare a group presentation of a selected topic on the course's content and in the context of their own research project. The presentations will be evaluated by the course organisers. Every student will be assessed individually.
Literature and other teaching material Subject-specific literature (relevant cutting-edge scientific papers) will be distributed during the course. For basic immunological knowledge one of the following textbooks should be referred to for information regarding different cell types and cytokines: 'The Immune System' - Parham; 'Immunobiology' - Janeway; 'Immunology' - Kuby
Number of students 15 - 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 This is not a basic course of immunology. Location: KI campus Solna. Time: 09.00-16.00 all days. Course content includes lectures and research seminars from invited experts and KI experts, and local staff are also involved in practical work.
The course is given jointly by the doctoral programmes Allergy, immunology and inflamation (Aii) and Cardiovascular Research. See:
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Course responsible Khaled Amara
Institutionen för medicin, Solna
Contact person Karine Chemin
Institutionen för medicin, Solna

Khaled Amara
Institutionen för medicin, Solna