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Title Tissue-Specific Immunology
Course number 3072
Programme Allergi, immunologi och inflammation (Aii)
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2020-11-16 -- 2020-11-20
Responsible KI department Institutionen för medicin, Huddinge
Specific entry requirements Basic knowledge in immunology corresponding to the KI doctoral education course Basic Immunology (3 hp) is required.
Purpose of the course This course will introduce the students into the emerging field of immunology within tissues, including lung, liver, gut, skin, and secondary lymphoid organs, and will actively discuss the biological and clinical relevance of immune cells in tissues.
Intended learning outcomes After the course, the students should be able to describe certain differences of the innate and adaptive immune system in blood and various tissues. Furthermore, the students should be able to identify and discuss specific roles of the immune system in human fetal and adult tissues in health and disease but also discuss possibilities and caveats in today’s research in tissue-specific immunology, e.g. ways to collect material and ethical considerations.
Contents of the course Following a basic introduction to tissue-immunity, invited national and international lecturers will present their immunological research in one (or more) of the relevant tissues or tissue models, including both scientific and methodological aspects. The students will be asked to study one specific topic of tissue immunology in a group project work. The topic will be provided by the course leaders at the beginning of the course. An oral presentation is expected from all students at the end of the course.
Teaching and learning activities The course will be given over one week (full time). The teaching is mainly through lectures/seminars by the course leaders and other scientists from Karolinska Institutet who actively work in the field of tissue-specific 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 immune system in tissues. In addition, there will be seminars by 1-2 external speakers with expertise in the respective field of tissue-specific immunology. Every student will be asked to prepare at least one topic-related question for every lecture in order to ensure active participation by every participant throughout the course.
Furthermore, at the end of each course day, there will be an interactive Question & Answer session to summarize the main points and to provide feedback both from the course leaders and from the course participants.
Compulsory elements Students are required to attend all course days, to actively participate during the course and in the group work, and to present a given topic in an oral presentation in order to pass the course. Absence can be compensated with an individually written report. The final examination day cannot be compensated for.
Examination The course examination will be in the form of a group assignment that is presented orally on the last course day, with each student presenting and giving feed-back to the other students. Every student will be evaluated and assessed individually. The 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 Janeway's Immunobiology edition 8 or 9 or equivalent is recommended but not required. For the group work, suggestions for relevant scientific articles will be provided by the course leaders.
Number of students 8 - 20
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 of registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date).
More information The course will take place at Flemingsberg campus. Additionally, the course will include usage of the online-platform Canvas, where the course leaders will provide material relevant for the course, e.g. literature, slides, or additional information.
Additional course leader Magdalini Lourda, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Infectious Medicine (CIM), Dept. of Medicine, Huddinge, Magdalini.Lourda@ki.se
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Nicole Marquardt
Institutionen för medicin, Huddinge

nicole.marquardt@ki.se
Contact person Nicole Marquardt
Institutionen för medicin, Huddinge

nicole.marquardt@ki.se


Magdalini Lourda
Institutionen för medicin, Huddinge

Magdalini.Lourda@ki.se