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Title Stress, Sleep, and Health
Course number 5216
Programme Neurovetenskap
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2020-11-02 -- 2020-11-13
Responsible KI department Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course Stress and sleep disturbances has become almost unavoidable in our modern societies, but can significantly impact one’s wellbeing. The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of how stress and sleep affect mental and physical health. The course will also offer an opportunity to develop critical thinking about research findings, and to apply a cross-disciplinary mechanistic perspective across physiological and pathological conditions. The students will be given good opportunities to network and to interact with leading national and international researchers in this area of research.
Intended learning outcomes At the end of the course, the doctoral student shall have obtained a good knowledge in how stress and sleep affect health, and the basic mechanisms by which this association occurs. They shall also be able to critically comment on the literature in the corresponding fields, and choose an adequate design for research of the effects of stress and sleep on health. We also wish this course to be an opportunity to interact with other PhD students with overlapping research interests.
Contents of the course The course will consist of lectures that will provide an overview of the essential concepts and the research on stress, sleep, and health. In particular, how acute stress, chronic stress, circadian rhythms, and sleep disturbances affect physiological systems such as the immune system and metabolism, and mental health and cognition, will be discussed. Lectures will also describe neuronal underpinnings of such effects, and possible treatments to improve stress- and sleep-related disorders. Models/tasks to study the effect of stress and sleep will also be the subject of a lecture.

The course will additionally include journal clubs where specific papers will be discussed, and time to prepare the written and oral presentations of a mock research project. The oral presentations will take place during a seminar in the end of the course.
Teaching and learning activities - Lectures, which will provide an overview of the essential concepts and the research in the different areas of relevance for the use of the doctoral student in the preparation of the examination assignment (written and oral presentations).
- Journal clubs
- Meet-the-experts session, where the students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with leading national and international researchers in the area of research of relevant
- The doctoral student has access to supervision in the preparation of the written examination
Compulsory elements - Participation in the lectures. Absence of max 25 % can be compensated for by additional tasks in agreement with the course leader.
- Written and oral examination
- Participation in the examination seminar. In case of absence from the scheduled examination seminar, another occasion for examination can be arranged as agreed upon with the course leader.
Examination The examination will consist of a written (2 pages) and an oral presentation of a mock research project that is well motivated in background of the current state of knowledge/lack of knowledge in the research area of relevance.

Literature and other teaching material Relevant scientific publications will be provided during the course.
Number of students 8 - 40
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 Hours 9-16 or 9-17, with fika included but not lunch (except last day). There will be lectures from national and international experts as well as one "meet-the-expert" session, which will give opportunity to meet the lecturers from the course face-to-face.
Additional course leader Course leaders: Julie Lasselin julie.lasselin@ki.se Mats Lekander mats.lekander@ki.se
Latest course evaluation Not available
Course responsible Julie Lasselin
Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap

julie.lasselin@ki.se
Contact person Mats Lekander
Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap

Mats.Lekander@ki.se


Julie Lasselin
Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap

julie.lasselin@ki.se