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Title Cytokines in Inflammation
Course number 1626
Programme Allergi, immunologi och inflammation (Aii)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2021-04-12 -- 2021-04-30
Responsible KI department Institutionen för medicin, Solna
Specific entry requirements Knowledge in immunology corresponding to course "Basic Immunology" 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 The course contains lectures on the roles of cytokines in health and disease. Different methodologies for analysis of cytokines will be covered by theoretical and practical sessions.
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. Practical laboratory sessions will be conducted in small groups.
Compulsory elements All activities included in the course are compulsory. Absence needs to be compensated by an assignment in agreement with the course coordinators.
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 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) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information The Course is equivalent to two weeks of work spread across three weeks. There will be lectures equivalent to 7 days, 1 day equivalent of student assignment presentation and discussion and 2 day equivalent of practical session. Exact schedule of when and where the lectures will be held (or on Zoom) and practical sessions will be communicated closer to the beginning of the course. The practical sessions will be held in smaller groups.
Additional course leader Vijay.Joshua.Balasingh@ki.se, Harald.Lund@ki.se
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Course responsible Vijay Joshua Balasingh
Institutionen för medicin, Solna

vijay.joshua.balasingh@ki.se
Contact person Harald Lund
Institutionen för fysiologi och farmakologi

harald.lund@ki.se