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Biomarkers in neuropsychiatric research
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3470-17-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 15/10/2017
Date and time14.11.2017, at: 09:00 - 16.11.2017, at: 16:00
Regular seats22
Course fee3,720.00 kr.
LecturersMaj Vinberg
ECTS credits2.80
Contact personHelen Gerdrup Nielsen    E-mail address: Helen.Gerdrup.Nielsen@regionh.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School). Special rules apply for research year students enrolled at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH. All other participants must pay the course fee.
Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student, you will be placed on the waiting list for the course until enrollment deadline. After the deadline of enrollment, available seats will be allocated to students on the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. Define biomarkers and their potential use in neuropsychiatry
2.Acquire detailed knowledge about the standard operational procedures used in biomarker research
3. Understand the basic principles behind the main clusters of biomarker techniques
4. Compare the different scientific biomarker techniques and their shortcomings
5. Learn how biomarkers can be integrated with other neuroscientific techniques

This PhD course provides a systematic and comprehensive overview over current biomarker techniques, highlighting their neuroscientific and therapeutic potential. The students will be introduced to standard requirement concerning methodology, standardization, techniques and possibilities for cooperation in the area. The theoretical background will be introduced for the main clusters in biomarker research: genetics, inflammation, oxidative stress, metabolic, hormones, CNS biomarkers and the current knowledge based on meta-analysis will be discussed.

There is a strong interest in body fluid biomarkers for psychiatric diagnoses, as these are potential objective, dynamic and cost effective aids in the diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of disease progression. However biomarkers are still not that well developed in neuropsychiatry and biomarker research needs specific expertise and infrastructure. The aim of the PhD course is to share and discuss state-of-the-art knowledge of body fluid biomarker in psychiatry and the main focus of the course will be on how to select standardize and evaluate biomarkers in research settings.

PhD students (medicine, neuroscience, psychology) interested in neuroscience and brain related diseases. No specific qualifications required.
Describe the target group of the course and required qualifications (if any) by the participating PhD students. PhD students who are involved in neuro psychiatric projects that include body fluid biomarkers

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH: Psychiatry


Lectures, discussions, presentation of own research results, discussions and group work and workshops with practical exercises in smaller groups.

Course directors
Maj Vinberg associate research professor, Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Copenhagen University, maj.vinberg@regionh.dk
Ulla Knorr, associate research professor, Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Copenhagen University,

Professor Henrik Enghusen Poulsen, Institute of drug design and Applied pharmacology Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen
Professor Finn Sellebjerg, Department of clinical medicine, University of Copenhagen
Professor Steen Hasselbalch, Department of clinical medicine, University of Copenhagen
Post Doc Vibe Gedsø Frøkjær, Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen
Special advisor on legal authorities Ulla Wæver
Director of scientific Operations Clinical-Microbiomics, Nikolaj Sørensen
Post Doc Klaus Munkholm, Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen
Senior Researcher Peter Plomgaard, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Copenhagen
Associated research professor Ulla Knorr Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen University of Copenhagen
Associated research professor Maj Vinberg Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen University of Copenhagen
Professor Roger McIntyre, Brain and Cognition Discovery Foundation (BCDF) Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit University of Toronto
Professor Thomas Werge, Mental Health Centre Sct. Hans, Capital Region of Denmark


Course location
Blegdamsvej 3B (Main entrance Maersk Tårnet), Room 31.01.4a

Please register before 15/10-2017

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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