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Bacterial biofilms and their role in chronic infections (Online)
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3618-20-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 01/08/2020
Date and time31.08.2020, at: 00:00 - 06.11.2020, at: 00:00
Regular seats15
Course fee11,520.00 kr.
LecturersThomas Bjarnsholt
ECTS credits5.50
Contact personThomas Bjarnsholt    E-mail address: tbjarnsholt@sund.ku.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), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from Nordic countries. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

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

1.to recognize, and distinguish biofilms from planktonic bacteria both in nature and in medical related situations
2.how to illustrate and examine health care problems caused by infections involving bacterial biofilms
3.how to explain and analyze the consequences of biofilms in chronic infections
4.to recognize and design relevant biofilm model system and interpret their results
5.how to design and develop their own biofilm model including strategies for future research

Bacteria display two life forms during growth and proliferation. In one form the bacteria appear as single, free-floating cells (planktonic), in the other form bacteria are organized in aggregates. The latter form is commonly referred to as the biofilm mode of growth. These two life forms have serious implications for bacterial infections in humans. Acute infections involve planktonic bacteria and are most often treatable. Chronic infections are most likely caused by bacterial biofilms and are nearly impossible to treat with antibiotics and other disinfectants.

PhD students, with a minimum of microbiological background

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:

Molecular Bacteriology and Infection
Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Veterinary and Animal Sciences


Internet based E-learning modules (E-modules) with weekly deadlines. Each E-module is composed of 1) an introduction 2) an overview of the purpose, the subjects and the lessons learned, 3) a short study guide 4) Learning resources (which can be text, audio and/or video files) and 5) several exercises called E-lessons. The E-lessons are online learning activities, which can be either questionnaires, assignments, discussions or practical experiments (ready to use kits). The roles of the teachers are to assist student learning by serving as E-moderators for the various E-lessons.

Course director
Thomas Bjarnsholt, Professor
Costerton Biofilm Center,ISIM, SUND, KU

Professors Thomas Bjarnsholt, Michael Givskov and Tim Tolker-Nielsen, Department of Immunology and Microbiology; SUND; DK
Associate professors Mette Burmølle, Peter Østrup Jensen, Claus Moser and Oana Ciofu, SUND and Science KU
Professor Luanne Hall-Stoodley, Ohio, USA
Professor Kendra Rumbaugh; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; USA
Professor, PhD Matt Parsek; University of Washington; USA
Professor Phil Stewart, Montana State University
Professor Søren Molin, DTU, Denmark
Professor Stve Diggle Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Professor, PhD, Marvin Whiteley, University of Austin Texas, USA

31st of August 2020 (10 weeks)

Course location
The Internet

Please register before 1st of August 2020

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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