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Basic and applied Immunology
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3647-22-00-00There are 2 available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 01/01/2022
Date and time31.01.2022, at: 13:00 - 01.04.2022, at: 17:00
Regular seats16
Course fee13,680.00 kr.
LecturersHanne Frøkiær
ECTS credits5.50
Contact personHelle Vinberg Schrøder    E-mail address: hvin@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
The aim of the course is that the student can interpret and understand immunological parameters in basic and disease oriented research projects.

A student who has met the objectives of the course will:
a. Understand the basic principles of innate immunity and how it bridges to adaptive immunity.

b. Understand principles of adaptive immunity, including development and interaction of immune cells during adaptive immunity.

c. Have a solid knowledge on diseases caused by malfunctioning of the immune system due to pathogens or lack of immune stimulation.

d. Have expert competencies in novel concepts of immunotherapy, vaccines and immunological involvement in diseases development and progression.

e. Have skills in performing and understanding modern methods used in immunological laboratories.

f. Be able to comprehensively present and discuss immunological projects.

The first afternoon session will serve to introduce the course and the participants and to plan the presentations.

Six parts consisting of afternoon sessions with student prepared lectures and theroretical exercises and discussions. Each session is preceded by e-learning and own reading in a recommended textbook. Three days with laboratory exercises, questions and discussions.

The six parts are:

Basic concepts and Innate immunity (14/2-22)
- Basic concepts in immunology
- Innate immunity, first line defense
- Induced innate immunity and bridge to adaptive immunity

Recognition of antigen by B and T lymphocytes (21/2-22)
- Antigen recognition by lymphocytes, BCR and TCR
- The concept of adaptive immunity; Development of lymphocytes and their antigen receptors
- Antigen presentation to T lymphocytes

Principles of adaptive immunity (28/2-2022)
- T lymphocyte-mediated immunity
- B lymphocyte-mediated immunity, use of antibodies
- Dynamics and memory of adaptive immunity

The immune system in health and disease (7/3-2022)
- The mucosal immune system, interaction with pathogens
- Mechanisms of Immune evasion
- Immunodeficiency and diseases

Allergy and Autoimmunity (14/3-2022)
- Mechanisms behind allergic reactions and diseases
- Autoimmunity and diseases
- Transplantation

Treatment and manipulation of the immune system (21/3-2022)
- Current treatment strategies targeting the immune system
- Development and mechanisms of vaccines

State of the art techniques used in immunological research: Practical exercises (29-/3-1/4-2020)


The curriculum will be taught by lectures and seminars given by course teachers and the students, and laboratory exercises. The curriculum will be based on the textbook: Janeway’s Immunobiology 9th Edition. The course will end with an oral examination of approximately 15 min., grades: Acceptable or Not acceptable.

Course director
Hanne Frøkiær, Professor, Laboratory of Immunology, DVDB, hafr@sund.ku.dk

Professor Søren Skov, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, KU, sosk@sund.ku.dk

Professor Hanne Frøkiær, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, KU, hafr@sund.ku.dk

Professor Axel K. Hansen, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, KU, akh@sund.ku.dk

Course secretary
Helle V Schrøder, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, KU, hvin@sund.ku.dk

Afternonn sessions (13pm-17pm): 31/1, 14/2, 21/2, 28/2, 7/3, 14/3 and 21/3 2022
Lab exercises (9am-17pm): 29/3, 31/3 and 1/4 2022

Course location
University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg

Please register before 1 January 2022

Admission to PhD students from Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the rules in force.

Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrollment.

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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