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Mitochondrial Physiology - from Organelle to Organism
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3234-23-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 30/07/2023
Date and time21.08.2023, at: 09:00 - 25.08.2023, at: 17:00
Regular seats33
Course fee9,480.00 kr.
LecturersSteen Larsen
ECTS credits3.40
Contact personJacqueline van Hall    E-mail address: jacq@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: 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 from NorDoc member universities. 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 NorDoc member universities. 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. Obtain theoretical knowledge on mitochondrial bioenergetics
2. Measure mitochondrial respiratory capacity, membrane potential and ROS production in muscle tissues as well as analysis of data obtained
3. Plan and design mitochondrial respiratory protocols

The content of the course will be an introduction to basal mitochondrial respiratory measurements and also to more advanced measurement of ROS production. Besides from this, different topics will be covered during lectures, ranging from the effect of aging on mitochondrial function to the impact of exercise on mitochondrial function. During the lectures focus will be on liver, adipose tissue as well as on skeletal muscle. The students will get an opportunity to present some of their own work, either on a poster or as an oral presentation.

There are no required qualifications, but a little knowledge about mitochondrial function would be beneficial.
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:
- Basic and Clinical Research in Musculoskeletal Sciences
- All graduate programmes


The form is a combination of workshops (hands-on), lectures and student presentations. The students will be asked to present their own research (poster or oral). We have invited several prominent lectures, and some of them has already accepted (see under teachers).

Course director
Associate Professor Steen Larsen, Faculty of Health Sciences, Center for Healthy Aging, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, stelar@sund.ku.dk

Associate Professor Lukasz Szczerbinski, Medical University in Bialystok, Poland (accepted invitation)
Post Doc Jens Frey Halling, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (accepted invitation)
Associate professor Pablo Garcia Roves, University of Barcelona, Spain (accepted invitation)
Post Doc Pau Gama-Perez, University of Barcelona, Spain (accepted invitation)
Professor Christian Wolfrum, ETH Zurich (accepted invitation)
Associate Professor Zach Gerhart-Hines, Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (accepted invitation)
Professor Paul Coen, Translational Research Institute, USA (accepted invitation)
Associate Professor Johanna Lanner, Karolinska Institute, Deaprtment of Physiology and Pharmacology, Sweden (accepted invitation)
Professor Maria Carmen Gomez-Cabrera, University of Valencia, Spain
Post Doc Carlos Henriquez Olguín, NEXS, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Luca Tiano, University of Marche, Italy
Professor James L. Kirkland, Mayo Clinic, USA
Professor Brian Kennedy, University of Singapore (accepted invitation)
Professor Michael Roden, University of Dusseldorf, Germany

21-25. August 2023

Course location
Mærsk Tårnet og/eller auditorier på Panum

Please register before 30th of July

Expected frequency
Every second year

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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