Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3456-17-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 01/09/2017
Date and time02.10.2017, at: 09:00 - 06.10.2017, at: 18:00
Regular seats20
Course fee5,400.00 kr.
LecturersAnne Grapin Botton
ECTS credits4.30
Contact personAnne Vognsen    E-mail address:
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address:

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. Understand how tissues form and are subsequently maintained long-term
2. Obtain insight into the fundamental principles of stem cell biology
3. Design experiments that will enable her/him to analyse stem cells in vitro and in vivo
4. Have insights into ethical considerations associated with the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine

The course will cover the essential steps towards the formation of adult tissues with appropriate functions. Throughout there will examples of how we exploit our understanding of the normal development and the subsequent maintenance of adult tissues by stem cells to further both our own research and regenerative medicine. This scientific topics covered will include:
1) From gastrulation to tissue homeostasis
2) Transcriptional control of cell fate and stem cell identity
3) Methods and techniques widely used in stem cell biology
4) Translating stem cell biology to the clinic
5) Regulation of adult stem cells with emphasis of the topics of foreign speakers Fiona Watt, Petra Hajkova and Prisca Liberali
6) Bioethics in stem cell therapies

PhD students with an interest in stem cell biology
Basic cell and molecular biology knowledge at Bachelor/Master level is needed

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 Mechanisms of Disease
Cellular and Genetic Medicine
All graduate programmes


Lectures, group work, discussions, group exercises

Course director
Anne Grapin-Botton, Professor, Danstem,
Elisabetta Ferretti, Associate Professor, Danstem,
Kim Jensen, Associate Professor, BRIC,

Anne Grapin-Botton, Professor, Danstem,
Elisabetta Ferretti, Associate Professor, Danstem,
Kim Jensen, Associate Professor, BRIC,
Cord Brakebusch, Professor, BRIC,
Joshua Brickman, Professor, BRIC,
Bo Porse, Professor, BRIC,
Petra Hajkova, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Imperial College London,
Fiona M. Watt, Professor, Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, King's College London, UK,
Prisca Liberali, Assistant Professor, University of Basel, Switzerland and Junior Group Leader, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland,
Agnete Kirkeby, Associate professor, Danstem
Henrik Semb, Professor, Danstem,
Peter Sand√łe, Professor, Danish Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment,

October 2nd-6th, 2017

Course location
To be defined, in either BRIC or Panum

Please register before please register before August 15th, 2017

About 20 seats to PhD students from Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules. 4 additional seats are reserved for internationalization for EU-Life institutions.
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.