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Introduction to Nutritional Metabolomics
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5472-20-06-31 
Enrollment deadline: 03/08/2020
PlaceDepartment of Nutrition Exercise and Sports
Date and time17.08.2020, at: 09:00 - 21.08.2020, at: 16:00
Regular seats11
Course fee300.00 €
ECTS credits3.00
Contact personJan Stanstrup    E-mail address: JST@NEXS.KU.DK
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserLars Ove Dragsted    E-mail address: LDRA@NEXS.KU.DK
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Block noteDuration: 41/2 days
Exam formContinuous assessment
Exam detailsOral defence, presentation of the Group Work, critical questions from lecturers
Grading scalePassed / Not passed
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Project work14.00
Theory exercises6.00


The course will provide an overview of LC-MS based untargeted metabolomics and its application in nutrition. It will be delivered using a mixture of lectures, hands-on data preparation and analysis, computer-based practical sessions, and discussions. Visits to wet labs and instructions on human sample preparation procedures is included but with minimal hands-on.

The students will go through common steps in a typical metabolomics study using a real-life case. This case study includes collected plasma (or urine) samples from a nutritional intervention. The sample preparation and analysis on UPLC-QTOF has been conducted and the students will further process and analyse the acquired data with various freeware tools (e.g. R, XCMS, MZmine and Metaboanalyst). They will finally work on identification of relevant metabolites using several web-based structure elucidation tools. The course will conclude by presentations of reports generated by the students based on the case study.

The course will be structured as initial short lectures on theory followed by hands-on exercises, which will teach the students to transfer the theoretical information to practice.

Learning outcome
The aim of this course is to introduce the students to all phases in a nutritional metabolomics study, to instruct the student on sample handling, and to train the student in data analysis and in the use of freely available tools for the metabolomics data flow.

After completing the course the students should be able to:

• Handle urine, plasma and other samples collected from humans for metabolomics analysis
• Understand the basic principles of UPLC-QTOF technology and get familiar with sample analysis
• Suggest which sample type to analyze for a specific research question and propose the relevant sample collection and preparation procedure
• Carry out data preprocessing using freely available tools (R/XCMS)
• Perform basic univariate and multivariate analysis (e.g. R, MetaboAnalyst)
• Interpret the MS/MS spectra by manual interpretation and by utilizing available tools (e.g. MetFusion, MetFrag) and databases (e.g. HMDB, METLIN and MassBank)

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, hands-on exercises, group discussions.

Professor Lars Ove Dragsted
Assistant Professor Jan Stanstrup
Assistant Professor Cristian de Gobba
Assistant Professor Henrik Munch Roager
Post doc Giorgia La Barbera
PhD student Ceyda Pekmez
PhD student Muyao Xi


Rolighedsvej 26, rooms A001 and A009

No fee for the PhD students under the Open Market in Denmark and NOVA partners (Nordic Countries).
Other participants are to pay a course fee of 300 EUR. Each student must pay and arrange their own travel and accommodation in Copenhagen during the course.

The program can be downloaded here.

For more information please contact Jan Stanstrup: jst@nexs.ku.dk.

Date of the exam is Friday 10 July 2020 from 09:00 to 12:00.

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