Continuing professional development (CPD)
The aim of these educations is to follow the legal requirements for maintenance and demonstration of competence, and to facilitate the implementations of the 3R’s in routine animal work.
It is also a part of Comparative Medicine’s career ladder, outlining opportunities for competence development and for animal technicians at KI to advance to other positions.
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses in animal research – an introduction
This course objective is to encourage the use and conduct of systematic reviews and meta-analysis in animal research in order to 1) increase scientific quality, 2) to improve translation of animal data to the clinical situation, and 3) to prevent unnecessary duplication of animal studies.
Target audience: any person who is or will be involved with animal studies.
November 22-23, 2017
The course is free for PhD students registered at KI. For all other participants and PhD students from other universities the course fee is 3900 SEK (incl. INDI).
Efficient Mouse Colony Management
In today's economic climate, research funding and vivarium space often are becoming increasingly limited. As a result, investigators are challenged with managing their mouse colonies more efficiently and economically. Join this seminar to learn about the following topics:
- The fundamentals of mouse reproduction
- Factors affecting mouse breeding performance
- Time-saving approaches to data collection and record keeping
- Tips for maximizing mouse colony productivity and minimizing cost
- How to implement basic and complex mouse breeding strategies
Speaker: Kristin Lamont, PhD Technical Information Scientist Earned a BA in Biochemistry from Colgate University in 2003 and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2009 from the Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, Minnesota. Her doctoral thesis focused on the regulation of the apoptosis inhibitor c-FLIP by androgens and anti-androgens in prostate cancer. Joined the Jackson Laboratory in 2011 for a post-doctoral fellowship to develop a novel therapeutic strategy to target B-cell malignancies such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Kristin has over a decade of experience in tumor cell biology, cell signaling, and in vivo models of cancer.
November 30, between 13-16
Phenotyping of genetically engineered mice (2 ECTS)
The course teaches how genetically engineered mice can be phenotyped in a strategic way.
The course aims to teach the basic biology of the laboratory mouse in its context of genetically modified animal models. It will provide an overview of available endpoints, and of the various types of results obtained from different analyses and highlight their complementary value as well as limitations.
The course is on the doctoral level (2.0 ECTS) but open for post docs and researchers. Target audience: any person who is or will be involved with mouse studies.
Course start date
December 4-8, 2017
- Systematic phenotype analysis
- Transgenesis methodology and breeding
- Selection of controls
- Mouse biology, strain differences and characterization
- Necropsy techniques, perfusion fixation
- Post mortem tissue preparation for histology
- Imaging technique
Why is the course important for KI's researchers?
Phenotyping is a broad term that encompasses the integrated recording of a set of biological parameters both on clinical and tissue level, to characterize a condition in an organism. Phenotyping is typically useful to characterize genetically engineered organisms. Successful integrated phenotyping of genetically engineered mice helps researchers identify areas of interest associated with genetic condition, adding to our understanding of gene function and regulation.
The course is free for PhD students registered at KI. For all other participants and PhD students from other universities the course fee is 8000 SEK including INDI.
The course location is Karolinska Institutet, Campus Solna.
Leader for the course is Raoul Kuiper, PhD, DVM Dipl. ECVP Pathology, Karolinska Institutet.
Hands on workshop: Refine your practical skills for basic animal work
Refresh and refine your practical skills for basic animal work. Key contents are handling and immobilization techniques, dosing (IP, SC, IV), sampling (blood collection) and euthanasia. (EU 3.2, 6.2 and 8)
March 30, 2017 mice (9-12) and April 19th, 2017 rats (9-12)
Fee 500 SEK (incl. INDI)
Application for an animal research project license
Learn how to apply to the animal ethics committee for a project license, we will discuss hints and tips for applicants. (EU 11)
No dates for 2017
Refine your necropsy techniques (mice/rats)
March 30, 2017 mice (13-16) and April 19th, 2017 rats (13-16)
Hands-on training at Comparative Medicine Learning Lab
The Learning lab offers supervised training sessions in small groups to improve your practical skills in laboratory animal science. See "Hands on workshop: Refine your practical skills for basic animal work".
Learning Lab for rent
Are you looking for a small lecture room that is centrally situated at KI Campus Solna, and that is available for online reservation? Or maybe you are interested in a large and spacious lab, fully equipped for microsurgery in rat and mouse?
The Learning Lab at Comparative Medicine is available for rent for lectures, practical training and research with laboratory animals.
The learning lab can be rented as a:
- lecture room for a maximum of 20 persons
- course lab for a maximum of 16 students
- research lab for short-term and terminal experiments with laboratory animals.
Available equipment (examples):
- slide projector
- projector screen
- stationary computer (PC)
- wireless Internet
- 8 microscopes for use in microsurgery
- gas anesthesia
- basic lab equipment
Licensed animal facility
The Learning Lab is licensed as an animal facility by the Swedish Board of Agriculture and can house mice and rats for up to six weeks. Genetically modified animals are however not allowed.
Mice or rats can be provided from our ethics application for customers who want to perform experiments with surgical techniques.
For lectures: 1150 SEK/day: 8 hours (incl. INDI).
For research and to be used for courses: 1620 SEK/day: 8 hours incl. INDI), alternatively 6700 SEK/week (incl. INDI)
Make a request for a reservation
Log on to Time Edit to make a request for a reservation of Learning Lab. In Swedish: “Beställning Learning Lab”.
Your reservation must be confirmed before you can use the lab.
Please note: All persons entering the Learning Lab are on a 24-hour quarantine before they can enter another animal facility. Persons allergic to laboratory animals shall not enter the Learning Lab.