Post-graduate Programs

PhD course in infectious disease epidemiology

Where: MEB

When: Full time 13-17 October 2015

Entry requirements: Knowledge in epidemiology and biostatistics equivalent to "Epidemiology I: Introduction to epidemiology" and "Biostatistics I: Introduction for epidemiologists", or equivalent courses
The course aims to teach the specific definitions and tools used in the study of infectious disease epidemiology. Subjects covered are i.a.: transmission routes, infectivity, role of subclinical infections, rapid outbreak investigations, routine surveillance, sub-typing of pathogens (including WGS), models for disease spread, role of social mixing patterns, vaccine epidemiology, antibiotic resistance.

Course leaders: Prof Johan Giesecke and Ass. Prof. Lisen Arnheim Dahlström

Contact:  Gunilla Nilsson Roos if interested in taking the course gunilla.nilsson.roos@ki.se

Deadline: 15th of June 2015

 

Cellular and molecular infection biology 3hp (Doctoral and Masters level)

After the course the students will have an overview of the various aspects of microbial infections with bacteria, viruses and parasites. The students will have knowledge on the level of current understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms used by pathogenic microbes, since the course will provide "state-of-the-art-level" presentations in selected aspects of a host-pathogen interaction. The students will be able to give examples of interdisciplinary studies in the research field of microbe-host interactions, many lectures focus on interdisciplinary themes such as microbe-cell interactions, microbial manipulation of host inflammatory responses, pathogen transmission and novel techniques to study microbe-host interactions. Analytical and critical thinking will be encouraged by the course design. The students will also have an improved capability for scientific discussions, since the course provides the possibility to interactive discussions with invited teachers, who will attend the student presentation. After the course the students will have a more holistic picture of infection biology, and hopefully they will be encouraged to apply such new information for the benefit of their further graduate training and even get significant input for their own research.

Cellular and molecular infection biology (3hp) website

 

Participating organizations

  • Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell biology, MTC
  • Department of Medicine Infectious Diseases Unit, Karolinska University Hospital Solna
  • Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge
  • Department of Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital Center for Infectious Medicine, CIM, Huddinge
  • Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge
  • Associated agency: The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI)
     

Governing Board

The governing board is responsible for the organization of graduate courses and student activities, contact with other graduate and undergraduate program within KI and contacts with external collaborators. The governing board meets twice per semester to evaluate the progress of the program and suggest/coordinate new activities. The study counsellor supervises the activities of the students admitted to the Program such as laboratory rotations and successful completion of the basic education program.

Faculty: 

  • Mikael Rhen / MTC, Head of programme
  • Benedict Chambers / CIM, Programme coordinator
  • Speranta Puiac Banesaru / MTC, Programme administrator
  • Birgitta Henriques Normark / MTC/SMI
  • Sven Britton / MedS
  • Kristina Broliden / MedS
  • Susanne Nylen / MTC
  • Matti Sällberg / LABMED
  • Emma Svedin / CIM, Student representative

Program Director:

Mikael Rhen

MTC Study Councelor:

Benedict Chambers, CIM 

Secretary:

Vacant

Contacts

Head of programme

Professor

Mikael Rhen

Phone: +46-(0)8-517 712 13
Organizational unit: Mikael Rhen group
E-mail: Mikael.Rhen@ki.se

Postal address: Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, MTC, Karolinska Institutet, Nobels väg 16 SE-171 77 Stockholm
Visiting address: Mikrobiell patogenes, Hus M1, Gustaf V, plan 2, Karolinska University Hospital Solna, SE-171 76 Stockholm

Programme coordinator, Study counselor :

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Benedict Chambers

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 862 16
E-mail: Benedict.Chambers@ki.se

Postal address: Center for Infectious Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, F59, SE-141 86 Stockholm
Visiting address: Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, MTC, Karolinska Institutet, Nobels väg 16, SE-171 77 Stockholm

Programme administrator:

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Postal address: Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, MTC, Karolinska Institutet, Nobels väg 16 SE-171 77 Stockholm
Visiting address: Mikrobiell patogenes, Hus M1, Gustaf V, plan 2, Karolinska University Hospital Solna, SE-171 76 Stockholm

Faculty and supervisors

The faculty is composed of scientists working at the pre-clinical and clinical departments localized at KI-Campus and Karolinska University Hospitals at Solna and Huddinge. Each of them is actively engaged in the supervision of PhD students and guest researchers. Active collaborations exist with KI scientists involved in other graduate programs. The faculty will be involved in the supervision of students, teaching of the postgraduate courses and organization of laboratory rotations.

Course seminars

 

Post Graduate Courses

Applications

http://kiwas.ki.se/courseapplication/

for more information contact: benedict.chambers@ki.se

Collaborations

European Research Training Group 1273 
“Strategies of human pathogens to establish acute and chronic infections“

In the last years, the field of infectious disease research has changed dramatically, driven by seminal discoveries and by the advent of numerous novel powerful technologies. In particular, the fields of host pathogen interactions and innate immune responses have evolved fast and led to numerous conceptual changes. The availability of complete genome sequences of almost all human pathogens and their natural and model host organisms, of methods for genetic manipulation of host and microbe, of sophisticated in vivo measuring and imaging techniques, high throughput and high resolution proteomics and structure determination, have made it possible to look at questions regarding the interactions of pathogens and host with unprecedented detail. Making full use of these opportunities requires a large number of infrastructural resources. Even more importantly, these integrated approaches require intense interdisciplinary collaboration and a very large critical mass of excellent scientific teams.

The central aim of this IRTG, a cooperation between Hannover Medical School, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, is to give young researchers from Germany and Sweden the opportunity to perform their Ph.D. thesis in this rapidly moving field of the infection biology of human microbial pathogens in a highly stimulating, competitive, international environment.

The core element of the programme is a joint research programme centering on the question how human microbial pathogens achieve acute or persistent infection and how the host organism reacts to persistent infection. Rather than focussing on one selected aspect of infection biology, multiple thematic foci have been selected with the goal of exposing the graduate students to the wide spectrum of modern infectious disease research, and taking advantage of the full breadth of faculty competence available at the three institutions involved in this IRTG.

Joint research goals in the fields of bacterial, viral and parasitic infections are pursued in a total of 25 thesis projects (14 based in Germany and 11 in Sweden). In addition, a highly interdisciplinary joint study programme was set up which profits from the established infrastructure for graduate training available at both Hannover Medical School (Hannover Biomedical Research School, Center for Infection Biology) and Karolinska Institute (MTC Postgraduate Programme in Infection Biology).

The IRTG 1273 is funded jointly by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT).

For further information and a list of the projects please check:

http://www.mh-hannover.de/5315.html

Contact

Coordinators:

Prof. Sebastian Suerbaum (Coordinator MHH/HZI)
Hannover Medical School 
Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology 
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1 
30625
Hannover 
Germany
Phone: +49  511 532-6769
Fax: +49  511 532-4366
suerbaum.sebastian@mh-hannover.de

Prof. Birgitta Henriques Normark, MD, Ph.D. (Coordinator KI)
Mikrobiell patogenes, Hus M1, Gustaf V, plan 2, Karolinska University Hospital Solna,
SE-171 76 Stockholm
Phone: +46 8-4572413
Fax: +46 8-302566
birgitta.henriques@ki.se

Office of the IRTG 1273:    
Petra Kleinhans and Susanne Maibom
Hannover Medical School 
Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology 
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1 
30625 Hannover 
Germany
Phone: +49 511-532-6770
Fax: + 49 511-532-4355
IRTG1273@mh-hannover.de

 

Infectious Disease Control