Doctoral education Aii

Aii - allergy, immunology and inflammation

Aii is a doctoral programme at KI supported by the board of research education. Our main task is to ensure that PhD students within the fields of Allergy, Inflammation and Immunology achieve both broad and frontline area-specific knowledge during their PhD period. This task is mainly conveyed by the arrangement of theoretical research education courses but also by arrangement of practical courses and by supporting extracurricular types of activities, such as literature clubs and research forums.

The activities of Aii are decided by a steering group consisting of teacher representatives and two PhD student representatives. Aii has decided to also support teacher-specific activities, in order to further improve our courses and to ensure best possible value for the students. These teacher-specific activities will be performed in collaboration with LIME, KI.

How to receive information

For information and seminars, please make sure that you have signed up for the KiiM emaillist. In order to sign up, please contact Annette Öster Fernström (Engström) at


What does Aii do?

Aii financially supports and practically help arranging theoretic and practical courses as well as other educational activities such as workshops, literature clubs and student conferences.

The main task is to ensure that PhD students in the field of allergy, immunology and inflammation get the best possible theoretical training and provide courses from basics to the absolute research forefront that advance the PhD students’ knowledge in the field and support their research.

Examples of Aii-sponsored education:
- Courses
- Literature clubs and research forums
- Workshops and minisymposia
- Teaching activities
- Student conferences and events



Information about doctoral education courses at KI, including Aii courses, can be found at
The course catalogue for autumn semester 2018 will be open for application during the period 16th April to 15th May, 2018.

Spring 2018

The following doctoral education courses within the Aii program may have vacancies for the spring 2018. Please contact the course organizer directly if you are interested.

Spring 2018      
Course code Title Date HEC Course organizer
2302 Basic immunology 2018-01-16 to 2018-01-18 and 
2018-03-06 to 2018-01-08
2957* Neural control of inflammation and bioelectronic medicine 2018-06-11 to 2018-06-15 1.5
3044** Basic bioinformatics 2018-04-16 to 2018-04-24 2.0
*Shared between programs
**Recommended freestanding course

All current and previous courses

Some courses are given every semester or once a year while others are given more irregularly, for example every third or fourth semester. Some courses in the list below are shared between several doctoral programs.

All current and previous courses
Course code Title HEC Frequency Next planned occasions
1496 Flow cytometry: from theory to application* 1.5 Once/year Fall 2018
1552 Skin allergy and inflammation 1.5 Approx every second year Not set
1595 Molecular immunology 3 Once/year Fall 2018
1626 Cytokines in inflammation 3 Once/year Spring 2019
1627 Clinical and experimental neuroimmunology* 1.5 Approx every second year Not set
2186 Making and using genetically modified mice for immunological research 1.5 Approx every second year Fall 2019
2302 Basic immunology 3 2 times/year Fall 2018
2348 Functional fluorescence microscopy imaging (fFMI) in biomedical research 3 Once/year Fall 2018
2363 Antigen presentation and T cell activation 1.5 Once/year Fall 2018
2373 The yin and yang of tolerance: autoimmunity and tumourimmunology 1.5 Approx every second year Not set
2388 Biology of inflammation 1.5 Approx every second year Not set
2522 Mass spectrometry-based proteomics: When and How* 3 Once/year Fall 2018
2523 Omics data analysis: From quantitative data to biological information* 3 Once/year Fall 2018
2532 Multifactorial immune mediated diseases – etiology and pathogenesis 1.5 Once/year Fall 2018
2535 Pulmonary inflammation 3 Approx every second year Spring 2019
2571 Psychoneuroimmunology* 3 Approx every second year Fall 2019
2705 Basic inflammation 3 Approx every second year Fall 2018
2747 Basic training in flow cytometry  1.5 Once/year Not set
2760 Translational medicine in autoimmunity 3 Approx every second year Spring 2019
2764 Epigenetic methods 1.5 Approx every second year Not set
2957 Neural control of inflammation and bioelectronic medicine* 1.5 Once/year Spring 2018
New Mucosal immunology  3 Approx every second year Fall 2018
New Tissue-specific immunology 1.5 Approx every second year Fall 2018
* Shared between programs

Current Aii-sponsored minisymposia, seminar series and events 

KiiM retreat

Save the date: the 2018 Kiim retreat will be held 20-21st September at Skoghem and Wijk. More information will be found at the KiiM website.

Winter conference 2018

The registration for the 6th KI winter conference "From Basics to Clinics 2018" is now open!

The conference will take place in Idre Fjäll, on 8th-11th March
You can register here:

This conference brings together scientists from basic and clinical research, while increasing the interaction between PhD students from the two KI campuses. We believe that interdisciplinary events are highly beneficial for the participants and enhance not only their interaction but also potential collaborations. Therefore, we welcome PhD students from all the programs and departments at KI to attend this event, but hurry up because the spots are limited!

The program, as usual, will include morning and evening sessions of scientific activities (oral presentations, posters and workshops) where every student is required to present. This provides a great platform for participants to present their research in a less formal environment and usually results in a lot of scientific and methodological input. During the day there will also be plenty of opportunities for skiing/snowboarding.

We are happy to announce that we have complemented this year’s conference program with career-focused sessions.
This year’s speakers include:
Eduardo Villablanca (who is an assistant professor at the Department of Medicince Solna)
Marijke Sachweh (who is a senior scientist at Cobra Biologics)
Andrew Hennigan (who coaches speakers for TEDxStockholm and will talk about professional networking)

For more information please check the attached poster and/or our Facebook event:

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Idre!

Best regards,
The organisers


Grants for workshops and minisymposia

Aii announces GRANTS available for the organization of workshops and minisymposia in the area of Allergy, immunology and inflammation. Please contact Caroline Grönwall at for more information about requirements and how you can apply. Costs that may be covered include travel and accommodation for invited speakers, rent of venue, lunches and coffee breaks etc. For recent examples of Aii-sponsored events, please see below.

Example of previous events, workshops and minisymposia

Events When
Career evening-PhD and beyond Spring 2017
Students winter conference: from basics to clinics Spring 2017
KiiM retreat Annually
Seminar series  
Neuro-Rheuma seminar series 2017
Non-academic research Fall 2016
KI flow club 2015
The story behind the paper 2014-2015
Immunology book clubs  
Minisymposia and workshops  
Autumn school: Satellite workshop on immunological methods Fall 2017
Minisymposium: A quest towards regeneration of muscle myopathies as well as pinpointing better molecular biomarkers for better diagnosis of the specific diseases Spring 2017
iMedS: Immunology day Spring 2017
B cells in systemic autoimmunity Spring 2017
Image analysis methods for the study of immune system disorders Spring 2016
Innate lympoid cells Spring 2016
Workshop - Guinea pig models of asthma Spring 2017
Next generation sequencing of antibody repertoires Fall 2015
Immunology and infection biology Spring 2015
MicroRNA in inflammatory diseases Spring 2014
Workshop at the interface between applied physics and immunology Fall 2014
Data-intensive methods in cell biology for the study of immune system disorders Spring 2015
RNA Sequencing Seminar Fall 2014
Novel fluorescence-based methods in immunology Spring 2015

Information for course organizers

The post-graduate program Aii administrates and finances around 25 post-graduate courses. If you are interested to organize a course within the field of allergy, immunology or inflammation, please see the general KI instructions and also follow the instructions below.

Deadlines for fall 2018: 
Feb 23rd: submitting syllabus
March 19th: entering course occasions in KIWAS

Aii courses must be registered at KI administration by registering the course plan in the database KIWAS. Courses that have been held later than fall 07 are already registered in KIWAS. For older course, or brand new courses, a new course plan has to be registered and approved. In addition, all courses to be held the coming semester need to be specified as to where and when the course will be held. You can also revise an old course plan.
When you have filled in your course description in the database KIWAS, you will receive a confirmation email from Aii that the course is approved by the program. After this, you must send a message to Jan Wahlström at to apply for financial support from Aii. Aii finances a budget of up to SEK 50 000:-/course week (see below for exceptions).
In your application for financial support, please also include a short description of expenses you expect (ex rent, copying, catering costs (fika and/or lunch), books, travel, hotel, lab reagents, external lecture representation and payment) to Jan. Out of the max. SEK 50.000 per week, 15.000 can be shared between the course organizer(s) and the “kursamanuens” in recognition of their time and efforts to administrate the course. No detailed specification is required for this part of the budget. This money will be paid to the organizers KI account and can thus be used for research-related expenses.
In the case the course budget exceeds SEK 50 000:-/week, an extended budget can for special cases, such as lab-intensive courses, be approved by Aii before the course starts.
Expenses should be reported to Jan Wahlström at Jan.Wahlströ for reimbursement no later than three months after completion of the course. The reimbursement can be obtained in two parts where the A part of SEK 15 000:- can be obtained before the start of the course by sending an invoice to Jan Wahlström ZZK2JANWAH. The B part, up to SEK 35 000:-, will be paid only after the completion of the course, after Caroline Grönwall and Jan Wahlström have received the final report (see below).
Please note that the course needs to have a minimum of 8 KI-registered PhD students to receive the full funding.
The KI post-graduate courses have had problems with students not showing up at course start. To prevent this, Aii recommends their course organizers to use the below example as reply form for students.
Final report: At the end of the course, we ask you to fill out the final report form below and email it to and
KI's rules for economic reimbursements for external lecturers is found at Internwebben.
Do you need help with our learning management system (LMS), Pingpong or Canvas? Contact Vladana Vukojevic ( 


Composition of steering group

Caroline Grönwall
Assistant professor
MedS Chair
Jan Wahlström
Assoc Prof
MedS Coordinator
Vladana Vukojevic
Assoc Prof
Clin Neuroscience Pedagogic development
Changrong Ge
Post Doc
Gunnar Nilsson
Gunilla Hedlin
KBH, CfA at IMM (50%)  
Helen Kaipe
Assoc Prof
LabMed, Huddinge  
Tülay Lindberg
Assoc Prof
Odontology, Huddinge  
Michael Uhlin
Assoc Prof
OnkPat, Huddinge  
Pia Larssen
Doctoral Student
Julia Uhlmann
Doctoral Student
MedH, CIM (Huddinge)  
Ola Winqvist
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