MBI-8005 – Advanced Antimicrobial Resistance Course

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Date(s) - 18/10/2021 - 22/10/2021
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MBI-8005 – Advanced Antimicrobial Resistance course

Time and place: Monday 18.10.2021 from 12.00 to Friday 22.10.2021 12.30 – UiT – The arctic University of Norway. MH-building.

Registration/application: Apply through SøknadsWeb.

Who is it for: This PhD course is highly relevant for members of the National Graduate School in Infection Biology and Antimicrobials (IBA).

Credits: 3 ECTS

Travel and accomodation: IBA will support travel accommodation for IBA PhD and research track students. Please let us know if you need support for travel and accommodation here: https://nettskjema.no/a/196684


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This course is organized by the Department of Medical Biology (IMB) and Department of Pharmacy (IFA) at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and the National Graduate School IBA.

Please visit the UiT course page for the latest information. Link: https://en.uit.no/education/courses/course?p_document_id=721788

Course description: The course will provide detailed insight and knowledge of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria. The objectives will include understanding of principles regarding antibiotic resistance, methods for detection of resistance, clinical breakpoints, resistance epidemiology, mechanisms for resistance development/evolution and spread, drivers behind development of antimicrobial resistance, clinically important resistance mechanisms in bacteria, molecular methods for typing of resistance bacterial clones and concepts in drug discovery.

Students shall prepare individually by studying 15-20 selected peer reviewed scientific articles, which together account for about 100 000 words. These articles will be regular experimental studies and review articles covering the different aspects described above regarding antimicrobial resistance.

All students meet in a joint five-day gathering at the Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, campus Tromsø, to attend lab demonstrations with related theoretical instructions. It will be performed demonstrations for phenotypic methods to detect susceptibility to antimicrobial agent in bacteria. The students will also present and critically review one given article in a 20-minute (skype) lecture.

Objectives of the course: After completing the course the students will have the:

Knowledge to:

  • Discuss the mode of action of major antibiotic classes
  • Understand the basic principles in pheno- and genotypic methods for antimicrobial susceptibility testing
  • Consider the clinical consequences of antimicrobial resistance
  • Discuss clinically important antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in bacteria
  • Discuss the evolution of and drivers behind the development of antimicrobial resistance
  • Discuss concepts in drug discovery

Skills to:

  • Justify which methods to be used for pheno- and genotypic detection of bacterial susceptibility to antimicrobial agents
  • Critically evaluate scientific papers to disseminate advanced knowledge of antimicrobial resistance
  • Draw scientific conclusions and defend own research in scientific presentation

Competence to:

  • Explain differences between the main genetic mechanisms in the spread of antimicrobial resistance
  • Explain the use of molecular methods in typing of antimicrobial resistant bacterial clones

Application deadline: Registration deadline for PhD students and students at the Medical Student Research Program at Uit – The Arctic University of Norway: 15 June in autumn semester.

Application deadline for external applicants: 1 June for autumn semester. Application code in SøknadsWeb is 9301

Admission requirements: Please see: https://uit.no/utdanning/emner/emne/670579/mbi-8005
Teaching methods: Theoretical study, introductory lectures, group discussions, practical demonstrations and discussions in the lab and presentation of own research and a selected article.

Assessment: One oral presentation of a given scientific publication/subject appointed by the course committee. The oral presentation is evaluated as passed/not passed.

Course work requirements: Lectures, group discussions and lab demonstrations are obligatory.

Re-sit exam: There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.

Questions? Contact IBA coordinator tina.svingerud@ibv.uio or IBA Director of Studies at UiT, johanna.e.sollid@uit.no