Course: Microbiota and Health (registration closed)

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Date(s) - 30/11/2020 - 03/12/2020
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Microbiota and Health

Through our sister organisation in Sweden, NDPIA, we are happy to offer a four-day online course on Microbiota and Health from 30th Nov – 3rd Dec for PhD students and potentially post-docs.


Schedule and lecturers: Microbiota and Health course preliminary schedule

Where: online

Registration deadline: Extended: November 11th, 2020

ECTS: Suggested 1.5 ECTS (this must be clarified with you home university)

Level: PhD-course or postdocs

Course homepage: Will be linked to here when ready

About the course

Microbiota are diverse microbial communities associated with multicellular organisms. Most of the course lectures focus on humans as the host. Two lectures are presented on microbiota associated with farmed animals and plants. The associated microbial genes greatly outnumber those of the host organism. These communities of microbes and their genomes, the microbiome, affect physiological processes of the host. Understanding how the microbiota interact with the host is critical for understanding the host biology and host susceptibility to infectious and chronic diseases and responses to drugs. Alterations of the normal host microbiomes are associated with immune dysfunction and chronic diseases, such as gut inflammatory diseases, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and metabolic conditions linked to neurological, cardiovascular, and respiratory illnesses. This course introduces the field of host microbiomes with a focus on health and discusses methods for microbiome studies and data analysis. The course gives an overview of microbiota associated with the human gut, genitourinary tract, mouth and skin as well as interactions with the immune system. The role of microbiome perturbations in host immune dysfunction and chronic diseases and possibilities for microbiome-based therapy are discussed.

On completion of the course, the student should learn:

  • which methods are used to study microbiomes and for data analysis
  • microbiota associated with the gut, genitourinary tract, mouth and skin
  • interactions of the microbiota with the immune system
  • effects of diet and age on the microbiota
  • importance of the microbiota in human health and disease
  • importance of the microbiota in farmed animals and plants
  • interactions of the microbiota with drugs
  • present day trends in modifying the microbiota

In addition to online lectures, participants will also have an opportunity

  • to discuss their research with colleagues
  • to build their national and international scientific network
  • to discuss at the end of the lectures with experts working within microbiota research

Register: here (you are required to upload an abstract upon registration

The abstract is for a poster presentation on your research. Although there is no limit to the number of words, abstracts are often a length of about 250-300 words. The abstract must include a title, the names of the authors and affiliations.  You will receive information on how to upload your poster presentation online once the course site is established.

IBA has a maximum of 20 attendee participants. If these are oversubscribed, this is how applicants will be prioritized: PhD candidates / “forskerlinjestudenter” > postdocs > associates.

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