Course Host pathogen interactions – from basic microbiology and immunology to medicine

ECTS: 2.4

Course leader: Trine Mogensen

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Graduate program: BIO

Course fee: 2,880.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Spring 2024

Application deadline: 19/03/2024

Cancellation deadline: 02/04/2024

Course type: Classroom teaching

Start date: 16/04/2024

Administrator: Johanne Gregor Nielsen

The course B288/05 “Host pathogen interactions – from basic microbiology and immunology to medicine”  is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, 2024.

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Aim: To provide a course on various aspects of human host-pathogen interaction ranging from basic cell biology and microbiology (bacteriology, virology, genetics, molecular cell biology, immunology) to pathogenesis of infectious diseases and medicine.

Learning outcomes: Have achieved a theoretical background and ability to discuss current knowledge in some aspects of basic cell biology, immunology, and microbiology related to human host-pathogen interactions, have obtained some insight into the methodologies used to investigate these and how to interpret data, and finally have gained perspectives on how these basic mechanisms translate into the pathogenesis of infectious diseases and the medical implications hereof.

Workload: The workload of the course is expected to be 34h (10h in preparation and 24h teaching)

Content: Based on lectures from experts in the field, we will give examples of how viruses and bacteria or bacterial communities interact with the human host and have developed sophisticated strategies to avoid immune recognition and elimination, in order to promote microbial spread and survival in the organism. The course will provide examples of how the host responds to microbial challenge and how this interaction may lead to a mutually beneficial relationship, or alternatively, to inflammation, pathology, tissue destruction, and disease. Some translational aspects will also be covered, including how microbial infection may cause autoinflammatory and autoimmune diseases, and development of malignancy.

Instructors: Trine Mogensen and Holger Brüggemann

Venue: Aarhus University, Aarhus.

Participation in the course is without cost for:

Course dates:

  • 16 April 2024 08:00 - 17:00
  • 17 April 2024 08:00 - 17:00
  • 18 April 2024 08:00 - 17:00