Welcome to Immunology


Description: Topics

1. Innate Immune cells and innate response

2. B cells and B cell response, including costimulation and regulation, antibodies, type and affinity.

3. T cells and T cell responses, including costimulation and regulation, types of T cell responses cytokines etc. role of adhesion molecules etc.

4. Antigen processing and presentation

5. Immune intervention therapies in cancer, auto immune diseases

6. Stress, metabolism and the immune response

7. Choose 1 of the following 2:

       i. A carpenter is restoring an old building and grabs in an old bacteria-covered nail sticking out. Go over all the processes of the immune response which will happen to fight the infection

       ii. As a passenger of a plane from Asia, you sit beside a guest passenger who is infected with influenza. He sneezes and without knowing it, you get infected with the latest strain of influenza, how will your body’s immune response respond?

8. Lab course in flow cytometry (see below)

The course is built up this way: The students should form groups of up to 5 people (minimum 3 persons per group).  The group gets a list of 7 topics (topics 1-7 above) that should be presented at 7 sessions. Each group makes a PowerPoint presentation for each of these topics and when ready makes an appointment with one of the teachers, presents the presentation and the teachers challenge the students one by one on the material presented.

One session takes normally between 1 and 2 hours. At the end of each session, when the students all have answered and understood the material, then the group passes and can start on the next topic.

If a group does not pass, then the next time the whole group has first to go into more detail on the topic that was insufficient before the next topic can be presented.

At the end of the course there is no exam. All parts have to be passed. The group decides how fast it wants to do the course, could be 1 or 2 sessions a week or spread over a whole semester. The presentation can also be performed via Skype.

The course includes a short hands-on laboratory course in flow cytometry (topic 8). In this, the students will stain cells, perform flow cytometry and analyse their results (approx. 1 1/2 day)

Textbook: Janeway's Immunobiology, 9th edition, by Kenneth Murphy, Casey Weaver. Garland Science, 2016. ISBN: 9780815345053.

Organizers and lecturers: Associate Professor John Dirk Nieland, email: jdn@hst.aau.dk, Associate Professor Ralf Agger, email: agger@hst.aau.dk, and Assistant Professor Emil Kofod-Olsen, email: ekol@hst.aau.dk  


Time: 28. August 2017 (8:15 - 10:00)

The students make appointments with the lecturers when they are ready for each part, 8 in total, in the period from September until 22 December 2017

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D2, D2-106

Zip code:

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 7. August 2017


Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.