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Infection and Immunity in Practice


Admission requirements

The course content of the modules Molecular Biology, Immunology and Pathogen-Host Interactions II is essential background knowledge for the student starting this course.


Period: October 26 – November 6, 2015

This course is focussed on experimental approaches to studies in the area of infection and immunity. Therefore, the course content of the courses Immunology and Pathogen-Host Interactions II is essential background knowledge for the students starting this course.

As the students have learned how to use micro-organisms in a laboratory setting , they will perform and discuss experiments in the area of phagocytosis and complement activation, and prepare a written report. In the second part of the first week, the students will perform a miniproject of their own choice in one of the following four areas: autoimmunity, allergy, transplantation immunology or infectious diseases. During these days and in the second week experiments will be performed, discussed and reported at the minisymposium organized on the last day of the module. These presentations will be prepared as part of the line Communication in Science.

Course objectives

The student will be able to:

  • perform basic immunological techniques

  • design, perform, discuss and present experiments in the area of infection and immunity.

Assessment method

To complete the module successfully, the student has to finish both the practical work, the written and oral reports with marks higher than 5.5. The overall assessment for the module Infection and Immunity in Practice will be calculated as follows:

30% Written report practical part Phagocytosis and Complement
35 % Participation in Practical Work second week
35 % Presentations in group and minisymposium

Reading list

  • See Immunology and Pathogen-Host Interactions II.

Information for exchange students

This module is part of an English taught semester of the bachelor’s programme in Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University Medical Center. Combining biomedical modules with modules from other programmes in Leiden is difficult or impossible due to different scheduling schemes. Exchange students* with sufficient relevant background knowledge in biology/biomedicine are therefore encouraged and advised to choose the entire module package indicated below (September – end of December 2015).

  • Immunology (BW), 8 EC

  • Pathogen-Host Interactions part 2, 3 EC

  • Infection and Immunity in Practice, 3 EC

  • Physiology, Basic Concepts, 8 EC

  • Communication in Science for Exchange students, 1 EC

  • Biomedical Academic Scientific Training for Exchange Students, 3 ECTS

  • Applied Electrophysiology for Exchange students, 2 ECTS

*, the modules are obligatory for students from the Karolinska Institute that attend the curricular exchange programme