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FEBS advanced practical course 2013

 
 

FEBS advanced practical course

“State-of-the-art infection models for human pathogenic fungi”


February 17 – March 2, 2013 in Jena, Germany

Time is flying and we can look back at a very successfull FEBS Advanced practical course which took place from February 17 until March 2, 2013. 20 participants from 14 nations has been trained in state-of-the-art infection models to study human fungal pathogens.

Laboratory exercises have been focused primarily on Candida and Aspergillus, and included different infection models such as cell culture, interaction with primary immune cells, alternative model hosts and murine models, combined with a wide array of state-of-the-art read-out methods, e.g. adhesion, invasion and damage assays, phagocytosis assays, cytokine quantification, transcription analysis and in vivo imaging. In order to broaden students understanding of infection models and pathogenesis, invited seminar speakers provided further insight into Candida, Aspergillus, Cryptococcus and dermatophyte biology and the methods and models used to study interaction of these fungi with the host.

Social evenings and coffee/lunch breaks provided ample opportunities for informal exchange and discussions between participants and lecturers and all of us had lots of fun!

Some comments:
"Quality of lectures, lab facilities and overview of field surpassed my expectations!" - Seána

"Thanks for this great course and continue with it!" - Fedja

"I had a fantastic time & learned a great deal about different techniques and their applications. Also had the opportunity to get new insights in various fungal research." - Melanie

"I thouroughly enjoyed the course, and learned more than I thought I would, and networked also more than I thought I would." - Ben

 
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