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Doctoral Programme in Medicine and Life Sciences

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BTK4700 Model Organisms Course 3 ECTS, 15.-19.1.2018

Organized by:  BioMediTech and Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Tampere

Site: Arvo Building, Arvo Ylpön katu 34, University of Tampere (Kauppi Campus)

Responsible teachers: Susanna Valanne, Mataleena Parikka

General description: The course gives an overview on using non-mammalian model organisms in research, with main focus on two commonly used organisms Drosophila and zebrafish.

Learning outcomes: After the course, students should have gained understanding on the benefits and limitations of non-mammalian model organisms in research. Students will be familiar with the central methodology in the field and able to apply their knowledge of the model organisms in the planning of their research.

Contents: The course will cover the main anatomical and physiological features of Drosophila and zebrafish, introduce the current toolboxes, and offer hands-on training for essential methods related to Drosophila and zebrafish work. It will also give an overview on the keeping and raising of flies and fish in laboratory settings. The last day of the course (Friday 19.1.) is organized in a form of a minisymposium, which is open to everyone. Symposium features international speakers on the topic of non-mammalian model organisms. During the course, the students develop research plans (real or imaginary) based on the use of non-mammalian models. The research plans will be presented at the poster session of the minisymposium.

Teaching methods:

Lectures, practicals, minisymposium, poster presentation

Language: English

Evaluation: Passed/failed

Compulsory attendance at lectures, practicals, minisymposium and poster presentation: 3 ECTS. Attendance at the minisymposium only: 0.5 ECTS.

Course material: Material will be provided before and during the course via Moodle platform (review articles, handouts, links)

Required earlier studies: Master’s students, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply. 20 students will be accepted on the course. The minisymposium is open to everyone, registration not needed.

Applying: Application submission deadline is 30.11.2017.
Application form: The applicants will be notified of the decisions by 15.12.2017.

Course fee: 100 eur for students coming outside of University of Tampere (no fee for students coming from University of Tampere)

Further information:,,

Hydrogel Journal Club

Time: Last Monday of each month at 15.00
25.09., 30.10., 27.11., (18.12.), 29.01., 26.02., 26.03., 23.04.

Place: Arvo-building at Kauppi campus. Seminar rooms will be announced via email.

Organized by: BioMediTech (Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere)

Responsible persons: Christine Gering (doctoral student, TUT) & Vesa Hytönen (docent, UTA)

General description: This Journal Club is intended for researchers of BioMediTech institute with specific
interested related to HYDROGEL technology. The participants will get first-hand knowledge about the highly
multidisciplinary research done in our own institute. Different topics such as designing hydrogel biomaterials,
characterization methods, imaging requirements, biological response and applications in the medical and
biotechnological field will be discussed. The goal of the Journal Club is to enhance networking of BioMediTech
researchers and students with similar or parallel challenges and to spread the knowledge of all the possibilities
we have in our institute but we might not know about.

In practice, this Journal Club will function so that each session starts with a presentation on a particular hydrogel
related subject and then the participants will have time to discuss the topics or questions raised by the starting
presentation. The presentation can be given by one of the Journal Club participants or by an invited visiting
scientist. The topic of next session will be decided between the participants of previous session and it will be
announced through the course’s mailing list one week before the session.  

Structure of the course: Lectures (1 ECTS) and preparation of own presentation (1 ECTS).

Evaluation: Pass/Fail, compulsory attendance to 70% percentage of the sessions.

Course material: Material and presentations from the course will be available in Moodle.

Required earlier studies: Master’s students in the final part of their studies and PhD students can get ECTS
from this course. Post-doctoral researchers and lab personnel are free to join if they consider the day’s topic
interesting and relevant for them. Preference for participants with research related somehow to hydrogels, but
you can also join just to learn more. Highly interdisciplinary background of participants is beneficial for all.

Further information: Contact Christine Gering

International Seminar Serie Programme

Thursdays in Arvo Auditoriums.

Please note the varying times and days.

Date & time Speaker Title
14.00-15.00 F115
Dario Greco
University of Tampere
" Systems biology approach to assess the effects of engineered nanomaterials "
Host: Anne Kallioniemi
15.00-16.00 A109
Brendan Whittle
William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London
" Progress towards development of a safer NSAID "
Host: Riina Nieminen
Mon 18.9.2017
14.00-15.00 F217
Anna Herland
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Micro and Nanosystems
" Neurovascular in vitro models "
Host: Mari Pekkanen-Mattila
14.00-15.00 F114
Prof. Winfried März1
Prof. Wolfgang Koenig2

1) University of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany
2) German Heart Center, München, Germany
" Do emerging biomarkers and therapies finally enable personalized coronary disease treatment? "
Host: Reijo Laaksonen
12.00-13.00 A210-211
Peter Van Loo
Cancer Genomics, The Francis Crick Institute
" Molecular archaeology of cancer "
Host: G. Steven Bova
9.00-17.00 Visakorpi Hall
MED Research Day
Research Day 2017
" - Scientific seminar
- Commercial exhibition
- Poster session "
14.00-15.00 F114
Dr. Mark R. Morgan
University of Liverpool
" Bidirectional feedback: Microenvironmental sensation and regulation in cancer "
Host: Tero Järvinen
14.00-15.00 F114 (NOTE!)
Richard Jenner
UCL Cancer Institute
" Direct roles for nascent RNA in chromatin regulation "
Host: Keijo Viiri
10.00-11.00 F114
Prof. Stefan Knapp
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
" Structural insights into modulating kinase activity - Development of novel inhibitors "
Host: Henrik Hammaren
14.00-15.00 F115
Ellen Fritsche
Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine
" Scientific Validation of human Neural Progenitor Cells as an Alternative Method for Developmental Neurotoxicity (DNT) Testing "
Host: Susanna Narkilahti

More information about seminar series: henna.mattila(at)

Coffee and snacks before the seminar.

Everybody welcome!

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