Stem Cells and Applied Regenerative Medicine, 7.5 credits

Stamceller och tillämpad regenerativ medicin, 7.5 hp

8MEA11

Main field of study

Medical Biology

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Jörg Cammenga

Course coordinator

Jörg Cammenga, Emilia Wiechec

Director of studies or equivalent

Jordi Altimiras
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
MMEM1 Experimental and Medical Biosciences, Master's Programme 3 (Autumn 2021) 202135-202143 English Linköping E
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary

Main field of study

Medical Biology

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level

A1X

Course offered for

  • Master's Programme in Experimental and Medical Biosciences

Specific information

Stem cell research and regenerative medicine are new interdisciplinary fields in biomedical sciences that aim to replace defective parts or cells in the human body. The aim of this course is to introduce students into selected topics of regenerative medicine, and to provide deeper knowledge about stem cells. The course is elective semester three in the Master’s Programme in Experimental and Medical Biosciences.

Entry requirements

The special eligibility requirement is the possession of the Degree of Bachelor of Sciences in a major subject area with relevance for biomedical sciences. This could include previous studies at faculties of medicine, technology/natural sciences, odontology or veterinary medicine. A major part of courses included in the Bachelor degree should be in subjects such as biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, gene technology, microbiology, physiology, immunology, histology, anatomy, and pathology.

Applicants must also have documented skills in English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English B). For applicants who have not studied in Swedish upper secondary education, skills in English are normally attested to by means of an international language test.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this course the student will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding

  • Describe various types of stem cells in the human body and their potential in regenerative medicine
  • Describe the use of different basic biomaterials in regenerative medicine, and their interaction with host tissues
  • Identify host – graft interactions with the focus on immune- and infectious issues related to regenerative medicine

Competence and skills

  • Account for and discuss regulatory aspects of regenerative medicine, especially those related to transfer of experimental therapies from the laboratory to the clinic
  • Apply technologies used for tracking of implanted stem cells and their derivates
  • Identify stem cells in order to separate and purify them

Judgement and approach

  • Identify and critically address a scientific question in regenerative medicine

Course content

  • Classification, biological properties, and differentiation of stem cells
  • Stem cells and cancer
  • Stem cells and biomaterial interactions
  • Evolution of bioengineered materials
  • Host-graft interaction and the relation with immune and infection issues
  • Reprogramming and tracking
  • Techniques for in vivo visualization of cells and tissue
  • Transfer of experimental therapies from the laboratory to the clinic

Teaching and working methods

General: Linköping University Master’s Programme in Experimental and Medical Biosciences applies student-centered learning among which Problem Based Learning (PBL) is one pedagogical philosophy and method. To prepare the students for future employment, practical and experimental work in laboratory settings are important parts of the programme in courses as well as in individual projects.
Specific: In this course, lectures, seminars, demonstrations and laboratory work are used.

Examination

Compulsory items
Active participation in the compulsory parts is necessary to pass the course, and assessment of them is carried out continuously. Compulsory parts in this course are: laboratory work, demonstrations, and seminars.

Examination
Individual written examination.
Written report and oral presentation of laboratory work (group assignment with individual assessment).

Scope of re-examination
The extent of a re−examination shall be similar to the regular examination.

Change of examiners
Students who have failed the course or part of the course twice are entitled to request another examiner for the following examination occasion, unless specific reasons are present.

Registration for examination
The procedure for registration should be stated prior to the commencement of each course. In other respects, regulations concerning examination and examiners are applied in accordance with Linköping University policy.

Grades

Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

The planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the course plan. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees will the course plan.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men’s and women’s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

If the course is withdrawn, or is subject to major changes, examinations according to this course plan are normally offered on a total of three occasions within one year, one of them in close connection to the first examination.

Department

Institutionen för biomedicinska och kliniska vetenskaper
Code Name Scope Grading scale
EXAM Written examination 4 credits U, G, VG
GRP1 Group assignment 1.5 credits U, G, VG
LAB1 Oral and written prensentation of laboratory work 2 credits U, G, VG
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