Advanced training of young researchers is a most important factor for the future development of biomedical science. Based on regional links, collaboration and expertise in science and education the Medical Faculties of the Universities of Copenhagen, Kiel and Lund have established the Baltic Lab Course (BLC) to combine their efforts in training of young researchers. BLC_2003 will concentrate on highly relevant topics of neurobiology and neurology. Corresponding to the program of the BSS, one part of the courses addresses scientific approaches of neuronal dysfunction and death programs, combined with the corresponding pro-inflammatory and pro-degenerative activation of microglia; particular focus is on the signal-transduction-cascade of c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNK), a central mediator of neuronal death. This schedule reflects the basic intraneuronal and extraneuronal processes underlying a variety of neurodegenerative disorders. The courses are on different levels part addressing both, neuroscientists and clinicians.
These fields have dramatically expanded because of the rapid scientific development and the need to cope with chronic progressive diseases, which are an economic burden to Society. BLC_2003 is thus timely from a scientific, technological and socio-economic point of view. The project is important for understanding basic mechanisms, but at the same time highly relevant for the development of new therapeutic strategies in clinical conditions as transplantation, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and chronic infection. Thus, it addresses a wide scientific community, from researchers in basic sciences to physicians working in clinical research.
The Lab Course is intended to introduce the students to relevant techniques used within molecular neurobiology and neuronal signal transduction. (Wir bieten 3 Kurse für je 5 Studenten an) students will be given the opportunity to participate in the Lab Course, which will take place at selected laboratories at the universities of Copenhagen, Kiel and Lund. The selection of students for the BLC_2003 will be made on the basis of previous research experience. In addition, young researchers from less-favoured regions in Europe will be preferentially considered. This preference has its impact on the structure of the neurobiological lab course since the qualified education in basic strategies is prominent rather than the introduction into expensive methods requiring high-tech equipment. During the Lab Course the students will work continuously with their own research problem in close connection with an expert within the field. In the end of the course the students and chairmen will meet to present, discuss, and evaluate results.