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NOVA PhD Course "Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases" - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 28 Aug - 1 Sept. 2017 in Mäntsälä, Finland.
Application deadline: 21 Apr. 2017

The course is of 3 ECTS and is organised by Päivi Rajala-Schultz, University of Helsinki - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ruth Zadoks, University of Glasgow and Taya Forde, University of Glasgow.

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Course Description
The exponential growth of advanced molecular methods and the use of next generation sequencing (NGS) have revolutionized our understanding of the epidemiology of infectious diseases. However, the complexity of data-generation and analysis with advanced molecular methods sometimes obscures the importance of the underlying epidemiological investigation. This course will introduce molecular methods and NGS as applied to infectious agents for the sake of epidemiological investigation. Human and veterinary pathogens will be discussed, including bacteria, parasites and viruses, with emphasis on zoonotic bacteria.

Programme Outline
Draft schedule (course times ca. 9:00 to 16:30 hrs)

  • Day 1 – Introduction
    • AM – lectures
      • What is molecular epidemiology?
      • Basic principles of genetic diversity
      • Basic principles of molecular typing
    • PM - exercise
      • Databases for molecular data
  • Day 2 – Clockspeed, Trees and Networks
    • AM – lectures
      • Molecular clockspeed and spatio-temporal scale
      • Principles of phylogenetics
      • Trees vs. Networks – Dealing with recombination
    • PM – exercise
      • Phylogenetic analysis

  • Day 3 – Genomic Epidemiology
    • AM – lectures
      • Introduction to genomic epidemiology
      • From sample to sequence
      • Analysing sequence data
    • PM – exercise or journal club
      • Sequence data analysis (exercise)
      • Molecular epidemiology of anthrax (journal club)
  • Day 4 – Applications of Molecular Epidemiology
    • AM - Lectures
      • Surveillance
      • Outbreak investigations
      • Heterogeneity problem
    • PM – Preparation time for participant presentations

  • Day 5 – Miscellaneous Topics
    • AM – Selected topics
      • Molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance
      • Host adaptation of pathogens
      • Molecular epidemiology of protozoa and macroparasites
    • PM – Participant presentations

Main Teachers

  • Ruth Zadoks, DVM, MSc, MRes, PhD; Professor of Molecular Epidemiology, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Taya Forde, DVM, PhD; Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, UK

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 17. March 2017 - 11:24 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:09