Science Research PracticumSemester Course

Science Research Practicum, semester elective at DIS Copenhagen
Major Discipline(s)
Neuroscience, Pre-Medicine / Health Science, Public Health
Type
Elective Course
Available
Fall/Spring semester
Credit(s)
6

This is an experiential learning opportunity that allows you to gain experience in your area of study within the natural and health sciences. This practicum involves an average of 20 hours a week with laboratory and clinically-based research opportunities. You are matched with a mentor who can offer both academic and professional advice in order to fulfill one of the main goals of this experience: to develop a student/supervisor relationship that benefits both you and the Copenhagen-based research institution.

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Science Research Practicum Opportunities for Fall 2018

(Please Note: Deadline to apply is May 15)

Clinical Related Research Opportunities

Opportunity 1
Research Institution and Department: Department of Neurology, Roskilde University Hospital

  • Interests of Research Group: Interest of research group: Brain plasticity, Epilepsy and Electroencephalography.
  • Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level, including one year of laboratory at university level.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Depending of background the student will either have the opportunity to do a literature study or participate in the ongoing clinical studies of the group. There are no formal requirements, but biology 101 and basic neuroscience would be an advantage. Your supervisor has a long experience with this type of projects and with DIS.

Opportunity 5
Research Institution and Department: Department of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, Center for Functional and Diagnostic Imaging and Research, Hvidovre Hospital

  • Interests of Research Group: Focus on hemodynamic and homeostatic pathophysiology. Main areas of research are pathophysiology, metabolism and hemodynamics in chronic liver disease and portal hypertension, focusing on organ-related complications and salt / water retention. Current research programs include studies of changes in pulmonary function, importance of bacterial translocation and inflammatory changes in cardiac and renal function, pathophysiology and epidemiology at cirrhotic cardiomyopathy.
  • Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level, including one year of laboratory at university level.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Interest in exploring the measurements of left atrial variables from an echocardiography and compiling a database. Scientific curiosity, interest in clinical physiology research and an open mind.

Opportunity 6
Research Institution and Department:
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Brainstem- Stem Cell Center of Excellence in Neurology, University of Copenhagen

  • Interests of Research Group: Disease modelling of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Frontotemporal dementia using patient derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and CRISPR-Cas9 gene edited controls. Functional analyses of cellular disease phenotypes include for example immunocytochemistry, western blotting, qPCR, electrophysiology, ELISA, transmission electron microscopy, CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing and differentiation of iPSC into neurons, astrocytes and microglia.
  • Prerequisites: basic knowledge of biology and molecular biology. Previous experience in cell culture would be preferred.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Interest in stem cell biology and disease modelling in a dish. Scientific curiosity and team spirit.

Opportunity 7
Research Institution and Department: Department of Hematology, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet, https://www.rigshospitalet.dk/english/departments/finsen-centre/department-of-haematology/Pages/default.aspx

  • Interests of Research Group: Chronic Lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL): Epidemiology, Lab based studies and clinical trials. More info about our group here: https://www.rigshospitalet.dk/english/departments/finsen-centre/department-of-haematology/research/Pages/leukemia-laboratory.aspx
  • Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level, including one year of laboratory at university level.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Interest in combining translational, epidemiological and clinical research. Scientific curiosity and team spirit. Providing your Resume or CV as part of your application would be helpful though not mandatory.

Opportunity 8
Research Institution and Department: CHIP – Centre of Excellence for Health, Immunity and Infections, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen

  • Interests of Research Group: Coinfection with HIV and tuberculosis is called a “perfect storm” due to their synergetic destructive effect on a human body. Through a large cohort study of HIV and TB coinfected patients from around Europe and Latin America we investigate various clinical, epidemiological and laboratory factors, associated with patient’s prognosis. For more information, please see https://chip.dk/Studies/TBHIV
  • Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of biology, epidemiology and microbiology. Some knowledge on biostatistics would be an advantage.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Good IT skills, ability to work with Excel. Knowledge of basic statistic programming (R, SAS, STATA, SPSS) would be an advantage. Good communication skills, open minded, interest in scientific research

Neuroscience Related Research Opportunities

Opportunity 2
Research Institution and Department: Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet

  • Interests of Research Group: Major depression is associated with a wide range of neurobiological disturbances, including anomalies in the structure and function of cortical and subcortical brain regions. Recent studies have shown that many of these abnormalities are also present in never-depressed offspring of adults suffering from depression who are at increased risk of onset of this disorder. Identifying neurobiological changes in these individuals at high familial risk can provide a neural marker of depression risk and may facilitate the development of targeted strategies for the prevention and treatment of major depression.
  • Additional expectations, skills required: Interest in exploring recent neuroimaging literature in depressed and high-risk participants and contributing to the writing of a scientific report, either in the form of a systematic review or original publication based on existing neuroimaging data.

Opportunity 3
Research Institution and Department: Motor Control Lab, Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen

  • Interests of Research Group: Pathophysiological mechanisms involved in the development of muscle contractures. To clarify whether muscle contractures might develop due to increased connective tissue infiltration in the muscle and to elucidate which collage types might be involved in the process of muscle contractures.
  • Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level, including one year of laboratory at university level.
  • Additional Expectations: Background and interest in Neuroscience with basic understanding of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.

Public Health Related Research Opportunities

Opportunity 4
Research Institution and Department: Center for Epidemiology and Screening, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen

  • Interests of Research Group: Breast Cancer Screening: Benefit and harms; Density based sensitivity and specificity, Density and other predictors of breast cancer.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Interest in research. Some background in epidemiology, biomedicine and/or statistics an asset. Willingness to learn new software.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Biology, Biomedicine / Biotechnology, Pre-Medicine / Health Science