The first edition of a new PhD course on Biomarkers in neurodegenerative disorders took place on 9-13 April at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy, Wallenberg Centre. The course featured lectures and interactive group assignments on a range of topics covering biomarkers in blood and cerebrospinal fluid, as well as PET and MRI-imaging of neurodegeneration and the use of biomarkers in clinical trials. The highly international group of over 40 PhD students who participated in the course thoroughly appreciated both its format and content, in particular the lectures and discussions led by world-leading Alzheimer-scientists such as UGOT Guest Professor William Jagust of the University of California, Berkeley, professor Nick Fox of the University College London, and GU professors Henrik Zetterberg and Kaj Blennow.
The course was organised by Michael Schöll, group leader at the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine and the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, together with Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow and Kerstin Heurling. The organisers intend to offer the course on a yearly basis as part of the credits in the course selection for PhD students.
Text: Pontus Sundén, Sahlgrenska Academy
Photo: Michael Schöll´s research group