Karolinska Institutet – RIKEN Joint International Doctoral Course 2018 “Bioinformatics analysis of gene regulation in omics data and its applications to medical problems”

March 5th -9th, 2018

March 5th -9th, 2018 ca 9:00 – 18:00

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden (presence in Sweden required from Mar 5th – 9th only)

March 5 – March 9th, 2018 (with preparation time from Feb 26th to Mar 2nd)
Feb 26th – March 2nd – distance learning and preparation in their free time in their own lab
Mar 5th – 9th – lectures at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden
Presence at lecture site at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden is only required from Mar 5th to March 9th only

A joint international doctoral course on the subject “Bioinformatics analysis of gene regulation in omics data and its applications to medical problems” between the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies (RIKEN CLST), Yokohama, Japan and Karolinska Institutet Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (Sweden) will be held from February 26th to March 9th, 2018 at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Its main purpose is to give doctoral students the possibility to learn about molecular biology from cutting-edge researchers from leading international research institutes. Doctoral students in medical, biological, or biology-related areas currently studying in graduate schools either in Sweden or Japan can participate. Students from Japanese universities can apply for participation now. The course will be held in an international environment with English as course language.
Applicants are screened and accepted based on suitability and motivation. Participants who successfully pass the course examination will receive a certificate of completion. No tuition is required.
Deadline for application for students from Japanese Universities is January 28th (Sun), 2018.

No tuition. In principle, the participants pay for their travel, daily expenses and accommodation.
– RIKEN CLST will be able to fund part of the travel costs for a limited number of students from Japanese Universities. Please explain in detail in your application why you will need travel support. The most eligible applications will be selected.

[Course Content]
Principles of gene regulation in non-disease cases and dysregulation in diseases at individual locus level as well as on genome-wide level.
Principles of sequencing based genomics technologies and corresponding bioinformatics data analysis. Concrete bioinformatics data analysis by the students of selected published projects.
After the completed course, the participants will be able to understand the principles and perform basic bioinformatics analysis of genomics sequencing data. The participants will be able to plan experimental designs and to critically evaluate the appropriateness of the different sequencing based omics methods and technologies for genome-wide gene regulation studies.
More details on the course can be found at the KI web page here.

Dr. Charles Plessy
RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies

Dr. Bogumil Kaczkowski
RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies

Dr. Erik Arner
RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies

Dr. Masahito Yoshihara
Karolinska Institutet

Dr. Gioele La Manno
Karolinska Institutet

[Type of teaching]
The course consists of lectures, discussion and seminars.
The discussions and seminars are compulsory.
Absence from compulsory parts is compensated
according to the instructions from the course leader.
[Course examination]
The students will be examined for knowledge and skills, individually based on
the active participation in discussions and group-wise with seminar presentations.

The students are examined with both group-wise and individual presentations
in English. The students will work in small groups of 2-3 students. 
Each group will receive a scientific question related to the course topic
on the first day of the course. Students are welcome to propose such a question
for their own group. The content has to be related to the course topic.
The scientific question will be answered and discussed by the students
on the last day of the course during the course evaluation.
Each group will be asked to make an oral presentation of the results
and each student will present part of the results. The course lecturers
will evaluate the performance of each of the students individually.
Based on each students performance during the examination,
it will be determined if the student pass the examination or not.

Students who successfully pass the examination will receive official certificates
of completion from Karolinska Institutet.
Special requirements for certificates from the students' university
can be considered. Please contact the course administration
before the course if any such requirements exist.
[Course Directors]
Dr. Carsten O. Daub, Karolinska Institute,
RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies

Dr. Piero Carninci, RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies
[Guidelines for applicants]
Eligible applicants
Doctoral students (medical sciences, biology or related fields) currently enrolled
in universities in Japan. Doctoral students enrolled at Universities outside Japan
but working in Japanese research institutes can apply and
are asked to clarify the details of their multiple affiliations
in the application (what is the main location of their work?
What is the nature of the association with the Japanese institute? etc.).
The screening process for students from Swedish universities is already completed.

Number of participants and screening procedures
The maximum number of participants from Japanese universities will be
up to 20. Participants will be selected after screening of the 
application materials by course directors and researchers involved in
the course organization and teaching. The most important
evaluation criterion is the statement of the motivation of attendance.
Please explain why you are interested in participating, how the course
relates to your current research and how your work will benefit from the course.
[Application Procedures]
Application has been closed
Apply for the course using this web form . Application deadline is 2018-01-28 (Sun).

Application document
Filled in the Web application form
- Research topic summary (200 words, use the web form)
- Statement of motivation (use the web form)
- Letter of support from your supervisor
  (format is free, attach to the web application form)

Please understand that we expect the accepted applicants to attend to the course. 
Therefore we will ask the applicants to provide a letter of support
signed by their supervisor.
For further questions regarding application procedures,
please contact to
ki_riken_course.gsc■ (■→@)or fax to 045 503 9216.
Notification emails to all the applicants will be sent on February 5th, 2018 (Mon).
Accommodation is basically arranged by the participants.
Bioinformatics 2018 Course Secretariat
RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies,
Division of Genomic Technologies RIKEN Yokohama Institute
1-7-22, Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, 230-0045  JAPAN
Tel:   +81-(0)45-503-9222       Fax: +81-(0)45-503-9216
General  inquiries:  ki_riken_course.gsc■■→@)
(Please indicate in the Email subject line
that your query is about Bioinformatics 2018)