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Karolinska Institutet - RIKEN
Joint International Doctoral Course
“Functional regulation in development and disease”
February 27th - March 2nd, 2012

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A joint international doctoral course on the subject “Functional regulation in development and disease” between the RIKEN Yokohama institute Omics Science Center and Karolinska Institutet Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (Sweden) will be held from February 27th to March 2nd, 2012 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 2012-01-10

Date and time

Date: February 27th - March 2nd, 2012
Time: ca: 9:00 - 18:00

Tuition: No tuition. The participants pay for travel, daily expenses and accommodation if needed.
► RIKEN OSC will be able to fund travel in economy class and budget accommodation for a small number of students from Japanese Universities. Please explain in detail in your application why you will need travel support. The most convincing applications will be selected.

Course content

Functional regulation in non-disease cases and dysregulation in diseases at gene level (genomic variation (SNPs), transcriptional variation, transcriptional regulation, post-transcriptional modifications, epigenomics, methylation, ncRNA, protein level (post-translational modifications) and at metabolite level. Novel technologies in gene level and protein level studies. Understanding development and disease through genomic technologies.

More information can be found on the course website from Karolinska Institutet here.


Dr. Erik Arner
RIKEN Omics Science Center, Japan
Website: http://genome.gsc.riken.jp/osc/english/members/Erik_Arner.html

Prof. Peter Arner
Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Website: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?l=en&d=8953

Dr. Alexander Burroughs
RIKEN Omics Science Center, Japan
Website: http://genome.gsc.riken.jp/osc/english/members/Alexander_Burroughs.html

Dr. Carsten O. Daub
RIKEN Yokohama, Japan
Website: http://genome.gsc.riken.jp/osc/english/members/Carsten_Daub.html

Prof. Yoshihide Hayashizaki
RIKEN Omics Science Center, Japan
Website: http://genome.gsc.riken.jp/osc/english/members/Yoshihide_Hayashizaki.html

Prof. Peter Heutink
VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Website: http://www.vumc.com/afdelingen/404626/4319129/

Prof. Lukas Käll
Science for Life Labratory and Stockholm Bioinformatics Center,Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Website: http://kaell.org/lukas.shtml

Prof. Juha Kere
Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Instiutet, Sweden
Website: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=2254&l=en

Prof. Peter Nilsson
Science for Life Laboratory, School of Biotechnology, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Website: http://www.biotech.kth.se/proteomics/info/nilsson.html

Dr. Helena Persson
Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Website: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=229&l=en

Prof. Rickard Sandberg
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research & Departmetn of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Website: http://sandberg.cmb.ki.se/index/

Dr. Jay Shin
RIKEN Omics Science Center, Japan
Website: http://genome.gsc.riken.jp/osc/english/members/Jay_Shin.html

Ms. Morana Vitezic
RIKEN Omics Science Center, Japan
Website: http://genome.gsc.riken.jp/osc/english/members/Morana_Vitezic.html

Tentative program

The schedule below is tentative and continuously updated.
›› Program (PDF)

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. Matti J. Nikkola, Karolinska Institutet
Dr. Carsten O. Daub, RIKEN Yokohama Institute

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 10. Participants will be selected after screening of the application materials by course directors and OSC 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

Apply for the course using this web form. Deadline is 2012-01-10

Please understand that we expect the accepted applicants to attend to the course. Only in exceptional cases we can accept that a confirmed student will not 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 or fax to 045 503 9216. Notification emails to all the applicants will be sent on 2012-01-16


Accommodation is basically arranged by the participants. Below is a list of youth hostels and hotels fairly close to the KI campus:


FRDD 2012 Course Secretariat
Coordination Office
Omics Science Center
RIKEN Yokohama Institute

1-7-22, Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, 230-0045 JAPAN
Tel: +81-(0)45-503-9434
Fax: +81-(0)45-503-9216
(Please note in the Email subject line that your query is about FRDD 2012)