Elective courses / Seminars
Propedeutics have to be completed by the end of the 4th semester. They consist of compulsory and elective courses. For further information please contact the » propedeutics web site.
The basic seminars will be held in a concentrated form in two blocks, one in the first and one in the second semester. According to the anticipated concept of the lecture the first block (1st semester, 2 hours/week, 2 ECTS points) will cover the theoretical background, including the cell biological background relevant for the program “Vascular Biology” as well as special methods. The second block (2nd semester, 2 hours/week, 2ECTS points) includes the main topics “epidemiology and genetics”, “disease mechanisms” and „animal models“. The time anticipated for the discussion of each chapter depends on the subject and is therefore variable. The detailed contents and timetable of the basic seminars will be announced separately.
Topics of the basic seminars are relevant for the "Rigorosum" (thesis defense) and are covered by a textbook published in 2019 by instructors of the basic seminars and supervisors of the thematic PhD-program "Vascular Biology".
In the Journal Clubs (critical paper review) students will present recently published scientific papers relevant for the respective research group and discuss these papers within the group. Selected publications should come from the immediate field of the student’s research group. In general, Journal Clubs should take place once a week. It is anticipated that these Journal Clubs are specifically research group-oriented; however they are open for students of all participating research groups.
In PhD-seminars students will present their current research work, and protocols and results will be critically discussed. In general these seminars should take place once a week in small groups (members of one to three research groups). In longer intervals (once or twice per semester) all students participating in the program „Vascular Biology“ should participate in a common seminar and present their data to the whole group. It is also planned to invite guest speakers (experts) in regular intervals to these seminars to give lectures about relevant topics of the research area. In addition there will be practical courses, in which students should gain insight into advanced techniques employed Vasculars Biology research.