CPR Summer School 2019

Advanced Methods for the Analysis of Protein Disease Mechanisms

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Designed to appeal to both clinical and basic scientists, this course brings together a group of experienced researchers and teachers to provide a comprehensive, theoretical and practical training in the application of state-of-the-art techniques in cellular and molecular biology characterizing protein mechanisms of action in living cells.

"Mostly the thing that appealed to me was the range of different techniques - proteomics, mass-spec, microscopy - different approaches to working with proteins on different levels", says former participant, Kamila Kamuda.

The reason why the study of proteins is so important is that proteins are the main effectors of cellular function. Their myriad functions include safeguarding the stability of our genome, being the structural and enzymatic components of the cell, and serving as cell-surface receptors and growth factors that mediate cell and tissue communication.

Detailed mechanistic studies of how genetic alterations affect protein function, how proteins interact within signaling pathways to affect cell behavior, and how post-translational modifications such as phosphorylation and ubiquitylation serve to regulate disease signaling pathways will contribute to the progress of translational research within medicine and provide important insights may be used in developing new treatment modalities.

Powerful high-throughput technologies for DNA/RNA sequencing, mass spectrometry-based proteomics, genome-editing techniques and protein imaging now enable unprecedented understanding of the molecular basis of human disease. The course will give an insight into the techniques used at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR) to further our understanding of protein function in health and disease.

"We got a taste of each scientific technique and performed many different experiments. We learned the details into the background of each technique and how to apply them into research", says Kamila Kamuda.

The course is comprised of two modules: an e-learning module with online lectures, theoretical exercises and literature reviews, and a classroom learning module lasting two weeks. The latter mainly consists of student-led seminars, lab exercises and demonstrations.

"There were lectures, but then we were split into smaller groups. It's always easier when you learn something in theory and then get to do it practically straight away. The practical part is really where the learning comes in and really raises the quality of the course", says Kamila Kamuda.

The course is organized by faculty the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research and will take place at CPR’s state of the art facilities. 

On-line module 5 - 16 August 2019
On-campus module 19 - 30 August 2019
Exam 30 August 2019

Credit points: 5 ECTS

Who can participate?

You can participate, if you have completed a bachelor's degree within: 

  • medicine
  • pharmaceutical sciences
  • natural sciences

You must be able to read and write English at a scientific level.

How is the course structured?

The course is comprised of two modules: an e-learning module with online lectures, theoretical exercises and literature reviews and a classroom learning module lasting two weeks mainly with student-led seminars, lab exercises and demonstrations.

This course will provide you with excellent training in several general areas of protein research including:

  • mass spectrometry based methods for quantitative analysis of proteins and post-translational modifications
  • light microscopy-based analysis of protein signaling and protein-protein interactions
  • gene editing
  • and the use of immunological and genetic methods for analyzing chromatin-associated proteins

Lecturers: A variety of international and national professors teach this course. You will get a feeling of a true international classroom.

For more details, please read the course description in UCPH's course database.

How do I apply?

You apply through the link in the top right hand side of this webpage.

The online application form will be available on this web page mid-January 2019. The application deadline is 1 April 2019.

How much is the tuition fee?

You are exempted from payment, if:

You are enrolled at a Danish university and the course is part of your master's programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer from their home institution upon application.

You are a student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH,  and the course has already been approved for your study programme. Please study the overview of study programmes, where preapproval of summer course is not required.

You are an exchange student and attend the course as part of your Erasmus+ exchange semester (min. 3 months stay).

You are an exchange student nominated through Nordplus express or Nordlys.

Fee-paying participants:

All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.

EU/EEA citizens 5,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens 9,000 DKK

The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover course materials, travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course.

Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.

Refund policy

You can only get a refund of your tuition fee, if you cancel at least two month prior to the beginning of the course including e-learning modules.

Can I apply for a scholarship?

You can apply for the Novo Nordisk International Talent Programme (NNITP) scholarship, if you are incoming students from IARU universities, Harvard University, or University of Sydney.

  • Application deadline is 1 April 2019.

Read about application procedures and the NNITP at International Education & Grants homepage.

Please note, that the University of Copenhagen does not offer any scholarships or tuition fee reductions.

Contact information

If you have questions about the course content, please write to ProteinDiseaseMechanisms@sund.ku.dk.

Course administration: Marie Sofie Yoo Larsen 

Course responsible: Jesper Velgaard Olsen

The course is organized by faculty and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR). It will take place at the CPR’s state of the art facilities at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.


Accommodation: Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Copenhagen has an international airport, and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes. If you want additional information read Arriving in Copenhagen.

Please study our websites for more information about Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the University of Copenhagen.


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