CAS Flow Cytometry 2021

Unique in Switzerland, this CAS allows participants to acquire the necessary expertise in flow cytometry to use this technique in all diagnostic applications in haematology, immunology and oncology, as well as for research purposes in cellular biology, pharmacology, and microbiology.

Information

Period

September 2021 - June 2022
10 ECTS credits
104 Teaching hours
Total: 260 working hours

Language

English

Format

On-site – switch over to online-learning if required

Contact

Thomas Mattes
+41 22 379 39 30
Thomas.Matthes(at)hcuge.ch

Location

CMU

Registration

Registration deadline

31 August 2021

Fees:

CHF 6000.-

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Objectives

  • Give participants the theoretical and practical information needed to perform flow cytometric analyses independently
  • Enable participants to develop experimental and diagnostic approaches, to develop data analysis strategies, and to use appropriate analytical softwares
  • Illustrate to participants the most common applications of flow cytometry with a special focus on applications in hematology and immunology
  • Inform participants of the latest developments in the field of flow cytometry, of the technical progress and of multi-dimensional data analysis

Audience

Biologist, physician (hematologist, immunologist), biochemist, pharmacist, toxicologist, veterinarian, engineer in the medical sciences, laboratory technician with a professional experience in flow cytometry

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • perform independently the most common applications of flow cytometry in the field of immunological research and clinical immunology and hematology
  • develop specific assays for studying cell proliferation, cell cycle and apoptosis
  • build complex multicolour flow cytometry panels and develop the corresponding data analysis strategies
  • understand the advantages and drawbacks of the different technologies and softwares on the market
  • determine which tools (Hardware & Software) are the best for solving a given biological question
  • perform executive functions in analysing and solving complex problems related to flow cytometry
  • justify experimental approaches and technical choices
  • understand current and future technical developments in flow cytometry

Programme

3 modules

  • Introduction to Flow Cytometry
  • Special applications in Flow Cytometry 
  • Flow Cytometry for advanced users

Written report, treatise

Director(s)

Prof. Thomas MATTHES, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Dr Aleksandra DUFOUR, Université de Genève

Accreditation

Accreditation points for FMH in hematology and FMH in immunology, as well as for FAMH

Description

5 days | 40 h | 3 ECTS Credits

Theoretical and practical courses

Description

5 days | 40 h | 3 ECTS Credits

Theoretical and practical courses

Description

3 days | 24 h | 2 ECTS Credits

Theoretical and practical courses

Description

42h | 2 ECTS Credits

A report at the end of the course on a topic in connection with the training and/or the professional reality of the participants is required to obtain the certificate. This work has to be done individually and consists of writing a treatise on a specific subject of flow cytometry, with a description of a methodology and analysis of a series of data.

Assessment

At the end of each module by a written examination (MCQ).
Active participation during the course is required, as well as participation
in collaborative exercises.

Pedagogical method

  • Theoretical courses
  • Practical, individual – and group – exercises: pre-analytical and analytical procedures
  • Data analysis
  • Case studies

Diploma awarded

Participants who pass the assessment requirements and successfully complete all 3 modules will be awarded the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Flow Cytometry by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva.

Admission criteria

Applicants should hold: 

  • a Master's or a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Medicine, or a degree deemed equivalent issued by a University, and recognized by the University of Geneva
  • a Master's or a Bachelor's degree from a University of Applied Sciences (HES). 2 years professional experience related to the Certificate program will be required. An interview can complete the admission procedure
  • a higher education degree in Biomedical Analysis or equivalent training (ie.: laboratory technician). 2 years professional experience related to the Certificate program will be required. An interview can complete the admission procedure

Steering committee

Professor Thomas Matthes, Faculty of Medicine; Geneva University


Scientific committee

  • Thomas Matthes, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Geneva University
  • Stéphanie Huges, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Geneva University
  • Carlo Chizzolini, Ordinary Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Geneva University
  • Aleksandra Dufour, PhD, Swiss Flow Cytometry School, Departement of Diagnostics, Geneva University Hospital
  • Jean-Pierre Aubry Lachanaye, PhD, Coordinator Flow Cytometry Core Facility, Faculty of Medicine, Geneva University

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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