Karolinska 2012

2014 course will be held at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Course Dates:
June 2 - June 6, 2014

Course Application Deadline:
January 15, 2014

Visa Requirements to travel to Sweden:
Passports and/or Visas are required for international travel. Valid passports are required for all students and faculty wishing to participate in this course.

US Citizens are not required to apply for a visa.  If you are not a US Citizen, please check to see if your required to have a visa for entry to Sweden.  For more information regarding Visas to Sweden please visit the website for the Government of Sweden.

List of Foreign Citizens who require Visa for entry into Sweden.

Embassy of Sweden - Washington

Any fees associated with a Visa or Passport application are the responsibility of the applicant.  If you require a Visa, you must schedule an in-person interview with the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC.

Course Contact:

Donald Becker


Course Description:

The summer redox graduate course, Redox Regulation, Oxidative Stress and Selenoproteins, is a joint training experience encompassing an international exchange with students and lecturers from the Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Redox Biology Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The course is held annually each summer, alternating between the Karolinska Institutet and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Students from both RBC and KI will attend (10 from each university), with lecturers primarily recruited from KI and UNL.

Examples of subjects discussed:

  • Glutathione S-transferases in Redox Regulation and Glutathione Dependent Catalysis
  • Nitric Oxide Signaling and Cellular Redox State
  • Calcium Signaling, Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis
  • Glutaredoxin and Thioredoxin Systems
  • Structural Basis of Redox Active Enzymes
  • Redox Activities of Antioxidants in a Cellular Context
  • Metals, Metabolism and Oxidative Stress in Human Disease
  • Selenoproteins
  • Mitochondria, Reactive Oxygen Species and Human Disease

The course is built upon a framework of discussions between graduate students in redox biology with leading experts in the field, combined with lectures, training in oral presentation, career counseling sessions and a written exam on redox biology. Teaching will be structured with morning lectures in basic concepts as well as cutting-edge research findings in the field. Afternoon sessions will include student presentations followed by discussions between lecturers and students.

Course Credit (Pass/Fail Only):

  • Evaluation of the degree of participation in student-lecturer discussions
  • Evaluation of the student's own project presentation
  • Written examination
  • Attendance during compulsory parts of the course as well as the grade of "Pass" in all three parts of the course must be fulfilled for a final grade of "Pass".

Course Prerequisites:
No particular prior knowledge is required, but students will be expected to be graduate students (registered PhD candidates) active within the field of redox biology.

Course Admission:
UNL and UNMC students are admitted according to the following priority groups:

  1. Registered PhD students in the field of redox biology within RBC laboratories
  2. Registered PhD students in other research fields.

Within each group, admittance will be done according to the date of application to the course (earlier applications have priority). Assessment of the student will be performed by the course co-organizers based upon a short project description by the student, which should be submitted together with the application to the course. The number of students accepted will be limited to 10 UNL and 10 KI students. 

Application Deadline:
January 15, 2014

Enrollment Process:
UNL students must register for this course in their MyRED account.  UNL Summer Session Registration begins March 17, 2014. Course number is BIOC998-590. 

UNMC students must complete an intercampus enrollment form online at www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/steps#ic to register for this course.