On July 3-4, 2017, at mix of 35 Danish and British PhD students attended our PhD course Lipid Metabolism - New methods and translational aspects held at University of Cambridge in England.
NEW METHODS AND TRANSLATIONAL ASPCETS
During the course the participants gained insight into lipid metabolism in multiple organisms and its role in dysmetabolic conditions, and they were taught how to apply novel methods to assess lipid metabolism, as well as how to design translational research projects that adress different aspects of lipid metabolism.
TAKING UP A DIABETES CHALLENGE
In our quest to increase our course participants' learning outcome, all the PhD students were, in addition to the classic lectures, given a Diabetes Challenge - an assignment or case story that they were asked to solve in predefined groups.
Experience from earlier academies suggests that there is potential to improve learning outcomes by moving from an emphasis on traditional lecture-based instruction formats to more active learning designs. Accordingly, the key purpose of this challenge concept is to create an interactive and interdisciplinary learning context, where basic and clinical researchers collaborate and as a result hopefully come up with ideas that ultimately help patients getting a better life with diabetes.
NETWORKING ALONG CAM RIVER
Each afternoon ended with a social event followed by a dinner in order to enhance networking. On day 1 all went punting along the river Cam in Cambridge (see photo below), and on day 2 all went for a long walk in the centre of Cambridge.