summer school student

Please note that the information outlined below refers to the 2015 programme only. For information about the 2016 programme, please see the Programme Details page.  

Course Outline* 

Week 1 (29 June to 5 July 2015)

Module 1 - Global Health Challenges 

This module will address a range of global health topics such as 'climate change and health', 'global burden of disease', 'responding to outbreaks: lessons from SARS, Ebola and influenza' and 'advances in neuro-epidemiology, can we prevent dementia?' Afternoon group sessions will be given in the form of journal clubs and practical exercises. 

Module 2 - Advanced Therapeutics in Heart & Lung Research

This module will discuss two main topics: cystic fibrosis and cardiovascular diseases. Lectures will address molecular and clinical aspects of the illnesses; provide a description of the cardiovascular system in health and disease, as well as discuss at length current and future treatments. Afternoon group work sessions will be in the form of debates covering controversial topics related to these diseases. 


week 2 (6 July to 12 July 2015)

Module 3 - Mini-Research Project: Regulation of Neuroblastoma Proliferation

With supporting lectures and interactive tutorials, students will design and execute their own cellular neurobiology tissue culture-based laboratory experiments in groups, presenting their findings in a mini conference at the end of the week. 


week 3 (13 July to 17 July 2016)

Module 4 - Immunology and Infection: Welcome to the Future

This module will introduce several topics relating to infectious diseases and the way the host responds to them. Lectures will include topics such as immunology, allergy, viruses, microbiome, vaccines and HIV prevention. Afternoon group work will use the analysis of published data to explore some of the module's concepts in more details. 

Module 5 - Analytical and Therapeutic Revolutions in Cancer and Reproductive Biology

This module will address the following subjects: hallmarks of cancer and novel therapies, epigenomics and epigenetic therapies, PET imaging in oncology, stem cell biology, spectroscopic imaging and metabolic profiling. Afternoon group sessions will be in the form of practical exercises and data interpretation. 

*Please note that this course outline is for the 2015 programme only. 


Keynote Talks

Professor Lord Ara Darzi

Professor Lord Ara DarziDirector of our Institute of Global Health Innovation, Lord Darzi is a Fellow of the Royal Society, sits at the House of Lords and is a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council (to cite just a few of his honours and activities). It is therefore the summer school's immense pleasure to open our course with Lord Darzi's keynote lecture. 

In his presentation, Lord Darzi will tell us about his research in the field of global health policy and innovation, about his driving objective at improving surgical practice through innovation in surgery and about his long-term aim of enhancing patient safety and quality of healthcare. 

Professor Beate Kampmann

Professor Beate Kampmann'Why did this child become seriously ill with this disease, while that child walked out of casualty with the same bug and nothing much happened?' This is one of the many questions influencing Beate's research. A leader in the fields of Paediatric Tuberculosis and Vaccinology, her research team of more than 80 scientists located in the UK and the Gambia is interested in TB/HIV co-infections, age-related immune responses to infection and vaccination and strategies for maternal immunisation. 

Telling us about her 'open-lab' approach, it is our pleasure to have Beate as one of our keynote speakers. 

Professor Sir Stephen Bloom

Professor Sir Stephen BloomSteve Bloom is our Head of Division for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. Fellow of the Royal Society, he was knighted in 2012 for his work on understanding and combating obesity. In a 2014 Guardian article, he stated his belief that "the obesity pandemic is the biggest disease that has hit mankind ever in terms [of] numbers". With this in mind, Steve and his team of 40 researchers have discovered several new gut hormones and established their role in appetite regulation, leading to the creation of a spin-out company which is actively working on a new treatment for obesity. 

We are therefore delighted to have Steve as one of our keynote speakers to talk about the past, present and future of our battle against obesity. 

Professor Sara Rankin

Professor Sara RankinProfessor of Leukocyte and Stem Cell Biology, Sara is a Fellow of the Society of Biology, our Institute lead of Outreach activities and a fantastically engaging speaker. Her research focuses on the bone marrow and its relationship with leukocytes and stem cells, a world in which Sara will invite us through her 'story of a paper'. 

Based on one of her scientific articles, Sara will give us an insight into how research and knowledge are constructed, a backstage view on how science is done and a perspective on the human dynamics that influence a publication. It is our great pleasure to welcome Sara as one of our keynote speakers in a session which will allow us to move beyond knowledge itself to an understanding of how it is generated.