Teaching & Training activities
SIGID International Master Programme
As exposed above, SIGID is a multidisciplinary research initiative addressing key questions relating to infectious diseases, host & pathogen genetics and immunological processes induced by these infections. SIGID will promote (cross-)training of scientists, engineers, technicians and students. SIGID as well proposes to setup a joint International Master Program that would allow training of additional students in "Systems immunology and genetics of infectious diseases". The objective is to provide students with a detailed knowledge of the state-of-the-art approaches used in the developing fields of systems biology, genomics & integrative immunology applied to infectious diseases, and to allow them to acquire the methodological expertise essential for conducting a whole research project.
In addition, SIGID partners want to establish additional links with disciplines concerned by the societal and private aspects of genomics and systems biology research, such as philosophy, sociology, medicine, economics & business and law. This appears to be of particular interest since these aspects will be explored in two different socio-economic environments: India and France. Multidisciplinary working groups will be set with representatives of these disciplines from the two countries. For example, UPMC will bring representatives from its Sorbonne Universités PRES consortium: Université Panthéon- Assas (law school), Université Paris-Sorbonne (humanities), INSEAD (economics & business), UPMC Medical school, TIFR, PRES Lille Nord de France University, Pune University. We believe that these workshops will contribute to cross-fertilize the respective fields. After two years, this working group will organize a one-day meeting and produce a publication summarizing the issues raised by this prospective analysis. We also anticipate that this working group can propose an elective course to be proposed within the frame of the proposed Master program.
Due to its high interaction with medical doctors and hospital staff, not necessarily directly involved in the project but solicited by SIGID scientists for cohort recruitments, SIGID will also implement dedicated training seminars aiming at providing key knowledge and information on the scientific, technological and clinical stakes of the project. Young medical students and hospital staff will therefore be encouraged to receive specific trainings in immunology, human genomics, bioinformatics and biostatistics. In particular, a course presenting the applications, limitations, ethical and societal aspects (see below) of high-throughput technologies that will be used in the near future for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes will be introduced, helping future clinicians and health workers to integrate this new knowledge in their practice.
Workshops of 3-5 days will be organized biannually to upgrade the skill of scientists and engineers working in SIGID, in order to improve their skills and knowledge. A number of topics have already been identified and will be validated by the SIGID executive committee:
- Fundamental immunology,
- Immunophysiopathology of infectious diseases,
- Genomics and high-throughput technologies,
- Immunomonitoring technologies,
- Systems biology & integrative immunology.
These workshops will typically include either or both theoretical and methodological presentations in application to real data produced across the project. These seminars will also be open to external users and to international collaborators.