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Admission requirements

Students of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, and other Life Sciences.


Cardiovascular diseases are the major cause of morbidity and mortality in the Western society. Atherosclerosis, a progressive inflammatory disease that is hallmarked by an accumulation of lipids and fibrous tissue in the large arteries, is the main pathology underlying cardiovascular disease and represents the primary research focus of the LACDR division of BioTherapeutics. This course will give more insights into the mechanisms and ontogenesis of atherosclerosis. Special emphasis will be put on the contribution of inflammatory processes and lipid fluxes in the development of atherosclerotic lesions. Also, the clinical end-points of atherosclerosis and therapeutic strategies to treat atherosclerosis will be discussed.

Course objectives

  • Students are able to describe and explain the inflammatory processes underlying atherosclerosis pathology.

  • Students are able to describe and explain the metabolic dysregulations in lipid fluxes underlying atherosclerosis pathology.

  • Students are able to describe and explain the clinical end-points of atherosclerosis.

  • Students are able to describe various therapeutic strategies used to treat atherosclerosis, and are able to explain the mechanism of action of these therapies.

  • Students are able to design experimental setups to study a specific aspect of atherosclerosis pathology or treatment.

  • Students are able to read scientific literature, and can critically reflect on the rational and experimental approach of the study as well as on the results presented and conclusions drawn by the authors.

  • Students are able to present a scientific research paper to peers.


The lecture series is scheduled for October 2020.
For the specific course schedule, please go to Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and literature study.

Assessment method

Written exam consisting of open questions.

Reading list

Will be announced during the lectures.


Application via uSis. Registration closes 14 days before the start of the course.


Coordinator: Dr. Amanda Foks (e-mail:, tel. 071-527 6213).


A minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 50 master students applies to this course. Placement is based on the registration date.
The course is held online and on campus.

This information is without prejudice. Alterations can be made for next year