Bacterial Biofilms and Their Role in Chronic Infections

Selfpaced, online.

The focus of this online course is to provide the participants with a basic understanding of bacterial biofilms and of the health care problems related to infections involving bacterial biofilms. The participants will learn to describe and explain the basis for biofilms in chronic infections and to recognize relevant biofilm model system and interpret results thereof.

Learning objectives

The objective of the course is to provide the participants with knowledge of the fundamental understanding of biofilm and where to find it.

The participants will learn how to:

  • recognize, and distinguish biofilms from planktonic bacteria both in nature and in medical related situations
  • illustrate and examine health care problems caused by infections involving bacterial biofilms
  • explain and analyze the consequences of biofilms in chronic infections
  • recognize and design relevant biofilm model system and interpret their results
  • design and develop their own biofilm model including strategies for future research 

Why study bacterial biofilms and chronic infections?

Bacteria display two life forms during growth and proliferation. In one form the bacteria appear as single, free-floating cells (planktonic), in the other form bacteria are organized in aggregates. The latter form is commonly referred to as the biofilm mode of growth.

These two life forms have serious implications for bacterial infections in humans. Acute infections involve planktonic bacteria and are most often treatable. Chronic infections are most likely caused by bacterial biofilms and are nearly impossible to treat with antibiotics and other disinfectants.

The online course on Bacterial Biofilms and Their Role in Chronic Infections can be followed by both Master’s degree and PhD students, as well as professionals that live up to the admission criteria.

General Information

Date: Selfpaced

Location: Online

For more information and detailed program visit the website.

Published in GI-Mail 05/2024 (English edition).

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