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Courses and Education

Biomarkers in Neurodegenerative Diseases

20-24 April 2020

The first two “Biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases” courses took place April 2018 at the University of Gothenburg (UGOT) and April 2019 at University College London (UCL). We are excited to announce the third edition at University of Gothenburg (UGOT), again in collaboration with the UCL Dementia Research Centre. Aimed at PhD level and beyond, this detailed and comprehensive five-day course will feature many leading names in biomarker research (see below). We look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world for this unique educational and networking opportunity.

Event Information

Open toAll. The course is mainly aimed at PhD students, a registration for a relevant program is thus required.
OrganisersMichael Schöll, PhD, Associate Professor (UGOT, UCL)

Ross Paterson, MD, PhD, Clinical Lecturer (UCL)

LocationWallenberg Conference Center
The Sahlgrenska Academy
University of Gothenburg

Biomarkers are increasingly required for effective research into neurodegenerative diseases. They are critical for diagnosis, disease monitoring and will be key for measuring target engagement of disease modifying therapies.

PhD students working in the field of neurodegeneration require a working knowledge of a range of biomarkers to correctly interpret scientific literature and to design and conduct successful and ambitious research studies.

The University of Gothenburg and University College London are leading international centres with complementary expertise in fluid and imaging biomarkers. This collaboration would be expected to strengthen the quality of biomarker training across both institutions and beyond, as well as fostering new research collaborations and providing delegates with outstanding networking opportunities.


We are pleased to host a truly outstanding selection of world leading speakers:

Ulf Andreasson, PhD, Associate Professor (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Nicholas Ashton, PhD, Senior Researcher (University of Gothenburg, Sweden/King’s College London, UK)
Kaj Blennow, MD, PhD, Professor (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Stephen Carter, PhD, Senior Research Associate (University of Cambridge, UK)
Claudia Cicognola, PhD, Postdoc (Lund University)
Michael Donohue, PhD, Associate Professor (University of Southern California, USA)
Nick Fox, MD, PhD, Professor (University College London, UK)
Johan Gobom, PhD, Associate Professor (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Jörg Hanrieder, PhD, Associate Professor (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
John Hardy, PhD, Professor (University College London, UK)
Kina Höglund, PhD, Associate Professor
William Jagust, MD, Professor (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Tammaryn Lashley
, PhD, Principal Research Associate (University College London, UK)
Mark Lubberink, PhD, Professor (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Hanna Mann, MSc (Olink Proteomics)
Niklas Mattsson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor (Lund University, Sweden)
Joana Pereira, PhD, Associate Professor (Karolinska Institute, Sweden)
Erik Portelius, PhD, Associate Professor (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Jonathan Schott, MD, PhD, Professor (University College London, UK)
Andrea Varrone, MD, PhD, Professor (Karolinska Institute, Sweden)
Kristin Wildsmith, PhD (Genentech)
Henrik Zetterberg, MD, PhD, Professor (University of Gothenburg, Sweden/University College London, UK) 

Course direction:

Michael Schöll is Associate Professor at the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine at the University of Gothenburg and Principal Research Fellow at UCL Institute of Neurology.

Ross Paterson is Clinical Lecturer at UCL Institute of Neurology.

Previous Feedback:

UGOT and UCL administered the “Biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases” in 2018 and 2019 with excellent feedback.

  • “Every lecture was interesting, and I wouldn’t change a thing in this context. I had a great time, learnt a lot during the course and would recommend it to everybody in the field!”
  • “The course was fantastic and even topped my already high expectations!”
  • “All content was highly relevant, well-communicated and varied - the incredible hospitality was a very welcome bonus.”
  • "This course was very well organized and executed. The excellent content was delivered by frontrunners in the field from both Sweden and elsewhere. The atmosphere of the course was welcoming and relaxed yet conducive to good discussions. I would definitely recommend this to any PhD student colleagues who are studying neurodegeneration”
  • “The course was a big hit!”

Course content:

The aims will be to provide basic and practical knowledge of fluid and brain imaging-based biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases. Participants will be expected to achieve a broad understanding of the following advanced brain imaging and neurochemistry technologies used as research and clinical tools in neurodegenerative diseases:

  • Neurochemistry (liquid-based biomarkers):
  • Biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid
  • Biomarkers in blood
  • Structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)

Learning outcomes:

After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Explain basic concepts in image-based and fluid-based biomarker research.
  • Describe how different biomarkers relate to each other in a temporal, pathogenic, and regional (anatomical) context of different neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Conduct the planning of a project within their own research area where the use of the discussed biomarkers is described.
  • Use basic tools to evaluate biomarker data
  • Interpret biomarker profiles in different neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Understand when particular biomarkers/methods can & cannot be applied
  • Analyze the predictive value of the respective biomarkers in different conditions.


The course is aimed at PhD candidates; however, we will consider applications from postdocs and other interested persons. Applications will be accepted from any institution.


Course registration is free of charge. Meals will be offered during the course days. Accommodation will not be covered but students will be provided with a list of accommodation.


For any queries about the course please contact the course leaders or Mrs Eva Bringman (UGOT) or Ms Ayesha Khatun (UCL).

Other information:

We intend to “buddy” non-Swedish attenders with someone attending the course from Gothenburg. We hope this will be a great way of dealing with queries and provide a friendly point of contact for all those not familiar with Gothenburg.

For information about previous courses, see:



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