Personalities in animals and humans – The importance of studying individual differences

Location: BMC, Uppsala University
Max number of participants: 50
The course is equivalent to 1.5 hp

This course is aimed at PhD students.

The course is focused on individual differences and personalities in animals and humans, which is a dynamic research area. Distinguished lectures will participate, from preclinical as well as clinical backgrounds. The overall theme will be on “personality traits/theories” (big 5, coping styles, behavioural syndromes ….) in health and disease.

The course gives an introduction to behavioural studies, the use of laboratory animals including rodents and fish in personality research, personality theories in humans, assessment of personality in humans, the role of personalities and individual differences in psychiatric disorders, and multivariate data analysis procedures for handling both small and large, and often complex data sets.

We welcome students from a broad background in preclinical or clinical behavioural studies with an interest in “personality research” and individual differences. The course is free of charge.

How to study behaviour in vertebrates with focus on fish and rodents

climbign rat

Location: BMC, Uppsala University
Max number of participants: 15
The course is equivalent to 1.5 hp

This course is aimed at PhD students.

The course is focused on behavioural studies and gives an introduction to behavioural studies in animals, the use of laboratory animals including rodents and fish, and common and novel methodological applications.

Course syllabus

  • Introduction to ethology, how to measure and interpret behaviour in animals  factors that can influence results in behavioural studies
  • Fish behaviour, behavioural tests in fish, zebrafish larvae and adults, other species (e.g. sticklebacks, salmonids), inter-specific differences in behaviour
  • Mouse genetics, behavioural testing in mice, behaviour and neuroscience, considerations for genetic and optogenetic testing, methods for introducing rat as a genetic model organism
  • Multivariate behavioural tests for behavioural profiling of rat, mouse and zebrafish including multivariate data analysis procedures

The examination consists of a computer based examination and scientific discussions related to the student’s own projects.

We welcome students from a broad background in preclinical or clinical behavioural studies with an interest in preclinical neuroscience. The course is free of charge.

You can find additional information on the course website of the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Introductory course to work in the BSL2 facility

BSL 2 Laboratory

In order to be eligible for taking this course, you have to first complete Uppsala University's general course on working with infectious substances and GMM.

The course covers important aspects of working at UUBF's BSL-2 facility such as safety equipment, waste management as well as transport and storage of infectious agents within the facility.

The course will be given upon demand. For current dates, feel free to contact us via mail.

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You can find more information regarding biosafety on the dedicated website for Biosafety at Uppsala University.

Last modified: 2023-12-20