LIVE_Innov semester 4

Fourth semester

Fourth semester

For a professional experience in vaccinology, LIVE students carry out their 6-month end-of-study internship at hosting institutions usually from the LIVE partnership. Each student is trained and receive advices from two Supervisors: the Internship Supervisor from the hosting institution and the Academic Supervisor for a joint supervision by the five universities organizing the LIVE (UAB, UB, UA, UJM or UCBL). The S4 is composed of the Master thesis teaching unit and the Languages for vaccine future in the Anthropocene.

The S4 language course aims to improve students’ proficiency level, taking into account their previous knowledge of the language. Students choose (exclusive) between basic French or advanced English to acquire vocabulary and specific subject to acquire GraCWoL competency, working on vocabulary for Grasping the Changing World & Languages, promoting green and digital transformation, challenging interdisciplinary interface of vaccinology and communicating in non-native different languages. Students choose one of the 6 thematics and take into account past GraCWoL training from the previous semester to prepare a short bibliography essay justifing the bilingual (including English) recommendations they will elaborate in the format of a 2-min short video to feed social networks:

1) A1 A2 B1 basic French

2) B2+ Advanced French for Climate and Transitions: les conférences-débats permettent d’acquérir le vocabulaire pour discuter du changement climatique et de l’effondrement de la biodiversité. Qu’est-ce que le climat ? Dans quel monde viv(r)ons-nous ? Les conférences-débats forment aux aspects scientifiques qui font du changement climatique et de l’extinction du monde vivant un enjeu global. Keywords: climat, Anthropocène, biodiversité, agriculture, alimentation, maladies infectieuses.

3) B2+ Advanced English for onco-Immunology & therapeutic vaccines: The conference-debates allow students to acquire the vocabulary of onco-immunology. What are the next innovative challenges in the development of therapeutic vaccines to control cancers?

4) B2+ Advanced English for neuro-Immunology & therapeutic vaccines: The conference-debates allow students to acquire the vocabulary of neuro-immunology. What are the next innovative challenges in the development of therapeutic vaccines to control neuro-inflammatory diseases?

5) B2+ Advanced English for the world of biotherapies: The MOOC content allow students to acquire the vocabulary of biotherapies, understanding the fundamentals and applications of these treatments to better understand the place of vaccines in the pharmacopoeia. A wide range of biotherapies are presented  from gene therapies and biotherapies with peptide, protein or monoclonal antibodies, biotherapies with dendritic cells or CAR-T cells, to biotherapies with probiotics, oncolytic viruses or helminths. What are advantages and limits of vaccines compared to those biotherapies to develop a personalised medicine?

6) B2+ Advanced English for aging and cell death: The conference-debates allow students to understand the recent advances on cell death and cellular aging fields supporting the aging process. Keywords: necrosis, necroptosis, apoptosis and autophagy and their relationship to aging, cellular senescence, cellular aging and damage: reactive oxygen species, protein aggregation, telomere shortening, theories of caloric restriction, metabolic signalling pathways, aging diseases and neurodegenerative diseases. What does aging change for vaccinology interventions?

This student-vaccinologist-centred innovative teaching and learning experience intends to increase student vocabulary and interdisciplinary knowledge of vaccinologists to complement their GraCWoL competency, transforming them into societal actors with the capacity to create and disseminate recommendations in society, becoming an influencer for the benefits of global health.

Usually spread in hosting institutions of ten different countries during their 6-month end-of-study internship, students become reals actors of the professional world of vaccines, write their Master’s Thesis, which is scored by two independent reviewers (50%) and which they defend orally in front of a 5-member Jury (40%). The LIVE coordinators and additional experts from the three national Masters or the LIVE partnership cover all internship subjects. The joint supervision is realized with common standardized guidelines. The Internship Supervisor evaluates the professional work (10%). Students’ internship topics can be specialised in any discipline related to vaccinology or advanced immunology, including fundamental research, adjuvant research, pre-clinical or clinical development, regulatory affairs, quality control, business development, patents, project management, epidemiology, public health or communication. Examples of master theses previously written by LIVE students can be accessed on the Student Authors page.

Students develop their ability to grasp the context of vaccine-preventable disease to make decision for communication and public health. They will discover Infodemiology, which refers to the spread of (mis)information during epidemics or pandemics. They will investigate infoveillance, which refers to public health-related concerns to analyse the online behaviour by collecting, analysing, and visualizing data from various internet sources in real time, during epidemics or pandemincs. The objective is to become able to provide recommendations to public in a health crisis or in times of « peace ».

Last updated : June 15, 2024