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Summer School: Microbiota in oral and digestive health

Deepen and advance the knowledge of the research frontiers and the daily clinical practice in oral and digestive health with emphasis on the role of microbiota

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CIVIS focus area
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Medicine and Health
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Short-term
  • CIVIS Hub 3
Course dates
11 - 15 July 2022
Application deadline extended to 18 April 2022

This CIVIS course involves laboratory and clinical activities as well as a series of seminars. The course will address laboratory/clinical units main methodology used in microbiome research including sample collection, sample storage, processing and sequencing. The aim is to provide some ideas for translational microbiome studies in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) and other pathologies, technologies and computational tools used to characterize and study the microbiome, gastroenterology and hepatology clinical unit (inpatients, outpatients, endoscopy, interventional endoscopy, interventional radiology, liver transplantation, cell therapy).

Concerning oral health, the main concepts on the risk and etiological factors of the most important pathologies of the oral cavity will be explained: dental caries (DC), periodontal diseases (PD) and oral mucosa and bone diseases (OMBD). All of these diseases as the result of the metabolic activities of microorganisms within the oral biofilm, host factors and altered salivary ecosystem, that favour the emergence and persistence of a dysbiotic microbiota.

Main topics addressed

  • Gut-Liver axis and modulation of gut microbiota
  • Gut-Brain axis and modulation of gut microbiota
  • Microbiota and oral health
  • Metabolic syndrome and gut liver brain axis
  • Metabolic syndrome and oral health
  • Data analysis and statistical approach
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Scientific writing and methodology

Learning outcomes

The summer school aims to provide a wider view of current gastroenterology, hepatology and microbiome research subjects as well as on oral health than can be provided at any single university by local experts and to encourage students to exchange with researchers and international experts from CIVIS universities. It offers an excellent opportunity for students to consider lab placements and clerkship, further studies or collaborations within the CIVIS Alliance.

Application deadline extended to 18 April 2022
Dates: 11 - 15 July 2022 Langue: English (B2)
Format: Physical CIVIS scholarships: 20
Location: Rome, Italy ECTS: 1,5*
Contact hours: 37.5 Individual workload: 4.5 hours

* The recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.

This CIVIS course is organised into clinical activities, seminars, poster sessions and workshops. 


This CIVIS course is open to Bachelor's, Master and PhD students enrolled in the medical or dental faculty at one of CIVIS member universities. 

Application process

Interested students should send a CV and a motivation letter in English to the following e-mail addresses: 

The application deadline is 18 April 2022.

The selection criteria will be based on:

  • The motivation to participate in the summer school
  • The student’s CV
  • The enrolment at a CIVIS partner university
  • The quota of participants for CIVIS partners
  • Gender equality (50%/50%)


On the first part of the last day, the students will be divided into small groups with a tutor, and each group will conceive a research project aimed to address clinical or translational needs using the knowledge acquired during seminars and workshops. A format of project will be distributed at the beginning of the school with the request to fill the format with an original project after the first 4 days.

During the second part of the last day, each group will present the abstract of the project in the presence of eminent scientists from Sapienza and abroad.

General Eligibility Criteria for CIVIS Courses

Applicants need to be enrolled at their home university in order to be eligible for selection and participation.  If uncertain about your status at your home university (part-time or exchange students etc) please check with your home university’s website or International Office. 

Applicants who will be receiving other Erasmus funds for the duration of the course are not entitled to funding. Participation in the course may still be possible under “zero-grant” status, but applicants should contact their home university in order to confirm this. 

A list of links and contacts for each university can be found in this Q&A.

GDPR Consent

The CIVIS alliance and its member universities will treat the information you provide with respect. Please refer to our privacy policy for more information on our privacy practices. By applying to this course you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

Application deadline extended to 18 April 2022

Sapienza Università di Roma

  • U. Romeo, L. Ottolenghi, G. Gambarini, A. Pilloni; Department of Oral Sciences and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • V. Cardinale, D. De Biase; Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies
  • L. Ridola, S. Ginanni Corradini, O. Riggio, C. Durante; Department of Translational and Precision Medicine
  • M.P. Conte; Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases
  • P. Velardi; Department of Computer Science

University of Bucharest

  • G. Gradisteanu; Research Institute

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

  • H. Guadalajara; Department of General and Digestive Surgery
  • O.L. Fernandez; Health Research Institute

Université libre de Bruxelles

  • N. Baeyens; Laboratory of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • P. Bottenberg; Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy

National Kapodistrian University of Athens

  • W. Papaioannou; Preventive and Community Dentistry

External Partners

  • J. S. Bajaj, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond (USA)