Master in AIDS pathogenesis and treatment (Academic Year 2013/14)

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The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and its strong impact on the world's population have meant a quantitative and qualitative change in research on retrovirology. Advances in the last 25 years have allowed to expand our knowledge about this virus and to define treatment regimens while establishing the bases for the development of vaccines and eradication strategies. Human retrovirology has become one of the most dynamic areas of biomedicine and its strong development requires specialized professionals with extensive virological and immunological knowledge.

The University Master in AIDS pathogenesis and treatment provides a broad view of the field of virology and immunology, and explores in depth the antiretroviral treatment and the paths for virus eradication. Furthermore, it gives special emphasis on other retrovirus and their potential implications in different human pathologies.

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Escola Universitària d’Infermeria i Fisioteràpia Gimbernat in collaboration with the Institut de Recerca de la Sida IrsiCaixa strive to provide an excellent education with a global perspective by acquiring specific skills and competences. Graduates will be capable to develop their career path in multicultural and multidisciplinary working groups from international research organisations, in pharmaceutical companies or to provide technical advise on advanced instrumentation and adaptation of new techniques.

The program is structured in seven modules in which different topics are going to be studied; namely the molecular and cellular bases of the HIV-1 infection and its associated pathogenesis, the clinical fundamental aspects of the infection, emphasizing the recommendations of antiretroviral treatment and drug resistance in antiretroviral treatment, the interactions, similarities and differences between HIV and other viruses related, and the present, past and future of the HIV vaccine trials.

With the main aim of providing a global vision and offering students with an updated knowledge on the research activities related to HIV; the program integrates a module that pretends to announce the different research areas of some of the most important USA research centres. To achieve this purpose, and in order to provide a proper theoretical background, the program offers master classes which will be complemented with a Visiting Student Program that will take place in those centres. Thus, the master is conceived with the collaboration of the Ragon Institute (MGH, MIT and Harvard University), the Section of Retroviral Therapeutics of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School), the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (University of Miami) and the Center for AIDS Research (University of California San Diego).

The master also enclose the topic on knowledge translation of research findings by including concepts such as knowledge economy, patents, data protection, intellectual property rights, etc. Esteve, leader health group that focus its efforts on innovation and excellence, has been involved on the definition and development of this topic within the Master’s program.


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Competences related to the different modules of the University Master in AIDS pathogenesis and treatment


  • To work and adequately join in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams
  • To use useful sources of information gathering and integrate it to solve problems in their professional activity
  • Designing, organising, planning, managing and ensuring the fulfilment of projects being capable of analysing, understanding and summarizing data and information
  • To structure publications and scientific communications
  • Recognise and efficiently use, orally and written, the terms related to HIV in English.


  • Recognise and analyse the HIV related problems, propose solutions and/or tasks for its resolution including the use of literature review and international contacts
  • Describe and apply the most innovative laboratory techniques in virology and immunology research
  • Design an experimental process from sampling to data processing and evaluation of results
  • Recognise the virological, immunological and clinical bases in HIV infection
  • Describe the basic elements related to HIV infection clinical practice.
  • Analyse the HIV-1 diversity and relate it with other retrovirus
  • Describe the basic elements of drug design and vaccines related to HIV
  • Identify the means of scientific knowledge translation to society


The main objective of the program is to provide professionals with the competences and knowledge required on the virology and immunology fields while promoting the development of retrovirology research. Thus, the general objectives of the master are:

  • To familiarize students with the most innovative techniques in retrovirology research
  • To acquire the capacity to critically evaluate results with scientific rigor
  • To prepare reports on the work undertaken and defend the results obtained in the master thesis
  • To give new graduates the opportunity to learn the overall functioning of HIV research.
  • To help recent graduates to join the labour market


  • R&D of project development
  • Educational studies; Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Integration in multidisciplinary teams in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Integration in research teams
  • Technical advises of advanced instrumentation
  • Process adaptation of new techniques


Dr. Bonaventura Clotet
Director of the Institute for AIDS Research IrsiCaixa
President of the Fight Against AIDS Foundation
Codirector of the HIVACAT Porgram for HIV/AIDS vaccine development
Head of the HIV Unit at the University Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol
Professor of Medicine at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)


Module 1

Virological, immunological and clinical bases

Module subjects:
Virology and retrovirology
Functional anatomy of immune response
Basic and applied Immunopathogenesis
Immunology in HIV-1 infection
Immunopathogenesis in HIV-1 Infection
Host genomics in HIV-1 Infection

Module 2

Antiretroviral treatment

Module subjects:
Introduction to HIV infection clinical practice
Methodological basis of clinical research
Evidence-based antiretroviral therapy
Antiretroviral toxicity and complications of HIV infection
Antiretroviral drug resistance

Module 3

HIV related viruses

Module subjects:
HIV and HIV-2 diversity
Co-infections (HCV, HBV, HPV)
Other human and non-human retroviruses (HTLV, XMRV)

Module 4

Development of therapeutic and preventive HIV vaccine

Module subjects:
Cellular immunity
Humoral immunity
HIV vaccines in clinical Trials
Knowledge and products transfer to society

Module 5

HIV Research

Module subjects:
HIV Research in USA
Visiting Student Program in USA

Module 6


Module subjects:
Internship in the laboratory of retrovirology at the Institute for AIDS Research IrsiCaixa

Module 7

Master Thesis

Module subjects:
Development of a research project which will be evaluated by a collegiate tribunal


You have a relevant degree in biomedical sciences: Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Veterinary, Medicine or other equivalent degrees, from a university in Europe or abroad with the previous authorization and/or validation of the university.


Students must provide recent evidence of their spoken and written command of English and Spanish with a B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF), through certificate or by easily obtaining the Language Passport EUROPASS.


In the case the number of applications is superior than the available places offered, the following selection criteria will prevail:

  • Academic records: 70%
  • Statement of motivation: 20%
  • Command of English and/or Spanish B3 level (CEF): 10%

A student may be asked to have a personal interview in the case the coordinator of the master considers it convenient.



Interested candidates need to submit before the 8 of july of 2013 by mail to the following address the following documentation:

  • Currículum Vitae
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent) and transcript of academic records (1)
  • Language certificate
  • A statement of motivation

All documents must be submitted in PDF files.

Your application will be submitted to the Academic Committee. Candidates will be informed by mail about the resolution of his/her candidature before the 15th of July 2013.

(1) The application procedures for students from abroad vary according to your individual situation (legalització de títols estrangers)


It is the responsibility of the candidate to assure his/her candidature acceptance.

DATES: From the 15th of july of 2013 to the 31st of July of 2013

PLACE: Escola Universitària d'Infermeria i Fisioterapia Gimbernat

CONTACT: Mrs. Eulàlia Grau, Mail: Phone. 93 465 63 74


The total cost of the University Master in AIDS pathogenesis and treatment is about 225 €/credit, independently of students’ origin. The total cost of the program is 13.500€. This price includes the cost of theoretical classes, the internship and the visiting student program.

However, this program has obtained sponsorship from “la Caixa” foundation, who provides each student with 7.000€. Thus, students bear only part of the total cost of the program, being the total amount students will have to pay 6.500€.

Payment Methods:

Master students of the Escuela Universitaria de Enfermería y Fisioterapia have the possibility to pay the tuition fee in 5 payments without any additional costs.

  • 1.800€ in concept of registration fee (in July)
  • The rest, in 5 monthly payments (August - December) of 940€ each of them (the center does not apply any kind of fee in this payment method).

Tuition Fee: Grants available. Request Information!


Official Master*
* El Màster Universitari en Patogènesi i Tractament de la Sida, a data de 31 de Maig del 2013, ha estat VERIFICAT FAVORABLEMENT per l’Agència per la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU).




from 16/09/2013 to 27/06/2014


60 credits


From 6 to 10


Languages in which the program is taught: Catalan (40%), Spanish (30%) and English (30%).


Candidates willing to undertake the University Master in AIDS pathogenesis and treatment must hold a university degree in the biomedicine field: Biology, Biochemistry, Veterinary, Medicine or equivalent degrees.

The desirable interpersonal skills, such as attitudes or interests, for a proper adaptation and follow up of the program are:

  • Capacity to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Predisposition towards active participation in the class
  • Working as a team member as well as independently and willingness to knowledge update
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Keen interest in virology and immunology fields

It is of great importance to highlight the need to understand the languages in which the program is taught. The student must be able to follow correctly theoretical classes, participate in debates, presenting assignment, etc. For this reason, is essential to posses a B2 level of English and Spanish of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).