PSL Graduate Program – January 9th-13th, 2023

To sign up HERE! (deadline December 15th 2022). Please send these information and documents in your application email :

Last name

First name

Study program (PSL Life Sciences Master, other…)

Study year ( M1, M2, Doctoral candidate)

Do you need to be graded to receive ECTS for this course ?


Motivation letter



Collège de France
11, place Marcelin Berthelot
75231 Paris Cedex 05 France


Dominique Bluteau, EPHE, Université Paris Sciences et Lettres
Dominique Stoppa-Lyonnet, Université de Paris-Cité, Institut Curie
Anahi Molla-Herman, Collège de France
Terence Strick, ENS, Université Paris Sciences et Lettres

General information

The speaker will give an introduction for non-specialists, followed by a 40 min-long conference-level presentation. The talk will be followed by a discussion session, around an article presentation by a student.

Aims: Familiarize students/researchers with the definitions, the notions in genetics, and the diagnostic, ethical and medico-economic issues relevant to this class of disease. The course will demonstrate how a continuum of research, from basic to clinical and translational, allows scientists to answer questions related to human health by studying rare diseases, in particular genetic diseases with or without predisposition to cancer.

Themes: Rare diseases affect a limited number of persons, and it is this rarity that raises specific problems. While almost all genetic diseases are rare diseases, not all rare diseases are genetic. This term also includes very rare infectious diseases, auto-immune diseases, and rare cancers.

Assessment: ECTS obtained for completion of this course may be applied to the degree requirements for the PSL Master in Life Sciences as well as the new PSL Graduate Program’s Minors. Students wishing to obtain ECTS will be assessed on the basis of an article presentation following one of the speakers.  For PhD students the course can count towards completion of the training hours required by the Doctoral Programs (ED). In this case, since a grade is not required, evaluation will be based on assiduity (only one unjustified absence is accepted). PhD students will also have the opportunity to present a topic/speaker in one of the sessions.