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Cardiovascular Imaging


Admission requirements

  • Thorough basic knowledge of the cardiovascular system is essential; successful completion of the second year course “Physiology, Basic Concept”, or a similar course is mandatory.

  • Successful completion of How to write a research proposal is strongly recommended.


Period: June 4 – June 29, 2012


The first week of the course will be combined with the FOS course neuroimaging and is dedicated to the introduction of in vitro and in vivo neuroimaging techniques of increasing complexity (Rx, EEG, evoked potentials, CT, PET, MRI, multiphoton microscopy, in vivo confocal microscopy, calcium imaging, SPECT, SQUID). Each technique will be presented in a practical context, i.e. in terms of what questions (research, clinical) can be answered with the technique in question. Students will then read selected papers, collate information gained in small groups and prepare a review presentation.
The second week will be an in depth case study of the imaging techniques applied in a disease model, in atherosclerosis / ischemic heart disease. During this week workgroups will be supplied with research hypotheses and asked to formulate an imaging experiment to resolve the hypotheses. Ideally these experiments will be performed at the end of the week.
During the third and fourth week workgroups will be supplied with pre-existing cardiovascular imaging data, and a matching hypotheses and be requested to analyse the data and to write a short paper based on the analysis.


This course will work on:

Academic competences:
Creative thinking, rapid acquisition of new knowledge, information gathering

Research competences:
Formulating a relevant and feasible research strategy, data analysis, writing a paper

Professional competences:
Collaboration with peers, commitment, motivation and drive, digesting other peoples opinion, peer review

Communicative competences:
Oral and written presentations; writing a paper

Course objectives

The student:

  • gains a thorough understanding of the various imaging techniques used in fundamental research and in clinical practice;

  • is able to design an imaging experiment to resolve hypotheses related to cardiovascular disease;

  • is able to interpret experimental data in one of the cardiovascular techniques and to write a short paper based on these data.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, group work, self study assignments, practical.

Assessment method

Oral presentation, research proposal/question, active participation, written report