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Integrative Human Cardiovascular Control
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3205-20-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 07/09/2020
Date and time05.10.2020, at: 08:30 - 09.10.2020, at: 16:00
Regular seats15
Course fee10,800.00 kr.
LecturersNiels Secher
ECTS credits3.90
Contact personJaime Finkelstein    E-mail address: Jaime.Finkelstein@regionh.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School). All other participants must pay the course fee.
Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student, you will be placed on the waiting list for the course until enrollment deadline. After the deadline of enrollment, available seats will be allocated to students on the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. Knowledge: Detailed physiological knowledge on regulatory mechanisms for the cardiovascular system in addition to pathophysiology. The student is expected to gain insight into special methods of relevance within the field – ranging from evaluation with imaging, Doppler and tracer techniques to sampling of tissue or blood, assessment of neural activity. Knowledge on common intervention techniques e.g. manipulation with blood volume, vasodilation, neural blocking, baroreceptors etc.

2. Skills: The student will get hand on experience with some of the available techniques (Doppler flow, echocardiography magnetic resonance imaging of the heart, determination of cardiac output and blood volume, evaluation of arterial baroreceptor function), experiments on animals and work withstudy design. Oral presentation of project etc.

3. Competences: The student will be able to integrate knowledge from the different ”disciplines” (methods and areas of interest) – evaluate strength/weaknesses of measures/study design and provide realistic perspectives on own findings.

This course covers important theoretical and practical aspects of methods in integrative human cardiovascular studies. The purpose is to provide the participants with knowledge of advantages and pitfalls of these methods during lectures and demonstrating methods and allow participants hands-on experience during practical sessions. Complete course program will be available at www.dacra.ku.dk ahead of the course start.

Ph.D students working with cardiovascular physiology/pathophysiology – i.e. medical, human biology, human physiology or animal biology.

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen:

Cardiovascular Research
Clinical Research
Basic and Clinical Research in Musculoskeletal and Oral Sciences


27 lectures. 11 hours of laboratory-experiments/practical (4 workshops with participant demonstrations and in vivo demonstrations. Homework required (reading of background material + oral presentation of Ph.D. project). Evaluation/exam - knowledge review.

Course directors
Henrik Sørensen, MD, DMSc, Assistant professor. Email: heso@nexs.ku.dk
Niels H. Secher, MD, DMSc, Professor. Email: niels.secher@regionh.dk
Department of Sports Science and Nutrition, The August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Department of Anesthesiology, Center for Cancer and Organ Diseases , Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Tel: +45 35 45 22 42.

International: Peter Raven, Craig Crandall, Paul Fadel, Scott Smith (Texas); Dr. Johannes Van Lieshout (The Netherland); Jose Gonzalez-Alonso, and Damian Bailey (UK); James Fisher (NZ); Christoph Siebenmann (Italy).
National: Anders Perner, Kiril Aleksov Ahtarovski, Hasse Møller Sørensen, Kirsten Møller, Christian O. Steensen, Lasse Glieman, Rune Strandby, Gerrit van Hall, Jesper Kjærgaard Kim Bredahl, Ylva Hellsten, Carsten Lundby, Nicolai Bang Foss, Finn Stolze Sørensen, Finn Gustavson, Jakob Stensballe

5th to 9th October 2020.

Course location
Panum institute + laboratory-experiments at Rigshospitalet and Panum.

Please register before 07.09.2020.

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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