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

Activity no.: 3205-24-00-00There are 15 available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 29/04/2024
Date and time13.05.2024, at: 08:15 - 17.05.2024, at: 18:00
Regular seats25
Course fee13,080.00 kr.
LecturersThomas Jespersen
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), and for PhD Students from NorDoc member faculties. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from NorDoc member faculties. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants 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 with study design. Oral presentation of project etc.

3. Competences: The student will be able to integra te 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.dcacademy.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, UCPH:

Cardiovascular Research

Basic and Clinical Research in Musculoskeletal Sciences

Basic Metabolic Research




27 lectures. 8 hours of laboratory-experiments/practical (2 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 director

Thomas Jespersen, PhD, Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences: thojes@sund.ku.dk

Mads Fischer MSc, PhD fellow, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports: mf@nexs.ku.dk



Carsten Lundby, Professor, PhD (NOR) Lillehammer: carsten.lundby@inn.no

Craig G. Crandall, Professor, PhD (USA): CraigCrandall@texashealth.org

Damian Bailey, Professor, PhD (UK): damian.bailey@southwales.ac.uk

James (Jim) A. Pawelczyk, Professor (USA): jap18@psu.edu

James Fisher, Professor, PhD (NZ): jp.fisher@auckland.ac.nz

Johannes Van Lieshout, Professor, MD, PhD (NL): jjvanlieshout@gmail.com

José González-Alonso, Professor, PhD (UK): Jose.Gonzalez-Alonso@brunel.ac.uk

Katarina Steding Ehrenborg, Professor (SWE): katarina.steding_ehrenborg@med.lu.se

Patrice Brassard, (CA): patrice.brassard@kin.ulaval.ca

Paul Fadel, Professor, PhD (USA): paul.fadel@uta.edu

Scott Smith, Professor, PhD (USA): Scott.Smith@UTSouthwestern.edu


Anders Perner, Professor, MD, PhD (UCPH - Department of Clinical Medicine)

Christian Aalkjær, Professor (AAU - Department of Biomedicine)

Jakob Stensballe, MD, PhD (DK) (UCPH - Department of Clinical Medicine)

Julie Hertel, DVM, PhD (UCPH - Department of Biomedical Sciences)

Kim Bredahl MD, PhD (UCPH - Department of Clinical Medicine)

Kirstine Callø, Assoc. Professor PhD (UCPH - Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences)

Lars Nybo, Professor, PhD (UCPH - Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports)

Lasse Gliemann, Assoc. Professor PhD (UCPH - Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports)

Marianne Agerskov, PhD (UCPH - Department of Clinical Medicine)

Morten Damgaard (hvidovre hospital)

Niels H. Secher Professor, MD, DMSc (UCPH - Department of Clinical Medicine)

Nicolai B. Foss Assoc. Professor, MD, DMSc (UCPH - Department of Clinical Medicine)

Per Lav Madsen, MD, DMSc (UCPH - Department of Clinical Medicine)

Rune Strandby MD, PhD (UCPH - Department of Clinical Medicine)

Thomas Jespersen, PhD, Professor (UCPH - Department of Biomedical Sciences)

Tobias Wang, Professor, PhD (AAU - Department of Biology – Zoophysiology)

Ylva Hellsten Professor, DMSc (UCPH - Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports)


13 to 17 May 2024.

Course location

Danske Studenters Roklub (DSR) - Strandvaenget 55, 2100 Copenhagen + laboratory-experiments at SUND-Frederiksberg and the August Krogh Institute.


Please register before 29 April 2024

Expected frequency

Once a year in May either week 19 or 20.

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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