Zoological Imaging

ECTS credits:
4 ECTS points

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: Q1-Q2 2016, October 24-28th
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 5 days of approximately 8 hours a day, equivalent to approximately 40 contact hours in total. The course will include theoretical lectures during the morning and practical hands-on training every afternoon. Total time incl. preparation is expected to 60-80 hours. Participants are required to prepare a talk (5 min) about their own work before the course and to read the distributed material.
Capacity limits: 20 or fewer participants.

Objectives of the course:
This course will provide the underlying theory of various scanning modalities (ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)), furnishing the students with hands-on experience, and enable them to critically assess advantages and limitations of each technique. During the practical exercises participants will perform both classical and novel experiments within a comparative physiology context.

We acknowledge that imaging hardware is not necessarily readily available at the home institution of every student; but third parties may possibly perform the required imaging for certain projects. We therefore focus in particular on providing a fundament for the student to perform data-analysis of obtained imaging-data with available software (freeware, where possible). It is our goal to provide a realistic future opportunity for the students to include imaging modalities in their specific research.

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to

  1. Understand the basic principles and practicalities for the use of advanced medical imaging modalities including US, CT (and micro-CT), PET, and MRI 
  2. Understand and perform basic qualitative image interpretation and quantitative data analysis with accessible freeware
  3. Understand the technological similarities and differences between the imaging modalities and choice of equipment for different physiological applications
  4. Understand the concept of 3D-interactive-pdf model generation and additive manufacturing (“3D-printing”) and their potential role in science teaching, scientific communication, and publishing 


Compulsory programme:
Participation throughout the 5-day course, lecture on own research, preparation for the course through reading of distributed material.

Course contents:
5 days of extensive lecturing and planned exercises followed by data analysis.

Enrolled as a PhD student. Participants are expected to have a through understanding of general comparative physiology as well as interest in the physics and techniques underlying the different imaging modalities.  Participants are required to read the distributed material (equivalent to app. 20-30 papers) and to prepare a talk (5 min) about their own work before the course.

Name of lecturers:
The course will be given by a multi-disciplinary group of lecturers with background in comparative physiology, medical and zoological imaging, clinical and pre-clinical radiology, nuclear medicine, additive manufacturing (“3D-printing”), and medical physics. Kasper Hansen, Henrik Lauridsen, Tobias Wang, Michael Pedersen, Aage Kristian Olsen Alstrup, Steen Jakobsen, Ole Lajord Munk, Martin Colliander Kristensen plus a number of expert guest lecturers.

Type of course/teaching methods:
The course consists of theoretical lectures during the morning and practical hands-on training during imaging-exercises and cases each afternoon, followed by data analysis on the participant’s personal computers (when ever possible).

Distributed notes and research papers. Literature and reading list will be announced on the course homepage (see below)

Course homepage:

Course assessment:
Participants will be evaluated during the course and assessed through a requirement of active contribution and participation to (theoretical) discussions and practical activities during both lectures and exercises.

Department of Bioscience, Section for Zoophysiology, Aarhus University

Special comments on this course
We are currently witnessing an explosive technical development within a wide range of imaging techniques that allow for detailed and dynamic studies of various physiological processes within the body, but the applications to fundamental biological questions remain largely unexplored. Although the non-invasive “medical” scanning techniques ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, single-photon emission computed tomography, and positron emission tomography have been developed primarily for use of humane and rodent species, the do hold an enormous potential for resolving classic biological problems in non-traditional (“exotic”) animal species.

October 24-28th 2016

University of Aarhus
Section for Zoophysiology, Bioscience
C.F. Møllers Allé 3
Building: 1131
DK-8000 Aarhus C

Deadline for registration is Tuesday, 20 September 2016. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Monday, 26 September 2016.

For registration: http://www.inside-zoo.com/phd-course-2016.html

If you have any questions, please contact Kasper Hansen, e-mail: kasperhansen@bios.au.dk 

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Revised 16.09.2016