Course Advanced In-vivo Optical imaging techniques

ECTS: 2.4

Course leader: Ina Maria Schiessl

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Course fee: 2,880.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Fall 2022

Application deadline: 18/07/2022

Start date: 15/08/2022

Administrator: Thilde Møller Risgaard

The course B273/04 Advanced In-vivo Optical imaging techniques is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, spring 2022.

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Aim: To introduce advanced optical techniques for in vivo imaging and how these can be applied in research projects

Learning outcomes: The students should be able to understand the basis of different techniques, to learn their pitfalls, disadvantages and advantages, and to plan research projects that include these techniques


Day 1: Course introduction and theoretical lectures introducing techniques.

Two-photon microscopy, Laser Speckle imaging, Optical Coherence Tomography, Laser Doppler, Optical Intrinsic Signal Imaging.

Day 2: Introduction to preparation of animals for optical imaging (2 hrs). Two laboratory practicals (demonstration/hands-on).

Day 3: Introduction to group work (2 hrs) and assignment of supervisor. Two laboratory practicals (demonstration/hands-on)

The students will be divided into 3 groups of 3 students. The task of each group is to make a project-plan for a study employing one or more of the techniques introduced on the course. The plan should include a detailed description of the hypothesis to be tested and the experimental setup and include references as would be required for a grant-proposal to a major foundation. Each group will be assigned a supervisor among the teachers at the course. The project plan should be submitted 1 week before the last day of the course. Each group will in addition be responsible for evaluating one other groups research plan. The evaluation will be oral at the last day of the course based on a presentation of each groups research plan.

Day 4: 1-day seminars. Presentation of on-going research projects using these techniques.

Day 5: Group assignment evaluation (peer learning).

Not scheduled: Literature reading and home assignment (group work).

Recommended knowledge for participation: The student should have a background within the biomedical sciences or medicine. The student should have fundamental physiological and anatomical knowledge.

Instructors: Sebastian Frische, Nina K. Iversen, Eugenio Gutiérrez, Keisuke Yonehara, Vladimir Matchkov, Anete Dudele. Frederik Dagnæs Hansen, Søren Egedal Degn, Luca Bordoni, Invited speaker: nn

Time and venue:

15 August: 9:15-14:30, Det Blå Auditorium
16 August: 10:30-15:30, Institute of Clinical Medicine (Skejby) and Institute of Biomedicine (West)
17 August: 10:30-15:30, Institute of Clinical Medicine (Skejby) and Institute of Biomedicine (West)
18 August: 9:15-15:00, Det Blå Auditorium
26 August: 10:15-13:15, Det Blå Auditorium

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Research Year students and Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc collaboration
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses

Course dates:

  • 15 August 2022 09:15 - 14:30
  • 16 August 2022 10:30 - 15:30
  • 17 August 2022 10:30 - 15:30
  • 18 August 2022 09:15 - 15:00
  • 26 August 2022 10:15 - 13:15