No special requirements in addition to indicated level.
Successful completion of How To Write A Research Proposal is recommended.
Period: June 14 – July 8, 2011
Content of the course:
During this four weeks course, one week will be devoted to lectures on human stem cell research in the cardiovascular field. In the second week lectures, practicals and self-study assignments about the normal development of the heart and furthermore, the most common heart abnormalities at birth are discussed.
During the second and third week, molecular and imaging research techniques, including viral transfer, electron microscopy, hemodynamics and stem cell application, as well as the cellular building blocks will be discussed. These tools will be used to design your own research proposal during the fourth week.
This course will particularly work on:
Defining a research question, writing a research proposal, choosing appropriate techniques.
Understanding the problems associated with complex disorders, collaborating with peers, presenting state of art research based on literature.
The student will:
obtain an overall understanding into the development of the heart and into inborn heart abnormalities
obtain an overview of the possibilities of human stem cell research in the cardiovascular field
obtain an overview and knowledge of research that can be done to study the development of cardiovascular biology.
be able to convey this knowledge and views to the other students
be able to critically survey the products of other students that produce their project in the form of a poster.
be able to implement this knowledge in a research proposal and an oral presentation about the chosen subject.
Mode of instruction
Plenary sessions, self study assignments, work groups, practicals, demonstration of analysis techniques.
Oral and written report of research proposal; discussion and evaluation of poster presentations of other students; student behaviour (motivation, independency, oral reporting, participation in discussion).