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Developmental Cardiovascular Biology


Admission requirements

  • No special requirements in addition to indicated level.

  • Successful completion of How To Write A Research Proposal is recommended.


Period: June 8 – 26, 2015


Content of the course:
During this course, one week will be devoted to lectures on human stem cell research in the cardiovascular field.
Lectures, practicals and self-study assignments about the normal development of the heart and furthermore, the most common heart abnormalities at birth are discussed,
as well as
Molecular and imaging research techniques, including viral transfer, electron microscopy, hemodynamics and stem cell application, as well as the cellular building blocks.
These tools will be used to design your own research proposal.

This course will particularly work on:

Research competences:
Defining a research question, writing a research proposal, choosing appropriate techniques.

Professional competences:
Understanding the problems associated with complex disorders, collaborating with peers, presenting state of art research based on literature.

Course objectives

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.

Assessment method

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).