Netherlands, Nijmegen

A New View on Vessels: State-of-the-art Tools for Comprehensive Insight into Vascular Function

when 6 July 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 500

This unique course, building on the world-leading expertise within the Radboudumc, aims to expand knowledge and skills on state-of-the-art (imaging) technology and developments in vascular research.

Cardiovascular disease remains the world’s leading cause of mortality and morbidity, whilst its prevalence is expected to increase even further due to the ageing population and poor lifestyle habits. Understanding the process of atherosclerosis, and specifically the occurrence of vascular damage that precedes and accelerates atherosclerosis, is important in our understanding of the development, treatment and early diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. Interestingly, vascular damage also contributes to the development and progression of other diseases, such as stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease. Moreover, increasing evidence indicates that the complex process of vascular damage does not affect all arteries in a similar manner. Hence the importance of tools and techniques to examine the entire cardiovascular tree.

At the RadboudUMC, a close collaboration between researchers and clinicians provides (bio)medical students interested in cardiology and vascular physiology unique opportunities for research training and comprehensive insight into state-of-the-art technology across the cardiovascular tree.

This summer school course will be organized following key anatomical locations of vessels (heart, brain and periphery), closely linking the leading position of Nijmegen-based researchers in examining these arteries and linking this work to clinical work and decision-making.

During the course you will take part in interactive lectures about each topic, combined with practicals on state-of-the-art techniques. You will learn the basics of these tests, but also gain hands-on practical skills in the various research labs throughout our university hospital. You will also work with your fellow colleagues in group assignments to apply your newly acquired knowledge in relation to key challenges in the field.

After completing this course, you will have gained a basic understanding of vascular physiology from large to small arteries, located in brain, heart and periphery. Moreover, you will have acquired basic understanding and skills related to the various techniques to image the structure and function of arteries, and how these techniques can help you to understand the underlying mechanisms related to vascular damage and development of cardio- and cerebrovascular disease.

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Dick Thijssen, associate professor
Radboud UMC

Target group

• Master
• PhD
• Post-doc
• Professional

This course is designed for master students (in medicine, biomedical science, biology or related) and for aspiring PhD-candidates and post-docs to expand their knowledge to (patho)physiology, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art technology related to cardiovascular disease.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

1. Understand vascular physiology (across large to small arteries, in heart, brain and periphery).
2. Understand and acquire skills related to state-of-the-art techniques to image arteries across the vascular tree.
3. Understand how technology contributes to advances in research and patient care.
4. Explain the mechanisms underlying development of cardio- and cerebrovascular disease in relation to vascular (patho)physiology.

Fee info

EUR 500: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 450 early bird discount- deadline 1 March 2020 (10%)
€ 425 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 375 early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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