Welcome to Human Bioethics


Description:

Bioethics is a relatively new field emerging from developments within medicine, biology, and biotechnology. Almost daily, media attention is focused on some particular problem, application or breakthrough science that inevitably raises as many problems as it solves. The objective of the course is to give the PhD students a broader base to discuss and analyse ethical problems they meet through their scientific work. The focus of the course will be on ethics that is relevant for people conducting experiments with human subjects or animals. The course will consist of a series of invited lectures from experts in the field and discussions on essays or case stories outlining ethical issues, or issues related to the PhD student’s own research

 

Topics Module A (introduction)

Lecture(s): Introductory moral philosophy, Introduction to bioethics.

 

Topics Module B (human)

Lecture(s): Killing, sex and money – the short history of biomedical research ethics, Informed consent – the cornerstone of research ethics, Problems with informed consent. Discussion on Cases (e.g.; Clinical research case, Healthy participant research case, Research with groups that cannot consent children, persons with dementia, Biobanking, genetic research, consent and withdrawal, big data, research within own organisation).

 

Assignment

The students will be asked to reflect on possible ethical dilemmas within their research and prepare a short presentation that will be discussed in a plenum session.

 

Literature

TBD

 

Prerequisites

During the course we will specifically work towards increasing the PhD student’s ability to identify, reflect on and analyse ethical problems and issues in writing ethical applications for conducting animal or human experiments. Therefore, it is important that PhD students have some experience, and they must have been enrolled at least one year in the doctoral school before participating in the course or have carried out previous human and/or animal experimental studies.

 

Evaluation

A combination of written assignments, case discussions and/or oral presentation. 

Organizer: Professor Winnie Jensen, email wj@hst.aau.dk, Assistant Professor Patrik Kjærsdam Telleus, email pkt@hst.aau.dk and Associate Professor Jes Lynning Harfeld, HUM, jlh@learning.aau.dk



Lecturers: Organizers and invited speakers

ECTS:

Human Bioethics: Module A (introduction) + Module B (human) = 1 ECTS

This course can be taken in combination with the ‘’Animals Bioethics’’ course. The introductory module A is the same for the two courses and therefore you will not need to follow part A again, but only need to follow Module B (animal). The complete ECTS for the two courses will be 1.5 ECTS.


Time: 28 September, 5 October & 22 October (8.15-12.00)


Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D, room E3-209


Zip code: 
9220

City: 
Aalborg East


Number of seats:

Deadline: 14 September 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses 
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Translational Neurobiology of the Pain System XXIII: Provoke, probe and modulate pain neuroplasticity


Description:

This is the twenty-third annual international Ph.D. course on the translational neurobiology of the pain system. The purpose of the course is to introduce different aspects of the neurobiology of the pain system and to initiate new co-operation in interdisciplinary pain research. This year the course will focus on pain and neuroplasticity and especially how to provoke, probe and modulate pain neuroplasticity in human and in animal models. Psychophysical and electrophysiological outcome measures will be in focus but complemented by various imaging techniques.

The course is arranged over two days, and participants are invited from different international laboratories. The lectures will be given by staff from Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (Aalborg University), SMI (Aalborg University), and by invited international key scientists within the area.

 

Literature
Selected papers and book chapters will be announced to the participants shortly before the course.

 

Prerequisites
A basic understanding of pain mechanisms, for update see Textbook of Pain, 5th edition, Section 1: Neurobiology of Pain. Selected chapters from Musculoskeletal Pain, IASP Press (2014).

 

Evaluation
The course will end with a multiple choice evaluation with questions related to all topics of the course.

 

Fee
A fee of DKK 500 will be charged for catering.


Organizer: Professor Thomas Graven-Nielsen, email: tgn@hst.aau.dk and  Professor Ole Kæseler Andersen, email: oka@hst.aau.dk



Lecturers: Invited internal and external speakers

Program and course material: Log in to the course description to see the full program and download the course material


ECTS: 1

Time: 18 and 19 June 2018 (8.15-16.00)

Place: Aalborg University, Niels Jernes Vej 14, room 4-111 

City: 
Aalborg

Number of seats:

Deadline: 7 June 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to The role and contribution of Theory of science in the health science phd project


Description:

This course is organized as a study group. It targets PhD students who are interested in working with the perspective of theory of science, reflecting on its meaning and influence as a frame and a foundation for their PhD research.

The aim is to make the PhD students comfortable with discussing theory of science and the consequences of the various paradigms. By insights and familiarity with theory of science the Ph.D. students gain a more substantial knowledge of how their projects are designed as epistemically coherent, acknowledged and valid scientific pursuits. Such knowledge will help the Ph.D. students complete and defend their projects.

The course is organised as five afternoon sessions, each covering one specific position within theory of science. There will be an introduction to each perspective followed by participant and facilitators discussing the position in an open forum. The point of departure for the discussions will be the specific readings and the PhD students’ own research.

This approach creates the opportunity for the PhD students to strengthen the theoretical and philosophical arguments and reflections underpinning the scope and design of their research. The discussions contribute towards a positioning of the research in a larger scientific frame and give a more thorough understanding of the basis for the research. Having different positions for each session also creates an awareness of the rich and broad environment of science, and can help participants to comprehend the interdisciplinary approaches that health related research often face.      

Theory of science is often a blunt requirement on the road to a PhD. This course gives the PhD students a chance to make that requirement an asset and sharpen the scientific forcefulness of their research projects. 

Literature
Relevant papers and book chapters will be made available prior to each session. The reading includes 3 types of texts: 1) a text introducing the paradigm, 2) a classical text within the paradigm and 3) a text illustrating application of the paradigm in contemporary health science research. The reading requirements will be approximately 50 pages for each session.

Prerequisites
PhD students should have been enrolled at least 6 months in the doctoral school.

Evaluation
PhD students are expected to be active during the sessions, and at the end of the course they will hand in a written assignment (4-5 pages) covering the theory of science perspective that is appropriate for their PhD project.  

Organizer: Associate Professor Diana Stentoft, email: stentoft@hst.aau.dk and Assistant Professor Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus, email: pkt@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Organisers

ECTS: 2.5

Time: 12, 26 February, 12 March, 9 April, 7 May 2018 (12.30-16.15)

Place: Fredrik Bajers Vej 7, room D2-106, Aalborg University

City: 
Aalborg

Number of seats:

Deadline: 5 February 2018


Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Principles of Neuromodulation 


Description:

This course is intended to provide the participants with an understanding of basic principles regarding a number of electrical stimulation therapies and methods. During the last decades, several neuromodulation therapies were transferred from research labs into clinics as primarily alternative therapies in the case of otherwise intractable diseases. In some other cases, neuromodulation methods are approved as investigational therapies and accumulation of new data is expected to provide knowledge to validate and optimize the therapeutic approaches. In this respect, the course will address relevant issues related to the rationale, physiological support and mechanisms activated by electrical stimulation, followed by a description of the currently used devices and implant procedures. Current stimulation paradigms and the elicited therapeutic effects will then be presented. In addition, issues related to “what the future may hold” (i.e. current research and possible future developments) will be discussed, too.

 

Topics:

  1. Electroceuticals – a new therapeutic approach in neuromodulation
  2. Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy 
  3. Spinal cord stimulation for pain and other dysfunctions 
  4. Vagus nerve stimulation for epilepsy, depression and cardiovascular diseases
  5. Cardiac pacemakers and defibrillation therapies
  6. Cochlear stimulation
  7. Retinal stimulation
  8. Gastro-intestinal stimulation for obesity and motility dysfunctions
  9. Electrical stimulation therapies for bladder disorders
  10. Neural prostheses for upper and lower extremities
  11. Neuromodulation for improving cognitive functions?

 

Literature

“Neuromodulation” (red. Elliot S. Krames; P. Hunter Peckham; Ali R. Rezai, Academic Press, 2009). Selected papers and book chapters may also be indicated shortly before the course.

 

Prerequisites
Basic knowledge in anatomy, physiology and electrical stimulation devices and principles.

 

Evaluation
Written assignment.

Organizer: Associate Professor Cristian Sevcencu, email: sevcr@hst.aau.dk


Lecturers: Cristian Sevcencu and invited lecturers

ECTS: 1.5

Time: 15 November (12.30-16.15), 27 November (8.15-12.00), 4 December 2018 (8.15-12.00)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7E, E3-209

City: 
Aalborg

Number of seats:

Deadline: 24 October 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to non-invasive techniques for the assessment of plasticity in the human nervous system

Description:

The course will cover the practical assessment of neuromuscular function and adaptations following training or rehabilitation. The topics covered include: assessment of plasticity in cortical pathways by measures such motor evoked potential changes as well as cortical inhibition and facilitation using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), assessment of cortical plasticity using electroencephalography (EEG), assessment of spinal plasticity by measures of the stretch reflex as well as more advanced techniques (reciprocal inhibition, monosynaptic Ia excitation and post-activation depression). The course will be conducted through a combination of lectures as well as laboratory work with a greater emphasis on the laboratory component.

 

Literature

Selected papers and book chapters will be provided to the participants shortly before the course.

 

Prerequisites

A basic background within Anatomy, Physiology and Motor Control is desirable.

 

Evaluation

Laboratory assignments will be completed throughout the course.


Organizer: Associate Professor Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, e-mail: nm@hst.aau.dk and Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, Aalborg University, e-mail: oliveira@mp.aau.dk


Lecturers: Associate Professor Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting and Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira

ECTS: 1.5 (subject to changes)

Time: 1, 8 and 15 October 2018 (8.15-12.00)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7E, room E3-209

City: 
Aalborg

Number of seats:

Deadline: 10 September 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Neuromechanics of Human Movement


Description:

Human movements can be assessed on three levels: 1) functional outcomes, such as the running time or jump height or scoring for the quality of movement execution, as it typically happens during training and competition. 2) biomechanical tests allow for a specification of which joint actions contribute to the movement and how performance is mechanically determined. 3) assessments of neuronal processes reveal which parts of the nervous system is active and how they are coordinated. There are several tools dedicated to track human movement, but understanding the processes that generate and refine such movements is highly important. Biomechanical approaches may be used, where movement kinematics are quantified, forces are measured and models can be used to estimate the mechanical principles of generating, and potentially improving, movement execution or general performance. In this course, we will offer the possibility to integrate the understanding of movement execution to its neuronal foundation, to determine the timing and weighting of activities in the central and peripheral nervous system, and to evaluate how these get changed during training and learning. In addition, this approach also applies to the investigation of injuries and rehabilitation in cases where the body system is compromised by an insult.

 

The course will cover three modules distributed over two full days of lectures and one day for assignment presentations and discussions by the students. Components of this course are:

 

1.     Background on movement assessment and measurement technology

2.     Biomechanical performance measurements, mechanical principles and modeling

3.     Neurophysiological measures in relation to performance and learning.

 

Literature

To be announced. Readings will be provided via the course webpage

 

Prerequisites

This course is addressed at students early in their PhD. Ideally you should be about 3 months into your project development. However, students who decide to use the respective technologies later within their studies are naturally welcome.

 

Evaluation

Assignment: during a demo session data will be collected from different systems in parallel/organization to be decided. Student (groups/pairs/individuals) decide which data set they use. Have to provide an analysis and present these results at a session about 4 weeks after the first 2 days of the course.

Organizer: Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira: e-mail: oliveira@mp.aau.dk and Professor Uwe Kersting: e-mail: uwek@hst.aau.dk


Lecturers: Professor Pascal Madeleine, Associate Professor Ernst A. Hansen, Associate Professor Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Professor Michael Voigt, Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, Professor Uwe Kersting, Professor John Rasmussen, and invited speakers


ECTS: 2.5

Time: 11,12 October and 26 November 2018 (8.15-15.00)

Place: Aalborg University, Aalborg

11 October and 26 November: Fredrik Bajers Vej 7E, room E2-209

12 October: Fredrik Bajers Vej 7E, room E1-214

City: 
Aalborg

Number of seats: 40

Deadline: 19 September 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Multivariate Data Analysis


Description:

In many applications data is acquired from multiple sources or is described by multiple variables. Within areas of signal and image processing, biomechanics, clinical decision support, bioinformatics, etc. there is an increasing need for analyzing various types of multivariate data containing both dependent (outcome/response) variables and independent (predictor) variables. Instead of analyzing the data by treating it as a task of multiple univariate problems the methods in this course fully encompasses the task as a single multivariate problem. In effect, the covariate nature of the data is analyzed by examining relationships among multiple variables at the same time. The content of the course will cover multivariate methods for statistical analysis, machine learning and test evaluation. The tentative course program is:

 

  • Probabilistic classification
    • Bayesian decision theory
    • Multivariate density
    • Non-parametric classification
      • Perceptron classifier
      • Support Vector Machines
      • Clustering
      • Neural networks
        • Three-layer NN
        • Deep learning
        • Data analysis and test evaluation
          • Dimensionality reduction
          • ROC analysis
          • Cross validation
          • Multivariate statistics
            • Multivariate analysis of variance
            • Multivariate repeated measures analysis of variance

                                                            

Literature

Duda, Hart, Stork, Pattern Classification, 2nd Edition, Wiley (book)

James, Witten, Hastie, Tibshirani, An Introduction to Statistical Learning, 7th printing, Springer (PDF)

Mayers, Chapter 14, Multivariate Analysis (PDF)

 

Prerequisites

Statistics, Matlab (basic skills), SPSS (basic skills).

 

Evaluation

Evaluation of the course will be based on active participation in the course including practical exercises in Matlab and SPSS.

Organizer: Associate Professor Lasse Riis Østergaard, email: lasse@hst.aau.dkAssociate Professor Carsten Dahl Mørch, email: cdahl@hst.aau.dkAssistant Professor Alex Skovsbo Jørgensen, emailasj@hst.aau.dk


Lecturers: Organizers

ECTS: 2

Time: 26 September (8.15-12.00), 1 October (12.30 – 16.15), 8 October (12.30 – 16.15) and 23 October 2018 (8.15-12.00)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7E, room E3-209

City: 
Aalborg

Number of seats:

Deadline: 05 September 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Method Comparison, Reliability and Agreement 

Description:

The course will focus on the importance of method comparison studies when evaluating new clinical and experimental methods. The course will describe how method comparison studies are designed and how obtained results are analysed and described. Application of analytical measures such as Coefficient of Variance, Intra-Class Correlation, differences in means, and Bland-Altman’s limits of agreement, inter-rater reliability, test accuracy and sample size estimation will be discussed. The aim of the course is to provide the participants with a toolbox that enables them to perform and analyse method comparison studies. This advanced course in biostatistics assumes knowledge of basic methods in biostatistics, including the concepts of hypothesis testing, and basic study designs. The course is designed for researchers working in both clinical and experimental settings.

 

  • Literature
    Atkinson G, Nevill A. Statistical methods for assessing measurement error (reliability) in variables relevant to sports medicine.  Sports Med 1998; 26: 217-238,
  • Weir JP. Quantifying test-retest reliability using the intraclass correlation coefficient and the SEM. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2005; 19: 231–240
  • Bland JM, Altman DG. Measuring agreement in method comparison studies. Statistical Methods in Medical Research 1999; 8: 135 – 160

 

and links, data-sets and handouts distributes prior to and during the course

 

Prerequisites
Basic knowledge on statistics (e.g. Biostatistics I)

 

Evaluation 
Short project/assignment

Organizer: Associate Professor Carsten Dahl Mørch, email: cdahl@hst.aau.dk


Lecturers: Assistant Professor Federico Gabriel Arguissain, Associate Professor Carsten Dahl Mørch, 

ECTS: 1.5

Time: 29 & 30 October 2018 (8.15 – 15.00)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7E, room E3-109

City: 
Aalborg

Number of seats:

Deadline: 08 October 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to MATLAB FOR NON-ENGINEERS: BASIC DATA PROCESSING AND OPTIMIZATION

Description:

Research on biomedical engineering topics usually require the acquisition of biological signals or additional instrumentation that provides continuous time series. For non-engineers, processing those types of data can be time consuming and inaccurate if proper processing methods are not used. Therefore, the goal of this course is to present basic processing tools to analyze biological and non-biological signals. The course is based on Matlab, one of the most powerful software packages for data recording and analysis in Engineering. The course presents a dynamic format, in which students will have practical experiences regarding the use of Matlab during the lectures. This format will offer the unique possibility to learn how to perform basic and complex operations with the assistant of the lecturer while generating the data analyses scripts. The course has been designed for PhD students without previous experience on programming on Matlab, such as Physiotherapists, Medical Doctors, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Sports Science professionals. However, this course could also suit students with Matlab skills looking for new ways to analyze their current datasets.

 

The course will be divided in four modules

  1. Introduction: basic operations and file management (importing, loading, saving files)
  2. Data visualization, matrix manipulation
  3. Code optimization: reducing processing time and minimizing changes of errors
  4. Multi-subject dataset management and basic statistics

 

Literature

To be announced. Readings will be provided via the course webpage.

 

Prerequisites

This course is ideal at students early or midway in their PhD. You should be at least 3 months into your project development. Ideally, students should use their own target data to develop scripts for analysis.

 

Evaluation

Assignment: Students must submit a mini report (5 pages) 2 weeks after the course including a sample script used for data analysis and a summary of the results extracted from the dataset. Detailed explanations of the processing steps and the choices for data analysis, based on appropriate references, should be included in the report.

Organizer: Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, e-mail: oliveira@mp.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira

ECTS: 3

Time: 5 April (8.15-12.00), 13 April (12.30-16.15), 26 April (8.15-12.00), 7 May (8.15-12.00), 24 May 2018 (8.15-16.00)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7E, room E3-109

City: Aalborg


Number of seats:

Deadline: 15 March 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses
 We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to From talent development to injured athletes


Description:

This course will be organized in relation to the 2018 Ice Hockey World championship with support from the Danish Ice-Hockey Union. The objective of this PhD course will be to review aspects related to the development of talented ice hockey players, concussion and head injuries and physical assessments in ice hockey. Experts in qualitative and quantitative sport research will provide state of the art lectures related to afore mentioned topics.

 

The participants will have the possibility to follow a track on:

  1. Talent development in a national and international perspective followed by a case study interview related to ice-hockey with a Danish sport manager, talent coach and elite player
  2. Head injuries and concussion in contact sports like ice-hockey and biomechanical methods for physical assessments. The latter will include hand-on demonstration (Balance measurement and analyses of (former) elite ice hockey player).

 

Literature
Relevant papers and book chapters will be announced shortly before the course.

 

Prerequisites
The students participating to this course should have basic knowledge on anatomy, physiology and methods to assess human performance by means of qualitative and quantitative methods.

 

Evaluation
Will be announced at the course.

Organizer: rofessor Pascal Madeleine, e-mail: pm@hst.aau.dk

Co-organisers: Professor Uwe Kersting and Professor Emmeritus Jens Haase


Lecturers: Organisers, invited national and international speakers and speakers from the Dept. of Health Science and Technology

ECTS: 1

Time: 11 May 2018 (8.15-16.00)

Place: Aalborg University Copenhagen, A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen SV, 
Room 1.001 Konferencesalen

City: 
Copenhagen

Number of seats:

Deadline: 27 April 2018

Fee: A fee of DKK 250 will be charged for catering.

Non AAU PhD students are kindly requested to sign up here.


Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Fourth Annual Symposium on sport, Physical Activity and Human Performance


Description:

This course will be organized for the fourth year. Physical activities carried out in sports and at work are important parts of our everyday life influencing our quality of life. In parallel, the implementation of prevention and rehabilitation programs based on training paradigms call for the quantification of human performance. The aim of this PhD course will be to provide the audience with relevant and recent scientific results based on qualitative and quantitative research. Internationally recognized speakers and a series of speakers from Aalborg University will be invited. The addressed topics will include for sociology of sports, talent development, motor control, biomechanics, ergonomics, sports science, and neuromechanics.

The participants will gain knowledge in new methods used to assess human performance in laboratory and field environments. A special emphasis will be given on the speakers-student interaction by organizing group work. The detailed agenda of the course will be provided on the course web site.

 

Literature
Relevant papers and book chapters will be announced shortly before the course.

 

Prerequisites
The students participating to this course should have basic knowledge on anatomy, physiology and methods to assess human performance by means of qualitative and quantitative methods.

 

Evaluation

Will be announced at the course.

Organizer: Professor Pascal Madeleine, e-mail: pm@hst.aau.dk

Co-organisers: Professor Michael Voigt and Professor Uwe Kersting


Lecturers: Organisers, invited national and international speakers and speakers from the Dept. of Health Science and Technology and Aalborg University Hospital

ECTS: 1

Time: 28 & 29 November 2018 (8.15-16.00)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D, room D2-106

City: 
Aalborg

Number of seats:

Deadline: 07 November 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

CANCELLED

Welcome to cortical neuroplasticity & pain: linking fundamentals to the science og tomorrow


Description:

Neuroplasticity is a fundamental mechanism of the central nervous system (CNS) that enables us to grow and learn.   As a process, neuroplasticity can be facilitated or hindered.  What is of fundamental interest is how neuroplasticity can be modulated so as to achieve a desired outcome.  Increasing performance accuracy over a shorter period of time for a newly learned behaviour may be the desired outcome for an elite athlete and trainer.  Reducing the sensitivity of pain in an individual that no longer presents with an injury may be the desired outcome for a patient and clinician. This course reviews fundamental aspects of neuroplasticity in relation to learning and pain and uses these concepts as platform discuss the role neuroplasticity will have in driving medical breakthroughs. As inspiration the course will draw upon trending topics in neuroscience ranging from enhancing cognitive performance, longevity and rehabilitation after an injury.

 

Literature 
Selected papers and book chapters will be announced to the participants shortly before the course.

 

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of neuroscience and physiology.

 

Evaluation 
The course will be evaluated based on contributions to predefined discussion topics requiring the student to have prepared questions and a short 5-10 min presentation (no slides) on a literature search assignment.



Organizer: Associate Professor Shellie Boudreau, email: sboudreau@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Shellie Boudreau, Associate Professor Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Assistant Professor Andrew James Stevenson and invited speakers

ECTS: 1

Time: 15, 30 November and 14 December 2018 (8.15-11.00)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D, room D2-106

City: 
Aalborg

Number of seats:

Deadline: 31 October 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Biostatistics I


Description:

This is a basic course in biostatistics and focuses in the application of biostatistics. Statistical methods in medicine, biology, and biomedical engineering are based on experimental designs that may differ from those treated in traditional statistics courses. Especially the design of experiments and the types of data obtained from these experiments are often very different. Problems with sampling, allocation, volunteers, placebo, cross-over designs, repeated measurements, etc. are typical for the biomedical field. Moreover, data widely deviating from normality are the rule, not the exception. This course will consist of two parts: (i) a review of some well-known and widely used parametric and non-parametric methods and discussions of basic designs of experimental studies, and (ii) a practical part where the focus is on applying the methods to relevant and realistic data sets collected from medical and biomedical research.

 

The tentative course program is: 

  • Descriptive statistics
  • Probability distributions
  • Estimation
  • Hypothesis testing – parametric tests
  • Non-parametric tests
  • One-way ANOVA
  • Cross-tabulations
  • Regression and correlation

 

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of statistical software Stata or SPSS. We recommend that you bring your own laptop.

 

Literature

B. Kirkwood, J. Sterne, “Essential medical statistics”. Plus hand-outs.

 

Evaluation

The course will be evaluated based on written reports of selected exercises. 



Organizer: Associate Professor Carsten Dahl Mørch, email: cdahl@hst.aau.dk


Lecturers: Organiser and invited lecturers

ECTS: 3.5

Time: 12, 22 March, 3, 10, 13, 19 and 30 April 2018 (all days 8.15-12.00, except 10 April 2018 at 12.30-16.15)


Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7E, room E3-109

City: 
Aalborg


Number of seats:

Deadline: 19 February 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to art of scientific presentations: Design and delivery


Description:

When presenting, the dull, text-filled slide approach is common and normal, but it is not an effective approach for communicating scientific knowledge.  To date, the design and delivery of scientific presentations are reflecting what has been done in the past.  The skills necessary to be an effective communicator today are different. A higher degree of visual literacy, more emphasis on the message, and better understanding of the power of simplicity can dramatically improve how a presentation is received and ultimately remembered.

 

The objective of this course is to equip PhD students with modern presentation skills and techniques that enhance their ability to communicate scientific content to laymen, academic, and industry-based audiences. 

 

The course will consist of 1) an introduction to presentation design principles, 2) an introduction to available tools and resources for presentation development 3) workshop sessions on design and redesign of presentation material, 4) implementation of design and delivery (speaking) principles 

 

Literature/Requirements

Participants will need to bring a PC laptop with Power Point or similar to the workshop sessions. 

 

Prerequisites

It is important that PhD students have some presentation experience, and they should have been enrolled for at least 8 months into the doctoral school before participating in the course OR have multiple experiences presenting at scientific conferences.

 

Evaluation

Oral presentation and completion of workshop exercises

Organizer: Associate Professor Shellie Boudreau, e-mail: sboudreau@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Shellie Boudreau

ECTS: 1

Time: 6 March (8.15 – 12.00), 16 March (8.15 – 10.00), 23 March 2018 (8.15 – 10.00) 

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D, room D2-106

City: 
Aalborg

Number of seats: 12

Deadline: 13 February 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to ANRES2018 – 9th Aalborg Symposium on The Advances in Neurophysiology and Neural Rehabilitation Engineering of Movement


Description:

The neurophysiology of movement and neural rehabilitation of movement are rapidly developing research areas. The course focuses on neural engineering solutions for rehabilitation of people suffering from damage to or disease in the central or peripheral nervous system.

This course is organized annually and has a focus on disseminating the most relevant and recent achievements within the area. The course will include a series of internationally recognized speakers and a series of speakers from Aalborg University that are experts within the field. There will be a strong emphasis on providing time for interaction between the speakers and participants. The detailed agenda of the course will be provided on the course web site.

Main topics can include: Animal or human models, neurophysiology of movement, neuroplasticity, neuromodulation, rehabilitation technologies, assessment technologies (e.g. fMRI, TMS, electrophysiology) and other timely topics.

In 2018, the main topics will be on neuromodulation and technologies for rehabilitation to exploit and assess plasticity.

Literature

Relevant papers and book chapters related to the specific talks will be announced shortly before the course.

 

Prerequisites

The course targets PhD students working within the areas of motor control, neural rehabilitation engineering or other students with interests in this research area. The course is repeated every year with a different focus, thus participation to the previous edition does not preclude participation in this edition.

 

Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in two ways

1) mandatory participation over the two days, and

2) active participation in the planned discussion sessions during the course.

During the course, we have planned four discussion sessions around the four main sessions. The discussion session will be driven by questions formulated by the key note speaker at the session (and will be presented at the meeting) and be formulated based on the presentation of the key note speaker and the kee paper suggested by speaker. The discussion will take place in groups and in plenum and will be guided by a senior scientist.

 

Reading material

Please log in to find the link to the reading material.

 

Fee

A fee of DKK 500 will be charged for catering. 

Program

Please log in to see the program for the course.



Organizer: Professor Ole Kæseler Andersen, email: oka@hst.aau.dk and Professor Winnie Jensen, email:  wj@hst.aau.dk


Lecturers: Organisers, invited lecturers and lecturers from SMI 

ECTS: 1

Time: 22 & 23 November 2018 (8.50-16.00)

Place: Aalborg Stadion, Harald Jensens Vej 9, 9000 Aalborg

City: 
Aalborg


Number of seats: 

Deadline: 08 November 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to ANIMAL MODELS IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH


Description:

This course is intended to provide an introduction to basic principles related to designing and using acute and chronic animal models in the biomedical and biomedical engineering research. As practically all therapeutic agents, devices and methods require animal testing before application to humans, the use of animal models is necessary in developing such therapeutic means. Moreover, the use of animal models in the process of developing new therapeutic agents, devices and methods allows investigation of basic mechanisms supporting the action of those therapeutic means, which is rarely possible in human studies. Gaining such knowledge is important not only to advance the understanding in the field of research, but also to provide means for further development and optimization of new therapies. In those respects, the course will address relevant issues related to theoretical and practical aspects in regard to designing and developing animal models for acute and chronic investigation of therapeutic agents, devices and methods. General principles and specific examples regarding those issues, as well as methods to combine basic and application-oriented research will be discussed. Students are most welcome to address and discuss issues related to possibilities of using animal models in their own research projects.

 

Topics

  1. Ethical aspects related to animal studies. 
  2. Applying for ethical approval to perform animal studies in Denmark.
  3. Most common laboratory animals used in the labs affiliated to Aalborg University. Choosing a proper laboratory animal for developing an animal model.
  4. Facilities and techniques related to animal studies available at Aalborg University and Aalborg University Hospital. Labs tours.
  5. Principles in developing animal models. Acute and chronic animal models developed at Aalborg University.
  6. Combining application-oriented research with basic research studies.
  7. Fabrication and micro-fabrication of investigational tools. Designing of experimental setups for acute and chronic animals studies.

 

Literature

Lecture notes. Selected papers and book chapters may also be indicated shortly before the course.

 

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge in animal anatomy/physiology and biomedical principles.

 

Evaluation

Written assignment.


Organizer: Associate Professor Cristian Sevcencu, email: sevcr@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Cristian Sevcencu and invited lecturers


ECTS: 1,5

Time: 22, 25 & 28 May 2018 (8.15 – 12.00)


Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D, room D2-106

City: 
Aalborg


Number of seats:

Deadline: 8 May 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Animal Bioethics & Human bioethics


Description:

Bioethics is a relatively new field emerging from developments within medicine, biology, and biotechnology. Almost daily, media attention is focused on some particular problem, application or breakthrough science that inevitably raises as many problems as it solves. The objective of the course is to give the PhD students a broader base to discuss and analyse ethical problems they meet through their scientific work. The focus of the course will be on ethics that is relevant for people conducting experiments with human subjects or animals. The course will consist of a series of invited lectures from experts in the field and discussions on essays or case stories outlining ethical issues, or issues related to the PhD student’s own research

 

Topics Module A (introduction)

Lecture(s);  Introductory moral philosophy, Introduction to bioethics

 

Topics Module B (animal)

Lecture(s):  Animal ethics – an introduction, Keeping animals – sentience and welfare, Killing animals – rights and value. Discussion on cases/ ‘real world examples’ from laboratories (preferably examples from the students’ own experiences in laboratory context).

 

Assignment: The students will be asked to reflect on possible ethical dilemmas within their research and prepare a short presentation that will be discussed in a plenum session.

 

Literature

TBD

 

Prerequisites

During the course we will specifically work towards increasing the PhD student’s ability to identify, reflect on and analyse ethical problems and issues in writing ethical applications for conducting animal or human experiments. Therefore, it is important that PhD students have some experience, and they must have been enrolled at least one year in the doctoral school before participating in the course or have carried out previous human and/or animal experimental studies.

 

Evaluation

A combination of written assignments, case discussions and/or oral presentation.

Organizer: Professor Winnie Jensen, email: wj@hst.aau.dk, Assistant Professor Patrik Kjærsdam Telleus, email:  pkt@hst.aau.dk and Associate Professor Jes Lyning Harfeld, email:  jlh@learning.aau.dk


Lecturers: Organisers and invited speakers

ECTS: Animal Bioethics: Module A (introduction) + Module B (animal) = 1 ECTS (TBD) This course can be taken in combination with the ‘’Human Bioethics’’ course. The introductory module A is the same for the two courses and therefore you will not need to follow part A again, but only need to follow Module B (human). The complete ECTS for the two courses will be 1.5 ECTS. 


Time: 28 September, 12 & 22 October 2018

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D, room E3-209

City: 
Aalborg

Number of seats:

Deadline: September 14

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.