Welcome to Advanced physiological modelling




Description:

Modelling of physiological processes and tissues is a valuable tool in both research and industry. Modeling can give insights that can be difficult or even impossible to obtain using experimental methods. Such modelling can lead to a better understanding of physiological processes and, furthermore, it can help reducing the amount of experimental work needed in both research and development. As computational power is increasing, more advanced models can be solved using standard laptop computers. This allows more refined investigations as well as optimizing existing models. When using models, it is essential to ensure validity of the models, either by experimental validation or comparison to reference values and data. Furthermore, when doing physiological modelling there is a number of potential pitfalls, which have to be taken into account, considering for example selection and implementation of the appropriate numerical minimization algorithm.

This course introduces a number of generic modeling principles and addresses specific methods, ranging from identifiability analysis, model complexity, and parameter estimation to numerical solutions, which may be applied in your own research. The course also focuses on ensuring validity of the applied models. Through this course you will be introduced to and gain experience using the finite element method, which can be used to model a large variety of different physics such as force/strength/strain/displacement; heat transfer; electric transfer. You will gain knowledge and experience using compartmental models, typically used to study kinetics of materials in physiological systems from a whole-body perspective to the cellular level. Finally, you will gain insight into modelling excitable membranes, e.g. the modeling of the excitable membrane found in nerves, muscle fibers and cardiac tissue.

 

Contents of lectures:

  • Introduction to modelling
  • Ensuring validity of the model
  • Finite element modelling
  • Compartment modelling
  • Modelling of excitable membranes

 

Literature

Notes, literature and exercise instruction will be distributed at the course

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Evaluation
Evaluation by written report. Passed/fail.

Organizer: Assistant Professor Steffen Frahm, email: ksf@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Assistant Professor Steffen Frahm, Associate Professor Lars Pilegaard, Associate Professor Carsten Dahl Mørch, Professor Johannes Struijk, Postdoc Jenny Tigerholm, Aalborg University, and invited lectures



ECTS: 2.0

Time: 19, 26 September, 02, 10 and 17 October 2019 (8.15 – 12.00)



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



Zip code: 
9220

City: 
Aalborg Øst

Number of seats:

Deadline: 29 August 2019 

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 Applied Clinical Omics technologies for Personalized medicine




Description:

Omics technologies including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics are now key technologies in multiple fields of research and a highly active domain in health and medical investigation. Omics is an interdisciplinary research field that coalesces researchers from many different areas of biomedical research into one of the most likely disciplines to successfully foster the translation of basic scientific knowledge into clinical applications for the benefit of patients. For instance, proteomics and applied mass spectrometry are vital tools to investigate the human proteome in a clinical perspective (www.hupo.org).

 

This PhD course will focus on advanced theoretical and practical aspects of Omics strategies in life sciences as well as medical research. Our focus will address the application of omics strategies to address a diverse range of medical pathologies, including but not limited to autoimmune disorders, diseases associated to neuro-inflammation and neurodegeneration as well as chronic pain conditions. Omics are currently utilized extensively to identify biomarker patterns for detection of disease risk, patient’s stratification, identification of responders to a particular treatment, or elucidation of mechanism of disease or drug action with the ultimate goal of patient safety and better health outcome.

The course will be a combination of lectures and laboratory demonstrations with a hands-on experimental part. Considering the value and importance of omics, and a rapidly growing trend, this course aims at providing front edge information about current advanced methodologies applied in medical omics through real-life examples. Hence, participants will be able to translate the presented strategies and methods into their own health and medical related research.

 

Lectures:

  • Theoretical and strategic introduction to omics technologies in the scope of clinical research.
  • Strategies for clinical proteomics, genomics and metabolomics for personalized medicine in several fields including autoimmune disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and chronic pain.
  • Project design for omics type projects
  • Sample handling from patients (biobank), animal models, or in-vitro systems to the mass spectrometer and beyond
  • Principles of mass spectrometry and sample preparation for MS
  • Applications for quantitative proteomics and metabolomics in health and medical science.

 

Literature
Notes, literature and exercise instruction will be distributed at the course

 

Prerequisites
None

 

Evaluation

Active participation in the theoretical and experimental course

Organizer: Associate professor Allan Stensballe, email: as@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Allan Stensballe, Assistant Professor Parisa Gazerani, Assistant Professor Tue Bjerg Bennike, Aalborg University,Staff Scientist Michael Kruse Meyer and invited lectures

ECTS: 2.5

Time: 19, 20 and 21 June 2019 (19.6 and 20.6: 8.15 - 16.15; 21.6: 8.15 - 12.00)



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

Zip code: 
Aalborg Øst

City: 
9220

Number of seats:

Deadline: 29 May 2019 

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, email: sboudreau@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Shellie Boudreau

ECTS: 1.0

Time: 06, 15 and 20 March 2019 (06.03: 8.15 - 12.00; 15.03: 12.30 - 14.15; 20.03: 8.15 - 10.00)



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



Zip code: 
9220

City: 
Aalborg Øst

Number of seats: 12

Deadline: 13 February 2019 

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 Becoming an educator




Description: 

This course is aimed at PhD students, who are interested in developing their competencies, teachers and supervisors. To develop ones professional competencies in teaching and learning is an increasingly important part of university employment as is the ability to communicate to varied audiences in the private and public sector in general.

The aim of the course therefore is to provide insights into learning theories and pedagogical positions and place these into a context of health science educations. It is central to the course to create awareness of the close connections between the work as a researcher and the tasks as educators, which is at the heart of university education. Themes addressed in the course include among others:

 

  • Perspectives on teaching and learning in higher and health science education
  • Defining and assuming the various roles of educators in the health sciences
  • Connecting curriculum to learning activities
  • Being the ‘new’ teacher in a busy workplace

 

Each session of the course consists of lectures and workshop activities. The lectures will be supplemented by literature, and will cover both introductory material as well as selected in-depth analyses. In the workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to work together with designated activities generating reflection and insight into the pedagogic of higher education and the teaching practices in the health sciences. We aim to create a learning space with active participation. 

There will be a focus on the participants’ research fields so that the pedagogical perspectives are made relevant for these fields and for the educational programs and practices within Department of Health Science and Technology and Department of Clinical Medicine.  

 

Literature
Relevant papers and book chapters will be made available prior to each session.

 

Prerequisites
An interest in teaching and willingness to engage actively in the course

 

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) demonstrating a thoughtful and theoretically warranted reflection on their roles in education.



Organizer: Associate Professor Diana Stentoft, email: stentoft@hst.aau.dk and 

Associate Professor Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus, email: pkt@hst.aau.dk



Lecturers: Associate Professor Diana Stentoft, email: stentoft@hst.aau.dk and 

Associate Professor Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus, email: pkt@hst.aau.dk

 

ECTS: 2.5

Time: 04, 05 March and 10 April 2019 (04.03: 8.15 – 16.15; 05.03: 12.30 - 16.15; 10.04: 8.15 - 16.15)

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


Zip code: 
9220

City: 
Aalborg Øst

Number of seats:

Deadline: 11 February 2019

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 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 the ethical problems they meet through their scientific work. The focus of the course will be on ethics 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. The topics covered will include; 1) introduction to ethical theories and principles from a philosophical viewpoint, 2) the ethics of animal experimentation from a philosophical and a practical viewpoint, 3) the ethics of conducting experiments with human from a philosophical and a practical viewpoint. 

 

Literature

Beginning bioethics by Aron Ridley, St. Martin's press Inc. 1998

The animal ethics reader, edited by Susan J Armstrong and Richard G Botzler, Routledge 2003

 

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 a written assignment and oral presentation. Time for the evaluation will be allocated during the course.



Organizer: Professor Winnie Jensen, email: wj@hst.aau.dk



Lecturers: Professor Winnie Jensen, Aalborg University, and invited speakers

ECTS: 1.5

Time: 

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 

City: 

Number of seats:

Deadline:

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 it focuses on 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, (ii) application of the statistical methods, and (iii) developing a statistical analysis plan (SAP) for your research project.

 

The learning goals for Biostatistics 1 are:

 

  1. Write a draft of a SAP for your own research project.
  2. The ability to understand the assumptions and perform the following statistical tests:

 

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

 

For the evaluation of Biostatistics 1, we will attempt to get as close to your projects as possible. We hope that you will be able to use some of the statistical tools from the course and use them in the context of your own project. You will hand in a draft of your SAP before the last lecture, you will review your fellow participants’ SAPs and you will present your SAP on the last day of the course.

 

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.



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

Lecturers: Sinead Holden, Michael Skovdal Rathleff, Associate Professor Carsten Dahl Mørch, Aalborg University

ECTS: 3.5

Time: 11, 22, 29 March, 01, 12, 15 and 30 April 2019 (8.15 – 12.00)

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

Zip code: 
9220

City: 
Aalborg Øst

Number of seats:

Deadline: 18 February 2019 


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 First Annual Symposium on sport sciences




Description:

This course will be organized for the first time as a continuation of previous symposiums on physical activity and human performance. Sport Sciences has two research groups focusing on Performance and Technology and Sports and Social Issues that will merge their efforts to propose an exciting program focusing on basic and applied aspects explaining transitions from physical inactivity to physical activity as well as their related effects.

This PhD course will provide the audience relevant and recent research in sport sciences based on qualitative and quantitative research addressing various forms of physical activity/inactivity performed at work and during leisure among different populations (e.g. young, migrants, elderly, patients, elite or recreational sportsmen). Internationally recognized speakers and a series of speakers from Aalborg University will be invited. The addressed topics will include for instance: sociology, talent development, motor control, biomechanics, migration, ergonomics, training, and neuromechanics.

A special emphasis will be given on the speaker-student interaction. 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 in 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, email: pm@hst.aau.dk

Co-organisers:  Professor Sine Agergaard and Associate Professor Ernst Albin Hansen, Aalborg University



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



ECTS: 1.0

Time: 28 and 29 May 2019 (08.15 – 16.15)



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

Zip code: 
9220

City: 
Aalborg Øst


Number of seats:

Deadline: 7 May 2019

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 FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY (eeg) dATA ACQUISITION AND INTERPRETATION




Description:

Surface electroencephalography (EEG) has become a popular method to describe electrocortical activation. This course will provide an overview on the relevance of surface electroencephalography (EEG) for understading the supraspinal role on motor control and learning. The topics covered include:

 

  • Basic aspects of neurophysiology relevant for EEG recordings
  • EEG and time-locked events (MRCPs, ERPs)
  • EEG in continuous recordings (relevant brain states, time-frequency analysis)
  • EEG and behavioural neuroscience (diverse topics)
  • Basic data processing (filtering, re-referencing, EEG data cleaning)

 

A combination of theoretical lectures and hands-on experiences in laboratory exercises will elicit reflexions on the methodological advantages and disadvantages of the tool. The lecturers will strongly emphasize the experimental procedures and potential relevance of the outcomes measured through EEG recordings. The data recorded during experimental sessions will be further used on the course assignment, providing students the opportunity to develop data processing skills and the ability to interpret EEG data.

 

Literature

Cohen MX. Analyzing neural time series: Theory and Practice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014.

Other relevant 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. Basic skills in Matlab programming are also desired.

 

Evaluation

A final assignment will be presented on the last day of the course. The assignment consists of performing data analysis and interpretation of outcomes from an EEG data collection. Data from PhD experiments can be used for presentation if the student already possess his/her own EEG data.

Organizer: Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, email: oliveira@mp.aau.dk



Lecturers: Associate Professor Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Assistant Professor Federico Arguissain, Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, Aalborg University



ECTS: 2.5

Time: 13, 20, 27 May and 17 June 2019 (13.05, 20.05, 27.05: 12.30 – 16.15; 17.06: 8.15 – 16.15)



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

Zip code: 9220

City: 
Aalborg Øst

Number of seats:

Deadline: 23 April 2019

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 analyse 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.

 

The course will be divided into 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 for 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 present a data analysis pipeline generated using Matlab on the last lecture day. The data should preferably be related to the topic of the PhD project, therefore benefiting the student in the standardization of data processing methods. Detailed explanations of the processing steps and the choices for data analysis, based on appropriate references, should be addressed in the presentation.



Organizer: Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, emailoliveira@mp.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, Aalborg University

ECTS: 3.5

Time: 25 March, 01, 11, 16, 23 April and 07 May 2019 (25.03, 01.04, 11.4, 16.04, 23.04: 12.30 – 16.15; 07.05: 8.15 – 16.15)

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

Zip code: 9220 

City: Aalborg Øst 

Number of seats:

Deadline: 4 March 2019 

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, datasets 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, Aalborg University

ECTS: 1.5

Time: 15 and 16 October 2019 (8.15 - 14.15)

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

Zip code: 
9220 

City: 
Aalborg Øst 

Number of seats:

Deadline: 24 September 2019 

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 MOTION ANALYSIS IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING




Description:

Analysing human movement patterns is highly relevant in several fields related to biomedical engineering, such as sports performance, neurophysiology and behavioural neuroscience. Therefore, the goal of this course is to discuss the most relevant methods to assess and describe human motion: movement kinetics, movement kinematics and surface electromyography. Data acquisition from optical and inertial motion capture systems, ground reaction forces and surface EMG will be explored. The topics covered include:

 

  • Relevance of motion analysis in biomedical sciences
  • Extracting relevant features from human kinetics/kinematics – measurement tools and their advantages
  • The relevance of surface electromyography (EMG) to explain human movement in static and dynamic conditions

 

The course is based on short theoretical lectures, hands-on experiences in laboratory and subsequent data processing. Students will have the opportunity to acquire relevant data and reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed methods. In addition, students will undergo the processing steps required to properly interpret and present movement analysis data. Trending methods to represent and analyse movement patterns such as statistical parametric mapping (SPM) will be explored using the acquired data. The course has been designed for PhD students considering including movement analysis in their PhD studies where a range of different methods can be used. Therefore, this course can contribute to defining the best methods to apply on the PhD project.

 

Literature

Gordon Robertson, Joseph Hamill, Gary Kamen, Graham Caldwell: Research Methods in Biomechanics. Saunders Whittlesey (2004) ISBN-13: 9780736039666.

 

Further readings will be provided via the course webpage.

 

Prerequisites

This course is ideal for students with basic knowledge on human biomechanics. Previous experience in MATLAB programming is highly desirable.

 

Evaluation

Assignment: Students must submit a mini report (max. 4 pages) two weeks after the course. This report should be based on data collected during the course – or from a previous/current PhD study – including an introduction, methods, results and discussion/conclusion. Detailed explanations of the choices for movement analysis methods and data analysis should be included in the report.

Organizer: Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, email: oliveira@mp.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, Aalborg University

ECTS: 2.5

Time: 30 September, 14, 22 October, 05 and 12 November 2019 (12.30 - 16.15)

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

Zip code: 
9220 

City: 
Aalborg Øst 

Number of seats:

Deadline: 9 September 2019 

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 NEUROPHYSIOLOGY OF MOVEMENT I




Description:

The course is the first of two parts which aim to provide a basic background on movement neurophysiology. The course will be centered on spinal and peripheral mechanisms in movement execution. The topics will include a description of membrane electrophysiology, supraspinal control of movement, the motor neuron, the motor unit, muscle receptors, spinal reflexes, classes of interneurons, spinal circuits, and spinal plasticity. The course will be followed by “Neurophysiology of Movement II” which intends to integrate the above mechanisms with the supraspinal control of voluntary movements.

 

Literature

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

 

Prerequisites

A basic background within basic anatomy and physiology is desirable.

 

Evaluation

Students will be asked to provide presentations on selected topics and to actively participate in the classes.


Organizer: Associate Professor Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, emailnm@hst.aau.dk and Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, email: oliveira@mp.aau.dk


Lecturers: Associate Professor Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting and Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, Aalborg University 

ECTS: 1.5

Time: 04, 11 and 18 June 2019 (8.15 - 12.00)

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

Zip code: 
9220 

City: 
Aalborg Øst 

Number of seats:

Deadline: 14 May 2019 

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 NEUROPHYSIOLOGY OF MOVEMENT II




Description:

The course is the second of two parts which aim to provide a basic background on movement neurophysiology. In this course the main goal is to provide students with the latest trends in human neurophysiology research, for both spinal and supraspinal control of movement, from the leading researchers in the field. The lecture topics will include the modularity of motor control and motor learning, clinical applications of spinal and supraspinal measurements, the use of electroencephalography (EEG) activity to assess the neural control of movements. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on these research trends and discuss the potential use of neurophysiological measurements on their own PhD studies during seminars.

 

Literature

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

 

Prerequisites

A basic background within basic anatomy and physiology is desirable. Preferably, students participating in this course should have attended to the course “Neurophysiology of Movement I”.

 

Evaluation

Students will be asked to present the methods for a scientific study, in which one (or more) of the topics covered during the course would be used to describe a relevant research question. Ideally, this research method could be in line with the research questions raised on their own PhD projects.


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



Lecturers: Associate Professor Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting and Associate Professor Anderson Oliveira, Aalborg University. External speakers to be announced


ECTS: 1.5 

Time: 27 September, 11 and 18 October 2019 (8.15 - 12.00)

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

Zip code: 
9220 

City: 
Aalborg Øst 

Number of seats:

Deadline: 6 September 2019 

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 Nociception and Motor Control




Description:

This PhD course is intended to provide PhD candidates the state of the art within sensory-motor interactions involved in nociception covering both animal and humans studies as well as translational aspects. For this purpose, lecturers will review short-term and long-term reorganisation of motor activity found in nociception. Further, due to pain the implications in terms of rehabilitation and occupational medicine will be emphasized.

 

The course will cover topics such as:

 

-     Effects of nociceptive input on sensorimotor reflexes in animals

-     Effects of nociceptive inputs on reflex in humans

-     Effects of nociceptive inputs on motor activity (static and dynamic movement)

-     Functional implications of the pain-motor interactions

 

Literature

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

 

Prerequisites

The students participating should have at least a basic knowledge of physiology and methods for assessing motor activity.

 

Evaluation
The course will be evaluated through an assignment specifically targeting the assessment of sensory-motor interactions. In the last lecture, the participants will present the solution of their assignments.



Organizer: Associate Professor Rogerio Hirata, email: rirata@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Rogerio Hirata, Aalborg University, and invited speakers

ECTS: 1.5 

Time: 30 and 31 October 2019 (8.15 - 14.15)

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

Zip code: 
9220

City: 
Aalborg Øst 

Number of seats:

Deadline: 09 October 2019 

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 XXIV:  1) itch and pain neuroplasticity, and 2) EFFECT OF low-grade systemic inflammation on pain neuroplasticity



Description:

This is the twenty-fourth 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 on metaplasticity in itch and pain conditions as well as the effects of low-grade systemic inflammation (as found in many life-style conditions) on pain neuroplasticity.  Advanced psychophysical and electrophysiological methodologies will be presented for each topic. 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, 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.

 

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

 

Fee
A participation fee will be charged for catering (amount TBA).



Organizer: Professor Thomas Graven-Nielsen, email: tgn@hst.aau.dkProfessor Lars Arendt-Nielsen, email: lan@hst.aau.dk and Assistant professor Hjalte Holm Andersen, email: hha@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Invited internal and external speakers

ECTS: 1.0

Time: 21 and 22 November 2019 (8.15 - 16.15)

Place: Aalborg University, Niels Jernes Vej 14, room 4-107

Zip code: 
9220 

City: 
Aalborg Øst 

Number of seats:

Deadline: 31 October 2019 

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.