KJM5951 – Radiopharmaceutical chemistry
The course is an introductory lecture about medical applications of radiochemistry and radiotracer based molecular imaging. The course is generally open to students from the field of Chemistry, Physics, Pharmacy and Biology, however, a basic knowledge of Chemistry is recommended. The course covers central topics of synthesis and application of imaging agents in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, other subjects include radiochemistry, synthesis of radiolabeled compounds, radiolabeling techniques, development and evaluation of radiopharmaceuticals, automated radiosynthesis, radiotracer production, and quality control.
When you have completed this course:
- You understand the tracer principle and its implications in chemistry
- You have basic knowledge of the synthesis of PET and SPECT radiopharmaceuticals
- You are familiar with the principles of designing relevant molecules for imaging in nuclear medicine
- You know the necessary procedures for automated production, quality control and handling.
- You have a good comprehension of the basic principles for biological and physiological functions necessary for medical applications.
- You can compile and present scientific information to your peers.
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Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Recommended previous knowledge
A solid understanding of basic chemistry, scientific language and a commitment to study proactively is strongly recommended.
- 5 credits overlap with KJM5950 – Radiopharmaceutical chemistry (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with KJM9950 – Radiopharmaceutical chemistry (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with KJM9951 – Radiopharmaceutical chemistry
The course comprises 18 lectures. In the second lecture you will also receive a project assignment where your task is to solve a scientific problem. There will be two 45 minute group sessions where you can suggest an approach and discuss progress with the teacher. Then there will be two mandatory seminar days where you present the solution to your problem in at 10 minutes oral presentation, followed by discussion. The project assignment is mandatory and must be completed before you can attend the exam.
It is the sole responsibility of participants to obtain and maintain study materials provided in each lecture or exercise.
A project assignment with an oral presentation counts 20 % of final grade. The presentation must be completed before you can attend the final exam.
A 2 hours written exam counts 80 % of the final grade.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.