MEDFL5125 – Introductory course to cardiovascular research and medicine

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Learning outcome

The course will be given by the newly established research school “Norwegian PhD School of Heart Research”. The course will provide an overview of common cardiac diseases, including pathophysiology, clinical characteristics, and therapeutic strategies. A special focus will be given to all manifestations of ischemic heart disease, ranging from atherosclerosis, acute and chronic ischemic heart disease and ischemic heart failure. An important aim of the course is to integrate perspectives and cutting edge research issues from the basic sciences, and to provide pointers to future diagnostics and treatment options. The course will also introduce PhD students to issues important for a future career planning in clinical and academic cardiovascular medicine

The course attendants will have to write an obligatory abstract of their own project, which will be presented during a 10 minute oral presentation at an appropriate time during the course. The following themes will be included (but not limiting for the theme of an abstract to the course):

  • Role of predisposing factors in relation to ischemic heart disease and heart failure: atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, metabolism, gender
  • Acute myocardial ischemia
  • Heart failure
  • Model organisms in a clinical perspective
  • Translational research


The course is restricted to students at the Medical Student Research Programme at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, UiO.

Students apply in StudentWeb

Enrollment to this course is automatically registered in StudentWeb. Applicants will be notified immediately if their application to the course is granted.

The courses MEDFL5125 and MF9125 have common admission



Formal prerequisite knowledge

Planned or started research project in cardiovascular medicine/biology. Basic knowledge in the heart and circulatory system corresponding to chapter 7 in Human Biology, Starr & McMillan

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in blood and immunology corresponding to chapter 8 and 9 in Human Biology, Starr & McMillan


An abstract should be submitted prior to the course. The deadline is listed in the "Facts about the course" section.

The abstract should be maximum 300 words and give information about background, methods and results of the research project. The abstract should be submitted in Canvas.

The teaching will be organized as a one week intensive course with a multiple choice written exam on the last day. The lectures will be given by leading clinical and basic researchers from Norwegian institutions and there will be group discussions based on the topic of the day. One invited lecturer from abroad will be included. All students are required to give a short talk on their own topic. Deadline for abstracts will be four weeks before the course starts.

You have to participate in at least 80 % of the teaching to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance at lectures will be registered.


The exam will be in the form of multiple choice on the last day of the course and will build on the review articles and the lecture notes. The exam will take 2 hours.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2020

This course is cancelled autumn 2020


Every autumn

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