MEDFL5250 – Methods in Cardiac Research

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Course content

Methods in Cardiac Research presents PhD students to commonly used methods in cardiac research through lectures and practical demonstrations.

The course is hosted by NORHEART - The Norwegian PhD School of Heart Research

Learning outcome

This course will give you knowledge about:

  • Commonly used and cutting edge methods in the field of cardiac research
  • Methods in molecular biology including: real-time qPCR,
    immunolocalisation, microarray, western blotting, flow cytometry, FRET and ELISA.
  • Methods in cellular biology including: cell isolation and cell culturing, transfection,
    patch-clamp, cell-stretching, calcium imaging, as well as quantification of receptors and intracellular signaling pathways.
  • In vivo and ex vivo testing of cardiac function in research animals, such as echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging, telemetric ECG surveillance, pressure-volume measurements, exercise training and cardiac surgery in laboratory animals.
  • Cardiac examination of patients, such as ECG, echocardiography, MR, CT, SPECT.

This course will give you the skills to:

  • Select the appropriate method to use in your research
  • Gain insight  into the benefits and limitations of each method
  • Explain the core principles of the presented methods


Members of The Norwegian PhD School of Heart Research (NORHEART) will get first priority to the course.

MEDFL5250 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.

The courses MEDFL5250 and MF9250 have common admission.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course is mainly intended for PhD students or students enrolled in the medical research curriculum involved in a cardiac research project.

Overlapping courses

2 credits overlap with MF9250 – Methods in Cardiac Research


The course includes lectures and practical demonstrations in Groups

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


A obligatory multiple-choice test will be given at the end of the course.


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

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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.


Refund of travel expenses is available to all student members of NORHEART. Please visit for more information.

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Spring 2019


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