MF9250 – Methods in Cardiac Research

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Course content

Heart research is increasingly multi-modal. Reflecting improvements and innovations in methodology, together with more robust assessment of scientific findings, there is a greater need today for researchers to understand and utilize a wide set of techniques. The host institute of this course, the Institute of Experimental Medical Research (IEMR), is a hub for multidisciplinary clinicians and scientists to advance cardiac research.  Combining the knowledge of these researchers with national invited experts, this course will expose students to the key methodologies used in cardiac research today. The course will provide an introduction to several methods, covering the theory and general principles of each method in short but intense lectures.

Students will also have the opportunity to observe the application of several cardiac techniques across the 3 day course, including the demonstration of small and large animal model experiments. As of Spring 2019, students will also take part in a laboratory practical and will present their own planned work in a short presentation.

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

The course attendees will submit an abstract with a focus on the methods they expect to utilize during their research projects, which they shall also present during a 3 minute oral presentation. Details regarding the format of the abstract and presentations will be distributed before the course.


Members of The Norwegian PhD School of Heart Research (NORHEART) will get first priority to the course. Maximum number of particpants is 20.

PhD candidates admitted to a PhD programme at UiO apply in StudentWeb

Applicants who are not admitted to a PhD programme at UiO must apply for a right to study in SøknadsWeb before they can apply for PhD courses in medicine and health sciences. External applicants should apply for a right to study 3 weeks before the course application deadline. 


This is a 3 day course. Students will be evaluated with an examination on the final, 3rd day, of the course. To pass the course, the student must participate in at least 80% of the teaching and pass the examination. Attendance will be registered.


The course concludes with an examination on the final day, which will be comprised of multiple choice questions  (no negative marking). Students will be permitted and encouraged to use their course material and notes during the exam, however the use of electronic devices is strictly prohibited.

To pass the course MF9250:

1.  Students must attend at least 80% of the taught course (registers shall be taken throughout the day)

2. The final exam must be evaluated as passed.  

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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How to apply

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Application - answer to course application


Spring 2021

Dates to be announced November 2020

Application period

1.12.2020 - 1.2.2021



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