Science Research PracticumSemester Course

Science Research Practicum, semester elective at DIS Copenhagen
Major Discipline(s)
Neuroscience, Pre-Medicine / Health Science, Public Health
Type
Elective Course
Available
Fall/Spring semester
Credit(s)
6

This is an experiential learning opportunity that allows you to gain experience in your area of study within the natural and health sciences. This practicum involves an average of 20 hours a week with laboratory and clinically-based research opportunities. You are matched with a mentor who can offer both academic and professional advice in order to fulfill one of the main goals of this experience: to develop a student/supervisor relationship that benefits both you and the Copenhagen-based research institution.

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Science Research Practicum Opportunities for Spring 2018

Clinical Related Research Opportunities

Opportunity 1
Research Institution and Department: Department of Cardiology, Hvidovre Hospital

  • Interests of Research Group: Advanced imaging in cardiac disease. We use the most advanced ultrasound, cardiac CT and cardiac MRI techniques to understand the structural and physiological changes in various heart diseases.
  • Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level, including one year of laboratory at university level.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: An interest in computer work and image analysis. Scientific curiosity, interest in cardiac research and an open mind.

Opportunity 2
Research Institution and Department: Department of Cardiology, Hvidovre Hospital

  • Interests of Research Group: Interests of Research Group: heart rhythm disturbances, clinical trials heart failure. The student can be offered participation in advanced statistical analyses of already available heart rhythm recordings from a large number of heart failure patients.
  • Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level, including one year of laboratory at university level.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Interest of heart diseases, arrhythmia, communication (written, oral) – newsletters, database skills (optional). Scientific curiosity, interest in cardiac research and an open mind

Opportunity 3
Research Institution and Department: Department of Neurology, Roskilde University Hospital

  • Interests of Research Group: Interest of research group: Brain plasticity, Epilepsy and Electroencephalography.
  • Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level, including one year of laboratory at university level.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Depending of background the student will either have the opportunity to do a literature study or participate in the ongoing clinical studies of the group. There are no formal requirements, but biology 101 and basic neuroscience would be an advantage. Your supervisor has a long experience with this type of projects and with DIS.

Opportunity 4
Research Institution and Department: Bispebjerg Hospital, Institute of Sports Medicine Copenhagen

  • Interests of Research Group: How human skeletal muscle adapts to exercise and with ageing
  • Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level, including one year of laboratory at university level.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: No specific skills as such are required for this work. You will probably spend most of your time studying human muscle with a microscope. This type of work is most suited to people who are patient and have an eye for detail.

Opportunity 5
Research Institution and Department: Clinical Eye Research Division, Zealand University Hospital, University of Copenhagen

  • Interests of Research Group: Immunology, Questionnaires Ophthalmic imaging, treatment follow-up
  • Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level, including one year of laboratory at university level.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Interest in research methodology would be an advantage.

Opportunity 6
Research Institution and Department: Department of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, Center for Functional and Diagnostic Imaging and Research, Hvidovre Hospital

  • Interests of Research Group: Focus on hemodynamic and homeostatic pathophysiology. Main areas of research are pathophysiology, metabolism and hemodynamics in chronic liver disease and portal hypertension, focusing on organ-related complications and salt / water retention. Current research programs include studies of changes in pulmonary function, importance of bacterial translocation and inflammatory changes in cardiac and renal function, pathophysiology and epidemiology at cirrhotic cardiomyopathy
  • Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level, including one year of laboratory at university level.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Interest in exploring the measurements of left atrial variables from an echocardiography and compiling a database. Scientific curiosity, interest in clinical physiology research and an open mind.

Opportunity 7
Research Institution and Department: Viro-immunology Research Group, Department of Infectious Diseases, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen

  • Interests of Research Group: Comorbidity in HIV-infection and translational research in the area of HIV immunology and mechanisms of importance for comorbidity in HIV-infection.
  • Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level, including at least one year of laboratory at university level.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Interest in clinical research in the field of infectious diseases and immunology. Previous laboratory experience with cellular immunology would be preferable.

Opportunity 8
Research Institution and Department: The Cellular Electrophysiology Laboratory, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Neuroscience Related Research Opportunities

Opportunity 13
Research Institution and Department: Danish Research Centre for Magnetic resonance, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre (www.drcmr.dk)

  • Interests of Research Group: The reward and homeostasis group is interested in “how the brain values stuff”. Specifically how does the brain compute the value of actions, outcomes, and internal states of the body, and how these interact. We address this problem by combining neuroimaging, behavioral experiments, and theoretical models. We use mathematical models to make testable predictions about how people should value outcomes such as sugar and water, as a function of the state of their own bodies, and we test these predictions by combining functional magnetic resonance imaging and physiological monitoring with simple behavioral games.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: To be able to do any data-based project this is really only plausible for those with and existing background in a quantitative discipline, preferably physics, computer science,mathematics, engineering, or statistics. To do a library based project, where theoretical questions are answered through scholarly reviews of the literature, then a background in neuroscience, psychology, biology, physiology or statistics is advantageous. Above all, good study skills are essential and the ability to use your initiative in answering difficult scientific questions.

Public Health Related Research Opportunities

Opportunity 9
Research Institution and Department: Center for Epidemiology and Screening, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen

  • Interests of Research Group: Breast Cancer Screening: Benefit and harms; Density based sensitivity and specificity, Density and other predictors of breast cancer.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Interest in research. Some background in epidemiology, biomedicine and/or statistics an asset. Willingness to learn new software.

Opportunity 10
Research Institution and Department: School of Global Health, University of Copenhagen

  • Interests of Research Group: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The likely issue will be related to the rapidly growing field of study related to menstrual health. The practicum opportunity would be focused on doing a systematic review on a topic related to this field, interacting with ongoing research groups in Africa, feeding into possible publications and reports. The precise topic will be determined according to topical need, but might include e.g. taboos/acceptability, menstrual health issues for refugees.
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Interest in SRHR and in research, some experience in literature search methods would be helpful, good analytical and writing skills an asset.

Chemistry Research Opportunities

Opportunity 11
Research Institution and Department: University of Copenhagen, Department of Chemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry Group

  • Interests of Research Group
    Focused in developing methods for glycosylation or selective modification of natural substrates to see if they have enhanced biological/medicinal activity.
  • Pre-requisites: 1 year of chemistry including at least one semester of organic chemistry
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: Experience with organic chemistry/ synthesis

Physics Related Research Opportunities

Opportunity 12
Research Institution and Department: Technical University of Denmark, DTU, Department of Physics and of Neutrons and x-rays for material physics

  • Interests of Research Group – see more about the group here: fysik.dtu.dk
  • Additional Expectations, Skills required: At least a year of physics at the university level and interest/enthusiasm in Quantum, Condensed Matter, and eScience.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Biology, Biomedicine / Biotechnology, Pre-Medicine / Health Science