Turku PET centre: Finnish Centre of Excellence in in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases
Finland (FiMSIC) - University of Turku, Turku
Turku PET centre, Turku University Hospital, Kiinanmyllynkatu 4-8, 20520 Turku
Prof. Juhani Knuuti
Prof. Pirjo Nuutila
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
The main themes of the research at the Centre of Excellence are cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Heart disease is the single leading cause of death in Finland. One of the CoE's major goals, therefore, is to understand how heart disease begins and develops. Cardiovascular and metabolic diseases are interwoven and interconnected in many ways. Obesity-related diabetes is a major risk factor for atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, a key research focus at the CoE. Obesity and metabolic diseases place a considerable economic burden on the healthcare system.
What is the aim of the project?
The aim is to develop new diagnostic methods for the early detection and prevention of these diseases and for their effective treatment and rehabilitation.
What techniques and methods are used?
The CoE has at its disposal an exceptionally diverse toolkit that combines both basic research and clinical research. It follows that among its ranks the CoE has a wide range of professionals from many fields. The unit uses the latest genetic engineering techniques as well as animal models. Furthermore, it has access to one of the world's largest cohort datasets in diabetes research. All this means it is well placed to develop new diagnostic methods and gene therapies. Other technologies in the toolkit are advanced molecular imaging, positron emission tomography or PET scanning and special cameras.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
He or she will be introduced the clinical diagnostics using PET imaging and has the possibility to get follow image analyses. The student has possibility to analyse images, but this is only preliminary or extra analyses in order to get an impression of that.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
The student will participate the teaching program organised to everyone.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a presentation
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
No special requirements.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: