Introductory online course for imaging technologies Imaging Methods for Clinical and Translational Research - Online
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Opportunity for
  • Current or future investigators with an interest in using imaging technology in research
  • MD or PhD required. No prior experience with imaging is expected or required.
Time commitment
  • Online course work and assignments averaging 1-2 hours per week over 12 weeks
Funding level
  • Tuition-free
Session dates
  • July 12 - October 4, 2017
Application due
  • 5:00pm on June 22, 2017
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Imaging provides an important window into in vivo organ structure and function and is therefore an ideal tool for human research. When thinking about which imaging technique best answers a research question, it is important to think about fundamental mechanisms of interest and choose the modality or combination of modalities that best captures them.

This online course is designed to give the researcher who might be new to imaging a better understanding of the current and future capabilities of common modalities as well as information on relevant practical considerations. Technologies discussed are: nuclear imaging (PET/SPECT), electroencephalogram (EEG), optical imaging (NIRS), magnetoencephalogram (MEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound (US). We will discuss how to design a research question that can be tested through imaging, strengths and weaknesses, workflow, patient experiences, risks, and common analysis approaches for each technology. The course will focus on the use of each of these technologies for research rather than for clinical application.

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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