UT Austin Portugal Program and the University of Coimbra launch the second edition of advanced course on biomedical imaging

The advanced course on biomedical imaging, organised by the the UT Austin Portugal Program and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra, returns for the second edition. The registration is open until April 21. Participants must have basic biomedical sciences knowledge and skills, and they will be awarded 10 ECTS credits from the University if they meet the final assessment criteria. The course will take place online.

The advanced course organised by the UT Austin Portugal Program and the University of Coimbra aims to provide an overview of the main imaging methodologies used in biomedicine and knowledge to understand biomedical imaging techniques, exploring their potential as a vital tool to study biological systems in research environments. The event will also focus on discussing the challenges of this sector in clinical environments. This year, the course will include a session on Artificial Intelligence and Data Science applied to biomedical imaging.

The course targets undergraduate or postgraduate students, healthcare professionals, biomedical engineers, physical engineers, physicists, researchers, physicians, nurses and medical imaging and radiotherapy technologists.

Scheduled to start on April 27, the course runs until June with sessions every Thursday and Friday. In total, 60 hours are divided into 12 sessions that include theoretical and practical content. The topics will be presented by renowned experts in Biomedical Imaging, and include Proton Therapy, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance, US/Doppler, Nuclear Medicine, and Optics, as well as multimodality systems. The sessions will address the physical and instrumentation bases, complemented by their current applications, and expected future developments.

Andreia Passos, Executive Director of the UT Austin Portugal Program, stated that “the course presents several differentiating elements, which allow the exchange of outlooks between experts from Portugal, the University of Texas at Austin – which includes the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Germany (German Cancer Research Center). She also mentioned that “the scientific coordination features the knowledge and experience of Maria Filomena Botelho, director of the Medical Physics area of the UT Austin Portugal Program and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra”. According to Andreia Passos, the main goal is “to explore the contribution of experts to promote the discussion about recent advances in biomedical imaging, which can lead to the development of new interdisciplinary projects in that area”.

In addition, the course also awards 10 ECTS at the University of Coimbra, if the applicants comply with the attendance and evaluation requirements.

Maria Filomena Botelho believes that the success of the previous edition demonstrates the interest of the scientific and medical community in the advances witnessed in the field of Biomedical Imaging. The partnership with the UT Austin Portugal Program has been a remarkable asset in promoting new frontiers of knowledge, essentially through the involvement of top international experts who collaborate with the Program.

All those interested can register on the website.

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