Summer School in Cardiovascular Sciences
This intensive 5-day summer school offers education in the use of in vivo techniques to assess the responses of the cardiovascular system under physiological conditions and following pharmacological intervention. It includes familiarisation in measuring responses of cardiac function, vascular resistance and the cardiovascular system in vivo and data handling and interpretation with the goal of demonstrating an integrative approach to cardiovascular research. There are introductory lectures for each protocol and a general session to cover ethics, anaesthesia and aseptic surgical technique.
Skills & Techniques
- Induction & maintenance of anaesthesia
- Tracheostomy and artificial ventilation
- Arterial & venous cannulation
- Administration of substances (intravenous)
- measurement of arterial blood pressure, ventricular pressure & function and heart rate
- monitoring of animal welfare (body temp, fluid balance, blood gas analysis)
“Exposure to surgery methods and the staff who were there showing us what to do. I was very confident by the end of the course due to the fantastic staff and explanations about the surgery”
“Working in small groups with a demonstrator per group was highly beneficial and the combination of practical and theory (paper discussion and lectures) was particularly good”
“Being able to get ‘stuck right in’ is great and the demonstrators are all incredibly well-informed and incredibly helpful”
“Found the hands on experience very useful (not many courses allow as much practical work) therefore gained better knowledge of basic anatomy, anaesthesia (maintenance and induction) and all round in vivo knowledge”
“I enjoyed the practical work even though it didn’t always go smoothly! And I felt that all the staff/demonstrators were brilliant – really helpful and understanding.
“I thought the staff:student ratio and the small groups were 2 of the crucial factors which made the event such a success. It was refreshing not to have any silly icebreaker sessions. All in all a splendid week.”