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MAX IV/ESS-based imaging for medical and biomedical research, introduction

Course directors
Oxana Klementieva, and Kajsa M Paulsson,

Oxana Klementieva

Description and purpose of the course
This course targets PhD students and possibly postdocs from medical and biomedical or life science fields. The aim of the course is to introduce the concepts of MAX IV/ESS-based imaging for medical and biomedical research. Lectures, presented by researchers from academia and MAX IV will include basic tutorials on the principles of synchrotron-based imaging, as well as seminars on the application of imaging methods to a variety of medical and biomedical subjects.

One week of full-time studies, starting November, 2021. This course will be held online in English. 

1,5 credits

Number of places

Learning outcomes
The course aims to provide participants with an opportunity to increase their understanding of how MAXIV/ESS-based techniques could be implemented in medical and biomedical research.

On completion of the course, participants shall be able to:

  • evaluate the strengths and limitations of different MAX IV/ESS techniques; 
  • choose appropriate MAX IV/ESS based application for medical or biomedical experiment; 
  • suggest a design of an experiment using mentioned above techniques.

Course content
The course curriculum comprises lectures and seminars, which will deepen the understanding of how to use MAX IV/ESS-based techniques for medical and biomedical research.

The course contains:

  • Short introduction to the basic properties of X-rays and neutrons (nature, generation, interaction with the sample);
  • Short introduction to the different techniques such as Infrared microscopy, X-ray tomography, Scanning X-ray fluorescence, Solution and surface scattering of X-rays and neutrons from biological samples;
  • Examples of medical and biomedical research projects using mentioned above techniques.
  • Introduction to experimental design at X-ray and neutron source facilities.

Course design
The course is structured around a number of course meetings, containing lectures and seminars in a workshop-like manner.

As an individual assignment, each participant analyses and develops an experiment which could be done at a synchrotron or neutron facility. As preparation for the course meetings, participants read assigned literature. Lectures and seminars, writing an essay, final group discussion are compulsory components of the course.

For a pass on the course, students must have attended and participated actively in all course components, and completed all course assignments. The assessment is based on individual written assignments.

The grades awarded are Pass or Fail. 

Admission requirements
Admission to PhD studies.



 Application for this course is open!