Strategy 2019 – 2025 for the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging

Knowledge and Technology United for Improved Health

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Part 1

Vision, Social Responsibility, and Objectives

Vision and Social Responsibility

The Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (ISB) is developing knowledge, methods and technology within our core areas of expertise. In close cooperation with health providers, local and national businesses, and the general public, we are promoting innovation, education and research, and contributing toward excellence in treatments and public health.

Toward 2025: Our Objectives

We develop the know-how for good solutions within preventive care, assessment and diagnosis, and rehabilitation. We stimulate interdisciplinary and creative cooperation between health personnel, technologists, researchers, students, and administrative personnel, across academic fields, professions and institutions. Our work has a global, sustainable, and future-oriented perspective:

  • We have a world-class research community with a well-developed interdisciplinary collaboration among specialists in medicine, technology and the natural sciences in teaching, research and innovation.
  • We are closely integrated with St. Olavs Hospital, and have a close cooperation with local and national business and the community-at-large.
  • We have an established  basic and translational research that is clinically rooted.
  • We have a strong innovative culture within all our research areas .
  • Our core expertise lies within;
  1. Medical imaging, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  2. Cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and cancer
  3. Physiology and training
  4. Nationally and internationally recognized education in anesthesia, intensive-care medicine, emergency medicine and pain management, which contribute toward better and more efficient preventive care, medical diagnosis, and treatment. There is a strong collaborative culture across our medical fields and research areas.
  • Our educational programs in medicine, and on the Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. levels, are distinguished by their high quality, and we provide nationally and internationally recognized courses in continuing education for medical professionals.
  • Our students are happy and our programs have a high completion rate.
  • We have an accessible and sustainable infrastructure of the highest International standard.
Part 2

Core Tasks

Education and Learning Environment

We contribute toward research-based education relevant to society at large by continuously developing our curriculum and methods across our fields and research areas.

Our Aims

  • Our teaching is interdisciplinary; knowledge and skills development occur across disciplines and professions and in collaboration with the integrated university hospital.
  • Our learning environment stimulates critical and innovative thinking, and it equips candidates with the skills and tools to cooperate across professions and academic fields.
  • Students have a say in our program development.
  • We integrate research and teaching to meet our lesson plans, and to promote renewal and a culture of innovation among our students.
  • Our teaching utilizes evidence-based, innovative, and interactive methods.
  • We have merited instructors and competitive programs that attract motivated and able students, both nationally and internationally.
  • We offer relevant continuing education in a format adapted to an active work-life.
  • Our teaching activities reflect the educational profile of NTNU – the university – as a whole.

Research and Innovation

Our research activity follows the research and development value chain from idea and feasibility assessment to clinical implementation and improved medical treatment. A culture of innovation is deeply rooted within each of our fields, and among our students.

Our Aims

  • Our research is high quality and meets the highest International standards. We have robust, interdisciplinary and internationally recognized research groups.
  • We are an in-demand collaborator for health organizations, business and the public sector.
  • We have solid networks and cooperate with health providers, organizations, other universities, and research institutions. This helps secure the competence and capacity needed to undertake larger-scale clinical projects.
  • We maintain a long-term perspective and conduct thorough foundational research, which over time opens new fields of research and opportunities for innovation.
  • We contribute toward better diagnostic work and better medical treatment through altered clinical practice on account of research findings.
  • We have increased our cooperation with strong research communities, both nationally and internationally.
  • We are highly competitive in competition for research funds both nationally and internationally.
  • We manage a sustainable, modern and accessible research infrastructure.
  • Our culture of innovation contributes toward entrepreneurship and innovation in the wider business world.

Presentation of Results

The Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (ISB) will contribute toward an educated and fact-based social debate on science and healthcare, and is committed to making our perspectives, ideas, and results known to the general public.

Our Aims

  • The department will publish its findings in recognized scholarly journals, and in the foremost among them.
  • Our research findings are to be made open access.
  • Representatives of each of our research fields will actively take part in dissemination and debate in local, national and International news media.
  • We utilize new electronic media and information channels to disseminate our research and teaching.
Part 3

Our Organization and Interdisciplinary and International Objectives

Strategic Overall Focus Areas

The Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (ISB) adopts the objectives derived from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and NTNU – the university at large – on interdisciplinary and International cooperation. In addition to our emphasized objectives in Part 1, we have eight overall strategic areas that highlight our interdisciplinary strengths and areas of expertise:

  • CLINICAL RESEARCH – Increased translational medicine and clinical studies
  • BASIC AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH – The foundation for quality and innovation
  • INNOVATION – Utilizing our knowledge
  • INTERDISCIPLINARITY – Technology, medicine and health integrated, and in cooperation with business and International institutions
  • PREVENTIVE CARE – Physical exercise as medicine and as an individually adapted health plan
  • DIGITALIZATION – Diagnosis and data management
  • MEDICAL IMAGING – Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • EDUCATION – Relevant research-based teaching and continuing education (EVU) offerings


We have a generous, inspiring and positive work environment, which attracts and empower highly qualified personnel both nationally and internationally.

Our aims

  • We have a culture that invites collaboration, participation and good communication between different levels, academic fields and research groups.
  • We have a healthy work environment that stimulates interest and respect across academic fields and organizational lines.
  • We work systematically and thoroughly for responsible Environment Health and Safety management.
  • We work systematically for gender equality in academic positions.
  • We work systematically for each employee to develop a career plan.
  • We have an on-hand, highly competent, relevant, and effective administrative staff that manages our human and material resources well.


  • Visiting address: Prinsesse Kristinas gt. 3, Akutten og Hjerte-lunge-senteret, 3.etg

Postal address: NTNU, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Postboks 8905, 7491 Trondheim, Norway