The Norwegian Research School in Medical Imaging

Promoting multidisciplinary research training in medical imaging

The Norwegian Research School in Medical Imaging aims to develop a nationwide research training network with close links to the international scientific community, fostering a genuinely multidisciplinary approach to research within the field.

The observation that medical imaging is a field with a distinctly multidisciplinary character is not new. In Norway, as well as in the international scientific community, outstanding research groups are composed of experts from a range of disciplines, closely cooperating towards new knowledge and solutions. The Research School is connected to several multidisciplinary research and development groups from each consortium partner. Just to mention one example from each, there is the MI Lab at NTNU, the Interventional Centre at Rikshospitalet University Hospital, and MedViz at the University of Bergen.

The concept of medical imaging covers a range of technologies, aimed at producing new knowledge through basic research and conducting various forms of analysis. Of course, medical imaging is also an integral part of modern health care: improvements and new knowledge aim towards better diagnostics and treatment. The Research School encompasses ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT), image guided surgery, image guided surgery, biomedical optics and bionanotechnology. Development and improvement of technology and its use impose demanding requirements for a multi-perspective approach. As a meeting place between life and medical sciences, engineering, and physical sciences, medical imaging creates opportunities for high-quality "bench-to-bedside" translational research.

Acknowledging the need for close cooperation and understanding between experts in the field, the Research School aims at promoting and strengthening multidisciplinary aspects in research training. In many PhD programmes, a major section of the compulsory educational part (30 ECTS) has to be taken within the home programme. To develop researchers with a focus on medical imaging, the Research School argues that PhD candidates should, to a greater extent, be free to compose an adapted course list, choosing from courses offered all over Norway and abroad, from a variety of disciplines.

To this end, the Research School promotes the accessibility of courses, supports the mobility of PhD candidates, and provides administrative support towards mutual recognition of PhD courses between institutions and PhD programmes.