Networks based on research activities


Medical Imaging and Image-Guided Treatment

Medical Imaging and Image-Guided Treatment is one of the main activities in the strategic area of medical technology at NTNU. This involves multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers from both technological and medical disciplines at NTNU, SINTEF and St. Olavs Hospital. The focus is on MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and ultrasound, especially in connection with brain diseases, heart diseases, cancers, and image-guided surgery.
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Medical Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary network linking research groups from the Faculty of Medicine (DMF) and the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology (NT). The network focuses on several areas within research in molecular biology as the study of basic mechanisms in the development of cancer and chronic diseases.
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The bioinformatics programme involves a multidisciplinary network between research groups from the Faculty of Medicine (DMF), the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology (NT) and the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (IME) at NTNU. The networks study a variety of issues in bioinformatics, such as identifying the regulation mechanisms that control genes.
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Biomedical Optics

Biomedical Optics include optical technology as well as applications in biomedical research and medicine. With the development of new laser technology, fibre optics, opto-electrical equipment, biosensors, spectroscopy, microscopy, and imaging, this discipline is growing rapidly. The new technology provides a foundation for new applications in medical research, diagnosis, and treatment.
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Biomechanics is an exciting subject involving the use and development of theory and methods from mechanics applied to biological material. The aim is to gain greater insight into physiology (function and adaptation) and to contribute to improved diagnostics and treatment.
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Bionanotechnology covers a number of research areas in nanotechnology and commercial development. The aim is to achieve a breakthrough in health care by focusing on issues such as preventive medicine and diagnosis through treatment. Nanomedicine uses special characteristics of materials at the molecular scale as well as nanotechnology sensors that can measure and detect extremely low values in marker molecules in vivo.
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Health Informatics

The Health Informatics group is a multidisciplinary academic environment with a strong foundation in the research and education at NTNU. The master's programme in health informatics draws on resources from the Faculty of Medicine, the Department of Computer and Information Science and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management. Health informatics is also part of the strategic area of research in information and communication technology (ICT).
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Societal Aspects

The network consists of researchers from the social sciences and the humanities who conduct research related to the development and use of medical technology. Several of the research projects in this network concern the impact of cultural values on science and technology, and vice versa. Other research projects concern the interaction between politics and ethics in the field of medical technology, discuss the ethical consequences of medical technology, or explore the field of health communication. 
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Human Motor Control

Human Motor Control is a multidisciplinary network with participants from three NTNU faculties and the associated departments at St. Olavs Hospital, SINTEF ICT, and two departments at Sør-Trøndelag University College (HiST).

The activities of the network include developing new instruments and methods for motion analysis as well as applying these in clinical research.
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