Sunrise Course:
Clinical Science for Physicists and Engineers
Organizers: Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Tim Leiner, M.D., and Bachir Taouli, M.D.
Skill Level: Basic
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 - Friday, 24 April 2009
07:00 - 08:00

This four hour course will focus on basic anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology and clinical information on various organ systems and diseases that are deemed relevant for physicists and engineers. These will include the central nervous system, kidneys, liver, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems and selected diseases in each system. All lecturers are clinicians with strong clinical knowledge of the topic. The talks will also focus on unmet technical and engineering needs that need to be overcome in the future in order to facilitate better understanding of physiology and diseases.
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Identify basic anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, kidney, liver, cardiac, vascular and musculoskeletal systems;
  • Describe the process and diagnosis of stroke and white matter formation and damage;
  • Explain kidney and liver anatomy and function and how MRI can be used to evaluate these organs;
  • Describe basic cardiac physiology and the consequences of coronary artery disease and heart failure;
  • Describe the process of bone and cartilage formation and degeneration; and
  • Appraise unmet clinical needs that could potentially be solved by physicists and engineers.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009
07:00 Stroke: "A Brain Attack" Kei Yamada, M.D.
07:30 Demyelination: "An Age Attack" Mara A. Rocca, M.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Wednesday, 22 April 2009  
07:00 Liver Function and Failure Bachir Taouli, M.D.
07:30 Kidney Function and Failure Diego R. Martin, M.D., Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Thursday, 23 April 2009  
07:00 Coronary Arteries: What You Need to Know Tim Leiner, M.D., Ph.D.
07:30 Heart Failure: What You Need to Know Bernd J. Wintersperger, M.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Friday, 24 April 2009  
07:00 Role of Cortical and Trabecular Bone Architecture in Osteoporosis Felix W. Wehrli, Ph.D.
07:30 Cartilage: From Form to Function Hollis G. Potter, M.D.
08:00 Adjournment