Cardiovascular Ultrasound in Health & Exercise Sciences

Download Ultrasound Summer School Program

We are happy to announce the 2nd Cardiovascular Ultrasound Summer School being held by the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health at the University of British Columbia- Okanagan Campus, Canada (July 13 – 17, 2015).  The summer school is a 5-day event consisting of keynote lectures, lectures on basic and advanced ultrasound skills, and lots of hands-on skill development sessions. To maximize the ratio (1 to 4) between instructor and participant, the registration is limited to 30 per day.  The instructors include international leaders in the field and skilled technicians with extensive research experience. The summer school is a collaborative event with our University partners in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. 

Day 1 will include a keynote presentation from Professor Daniel Green from the University of Western Australia on the application of vascular ultrasound in human physiology and pathophysiology.  Day 1 will also include theoretical training of the basic principles of ultrasound for 2D imaging and Doppler ultrasound for assessment of blood flow velocity.  Day 1 will include hands on technique development allowing the participants to hone their skills at assessing blood flow in a peripheral vessel and imaging the intima media thickness of the carotid artery.

Vascular Ultrasound 
Day 2 will be dedicated to the assessment of endothelial function by the technique of flow-mediated dilation and will highlight new technical developments for the automated detection of vessel wall and the assessment of blood flow in a conduit artery.  


Day 3 is dedicated to cerebrovascular imaging including basic principles of transcranial and extra-cranial Doppler ultrasound procedures.  New research techniques will be presented including the use of transcranial color coded duplex ultrasound to assess middle cerebral artery diameter.  Professor Philip Ainslie from UBC will deliver a keynote lecture on the regulation of human cerebral blood flow and advances made in the past 10 years.


Days 4 and 5 are dedicated to the advanced skills of transthoracic echocardiography.  Material will include techniques and skill development for 2D and M-mode imaging and Doppler and tissue Doppler.  In addition,participants will learn to conduct strain and strain rate imaging and contrast ultrasound.  A standardized methodology for assessing intracardiac and intrapulmonary shunt will be taught including new theory for quantifying shunt magnitude using indicator dilution techniques.  Finally, Professor Keith George from Liverpool John Moores University will provide a key note lecture on the impact of acute exercise on ventricular function.


Each day participants are encouraged to gain hands-on experience using vascular ultrasounds, transcranial Doppler ultrasounds, and state-of-the-art 2D and 3D echocardiography ultrasound systems. Equipment comes from not-only our own research labs but also from sponsoring vendors including GE medical, Spencer technologies, and Terason who are graciously donating some equipment for the course.  

Each day concludes with a social event including golf, climbing, wine tasting, and a dinner reception on lake Okanagan.  The social gatherings will create a vibrant and collegial environment for workshop participants to interact with international experts and to encourage informal scientific discourse and long-lasting international collaborations.

The registration deadline is May 1st, 2015, the places are limited so please book early. 

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Guest Speakers

Winthrop Professor Danny GreenDanny Green

University of Western Australia

Danny Green is a human integrative biologist whose research focuses on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. His research interests include the measurement of arterial function and structure in large and small arteries which are responsible for the cardiovascular diseases commonly found in the Western world. Danny has published over 250 peer reviewed articles in peak cardiovascular and exercise physiology journals. Using high-resolution vascular ultrasound and other related techniques, he has been at the forefront of assessment of impaired vascular function, a harbinger of cardiovascular disease. Specifically, Danny published the international guidelines on the assessment of endothelium-dependent flow mediated dilation, and was a co-developer of  the “gold standard’ edge detection tracking software which has significantly strengthen research involving the assessment of vascular function through the measure of flow mediated dilation.


Kate ThomasKate Thomas

University of Otago, NZ

Kate had a diploma in vascular ultrasound accredited by the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine. She is currently working at Dunedin Hospital and has been practicing vascular ultrasound for the past 6 years. Kate is also currently undertaking a part-time PhD at the University of Otago. Kate’s research interests are exercise for health in ageing and diseased populations, especially in cardiovascular and peripheral arterial disease. Kate currently has +30 peer reviewed publications.


Dr David Oxborough

Liverpool John Moores University, UKDavid Oxborough

Reader in Cardiovascular Physiology

David is a qualified Clinical Cardiac Physiologist specializing in echocardiography and has been working in the UK’s National Health Services NHS and private sectors for the past 18 years. David obtained a BSc in Cardiological Science, MSc in Medical Ultrasound and a PhD in echocardiography research. David sits on a number of ‘ultrasound focused’ professional committees including: Consortium for Accrediting Sonographic Education UK, British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) Research Sub-Committee and Education committee. He is also a member of the Academy of Health-Science working on equivalence for existing practitioners within the Modernising Scientific Careers framework. David has +50 peer reviewed echocardiography related publications.


Mike Stembridge

Cardiff Metropolitan University, UKMike Stembridge

Mike is a full-time Physiology Technician Demonstrator, and is currently undertaking a PhD in high altitude cardiac physiology. Mike has +4 years in echocardiography, and he has been recruited internationally to participant in research projects related to and train others in echocardiography. Already, Mike has 11 peer reviewed publications that have contributed to the field of exercise and high altitude cardiovascular physiology.


Professor Philip Ainslie

Canada Research Chair in Cerebrovascular PhysiologyPhil Ainslie

University of British Columbia

Phil is an integrative physiologist, with a specific on focus on the integrated mechanisms which regulate human cerebral blood flow in health and disease. Phil has published more than 180 peer-reviewed research articles, significantly contributing to the research field of cerebrovascular physiology. Phil’s research utilized the use of transcranial Doppler ultrasound and duplex ultrasounds which retrospectively measure intra-cranial blood flow velocity and extra-cranial blood flow as an estimate of changes in global cerebral blood flow. Phil has published the international guidelines in utilizing transcranial Doppler ultrasound in the assessment of cerebrovascular assessment.   


Professor Keith GeorgeKeith George

Liverpool John Moors University, UK

Professor of Exercise and Cardiovascular Physiology

Keith’s main research focus is related to understanding the impact of acute and chronic exercise upon the heart, through the use of non-invasive clinical tools such as ECG and echocardiography healthy and clinical population, as well as in elite athletes. Keith completed his BSc in Sport Science at Liverpool Polytechnic, then completed his MSc in Exercise Physiology at Queen’s University Canada, where under his mentor Professor Larry Wolfe had become trained in echocardiograph. Keith has published over 300 pear review research articles, all of which have significantly developed the field of exercise echocardiography.