Professor, Head of Section
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Knowledge of languages
Native in Danish
English spoken and written
Professor, MD, PhD, DMSc University of Copenhagen, Department of Public Health, Section of Social Medicine Phone: +45 35 32 79 92 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic education and degrees
2016 DmSc (dr.med.) Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dissertation title: Social relations and health with a special focus on life course and stressful social relations
2001 PhD in Social Epidemiology Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen Denmark. Dissertation title: Social relations and health with special reference to change in social relations and change in health
1996 Medical Doctor (MD), Faculty of Health University of Copenhagen Denmark
2019- Professor in Social Medicine and Life Course Research. Department of Social Medicine, Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
2005-2019 Associate Professor in Social Medicine and Social Epidemiology. Department of Social Medicine, Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
2001-05 Assistant Professor in Social Epidemiology. Department of Social Medicine, Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
2017- PI of Sundhed, Trivsel og Relationer i Taastrupgaard (STRIT) Health, Wellbeing and Relations in a community under development.
2015- Member of leader group of Danish Aging Research Center, 2014- Member of theme 2 steering group, Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen
2013- Research group leader of Copenhagen Lifecourse Epidemiology in Aging Reserach (CLEAR)
2013- PI of Copenhagen Aging and Midlife Biobank (CAMB) 2013- Member of expert panel on Loneliness, Mary Foundation 2013- Research leader of The Gerontology Research Group, Section of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
2013- PI of the Public Health part of ‘Social Fabric’ funded by University of Copenhagen, investigating how health behaviour, loneliness and sleep patterns spread through social networks 2011-13 Leading the research group of Psychosocial epidemiology together with associate professor Naja Hulvej Rod 2010-13 Leading a research project on mechanisms between psychosocial stressors and heart disease with Associate Professor Naja Hulvej Rod (sub project of CAMB) 2009-11 Leading a research network on social relations and health at Section of Social Medicine, Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
2008-13 Primary co-PI of Copenhagen Aging and Midlife Biobank (CAMB) with main responsibilities for the biobank (blood samples), the questionnaire data and the establishment of a merged and documented data base.
2008- PI of Danish Longitudinal Study on Work Unemployment and Health in collaboration with Associate Professor Ulla Christensen
2007- Member of the steering committee of CAMB
2000- Member of the steering committee of Project Metropolit
2020- Head of Section, Section of Social Medicine
2010-13 Vice Head, Section of Social Medicine
110 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 5 chapters in textbooks, editor of two text books in Medical Sociology
Professor Johan Fritzell Aging Research Center, Stockholm, Marijke Veenstra Research director Dept. of Ageing research and housing studies, NOVA Oslo. Professor Carlos Mendes de Leon Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA Professor Ivan Bautmans, Faculty of Physical Education and Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Gerontology, Vrije Universitet, Brussel, Belgium. Professor John Cacioppo, University of Chicago ( in the expert panel of Loneliness Mary Foundation) and Associate professor Mathias Lasgaard, University of Southern Denmark.
2010-11 Member of Network for research in heart disease and women, The Danish Heart Association. PI Professor Gorm Boje Jensen. 2009-11 Research network on social relations. PI Associate Professor Rikke Lund 2009- Member of theme 3 ’Body and Life’ Center for Healthy Aging PI Professor Kirsten Avlund/professor Erik Lykke Mortensen since 2015 Theme 2 ‘Life course and aging’ 2007- Participates in networks around the theme in International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) on Ageing, Longevity and Health
2007- Member of the study board at Medical School (BSc and MSc in Medicine) University of Copenhagen 2009- Member of the Master programme committee, MSc in Medicine, University of Copenhagen 2007- Member of teaching committee, Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen 2007-09 Member of Bachelor programme committee, BSc in Public Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen 2007-10 Deputy member of The Academy Council, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen 1996-99 Member of the PhD programme study board, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen
2011- 2017 Danish Society of Survey Based Research (member of executive committee) 2009-11 Danish Society of Gerontology (member of executive committee) 1997-99 Danish Society of Behavioral Medicine (member of executive committee)
Referee and reviewer activity
Evaluations of PhD theses
Chair of assessment committees for: Pernille Envold Bidstrups PhD thesis Nov. 2008, Birgit Marie Nielsens PhD thesis June 2010, Helle Hare-Bruun PhD thesis November 2010 all Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Assessor of PhD thesis by Sandra Elnegaard, University of Southern Denmark.
Reviewer for scientific journals
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, American Journal of Epidemiology, Annals of Epidemiology, Population Studies, Social Science and Medicine, Journals of Gerontology, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, Acta Oncologica, European Journal of Public Health
Supervision of scholarship holders and PhD-students
I am supervising and have supervised the following scholarship holders: Lene Snabe Nielsen ‘Face and content validation of a Danish instrument measuring social relations’ 2010-11. Gunhild Tideman 2010-11 Negative aspects of social relations and heart rate variability. Anne Mette Bender 2010-11 Negative aspects of social relations and heart rate variability. Jolene Lee Masters Pedersen 2010 Psychosocial stressors and the metabolic syndrome. Sidse Olsen Research year student 2012 (social relations and mortality). Signe Hovmand Research year student 2013 (social relations and inflammation). Mette Hauge 2014 (self-reported health and inflammation). Jelena Laban 2015 (Loneliness and physical capability).
I have supervised twelve completed PhD projects I am currently supervising 4 PhD students
Education programme development, teaching and supervision
The past 10 years I have been teaching at two pregraduate programmes (MSc Medicine and Msc Public Health), At the Master of Public Health programme as well as at PhD courses at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen. I teach approximately 600 hours per year at courses in social epidemiology, medical sociology, living conditions and health, epidemiology, life course and health/aging. I have since 2007 been member of the Study Board for BSc and Msc in Medicine at University of Copenhagen. Around 40% of my working time is occupied by teaching, supervision and education programme development.
Education programme development
Through my memberships of the study board at medical school, the master programme committee at medical school, the bachelor programme committee for Public Health Science and the teaching committee at the Institute of Public Health I am very actively involved in continous education programme development.
2016-2020 Course leader of Statistics, Epidemiology and Medical Sociology (SEMS) MSc Medicine
2013- Course leader elective course ‘Life course, health and aging’ 10 ECTS BSc and MSc Public Health 2013-16 Course leader ‘Medical sociology’ MSc Medicine 2003-11Course leader of ‘Social epidemiology and Public Health’, BSc Public Health Science 2009 Course leader of PhD course and elective course MSc Public Health Science ‘Life course influences on health changes in adult life’ in collaboration with Professor Kirsten Avlund 2011 Course of elective course MSc Public Health Science 5 ECTS ‘Life course influences on health epidemiological theories and methods and sociological theories’ University of Copenhagen
2009- Lectures and class teaching course on ‘Life course influences on health changes in adult life’, PhD course and elective course MSc Public Health Science 2005- Lectures and class teaching at the course on ‘Medical Sociology’, MSc in Medicine 2002- Lectures at course on ‘Living conditions and health’, Master of Public Health 1996-2003 Teaching research methods in medical sociology and epidemiology, BSc in Medicine 2011, 2013, 2015 Lectures on Life course epidemiology and health and aging at Advanced PhD course in social epidemiology
I have supervised more than 30 first year projects at BSc in Public Health Science and more than 10 bachelor assignments at BSc in Public Health Science and Medicine. I have supervised and concluded more than 15 master theses in medicine and public health. Have supervised and concluded 6 Master of Public health theses at University of Copenhagen
June 2017 PI of application of 8.8 DKK from the Nordea Foundation for Health, Wellbeing and Relations in a community undergoing development (STRIT)
March 2015 Co-applicant 40 mio NOK for Social inequalities in Aging a Nordic collaborative project financed by NordForsk. 4.7 mio. NOK of these are placed at Section of Social Medicine, University of Copenhagen
April 2013 Co-applicant 150 mio. DKK for Centre for Healthy Aging II, University of Copenhagen from the Nordea Denmark Foundation
January 2013 2.9 mio. DKK from University of Copenhagen 2016 fund grant for Research assistant and PhD-project: ‘Social Fabric’ studying how newly developing social networks act in the spread of health behaviors and loneliness. Latent homophily or infectious patterns?
July 2012 6.3 mio DKK (co-applicant) for the establishment of Copenhagen Aging and Midlife Biobank as a permanent infrasturcture from the Velux Foundation
Fall 2012, 3 months salary for Charlotte Juul Nilsson for study of the association between social relations and low grade inflammation. Insitute of Public Health strategic fund at the Department of Public Health
Fall 2010, 1.5 mio DKK from Faculty of Health Sciences (500.000 DKK) and Center for Healthy Aging (1 mio.) PhD grant for Jolene Lee Masters Pedersen, Master of Public Health Science. Project on Mechanisms of psychosocial and biological factors acting over a life course and low grade inflammation (mediation and interaction).
Fall 2010, 60.000 DKK for scholarship holder Lene Snabe for project on Face and content validation of a Danish measure of social relations. Center for Healthy Aging.
Spring 2009 co-applicant with Associate Professor Naja Hulvej Rod received 400.000 DKK from The Danish Heart Association (Hjerteforeningen) and 280.000 DKK from Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen for project on Psychosocial factors and cardiovascular disease – understanding the mechanisms for women and men.
November 2008 Co-applicant 150 mio. DKK for Centre for Healthy Aging the part belonging to Theme 3 Body and Life, University of Copenhagen from the Nordea Denmark Foundation
May 2008 Co-applicant 8.7 mio. For establishment and data collection Copenhagen Aging and Midlife Biobank. From the Velux Foundation
December 2007 Co-applicant 10 mio. For establishment and data collection Copenhagen Aging and Midlife Biobank DKK from the Velux Foundation
Fall 2007 1.4 mio. DKK from Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen PhD grant for Charlotte Juul Nilssons MD. Project on Functional decline during the transition to old age: the role of social relations, socioeconomic status, gender and age.
November 2007 1.14 mio. DKK. PhD grant for Margit Kriegbaum. Project on the influence of accumulated broken partnerships and job losses on health from the Danish Research Council
MD PhD DMSc