New professor aims to optimise the treatment of epilepsy

Jakob Christensen conducts research into neurological diseases, with a particular focus on epilepsy. He is a consultant at Aarhus University Hospital, and now also a newly appointed professor of epilepsy at Aarhus University.

Portrait of Jakob Christensen.
Jakob Christensen took up his professorship at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University on 1 December 2022. Photo: Private.

More than 50,000 Danes live with epilepsy – a condition that affects people of all ages, and which in the worst cases can shorten a person’s lifespan by up to 10-12 years.

Via his research, new professor Jakob Christensen is seeking to prevent epilepsy and optimise the treatment of the disease. He does this, for example, by studying genes and investigating what brain damage may mean for the development of the disease.

Jakob Christensen has previously used Danish registries to find the safest medical treatments for pregnant women with epilepsy, and he has examined the significance of mental illness in people with epilepsy.


Professor, Consultant, DMSc Jakob Christensen
Aarhus University, Department of Clinical Medicine and
Aarhus University Hospital, Department of Neurology
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