Heads of Research

Anesthesiology

Anaesthesiology is interdisciplinary and covers:

  • Narcosis (anaesthesia)
  • Treatment of pain
  • Resuscitation
  • Emergency response /pre-hospital services (on-site treatment prior to arrival at the emergency department or hospital)
  • Intensive therapy
  • Research and education

Read more at: AUH: Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Pre-hospital Services, Horsens Regional Hospital, Regional Hospital Central Jutland: Centre for Planned Surgery or the Regional Hospital West Jutland: Department of Anaesthesiology.

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Cardiology

The medical specialist area of cardiology covers diseases associated with the heart and circulation. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Congenital heart defects and heart failure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia requiring pacemaker
  • Diseases of the coronary artery, e.g. constricted coronary artery (angina pectoris)
  • Research and education

Read about the research projects

Read more at AUH, Regional Hospital West Jutland, Regional Hospital Central Jutland Diagnostic Centre, Regional Hospital Central Jutland: Cardiology, Pre-Hospital Services and Randers Regional Hospital

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Cardiothoracic Surgery

The cardiothoracic surgery specialist area deals with diseases and lesions in the chest (thorax) and its organs. Cardiothoracic surgery is divided into two sub-specialist areas of cardiac surgery and classical thorax surgery. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the organs of the thoracic cavity
  • Surgery in the ribcage and the organs in the thoracic cavity, including the heart, lungs, oesophagus and larger blood vessels. The operations include e.g. heart and lung transplants
  • Rehabilitation of patients with diseases or injuries in the thoracic cavity

Research into thorax surgery and vascular surgery is carried out by researchers affiliated with the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Aarhus University Hospital.

Read more about the research or at AUH

Head of Research

Thomas Decker Christensen

Clinical Professor and Chair, DMSc, PhD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The medical specialist area of child and adolescent psychiatry deals with mental disorders from birth to the age of 18 and includes, among other things:

  • Treatment of behavioural disorders
  • Treatment of psychotic conditions
  • Treatment of eating disorders
  • Research and education

Read more at Psychiatry

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Clinical Biochemistry

The specialist area of clinical biochemistry deals with diagnostics, interpretation of and advice on chemical, biochemical or molecular-biological examinations – typically samples taken from patients as part of a diagnostic pathway. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Advising clinicians in other specialist areas
  • Patient counselling (e.g. coagulation disorders)
  • Research and education

Read more at the Clinical Biochemistry Research Unit, Regional Hospital West Jutland, Department of Molecular Medicine (MOMA) and Molecular Medicine Research Unit (MMF)

Clinical Genetics

The medical specialist area of clinical genetics deals with the diagnosis of genetically determined diseases as well as genetic counselling with the aim of providing patients and their relatives with the best possible basis for decisions about e.g. pregnancy, genetic testing and follow-up and treatment programmes. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Laboratory analyses (chromosomal examinations and molecular-genetic examinations for hereditary diseases)
  • The entire counselling component with special requirements for communicative skills
  • Insight into ethical issues

Read more at AUH

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Uffe Birk Jensen

Clinical Professor and Chair

Clinical Immunology

The medical specialist area of clinical immunology deals with the whole spectrum from the selection and drawing of blood from donors to medical counselling in connection with clinical immunological issues such as transfusion and transplantation treatments. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Selection and drawing of blood from donors
  • Production of tissues and cells
  • Immunodeficiencies and autoimmune diseases
  • Compatibility studies and advice on transfusion and transplantation
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH

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Clinical Microbiology

The medical specialist area of clinical microbiology is a cross-disciplinary laboratory specialist area that analyses samples from patients and their environment for the presence of pathogenic microorganisms. Clinical microbiology is used in society's monitoring of infectious diseases and in the work of limiting the spread of resistant bacteria. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Advice on diagnostics and treatment with antibiotics
  • Knowledge about the interpretation of examination results
  • Infection hygiene
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH

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Clinical Oncology

The medical specialist area of clinical oncology deals with the prevention and diagnosis, as well as non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation, of patients with a wide range of cancers. The research activities are wide-ranging, and the department has a long tradition of national and international collaborations. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Collaborating on patients with the other clinical specialist areas and non-clinical departments
  • Many types of radiation therapy, including high-precision radiotherapy
  • Immunotherapy of tumours
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH

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Clinical Pharmacology

The medical specialist area of clinical pharmacology deals with advice and guidance on how to safely and economically utilise pharmaceuticals throughout the healthcare system. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Medication errors and patient safety
  • Pharmacological and toxicological examinations
  • Epidemiological and health economic assessments
  • FResearch and education

Read more at the unit's research page or at AUH

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Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine

The medical specialist area of clinical physiology and nuclear medicine deals with research into diagnostics and molecular imaging, among other things. The department also works to develop better diagnostic options and treatments for a range of cancer diseases. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Development of better diagnostics for cardiovascular and vascular diseases
  • Examination and treatment of patients who have been exposed to ionising radiation
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH

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Dermato-venerology

The medical specialty dermato-venerology is divided into two parts and deals with skin and venereal diseases. Dermato is Greek and means skin, and venereology refers to Venus, the Roman goddess of lovemaking.

The medical specialty includes:

  • Atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and skin cancer (dermato)
  • Condyloma, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis (venereology)
  • Research and education

More research information

Read about the research at derma.au.dk or at the Aarhus University Hospital website

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Lars Iversen

Clinical Professor and Chair

Emergency Medicine

Emergency medicine deals with the acute and clarifying phase of a course of illness requiring hospital treatment, from the first contact with the emergency department through to discharge or any hospitalisation in a specialised hospital department. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Early assessment of all acute patients with a view to quickly identifying patients with critical illness and acute injuries
  • Diagnosis, assessment and treatment of all acute conditions for all types of patients at all hours of the day
  • Medical leadership of the individual patient's progress in the emergency department
  • Close collaboration with medical specialists from other specialist areas
  • Research and education across existing professional and organisational boundaries.

Read more at Research Centre for Emergency Medicine and at Aarhus University Hospital

Endocrinology

The medical specialist area of endocrinology deals with hormones and hormonally-induced diseases and includes, among other things:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity (adiposis)
  • Skeletal diseases, incl. osteoporosis
  • Pituitary, adrenal and genital gland diseases
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH og Randers Regional Hospital

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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The medical specialist area internal medicine: gastroenterology and hepatology deal with diseases of the liver and gastrosintestines – ranging from stomach pain to bowel disorders, chronic liver diseases and cancer. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Liver and biliary tract (hepatology)
  • Oesophagus, gastrointestinal tract and pancreas (gastroenterology)
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH, Horsens Regional Hospital and Regional Hospital Central Jutland

Geriatrics

The medical specialist area of geriatrics is interdisciplinary and includes elderly patients where diseases that are otherwise easily cured are hampered by a poorer immune system, impaired physical functioning and other age-related changes. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Physical, mental, functional and social issues
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH and Horsens regional Hospital.

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Gynaecology and Obstetrics

The medical specialist area of gynaecology and obstetrics is divided into two parts and deals with gynaecological diseases related to the female genital organs, as well as pregnancy and childbirth. The specialist area is currently undergoing a transition in which gynaecology and obstetrics are becoming increasingly separated. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Benign and malignant disorders in the female genital organs, urination and incontinence (gynaecological)
  • Fertility treatment, pregnancy examinations and assistance in childbirth (obstetrics)
  • Research and education

Read about our research

Read more at AUH, Regional Hospital West Jutland, Regional Hospital Central Jutland, Horsens Regional Hospital and Randers Regional Hospital

Head of Research

Ole Mogensen

Clinical Professor and Chair

Hematology

The medical specialist area of haematology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the blood and the hematopoietic organs. Many of the diseases are malignant, and approximately ten per cent of all cancer cases in Denmark are caused by a disease in the blood. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Benign and malignant diseases in the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system
  • Chemotherapy treatment and immunotherapy
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH aned Regional Hospital West Jutland

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Vacant

Infectious Medicine

The medical specialist area of infectious medicine covers all diseases that are caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites – both familiar and more exotic diseases where infections occur abroad. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Meningitis, blood poisoning, influenza, pneumonia, HIV
  • Infection and vaccinations
  • Research and education

Read more on the unit's research pages, at AUH or at Regional Hospital Central Jutland

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Lung Diseases

Pulmonology covers a broad range of different diseases in the airways, lungs and pleura. The diseases can be hereditary, congenital or aquired diseases as for instance:

  • Lung cancer
  • COPD
  • Astma
  • Allergy
  • Tuberculosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Interstitial lung diseases (a heterogenous group of inflammatory and/or fibrotic parenchymal lung diseases causing stiffness of the lungs and reduced oxygenation), including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Bronchiectasis (a condition where the airways become abnormally widened, leading to excess mucus production making the lungs more vulnerable to infections)

Read more at AUH og Regional Hospital West Jutland

Nephrology

The medical specialist area of nephrology deals with diseases, injuries and congenital malformations in the kidneys, including dialysis treatment and medical treatment after kidney transplantation. The research ranges from basic research in mice and pigs to epidemiological studies and clinical trials. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Renal inflammation and kidney cysts
  • Kidney failure – dialysis and transplantation
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Kidney disease due to high blood pressure
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH and Regional Hospital West Jutland

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Bente Jespersen

Clinical Professor and Chair

Neurology

The medical specialist area of neurology deals with the diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation and management of diseases of the brain, spinal cord and nerves around the body. Neurological diseases are found in more than one in ten hospitalised patients. Today, there are many options for precise diagnostics and treatment, but a number of patients still suffer permanent physical and mental disabilities.

The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Brain thrombosis/brain haemorrhages, epilepsy, sclerosis, Parkinson's, dementia and inflammation of the nerves
  • Scanning techniques (MRI, MEG, etc.) and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Many different treatment methods (medicine, stimulation of the brain, etc.)
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH: Department of NeurologyAUH: Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Pre-hospital Services, Regional Hospital Central Jutland: The Spinal Cord Injury Centre of Western Denmark (VCR), Regional Hospital Central Jutland: Hammel Neuro Center and Regional Hospital West Jutland

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Neurosurgery

The medical specialist area of neurosurgery deals with the surgical treatment of disorders of the central nervous system, which also includes the spinal cord. The surgical procedures vary widely and range from spinal operations to the removal of brain tumours. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Skull and brain, e.g. bleeding or removal of tumours
  • Spinal cord and backbone, e.g. surgery for slipped discs
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH

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Occupational Medicine

The medical specialist area of occupational medicine deals with work-related illness and includes, among other things:

  • Diagnosis of possible work-related illness, including work-related stress
  • Advising pregnant women about occupational health and safety
  • Workplace visits
  • Telephone advice for professionals
  • Research and education 

Read more at Aarhus University Hospital and Regional Hospital West Jutland

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Henrik A. Kolstad

Clinical Professor and Chair

Ophthalmology

The ophthalmological specialist area deals with diseases in the eye and its surroundings, as well as the visual pathways and the parts of the brain that control the movement of the eye muscles and pupils.

Research

  • The rearmost section of the eye
  • The foremost section of the eye
  • Ocular gene therapy  

Education

  • Medicine
  • Optometry and Visual Science

Read more at AUH and Randers Regional Hospital

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Toke Bek

Clinical Professor and Chair

Orthopedic Surgery

The medical specialist area of orthopaedic surgery deals with the study of bones and their treatment in the event of injuries such as bone fractures, joint and tendon injuries or diseases such as e.g. infections or tumours. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Treatment of fractures with braces, plaster casts or screws
  • Treatment of congenital disorders of the musculoskeletal system
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH, Regional Hospital West Jutland, Regional Hospital Central Jutland, Horsens Regional Hospital and Randers Regional Hospital

Head of Research

Martin Lind

Clinical Professor and Chair

Oto-rhino-laryngology

The medical specialist area of otorhinolaryngology (head, nose and throat, i.e. pharynx and throat) deals with the diagnostics, treatment and management of surgical and medical diseases of the ears, nose, sinuses, oral cavities, salivary glands, pharynx, throat and neck. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Updating of clinical knowledge for use at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  • Collaboration with the other Danish research departments and abroad
  • Education and research

Read more about the research or read more at AUH and Regional Hospital West Jutland

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Tejs Ehlers Klug

Clinical Associate Professor

Paediatrics

The medical specialist area of paediatrics is an age-delimited medical specialist area. Disease patterns in children are different from those in adults, and symptoms, progression, treatment and prognoses are affected by children having to grow and develop. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Neonatology
  • Paediatric allergology, i.e. allergic diseases and reactions
  • Social paediatrics (symptoms triggered by social or psychological factors)
  • Neuropediatrics (e.g. epilepsy, Tourette syndrome, mental retardation)
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH, Regional Hospital West Jutland, Regional Hospital Central Jutland and Randers Regional Hospital

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Søren Rittig

Clinical Professor and Chair

Pathological Anatomy and Cytology

The medical specialist area of pathological anatomy and cytology deals with changes in tissues, organs and at cellular level. Tissue and cell samples are typically taken when there is a suspicion of cancer and are very important in the choice of treatment. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Microscopy in combination with advanced molecular methods (molecular morphology)
  • Scanning and digital imaging techniques
  • Work to identify and thus predict the development of diseases
  • Identification of patients who will benefit from particular types of cancer treatment
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH and Randers Regional Hospital

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Torben Steiniche

Clinical Professor and Chair

Plastic Surgery

The plastic surgery speciality area deals with the reconstruction of areas on the body which are damaged by illness, treatment, trauma, maldevelopment or changes due to ageing. The injuries range from wounds and colour changes to the reconstruction of underlying tissue structures, supporting tissues or whole body parts. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Breast reconstruction, corrective breast surgery
  • Removal of excess skin
  • Plastic surgery, e.g. in connection with skin cancer and cancer of the oral cavity
  • Congenital malformations
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH

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Psychiatry

The medical specialist area of psychiatry deals with a broad range of psychiatric disorders in adults. In addition, there is the forensic psychiatry branch and so-called functional disorders, where patients have physical symptoms without the cause being found in somatics. The psychiatric specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Treatment of depression
  • Treatment of psychotic conditions
  • Treatment of behavioural disorders
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Research and education

Read more at Psychiatry and Regional Hospital West Jutland

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Public Health

The medical specialist area of public health is concerned with the relationship between social conditions and the health of the population. The two main directions are social medicine and administrative medicine.

In social medicine, the medical specialist most often works on an individual level with social medical issues for the individual citizen. In administrative medicine, the medical doctor works at group level with selected population groups or at societal level – for example with monitoring, maintaining and improving the health of the population.

A medical specialist in social medicine applies knowledge, methods and skills from clinical medical work together with knowledge, methods and skills from epidemiology, law, public health science, social sciences and sociology. The social medicine areas of expertise include:

  • Living conditions and health
  • Environment and emergency response
  • Psychosocial conditions, lifestyle and health
  • The structure and function of healthcare- and social services
  • Legislation which regulates health conditions and certain social conditions
  • Financial relations and priorities in the healthcare sector
  • Social science research methods such as register-based research
  • Quality assurance, quality development and patient safety

Read more at Regional Hospital West Jutland and Randers Regional Hospital

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Radiology

The medical specialist area of radiology covers diagnostic imaging with X-ray examinations and scans throughout the spectrum from CT (Computed Tomography) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance) to UL (ultrasound), as well as treatments such as image-guided catheter insertion and drainage, treatment of blood vessels such as widening of narrowed arteries, etc. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Specialised diagnostics of cancer of the lungs, kidneys, cervical cancer, rectal cancer and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Specialised image-guided treatments
  • Specialised brain examinations and treatments
  • Advanced use of imaging in the evaluation of whether a treatment is working as intended
  • Collaboration with diagnostic departments all over the world
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH, Regional Hospital Central JutlandMR Research Centre og Randers Regional Hospital

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Rheumatology

The medical specialist area of rheumatology deals with medical diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Many of these are due to inflammatory conditions that need to be dealt with medically, but physiotherapy, surgery and rehabilitative therapy are also part of the treatment pathways. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Diseases of the joints (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, spinal arthritis, gout)
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Spinal diseases (wear and tear, e.g. slipped discs)
  • Education and research

Read more at AUH and Regional Hospital Central Jutland

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Surgery

The medical specialist area of surgery covers the diagnosis and surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases in the stomach and intestinal system, thyroid glands and breast. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Operations for inflammatory bowel diseases (inflammatory conditions)
  • Bowel function after surgical cancer treatment
  • Breast cancer and breast-preserving surgery
  • Research and education

Read more at AUH, Regional Hospital West Jutland, Horsens Regional Hospital og Randers Regional Hospital

Urology

The medical specialist area of urology deals with diseases and dysfunction of the urinary tract. Research is conducted into diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract in both children and adults, in close collaboration with other departments and specialist areas in Denmark and abroad. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Prostate and testicular diseases
  • Bladder, prostate and kidney tumours  
  • Urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections and urinary tract stones
  • Congenital diseases of the urinary tract
  • Education and research

Read more at AUH and Regional Hospital West Jutland

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Vascular Surgery

The vascular surgical specialist area deals with surgery of the body's vascular system. The diseases mainly consist of constriction and obstruction due to atherosclerosis and thrombosis or aneurysms, where the vessels expand and may eventually burst. The specialist area covers e.g.:

  • Prevention and treatment of diseases in the blood and lymphatic vessels outside the brain and heart
  • Surgical procedures – both open surgery and endovascular surgery
  • Arteriosclerosis in the blood vessels outside the brain and the heart and the sequelae
  • Aneurism diseases

Research into thorax surgery and vascular surgery is carried out by researchers affiliated with the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Aarhus University Hospital.

Read more at the unit's research pages or at AUH

Head of Research

Thomas Decker Christensen

Clinical Professor and Chair, DMSc, PhD