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7 March 2019

Internal Focus

Six more years for Biomedicine's department head
Thomas G. Jensen has been re-appointed to the position of department head at the Department of Biomedicine. He will work on strengthening research with more impact, helping more spin-outs get off the ground – and he will also expand the international and digital aspects of the study programmes that belong under the department.

Fancy a research stay at a top American university?
Postdocs and PhD students can apply to the Ministry of Higher Education and Science for funding for research stays at the American universities MIT, UC Berkeley and Stanford.

Lars Løkke inaugurated the particle radiotherapy centre
On 28 February, the National Centre for Particle Radiotherapy was officially inaugurated. Six patients are already undergoing treatment and researchers at the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University are pleased with the way in which the centre integrates research and patient treatment.

New committee for ethical approval of research projects
A new committee will meet the increasing requirements for ethical approval of research projects that are not covered by the national legislation on ethical approval.


We dance when the music is funky enough
How groovy are you on the dance floor depends on both the chords and the right rhythm, which should be neither too simple or too complicated. This is shown by research carried out by the Center for Music in the Brain at Aarhus University. This knowledge may in the long term help the rehabilitation of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

First common risk genes discovered for autism
A study headed by researchers from the Danish project iPSYCH and the Broad Institute, USA, has found the first common genetic risk variants for autism and uncovered genetic differences in clinical subgroups of autism.

Fetal growth inhibited by cocktail of chemicals in the mother
For the first time, researchers have shown that a combination of perfluorinated substances in the mother significantly inhibits child growth. These are the substances which Denmark’s minister for environment and food is currently working to ban.

Faeces transplantation: effective treatment facing an uncertain future
In the right intestines, faeces can save lives. This is shown by a new study of faeces transplantation and the life-threatening intestinal disease Clostridium difficile. Medical doctors and researchers from Aarhus, Denmark, are presently building up a faeces bank, but both the treatment and its non-targeted research could be about to come under pressure.

Acute button: Few people jump the queue
The emergency medical service in the Central Denmark Region and the Medical Helpline 1813 in the Capital Region of Denmark have tested an ‘acute button’ that allows callers to jump the queue in urgent situations. New research from Aarhus University shows that only three per cent of callers have used the acute button.

People news

Elite Research Prize recipient: Bears can help us fight diabetes
Each year, five of Denmark’s research frontrunners are honoured with the Elite Research Prize. One of this year’s prizes goes to Niels Jessen from Aarhus University and the Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus at Aarhus University Hospital. He is currently looking into why bears do not suffer from serious complications despite being both inactive and fat.

Talented researchers from the Department of Clinical Medicine receive Elite Research Travel Grants
The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science awards up to twenty Elite Research Travel Grants annually. The two PhD students from the Department of Clinical Medicine at Health, Anne Maj van der Velden and Kasper Glerup Lauridsen, are among this year’s recipients.

Arteriosclerosis: We lack the last pieces of the puzzle
The disease atherosclerosis (also called hardening of the arteries) is widespread in a modern society like Denmark and it is also the cause of a quarter of all deaths worldwide. New professor Jacob Fog Bentzon from Aarhus University believes that even a little progress in the prevention and treatment of the disease can have a major impact.


DEBATE: The career path for research talents must not be a dead end
Denmark’s future depends on researchers who produce and create knowledge and welfare. Business and industry, the universities, funders and politicians must therefore work together to offer attractive conditions, according to Vice-dean Lise Wogensen Bach from Aarhus University.

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