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17 MAY 2018


More medical students at Health
The government has decided to increase the total number of students on the Bachelor’s degree programme in medicine at all of Denmark’s universities. At Health, 533 medical students will be admitted annually from 2019.

The international semester: everything is going well – send more students
The international semester at the medical degree programme has now been completed three times and satisfaction among the students is only heading in one direction – which is up. Though getting the desired number of students to travel abroad for their eleventh semester has not met the target. This is shown in a new report that collates the first evaluations.

VIDEO: Dutch world champion in tests visited Health
At Maastricht University, they have good experiences from using programmatic assessment and feedback to the students on the medical degree programme. One of the people behind this approach is a Dutch professor of education who visited Health and talked about how there is also evidence that this approach works better.


Asthma connected with genetic variations in the immune system
The world's largest multi-centre study of asthma has identified five new DNA variants related to asthma, that all point towards changes in the immune system. The study has been published in Nature Genetics and according to one of the study’s authors, Professor Torben Sigsgaard from Aarhus University, it opens for new discussions about asthma treatment.

The collection of brains is moving to Odense
The more than 9,000 brains from the psychiatric hospital are being transferred to a new brain research centre under the Region of Southern Denmark. Professor Gregers Wegener, who is currently in charge of the collection, is pleased that the brains are being preserved.

Internal focus

Huge interest for new collaboration with foreign researchers
The initiative to affiliate recognised researchers from abroad with Health as honorary professors has led to a level of interest in the academic environments that the faculty management team now feels obliged to clarify the guidelines. The management also take the opportunity to name the initiative ‘Honorary Skou Professor' after Nobel Prize winner Jens Christian Skou, who will be a hundred years old this year.

Fast forward for coming postdoc appointments
Health is undertaking a major review of the faculty's recruitment procedures, and as a result of this work, appointing postdocs will now be simpler and quicker.

Registration for the Medical Innovation Day 2018 is open
For the second year in a row, the graduate school at Health will welcome students, researchers and companies who are passionate about innovation in the healthcare sector. You can already make sure you have a place at this year's event.

Remember the faculty's hacker seminar on 22 May
Places are still available for Health's hacker event. Sign up if you want to see a professional hacker demonstrate how he can access the systems and information that many of us work with on a daily basis. Both academic and technical and administrative staff are welcome.

people news

Professor from Health is new head of research at SDCA
Professor and consultant Niels Jessen from the Department of Biomedicine is to become head of research at the newly established Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus (SDCA).

New professor carries out research into biological dust
Medical specialist and PhD Vivi Schlünssen is newly appointed professor of occupational and environmental medicine epidemiology at Aarhus University. She carries out research into how and why the environment affects human health and disease – for example in relation to lung diseases and allergies.

Eleven researchers from Health receive grants from the Independent Research Fund Denmark
In its annual grants, the Independent Research Fund Denmark: Medical and Health Sciences has granted a total of approx. DKK 23 million to eleven original and potentially groundbreaking research projects at Health.

Grant supports research into cancer of the placenta
Lone Sund from Aarhus University has received DKK 590,000 from the Riisfort Foundation to analyse the hereditary material (DNA) from cancer of the placenta in blood tests. In a pilot project, Lone Sund’s research group has already shown that it is possible to see DNA from cancer of the placenta in a blood test. The method means it is possible to carry out analyses of cancer without taking a sample of the cancer.

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