Professors and post doc researchers

​See a presentation of our professors and post doc researchers.

Professor Mikkel Østergaard, chairperson
Professor Merete Lund Hetland, chairperson of DANBIO
Lene Terslev, PhD, consultant
​Susanne Juhl Pedersen, MD, PhD​​​​​

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Professor Mikkel Østergaard, chairperson

Phone: +45 38 63 30 14

Education and academic degrees
  • ​MD 1990
  • PhD 1996
  • DMSc 1999
  • Specialist in Rheumatology 2002
Present positions
  • ​Professor of rheumatology at University of Copenhagen
  • Consultant in rheumatology and chairperson of Copenhagen Center for Arthritis Research (COPECARE), Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, Glostrup Hospital
Research areas
  • Interventional and observational clinical studies in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthritis
  • Imaging in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthritis
  • Diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in inflammatory joint diseases
Publications 
  • Web of Science H-index: 51, citations ≈8,000
  • >250 PubMed indexed publications
  • >450 abstracts at international conferences
  • >250 invited oral presentations
Supervision/Teaching 
  • ​Supervisor on 23 (16 completed and 7 ongoing) PhD studies
  • Pregraduate and postgraduate teaching at University of Copenhagen
  • Postgraduate teaching in Europe, Asia, America, and Australia, particularly on imaging in inflammatory joint diseases 
Awards
  • ​The Nordic Rheumatology Award 1998
  • The Queen Ingrid’s Research Prize 1999
  • The European Society of Skeletal Radiology (ESSR) Best abstract Award 2002
  • The EULAR Abstract Award 2002 and 2003
  • The Bone and Joint Decade, Prize of Honor 2003
  • The Bechterew Award 2005
Honorary positions 
  • Chairperson of Research Council of the Danish Rheumatism Association, 2013-
  • Representing Professor of Rheumatology, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen Honorary member of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), 2013- 
  • Co-chairperson of OMERACT magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in inflammatory arthritis task force, 2002-
  • Vice–president of the International Society for Musculoskeletal Imaging in Rheumatology (ISEMIR),2013-


Professor Merete Lund Hetland, chairperson of DANBIO

Phone: +45 38 63 33 30

Education and academic degrees
  • ​MD 1988
  • PhD 1997
  • Specialist in Rheumatology 2000-
  • DMSc 2011
Present positions
  • ​Consultant in Rheumatology 2000- 
  • Professor in Rheumatology at University of Copenhagen 2013-•Chairperson of DANBIO 2004-
Research areas
  • ​Clinical studies: Treatment strategies in early rheumatoid arthritis
  • The DANBIO registry: Treatment of patients with inflammatory joint diseases in routine care
  • Epidemiology: Diagnostic delay, cancer, long-term sickness absence in patients with inflammatory joint diseases
  • Imaging in inflammatory joint diseases
  • Biomarkers: Diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in patients with inflammatory joint diseases
Publications 
  • ​Web of Science H-index: 26, citations ≈2,000
  • >100 PubMed indexed publications
  • >200 abstracts at international conferences
  • >100 invited oral presentations
Teaching 
  • ​Medical students at University of Copenhagen
  • Physicians and healthcare professionals in the use of DANBIO
  • Supervisor on 10 (5 completed and 5 ongoing) PhD studies
Awards
  • ​The Bechterew award 2010
  • The Anonyma award 2011
  • The Queen Ingrid’s Prize for Researchers 2013
Honorary positions
  • ​Head of the DANBIO steering committee 2004-
  • Member of the Research Council, Glostrup Hospital 2014-


Lene Terslev, PhD, consultant 

Phone: +45 38 63 29 82

Education and academic degrees
  • ​MD 1994
  • PhD 2004
  • Specialist in Rheumatology 2009
Present positions
  • ​Consultant in Rheumatology 2009-
  • Head of the Ultrasound Unit, Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, Glostrup Hospital 2010-
Research areas
  • ​Validation of ultrasound as a clinical tool in arthritis
  • Validation of ultrasound in vasculitis
  • Application of ultrasound in clinical trials for monitoring and prediction of treatment effect
Publications
  • ​Web of Science H-index: 19, citations ≈1,200
  • >70 PubMed indexed publications 
  • >40 abstracts at international conferences
  • 4 book chapters on rheumatology and on ultrasound
Teaching 
  • ​Teacher on national and international courses in ultrasound and rheumatology 2004-
  • Faculty on EULAR’s sonography courses 2005-
  • Faculty on EULAR’s teach-the-teachers course 2013–
  • Supervisor for PhD students and medical students 2004-
Honorary positions
  • OMERACT Special Interest Group on Ultrasound
  • EFSUMB Task and Finish Group in Rheumatology
  • EULAR Program Committee
  • Chair-elect EULAR standing committee of Musculoskeletal imaging 2015​
Awards and stipends
  • 2012- 2014 Post-doc stipend from the Danish Rheumatism Association


Susan​ne Juhl Pedersen, MD, PhD 

Phone: +45 38 63 27 66

Education and academic degrees
  • ​MD 2001
  • PhD 2010
Present position
  • Post doc researcher 2010-
Research areas
  • ​Clinical utility of magnetic resonance imaging on diagnosis, monitoring and prognostication of disease activity, treatment response and disease progression
  • The relation between inflammation and bone damage assessed with magnetic resonance imaging and radiography, and impact of different treatments on this
  • Development and test of new magnetic resonance imaging sequences and scoring methods for inflammation and bone damage in sacroiliac joints and the spine
  • Diagnostic and prognostic value of soluble biomarkers in inflammatory joint diseases
Publications
  • ​Web of Science H-index: 13, citations ≈550
  • >3​5 PubMed indexed publications
  • >75 abstracts at international conferences
  • >25 invited oral presentations
  • 1 book chapter on rheumatology and imaging
Teaching 
  • ​Teacher on national and international courses on magnetic resonance imaging in axial spondyloarthritis
  • Supervisor on 3 (1 completed and 2 ongoing) PhD studies
Awards and stipends
  • ​PhD stipend University of Copenhagen 2006-2010
  • Post doc stipend Danish Council for Independent Research 2011-2014
  • Sapere Aude research grant and award, Danish Council for Independent Research 2011
  • The Bechterew award 2008

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