Professors, senior researchers and post doc researchers


Mikkel Østergaard

Head of COPECARE
Professor, DMSc, PhD, MD

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup
Phone: +45 38 63 30 14
E-mail: mikkel.oestergaard.01@regionh.dk

More about Mikkel Østergaard
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 (June 2017): 62, citations ≈ 18,000
  • >400 PubMed indexed publications
  • >600 abstracts at international conferences
  • >350 invited oral presentations
Supervision/Teaching 
  • Supervisor on 31 (22 completed and 9 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
  • EULAR honorary membership: 
  • EULAR Centre of Excellence 2015-2020: (Awarded to COPECARE)
  • Global Excellence in Health(Awarded to COPECARE
Honorary positions 
  • Chairperson of Research Council of the Danish Rheumatism Association, 2013-2017
  • Representing Professor of Rheumatology, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, University of 
  • Chair of the EULAR Standing Committee of Musculoskeletal Imaging, 2010-12
  • 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), 2013-2015

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Merete Lund Hetland

Head of the DANBIO steering committee, chair of the scientific board of Danish Rheumatology Biobank
Professor, DMSc, PhD, MD

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup
Phone: +45 38 63 33 30
E-mail: merete.hetland.01@regionh.dk

More about Merete Lund Hetland
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-
  • Chair of Scientific Board of Danish Rheumatologic Biobank 2015-
Research areas
  • Clinical studies: Treatment strategies in early rheumatoid arthritis
  • The DANBIO registry: Treatment of patients with inflammatory joint diseases in routine care
  • Epidemiology: Effectiveness of treatment, biosimilar drugs, biological drugs, prognostic factors, cancer, pregnancy, 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: 42, citatations >6,000
  • >230 PubMed indexed publications
  • >250 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 13 (9 completed and 4 ongoing) PhD studies
Awards
  • The Bechterew award 2010
  • The Anonyma award 2011
  • The Queen Ingrid’s Prize for Researchers 2013
  • Clemmesen lecture 2017
Honorary positions
  • Member of the Research Council, Glostrup Hospital 2014-15


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Bente Appel Esbensen

Professor, Senior researcher, PhD, MSciN, RN

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup
Phone: +45 38 63 40 56
E-mail: bente.appel.esbensen@regionh.dk

More about Bente Appel Esbensen
Education and academic degrees 
  • Registered Nurse 1988 
  • Oncology Nursing Specialist Education 1992
  • Diploma in Adult Pedagogical Education 1996 
  • Master in Science of Nursing 1998
  • Ph.D. 2006 
Present positions
  • Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen, 2012- 
  • Research Manager (nursing) in Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, Rigshospitalet, Glostrup, 2015- 
Research areas 
  • Clinical practice in rheumatology with respect to age and gender issues, lifestyle, physical activity, clinical prevention, ethnicity, self-management and preferences for support, next of kin, quality of life and existential issues. 
  • Health related interventional and observational clinical studies in inflammatory joint diseases 
  • Qualitative Research Methods 
Publications
  • Web of Science H-index: 11, citations ≈245
  • 33 PubMed indexed publications
  • >45 abstracts at international conferences
  • >10 invited oral presentations 
  • 10 book chapters oncology, palliation and research method 
  • 2 books as editor
Supervision/Teaching
  • PhD review committee
    a total of 4; 2 from University of Copenhagen (1 chair of the assessment committee), 1 from University of Aarhus  and 1 from University of Milan.  
  • Supervision
    5 PhD students who have already obtained their degree (1 as main supervisor), and currently 6 more are enrolled (main supervisor for two of them) 10 master theses; external reviewer on 35 
  • Teaching
    At various workshops, pre- and postgraduate within a number of different topics as nursing research, qualitative and mixed-method, cancer care, palliative care, patient research partner, rheumatology, chronic conditions, fatigue, sleep problems, self-management, gender perspectives

Awards

  • First prize for best described proposal, post-doctoral course, Lund, Sweden, 2007
  • Best poster European Bone Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) Italy, 1998 
  • Best oral presentation, EBMT, Austria, 1996 

Honorary positions - Appointed Committees
  • Novo Nordisk Foundation, Chairman of the Committee on Nursing Research, 2014-2016
  • Expert Group in the Program PRO, ViBIS & Danish Patients (representative of DANBIO), 2015-2016
  • Novo Nordisk Foundation, Committee on Nursing Research, 2009-2013
  • Various Strategy Groups, Research Advisory Boards and reviewer for various foundations, 2007-

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Bente Jensen

Consultant, PhD, MD

Office location: Frederiksberg Hospital
E-mail: bente.jensen.06@regionh.dk

More about Bente Jensen
Education and academic degrees
  • MD 1986
  • PhD 2002
  • DMSc 2008
  • Specialist in Rheumatology 2006
Present positions
  • Member of Copenhagen Center for Arthritis Research (COPECARE).
  • Rheumatologist at Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases- Rigshospitalet, Frederiksberg Hospital.
Research areas
  • Interventional and observational clinical studies in spondyloarthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica and reactive arthritis.
  • Diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in inflammatory joint diseases Publications
  • >20 articles
Supervision/Teaching 
  • 1989-2011: Teaching physicians, medical students, student nurses, and student physiotherapists in different medical and rheumatological topics

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Henning Locht

Consultant, DMSc, MD

Office location: Frederiksberg Hospital
E-mail: henning.locht@regionh.dk

More about Henning Locht
Education and academic degrees
  • MD 1982
  • Specialist in Internal medicine 1989
  • Specialist in Rheumatology 1990
  • Doctoral thesis 2006

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Lene Terslev

Professor, consultant, PhD, MD

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup
Phone: +45 38 63 29 82
E-mail: lene.terslev.01@regionh.dk

More about Lene Terslev
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: 27 and 2154 citations
  • >100 PubMed indexed publications 
  • >50 abstracts at international conferences
  • 8 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
  • Co-chair of the OMERACT Special interest group 2016
  • EFSUMB Task and Finish Group in Rheumatology
  • EULAR Program Committee 2013 - 2018
  • Chair of the EULAR standing committee of Musculoskeletal imaging 2016 - 2018

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Ole Rintek Madsen

Senior lecturer, consultant, DMSc, MD

Office location: Gentofte Hospital
Phone: +45 38 67 35 62
E-mail: ole.rintek.madsen@regionh.dk

More about Ole Rintek Madsen
Education and academic degree
  • MD 1989
  • PhD 1997
  • DMSc 1999
  • Specialist in Internal Medicine 2002
  • Specialist in Rheumatology 2003
  • Diploma of Public Administration, HHC Business School Centre, University College Sjælland 2004  
Present positions
  • Associated professor of rheumatology at University of Copenhagen
  • Consultant in rheumatology, Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, Gentofte University Hospital, Rigshospitalet
Research areas
  • Evaluation studies on clinical outcome measures in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
Publications 
  • >80 PubMed indexed publications
  • >140 abstracts at international conferences
  • >50 invited presentations
Supervision/Teaching 
  • Pregraduate and postgraduate teaching at University of Copenhagen
  • >100:  reviewer for international rheumatology journals
Awards
  • The Queen Ingrid’s Research Prize 2002
  • The Bechterew Award 2006
Honorary positions 
  • Chairperson of the Research Committee of  the Danish Society of Rheumatology 2006-2008
  • Member of The Board of Directors of the Danish Society of Rheumatology 2006-2009
  • Member of The EULAR Scientific Committee 2009
  • Member of the Scientific Committee, Scandinavian Congress of Rheumatology 2012
  • Member of the Research Council, Gentofte University Hospital 2009-2013
  • Member of The Research Foundation Council for health research of the Capital Region of Denmark 2013-2015
  • Member of the Research Council of the Danish Rheumatism Association 2013-
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Danish Rheumatism Association 2017-


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Pernille Fevejle Cromhout

Postdoc, PhD, MScH, RN

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup
Phone: +45
E-mailpernille.fevejle.cromhout@regionh.dk


More about Pernille Fevejle Cromhout
Education and academic degrees
  • RN 2003
  • MScH 2014
  • PhD 2020
Present position
  • Postdoc researcher at COPECARE in the TASEMA project
Research areas
  • Observational and epidemiological research of the influence of mental health and social factors on health outcomes.
  • Use of patient-reported outcomes in research.
Publications
  • H-index (Google scholar, August 2020): 3. 
  • 27 citations
  • 8 PubMed indexed publications
  • 5 presentations of abstracts at international conferences.


Bente Glintborg

Consulant, Postdoc, DMSc, PhD, MD

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup
Phone: +45 38 63 21 86
E-mail: bente.glintborg.01@regionh.dk


More about Bente Glintborg
Education and academic degrees
  • MD 1999
  • PhD 2008
  • Specialist in Rheumatology 2014
Present positions
  • Consultant in rheumatology, Department of Rheumatology, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital
  • Senior researcher, Copenhagen Center for Arthritis Research (COPECARE), Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, Glostrup Hospital
Research areas
  • Observational clinical studies in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthritis
  • Biosimilar biological agents within inflammatory rheumatic diseases
  • Biobank infrastructure
Publications 
  • Web of Science H-index: ≈ 12, citations ≈ 610
  • >30 PubMed indexed publications
  • >20 abstracts at international conferences   
Supervision/Teaching 
  • Supervisor on 2 ongoing PhD studies 
Honorary positions 
  • Member of the Danish Rheumatologic Biobank scientific work-group

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Lykke Midtbøll Ørnbjerg

Postdoc, PhD, MD

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup
E-mail: lykke.midtboell.oernbjerg@regionh.dk


More about Lykke Midtbøll Ørnbjerg
Education and academic degrees
  • MD 2010
  • PhD 2016
Present positions
  • Post.doc research fellow at COPECARE
Research areas
  • Observational clinical studies in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthritis
  • Conventional radiography in rheumatoid arthritis
Publications
  • Web of Science H-index: 7, citations ≈ 150
  • 15 PubMed indexed publications
  • > 30 abstracts at international conferences

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Sara Nysom Christiansen

MD, PhD-student

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup
Phone: +45 38 63 30 75
E-mail: sara.nysom.christiansen@regionh.dk


Read about Sara Nysom Christiansen's PhD-project

PhD project

Title: Ultrasonography for optimized diagnosis and management of gout.

Background: Ultrasonography (US) is commonly used in inflammatory arthropathies, and in patients with gout US is able to visualize urate deposits. However, the utility of US in gout has only been examined in few studies.

Aim and design: This PhD study aims to further develop US for optimized diagnosis and management of gout. The study is divided into four sub-studies. In the first sub-study the utility of US as a diagnostic tool in gout is explored, and in the second sub-study US is used to monitor gout patients. In the third sub-study patients with rheumatoid arthritis, negative anti-CCP antibodies and poor effect of standard medicine are examined using US to observe if, in fact, they show signs of gout lesions. In the fourth sub-study, gout patients are scanned with a special type of CT scan (dual energy CT). This CT scan will be compared to US examination to compare, how the two different techniques visualize the same gout lesions.

Supervisors:

  • Consultant Lene Terslev, PhD, MD, Rigshospitalet, Glostrup, Denmark
  • Consultant Ole Slot, MD, Rigshospitalet, Glostrup, Denmark
  • Professor Mikkel Østergaard, PhD, DMSc, Rigshospitalet, Glostrup, Denmark

External assessor:

  • Private practicing rheumatologist Jens Skøt Hindrup, PhD, MD, Søborg, Denmark

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Simon Krabbe

MD, PhD-student

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup
Phone: +45 38 63 22 99
E-mail: simon.krabbe@regionh.dk


Read about Simon Krabbe's PhD-project

PhD project

Title: Remission in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (SpA)

Aim and design: The project is based on Danish investigator initiated studies. The main aims are to define and test different criteria for remission of axial SpA by clinical measures of disease activity, conventional MRI/whole body MRI and several biomarkers, and to develop and validate prediction models for achieving remission in patients with axial SpA starting TNF inhibitor therapy.

Perspectives: Improved assessment and prediction of remission.

Supervisors:

  • Professor Mikkel Østergaard, PhD, DMSc, Rigshospitalet, Glostrup, Denmark
  • Postdoc Susanne Juhl Pedersen, PhD, MD, Rigshospitalet, Glostrup, Denmark
  • Professor Bent Deleuran, PhD, DMSc, Aarhus University, Denmark

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Susanne Juhl Pedersen 

PhD, MD

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup
Phone: +45 38 63 27 66
E-mail: susanne.juhl.pedersen@regionh.dk


More about Susanne Juhl Pedersen
Education and academic degrees 
  • MD 2001 
  • PhD 2010 
Present positions 
  • Specialty registrar in rheumatology and internal medicine, Gentofte Hospital and Righospitalet, Denmark 
  • Post. doc. researcher at Copenhagen Center for Arthritis Research (COPECARE), Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, Rigshospitalet, Denmark. 
Research areas
  • Interventional and observational clinical studies in inflammatory joint diseases
  • Clinical utility of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on diagnosis, monitoring and prognostication of disease activity, treatment response and disease progression in patients with axial and psoriatic arthritis
  • The relation between inflammation and bone damage assessed with MRI and radiography, and impact of different treatments on this
  • Development and validation of new MRI 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
International Research Groups
  • Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS, 2010-)
  • Outcome Measures in Rheumatology MRI group (OMERACT, 2016-)
Publications
Web of Science H-index: 20 (citations ~1200 on 47 manuscripts) 
  • >49 PubMed indexed publications 
  • >90 Abstracts and international conferences 
  • >30 Invited oral presentations
Supervision/Teaching
  • Supervisor on 7 PhD studies (4 ongoing)
  • Post graduate teaching in Denmark, Europe, North America, Middle East and South Africa on imaging in axial Spondyloarthritis. 
Awards 
  • PhD stipend University of Copenhagen 2006-2010 
  • The Bechterew award 2008
  • Post doc stipend, the Danish Council for Independent Research 2011-2014
  • Sapere Aude Young Investigator Research Grant and Award, the Danish Council for Independent Research 2011

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Stylianos Georgiadis

Postdoc, PhD

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup


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Simon Horskjær Rasmussen
Data Manager, PhD

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup





Tanja Thomsen 

Postdoc, PhD, MSciH, OT 

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup 
E-mailtanja.thomsen.01@regionh.dk



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Kathrine Rugbjerg

Postdoc, PhD, MSc

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup 
E-mail: kathrine.rugbjerg@regionh.dk


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