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

Research manager, 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

Senior lecturer, 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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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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Mads Ammitzbøll-Danielsen 

Postdoc, PhD, MD 

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup 
Phone: + 45 38 63 25 13 
E-mailmads.ammitzboell.danielsen@regionh.dk 


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Signe Kaas Møller-Bisgaard

Postdoc, PhD, MD

Office location: Rigshospitalet Glostrup 
E-mailsigne.kaas.moeller-bisgaard.01@regionh.dk



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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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