Research units and groups

​Rigshospitalet has nationally and internationally recognised research environments – which ensures that the latest international clinical and research results can be generated and implemented.​

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Acute and Intensive Care Neurology Research Group​

The research group investigates the cerebral mechanisms that lead to acute impairment of consciousness and cognition, and what it takes to reverse these mechanisms.​​​​​​​

Almstrup Group

​The Almstrup Group has a particular focus on studies connecting genetic and epigenetic variation to reproductive endpoints, testicular gene expression and functional studies of sperm cells.​​


Bartholin​ Institute

The institute carries out research within the fields of cancer and diabetes/immunology.​


Cardiology Reseach Unit​​

​​​​The Cardiology Research Unit run clinical trials across all our clinical specialities. Research is core to the purpose of Rigshospitalet and is key to improving diagnosis and treatment to produce the best possible outcomes for the patients.​

Center for Endotheliomics​

​​​The Center for Endotheliomics’ ambition is that research in Eastern Denmark lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of critically ill patients in need of intensive care who enter hospitals with either trauma, cardiac arrest or severe sepsis​.​

Clinical research in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy​

Clinical research in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy is an integrated part of the Department of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.Department for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy is a transversal department that provides for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy for nearly all patients at Rigshospitalet.​


​CRHIC explores hybrid imaging as a tool to improve treatment of patients with cancer. A key to successful cancer treatment is the ability to stratify patients into ever smaller sub-populations, i.e. Personalised or Precision Medicine, enabling interventions to be tailored to individual patients balancing potential benefit with the risk and severity of side effects.​

CopeCare - The Copenhagen Center for Arthritis Research

The Copenhagen Center for Arthritis Research (COPECARE) strive to improve and ensure optimal diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthri​tis and other inflammatory arthritides.​​​​​

Copenhagen Center of Coronary Interventional Cardiology​

​Our research group is led by Professor Thomas Engstrøm and Dr. Jacob Lønborg. We are currently 11 researchers (senior and ph.d.-students) and 5 medicine students. Our research focuses on cardioprotective therapies in patients with ishemic heart disease and optimizing coronary intervention including intravascular imaging and pressure-derived strategies. All in all, the core foundation of our research is improving the clinical course in patients with ischemic heart diseases.​

Copenhagen Neuroanaesthesiology and Neurointensive Care Research Group​

Copenhagen Neuroanaesthesiology and Neurointensive Care Research Group​ focus on anaesthesia and perioperative management for neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, and magnetic resonance imaging; intensive care for severe acute brain and spinal cord injury; multimodal neuromonitoring and human-experimental models.​​

Copenhagen Neuromuscular Center​

​Main areas of research  in the Copenhagen Neuromuscular Center​ involve muscle diseases, myasthenia gravis and neuropathies.​​​

CopLab - The Copenhagen Primary Care Laboratory Database​

In the Copenhagen area (Copenhagen Municipality and the former Copenhagen County) with its approx. 1.2 million inhabitants, there was only one laboratory serving general practitioners (GPs) and other private practicing specialists from 2000 through 2015, the Copenhagen General Practitioners’ Laboratory, CGPL (Københavns Praktiserende Lægers Laboratorium). The laboratory served doctors with a broad range of blood, urine, semen, clinical physiological, cardiac, and lung function tests. The Copenhagen Primary Care Laboratory (CopLab) Database contains all results (n=176 million) of these tests and analyses from 1.3 million different individuals.​


​​​​Danish Center for Human Reproductive Epidemiologi (DACHRE)​​

​Research group established in 2006. Focus areas: Human reproduction, pharmacoepidemiology, early pregnancy complications, induced abortion, ectopic pregnancies, gynaecological endocrinology, endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.

​Danish Center for Rett syndrome​

​​Our research is closely related to the clinical work at the Danish Center for Rett syndrome and our research questions often arise from the clinical practice.  We aim to contribute to timely and optimized prevention and treatment and to increase quality of life as best as possible.

Danish Center for Sleep Medicine​

Danish Center for Sleep Medicine​ researches the basic mechanisms of sleep-wake regulation, diagnosis, consequences, and treatment of sleep disorders.​

​​​Danish Dementia Research Centre​​

​​​​Linked to the Copenhagen Memory Clinic, The Danish Dementia Research Centre (DDRC) conducts clinical and translational research in dementia and neurogenetic cognitive disorders and houses a nationwide education and info-centre. 

Danish Headache Center Re​​search Group​

​​The Danish Headache Center has an extensive research programme within mechanisms and treatment of migraine, cluster headache, tension-type headache, and trigeminal neuralgia.​

Danish Multiple Sclerosis Center Group​

​Danish Multiple Sclerosis Center is the home of the largest multiple sclerosis clinic in Denmark and works with the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis and rare related disorders. The center has several research units, including the Danish Multiple Sclerosis Registry, the Clinic for Optic Neuritis, the Neuroimmunology Laboratoy and clinical research units. ​

Danish Red Blood Cell Center​

The Danish Red Blood Center is the largest diagnostic and therapeutic center in the Nordic countries specializing on hereditary anemias. Our overall goal is to improve understanding and treatment of patients with hereditary aemias.​


Epilepsy Research Group​

​The Epilepsy Research Group study epilepsy from the first seizure to the development of drug-resistance and epilepsy surgery evaluation.  We study patients during the transition from youth to adulthood, problems that patients encounter in relation to cognition, mood and reproduction and factors involved in sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. ​


Functional Imaging Unit​

​​​​The Functional Imaging Unit is an MR research unit located at Rigshospitalet - Glostrup, as a part of the Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET.


​Genomic Epidemiology of Dementia and Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Disease​

​We investigate causal aspects of risk factors and biomarkers for dementia and cardiovascular disease with focus on risk prediction, Mendelian randomization (MR), meta-analyses, and genomics-driven drug discovery. To do so, we conduct a range of risk prediction models, genome-wide association studies (GWAS), two-sample, one-sample and endotype MR strategies, and meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials.​

Genomics based Precision and Personalized Medicine Research Group​

​Genomics based Precision and Personalized Medicine Research Group focuses on the advancement of precision and personalized care through high throughput and state-of-the art diagnostic techniques. The group specializes in sequencing technologies and cell-based assays to improve diagnostics for targeted treatment. ​

The Global Airway Research Clinic​​

​Type-2 inflammation represents a critical disease aspect of both upper airways (Global Airways) and is the pathology behind the nasal polyposis, airway hyperresponsiveness, loss of smell, low quality of life and high burden of disease. In patients with Type-2 inflammation and severe uncontrolled CRSwNP (w/wo asthma), treatment with monoclonal antibodies seems to replace surgecal intervention and increase the need of research.​​

Grønbæk Group

​A main focus of the Grønbæk Group is molecular aberrations in MDS, with a particular focus on the pre-MDS phase. The overall vision is to improve the survival of patients with blood cancers through the integration of basic and clinical research.​​


Hormone and Endocrine Disruptor Laboratory Group

Translational research and innovation in clinical biochemistry of hormones and growth factors involved in sex differentiation, child growth, sex maturation, and adult reproductive health and human biomonitoring of environmental chemicals potentially affecting endocrine systems.​

Human Reproductive Developmental Biology, Group of​

​Anne Jorgensen and her group investigates human fetal gonads and adrenals with the aim to understand the cellular mechanisms directing normal development and dysregulation leading to disease.​


​IMPACT - Research & Care​​

​​​​The research unit for clinical nursing in the Heart center, IMPACT, was established to strengthen research in clinical nursing. Research within the unit is focused on developing knowledge about prevention, treatment, and care for patients with cardiac, vascular, pulmonary and infectious diseases.  ​​​​​​


JMC Simulation and Learning Unit

JMC Simulation and ​Learning Unit promotes simulation-based research, development and education and aim to implement the results into clinical practice.


​Laboratory of Tissue Engineering​

​Laboratory of Tissue Engineering is a research facility where we perform basic science and preclinical studies to improve reconstructive surgery when lack of native tissue hampers the surgical outcomes. Our approach is to perform translational research, where we design our laboratory study protocols according to clinical needs and identified lack of knowledge.​


Maraldo Research Group​

The research group aims to improve the treatment and outcome for pediatric and breast cancer patients referred for radiotherapy.​

Metabolism, Growth and Puberty, Group of

​Rikke Beck Jensen and her group investigates the crosstalk between insulin metabolism and the endocrine system responsible for growth and puberty.​​



​We are a specialized genetics and genomics research group, dedicated to unraveling the complexities of the human genome and its role in neurological disorders. Utilizing a systems biology approach, we strive to understand the disease mechanisms underlying neurological conditions. Our research is further enhanced by our commitment to translational approaches, with the ultimate aim of advancing precision medicine in the field of neurology.

Neurobiology Research Unit​

​​The Neurobiology Research Unit conducts translational neuroscience research with the aim to promote preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic advances.​​

Neurorehabilitation Research and Knowledge Centre​

​​The research conducted in Neurorehabilitation Research and Knowledge Centre aims to understand the consequences of injury to the brain and spinal cord on these three different levels and the overall vision is to strengthen neurorehabilitation across sectors to the benefit of patients and their caregivers.​​

Nordic Urothelial Cancer Oncology Group

Nordic Urothelial Cancer Oncology Group (NUCOG) is a collaborative network between medical oncologists in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.


Paediatric Oncology Research Laboratory​

The ​Paediatric Oncology Research Laboratory, Bonkolab, is the research laboratory for the Paediatric Oncology Unit at Rigshospitalet. The research at Bonkolab covers all areas of childhood oncology in close collaboration with the clinic.​

Pain and Palliative Care Research Group​

This is a multidisciplinary group, which  includes different specialties. We aim at producing evidence within the fields of chronic pain and palliative care. ​

Pediatric ENT Research Group​

​​The group is part of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and Audiology, and investigate various aspects of pediatric ENT disease including head and neck cancer, benign head and neck tumors, congenital malformations and surgical procedures. ​

Pediatric and Obstetric Anesthesiology Research Group​

​The Pediatric and Obstetric Anesthesiology Research Group specializes in initiating, developing, coordinating, and participating in clinical research projects on optimizing the perioperative management of surgical pediatric and obstetric patients.​

Persistent Bacterial Infections-PERFECTION​

​PERFECTION is an international research consortium focused on advancing our understanding of how persistent bacterial infections develop and persist.​

​Personalized Neurosurgery Research Center​​

Personalized neurosurgery fathoms the range from basal neuroscience to individual patient experiences. We bring together neuroscience from the center for translational neuroscience, and clinical neurosurgery in a new infrastructure.​​​

Phase 1 Unit​

​​A dedicated unit for Phase I​ and early Phase II trials. We offer complete project management and clinical trial management systems​​​​

Precision Symptom Care Research Program (PROSPER)

PROSPER is a research program that focuses on symptom and health challenges that patients experience during and after treatment or rehabilitation at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet.​


Rehfeld Group

​The Rehfeld Group conducts translational research focused on human sperm physiology. Main topics of the group are non-hormonal unisex contraception, human fertility, and human male epigenetic inheritance.​

Reproductive Epidemiology, Testicular Function and Pathology, The Research Group of

Through work in large-scale cohorts, epidemiological studies and laboratory investigations we explore trends in and determinants of testicular function and pathology.​​

Research at Department of Clinical Genetics​

Department of Clinical Genetics undertakes clinical research in the areas of cancer genetics, eye disorders, hearing disorders, imprinting disorders and epigenetics, inborn errors of metabolism and metabolomics, neurodevelopmental disorders and molecular genetics including NGS and functional analysis.”

​​Resea​rch at Department of Clinical Neurophysiology​

​Research in The Department of Neurophysiology concentrates on causes and mechanisms of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system, including sleep disorders, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, peripheral nerve disorders, physical lesions of the peripheral nerve and muscle disorders.​​


SCD - Sudden Cardiac Death​​

Sudden cardiac arrest accounts for 10% of all deaths among people 1–35 years old. Research in this field is important to provide important answers that can help us to identify and treat people who are in danger of dying from sudden cardiac arrest. This research group is led by Professor Jacob Tfelt-Hansen and Dr. Bo Gregers Winkel. The group consists of Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and medical students.

Skeletal, Mineral and Gonadal Endocrinology, Group of​

​​The group of skeletal, mineral and gonadal endocrinology has huge interest in calcium and vitamin D physiology and the endocrine crosstalk between gonads, pituitary, kidney and bone.

Spinal Cord Injury and Disease Research Group​

​Spinal Cord Injury and Disease Research Group carries out clinical and epidemiological research related to the challenge’s individuals with spinal cord lesions face.​

Stroke Research Group​

​The stroke research group at the Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet, undertakes clinical research on the entire stroke   spectrum from epidemiology, prevention, acute treatment, mechanisms, diagnostic examinations,  neurorehabilitation and organization. ​​​​

Surgical Pathophysiology Unit

The unit was founded in 2004 based on Henrik Kehlet’s previous research within perioperative physiology and development of ​the concept of “Fast-track surgery”.​


Temporal Bone Imaging and Simulation Research Group​

​The “Temporal Bone Imaging and Simulation” research group investigates clinical imaging and simulation including virtual reality and 3D-printing for training and patient-specific preparation of temporal bone and middle ear surgery with the aim of improving patient safety and patient outcomes.​


Unit for Womens and Childrens Health

Researches issues related to children, youth, women and families and their needs for prevention and treatment of acute an​d chronic conditions.​​​


​​Viroimmunology Research Unit

Our main aim is to increase survival, reduce the burden of comorbidity (infectious and non-communicable diseases), and increase quality of life for persons that are immunosuppressed. ​Most of our work is focused on persons with HIV and persons living with a transplanted organ.​

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