Enrolment 2017

Activities include workshops, sessions, a summer school, and an individual project. Students will also be asked to plan and host an event.


  • Title: Researcher Development and Project Management (WS1)
    Course leaders: Rune Dall Jensen & Christine Ilkjær 
    Dates: 13 October 2017 16:00-19:15 (and afterwards dinner), 14 October 2017 9:00-15:00
    Location: Kollokvierum East, Victor Albeck Building, Vennelyst Boulevard 4, 8000 Aarhus C
  • Title: Pain Modulation (WS2)
    Course leaders: Lene Baad-Hansen & Flemming W. Bach
    Dates: 3 November 2017 15:30-18:30, 9 November 2017 16:30-21:00, 12 November 2017 13:00-17:00
    Location: Kollokvierum Øst (VAB)
  • Title: Integrated Health Care (WS3)
    Course leaders: Rikke KJ Olsen & Bobby Zachariae
    Dates: 30 November 16:30-21:00 Kollokvium Vest, 9 December 9:15-14:00 Det Blå Auditorium, 21 December 16:30-20:00 Kollokvium Øst
  • Title: Neuroscience (WS4)
    Course leaders: Mai Marie Holm & Simon Glerup Pedersen
    Dates: 30 January 2018 16:15-19:00, 1 February 2018 16:15-19:00, 6 February 2018 16:15-19:00 
    Location: Please see dropdown menu

WS1: Researcher Development and Project Management

Course leaders: Rune Dall Jensen, PhD Fellow at Centre of Health Sciences Education, Aarhus University & Christine Ilkjær, PhD Fellow at Department of Clinical Medicine, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Aarhus University


The workshop focuses on early career researcher training. The aim of the workshop is to introduce the students to research and strengthen their insight in research paradigms, research set-ups and their role as a researcher. The workshop will be built around interplay between lectures and student activated activities.

Friday, October 13th 2017 at 16:00-19:15:

  • 1st lecture: Rune Dall Jensen – What is a research talent? 
  • 2nd lecture: Christine Ilkjær – How to be a researcher. 
  • 19.15: Workshop dinner

Saturday, October 14th 2017 at 09:00-15:00:

  • 1st lecture: Mette Krogh Christensen – Career pathways – What to learn more than research skills. 
  • 2nd lecture: Vibeke Elisabeth Hjortdal – How to make a research protocol and conduct a research study. 3nd lecture: Christine Ilkjær & Rune Dall Jensen – Make your own research proposal and plan your research career.

Location: Kollokvierum Øst in the Victor Albeck Building, Vennelyst Boulevard 4, 8000 Aarhus C

WS2: Pain Modulation

Course leaders: Lene Baad-Hansen, Associate Professor at the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health & Flemming W. Bach, Professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine.


Friday, November 3rd 2017 at 15:30-18:30:

  • 15:30-15:45 Welcome (FWB & LBH) 
  • 15:45-17:00 The physiology of pain and its modulation (TJS) 
  • 17:00-17:15 Coffee 
  • 17:15-17:35 Demonstration Cold Pressor Test (LBH) 
  • 17:40-18:30 Lecture by TBA

Thursday, November 9th 2017 at 16:30-21:00:

  • 16:30-16:40 Today´s program 
  • 16:40-17:45 Placebo and nocebo effects (Lene Vase) 
  • 17:45-18:30 Sandwich and networking 18:30-18:45 Presentation of group assignment (FWB & LBH) 18:45-19:45 Working groups 
  • 19:45-20:00 Coffee 
  • 20:00-21:00 Presentation of group results and discussion

Sunday, November 12th 2017 at 13:00-17:00:

  • 13:00-13:15 Today´s program 
  • 13:15-14:00 Functional disorders – deficient pain modulation? 
  • 14:00-14:15 Coffee 
  • 14:15-15:15 Pain modulation in patients with depression (Lise Gormsen) 
  • 15:15-15:30 Break 
  • 15:30-16:30 Modulation of pain by physical activity/ music/ hypnosis/ mindfulness, or How to boost endogenous pain modulation with pharmacology 
  • 16:30-17:00 Discussion and evaluation (FWB & LBH)

Location: Kollokvierum Øst (VAB) 

WS3: Integrated Healthcare

Course leaders: Rikke Katrine Jentoft Olsen, Associate Professor at the Research Unit for Molecular Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine & Bobby Zachariae, Professor at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Science, Aarhus University and Director of Unit for Psychooncology and Health Psychology at Department of Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital.


Integrated healthcare is an approach that aims at managing and preventing diseases according to individual risk and needs. It is based on predispositions, inherited in a person’s genome and epigenome, combined with lifestyle and environmental influence. With the workshop we aim to train students from various educational healthcare disciplines in the biology of the multisystemic stress networks that define individual disease resilience, and as such have the potential to move healthcare from disease-specific treatment towards more patient-specific disease prevention and management. During lectures, group works and a mini-symposium, the students will discuss scientific, technical and structural changes that are needed to integrate stress network biology in the modern healthcare system. We believe that bringing diverse healthcare students together, at an early stage in their carrier, will facilitate the interdisciplinary and expansive thinking that are needed for the next generation of healthcare researcher/workers to practice Integrated Healthcare.

Program for WS3.


30 November - Kollokvium Vest - 16:30-21:00

9 December - Det Blå Auditorium - 9:15-14:00

21 December - Kollokvium Øst - 16:30-20:00

WS4: Neuroscience

Course leaders: Mai Marie Holm


The workshop focuses on neuroscience in health and disease. The brain is perhaps the most complex organ in the human body and the workshop covers several aspects of neuroscience research and current knowledge on selected disease mechanisms. Topics will span from biomedical neuroscience to translational neuropsychiatry. The aim of the workshop is to stimulate interest in neuroscience and strengthen the students’ insight in brain related mechanisms. Additionally, the workshop aims to strengthen innovative thinking in modern neuroscience. The workshop will include lectures, group work and group presentations. Research facilities optimized for different neuroscience areas will be visited and presented by active researchers. Emphasis will be put on new research strategies, advantages versus limitations of current research approaches, development of research proposals etc. A presentation by a relevant external guest lecturer will be fitted into the program, if possible.

Tuesday, January 30th 2018 at 16:15-19:00:

  • 1st lecture: Mai Marie Holm
  • 2nd lecture: Simon Glerup Guided tour in the neuroscience research facilities. 
  • Location: Room 347, building 1170, Biochemistry      

Thursday, February 1st 2018 at 16:15-19:00:

  • 1st lecture: Gregers Wegener 
  • 2nd lecture: Betina Elfving Guided tour in the research facilities at Translational Neuropsychiatry Unit, Department of Clinical Medicine
  • Location: Meeting room, TNU, Entrance 34, Skovsagervej 2, 8240 Risskov

Tuesday, February 6th 2018 at 16:15-19:00:

  • Student presentation and feedback discussions
  • Location: Room 347, building 1170, Biochemistry      

Peer Feedback Sessions I-V

  Title: Peer Feedback Sessions I-III  Course leader: Anja P. Einholm.  

When?What?PreparationDeadline upload
21 Dec. 2017 16.30‐17:00 Kollokvium ØstIntro of peer feedbackYour expectations to peer feedback

18 Jan. 2018 16:15‐19:15

Meeting room 1, bld. 1421, Studenternes Hus

Project plan

Read the paper RM van der Leeuw and IA Slootweg (2013).

Twelve tips for making the best use of feedback. Med Teach. 35:348‐51

Upload draft of your project plan and prepare presentation (½‐1 page in English) Read your fellow students' draft (in your group) and prepare feedback

14 January

5 April 2018 16:00‐20:00

Meeting room 1, bld. 1421, Studenternes Hus

Milestones Talk: Ebba Nexø – Responsible conduct of researchUpload milestone plan (including goals for progression and activities) and prepare presentation in English30 Marts

7 June 2018 16:00‐20:00

Meeting room 1, bld. 1421, Studenternes Hus


Project issues Upload reflection (1‐1½ page) and prepare presentation in English. Focus on already solved problems in the project and try to identify potential pitfalls. Read your fellow students' reflections (in your group) and prepare feedback

29 May

4 October 2018 16:00-20:00

Meeting room 2 in the Konferencecenter AU, Fredrik Nielsens vej 4, 8000 Aarhus

Academic development during the programme Upload reflection (1‐1½ page) and prepare presentation in English. Focus on your academic development during the programme. Also include a description of your project's progression. Read your fellow students' reflections (in your group) and prepare feedback.30 September

29 November 2018 16:00-20:00 

Kollokvierum Øst in Victor Albeck Building

TBATBA25 November

Summer School

Title: Interactions between mother-fetus and child health

Course leader: Eva Cecilie Bonefeld-Jørgensen, Professor at Centre for Arctic Health & Molecular Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University

Date: Monday 6 August 2018 – Friday 10 August 2018 (week 32)
Location: Victor Albeck Building, Vennelyst Boulevard 4, DK-8000 Aarhus C (‘blue auditorium’)
Course title: Mother-Child-Health
Level: Master’s level (2.5 ECTS)
Teachers: Professor Eva C. Bonefeld-Jørgensen et al.

Course description (MOTHER-CHILD HEALTH)

This course in “Mother-Child Health” is multidisciplinary and brings together teachers from many different areas of expertise. The overall objective of the course is to introduce how factors in the parent’s health and during pregnancy can influence the development and health of the fetus and the child up to the age of puberty. Research Honours students will be introduced to an important multidisciplinary field, get inspiration for future research topics, meet significant people in the field, and train their ability to apply their professional competence in collaboration with fellow participants from other areas of study.

The parent’s health and factors during pregnancy can influence fetus growth and development, neonatal and child cognitive development and health, preschool and school health and performance, and puberty development. Focus will be on how lifestyle, diet and exposures (environmental) during pregnancy can affect fecundity, fetal and infant growth and CNS development including ASD, ADHD, schizophrenia and Cerebral Palsy. In addition, the course will include health risk by genetic susceptibility assessed by genetic polymorphisms and epigenetic analyses that might elucidate the environmental exposures and risk for poor neurodevelopmental outcome. The course will include presentation of data from different birth cohorts from Denmark, e.g., Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC), Aarhus Birth Cohort, ACCEPT from Greenland, MISA from Norway, Shanghai Cohort from China and others.

The course will be demanding and feature lectures on relevant topics from teachers representing different areas of expertise, e.g. male and female fecundity, lifestyle, diet and exposures during pregnancy, fetal growth and development, neonatal and child cognitive development, preschool and school health and performance, and puberty development.

Examples of topics/lectures:

  • Ellen Margrethe Mikkelsen: Lifestyle and medical factors that influence fecundity
  • Cecilia Ramlau-Hansen: Maternal lifestyle during pregnancy and reproductive health in sons and daughters
  • Agnete Larsen: Lifestyle habits in Danish pregnant women
  • Tine Brink Henriksen: Preterm delivery and long-term follow-up
  • Eva C. Bonefeld: Jørgensen: Fertility and pregnancy in the Arctic
  • Diana Schendel: Genetic and prenatal environmental factors in ASD, ADHD, and schizophrenia
  • Per Ovesen: Diabetes/obesity and mother-child health
  • Lars Henning Pedersen: Medication exposure and its importance to pregnancy/fetus
  • Christian Bjerregaard-Olesen & others: Environmental exposures during pregnancy, molecular mechanisms and hormone disruption
  • Vivi Schlünssen: Preconceptional and prenatal occupational exposures and allergic disease in the offspring
  • Mette Verner: Cost-benefit analyzes of early efforts for children's well-being and learning

Teaching will typically include 1-2 hours of lectures followed by an hour of discussion of related literature by student teams of approximately four students. In conjunction with each lecture, a selected student team will have received literature with questions for the day’s lecture and will give answers and present to the class by PowerPoint (PP).  Selected opponents for each subject will prepare questions for the student team of the day. 

The exam is a group exercise. At the beginning of the course, student teams of max 3-4 students in each team receive a relevant topic for group work that will be prepared during the course. At the end of the course, the team submit a report of max 5 pages to be presented and discussed in plenum (a page is 2400 characters including blanks and the 5 pages is incl. notes but excl. table of contents, literature list, attachments and tables/figures).