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Enrolment 2019

Activities include workshops, peer feedback sessions, a summer school, and an individual project. 


Welcome Day – with vice-dean Lise Wogensen, programme coordinator Anja Einholm and course leaders

Date: Thursday 10 October 2019 16:00-19:00

Location: Det Blå Auditorium, Victor Albeck Building (building 1266, room 222)

Recommended PhD course: C236/16 Introduction to Research Training in Health Sciences

The course is relevant to students that are planning to start research training (apply through link in the right sidebar).

Dates: Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November 2019

Recommended PhD course: C262/X Get ready to work with biostatistics  

The course is relevant to students that are planning to start research training (apply through link in the right sidebar).

Dates: Wednesday 5 and Wednesday 19 February 2020


WS1: Researcher development and project management


  • Friday 11 October 2019 16:00-21:00
  • Saturday 12 October 2019 8:00-14:30

Course leaders: Rune Dall Jensen and Christine Ilkjær  

Content 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.

Location Kollokvierum Øst, Victor Albeck Building (building 1268, room 218)  

WS2: Neuroscience


  • Tuesday 3 December 2019
  • Wednesday 4 December 2019
  • Tuesday 10 December 2019

Course leaders: Mai Marie Holm and Betina Elfving

Content: 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 workshop will include lectures, group work, and group presentations. Research facilities optimized for different neuroscience areas will be visited and presented by active researchers.

Students will be trained in critical evaluation of scientific topics. Emphasis will be put on new research strategies, advantages versus limitations of current research approaches, development of research proposals etc.

Goal of workshop Stimulate interest in neuroscience and strengthen the students insight in brain related mechanisms. Additionally, the workshop aims to strengthen innovative thinking in modern neuroscience.

Location TBA

WS3: Mitochondrial medicine; Mental and physical activity in health and disease


  • Monday 3 February 2020 16:00-20:00  
  • Thursday 6 February 2020 16:00-20:00  
  • Thursday 20 February 2020 16:00-20:00    

Course leaders: Rikke Katrine Jentoft Olsen, Kristian Vissing and Jesper Dahlgaard  

Content The workshop focus on new medical strategies, rooted in the emerging concept of mitochondrial medicine, to intervene on chronic diseases that burden modern healthcare. Mitochondria are dynamic organelles involved in cellular energy metabolism and stress homeostasis. When activated by physical or mental activity, they modulate immune-inflammatory, neuroendocrine and metabolic processes across organ systems, whereby they may prevent or counteract the deleterious consequences of disease. In order to introduce to various research methodologies and designs, and facilitate interdisciplinary scientific thinking, the students will visit research facilities at (1) Research Unit for Molecular Medicine; research in the basic principle of mitochondrial metabolism and biology, (2) Department of Sport Science; research in exercise medicine, and VIA University College; research in medical body-mind practices.

Goal of workshop To train students from various educational healthcare disciplines in the interdisciplinary concepts of mitochondrial medicine, which integrate cellular stress biology with lifestyle interventions, and as such has the potential to move healthcare from disease-specific treatment towards more patient-specific disease prevention and management. 

Location TBA

WS4: Novo Nordisk - Drug development: From idea to patients


  • Friday 5 March 2021 16:00-19:00 (and afterwards dinner)
  • Saturday 6 March 2021 09:00-17:00

Content Development of drugs will be studied from idea generation to patient accessibility, including early research, pre-clinical testing, clinical testing, product registration and market preparation. Representatives from different areas in Novo Nordisk will be present to describe what they do, their collaborations and the competencies needed in their area. In addition to lectures there will be case discussions in smaller groups.

Goal of workshop Increase student’s understanding of the endeavours and activities needed to take an exciting idea from the lab to patients in a global setting.

Location Kollokvierum Øst, Victor Albeck Building (building 1268, room 218)

WS5: Heart Failure


  • Cancelled due to COVID-19

Course leaders: Christian Aalkjær, Hans Erik Bøtker and Bo Christensen 

Content Heart failure is a clinical condition, where patients have symptoms as a consequence of reduced pumping of the heart. Heart failure is a common condition, with a current prevalence of 1-2%, which is rising and there are 500 new cases in Denmark every year. The most important etiological factors are ischemic heart disease, hypertension, arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy. The everage life expectancy after diagnosis is 5 years, and the condition is associated with poor quality of life and is a burden on society. Patients with heart failure often have comorbidities and may be difficult to handle the way our health care system is organized. The course will discuss the condition from "molecule to man" and even to society. The research at Aarhus University and elsewhere relating to heart failure will be presented and discussed including animal models used and the efforts to ensure that the most up-to-date knowledge on heart failure is brougt to the benefit of the patients.

Goal of workshop TBA

Location TBA 

Peer Feedback Sessions I-V


  • Peer feedback session I - 7 November 2019 -  16:00-21:00
  • Peer feedback session II - 30 January 2020 -  16:00-20:00
  • Peer feedback session III - 14 May 2020 -  16:00-20:00
  • Peer feedback session IV - 10 September 2020 - 16:00-20:00
  • Peer feedback session V - 26 November 2020 - 16:00-20:00

Course leader: Anja Einholm  

Content The peer feedback sessions focus on personal and intellectual competences. The student presents his/her individual projects, including the goals, progression, and challenges. The sessions allow the student to present their work to the other students in the programme, and thereby discuss the projects and get inspiration from each other. During the peer feedback sessions, the student is trained in presentation and feedback.


7 November 2019 - Kollokvierum Øst, Victor Albeck Building (building 1268, room 218) 

30 January 2020 - Meeting room 2, Stakladen (building 1421)

14 May 2020 - Meeting room 1, Stakladen (building 1421)  

10 September 2020 - Meeting room 1, Stakladen (building 1421)

26 November 2020 - Meeting room 1, Stakladen (building 1421)

Summer school


Summer school in transferable skills

Dates (week 33) :

  • Monday 10 - Friday 14 August 2020   

Course leaders: Dorte Lindelof

Content This course will provide you with a general introduction to soft-skills needed for a career in research. We aim for a patchwork of different topics that will enable you to reflect on your own development as a researcher. After the course, you will have knowledge and tools that are not part of the normal curriculum but essential to a young researcher in training. Topics we aim to include are career planning, personal development, cultural understanding, logic and argumentation, rhetoric, communicating science to non-specialists, paper writing and presentation skills, research planning and management, responsible conduct of research, ethics, writing grant applications, funding landscape, societal challenges, intellectual property rights, and student-supervisor relations. Before and during the course you will receive reading materials and/or small tasks to prepare. Even though some of the topics will overlap with subjects from the Introduction Course or other PhD courses at Health, the course will not be a duplicate experience.

Location “Det Blå Auditorium”, Victor Albeck Building