ICDK launches unique offer for Denmark’s best medicine students!

Young scientist in white uniform working in laboratory

Young scientist in white uniform working in laboratory

Who doesn’t have a semester filled with lab coats, pipettes, statistical explorations, and a world-class scientific environment on the top of their wish-list? Well, probably not the majority, but for some of the top talented Danish med students, the wish might now come true.

Clinical research training for rising stars in the life sciences received a significant boost earlier this month, with the start of the Lundbeck Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship Program—a partnership between leading medical centers in Denmark and the US and Innovation Center Denmark.

Based on an established mentorship model, the program gives Danish medical students international exposure, comprehensive clinical research training, and a highly supportive infrastructure to launch their career in medical research.

Statistics, tutoring, and lab work

One of the only programs of its kind worldwide offering formalized clinical research training for Danish medical students, the collaboration brings students from prominent medical schools (University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Aalborg University, and the University of Southern Denmark) to San Francisco, where they are closely mentored by internationally recognized clinical researchers at the finest Med Schools in the Bay Area.

Renowned for extensive patient registries, cohorts, and population-based studies, the participating Danish institutions are ideal partners to help further advance the three California centers’ broad portfolio of cutting edge basic and clinical research.

During the program, each fellow completes one or more closely mentored clinical research projects and receives small-group teaching in research ethics, clinical study design, biostatistics, epidemiology, research presentation, and manuscript writing, and submits a first-author manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.

More from ICDK: US Educators want Danish collaboration.

Few programs of this kind exist with a validated program infrastructure and mentor program that allows the students to ‘hit the ground running’.

While the Danish students benefit from working in an international setting, mentors in Denmark and California medical centers are inspired by the passion and new ideas that students bring to their work. Often, the fellows help form valuable, lasting global collaborations, as evidenced by international grant applications to the National Institutes of Health and European Union funding agencies.

It is expected that the first 6-10 of the stellar Danish students will be in the Bay Area top Med Schools from the summer of 2015 following a rigorous applications process.

Read more about the program here [in Danish].

Grundfos Cuts the Ribbon to Innovative Water Technology Center

Niels Due Jensen, Chairman of Grundfos Pumps Cuts the Ribbon

Niels Due Jensen, Chairman of Grundfos Pumps Cuts the Ribbon

On September 20, Grundfos Chairman, Niels Due Jensen, unveiled Grundfos’ Water Technology Center in Fresno, California. The center will set the standard in water technology throughout the world as well as benefit the entire region, said Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno.

The Water Technology Center will primarily focus on innovative product research in irrigation and other uses for water. However, Grundfos is also opening up towards the industry and invites researchers and entrepreneurs to test and prototype their ideas. Further incubation and funding possibilities will also play a key part, and researchers will be able to take advantage of Grundfos’ strategic partnerships with the International Center for Water Technology at Fresno State University, the Central Valley Business Incubator, and PureSense, Climate Minder, Aquacue, and others.

Danish Professor of Biology gives talk at UC Davis

On Wednesday May 23rd Dr Karsten Kristiansen of the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen will be presenting a talk titled: “Transdifferentiation of white into brown adipose tissue requires cyclooxygenases” at a special seminar at UC Davis.

Cyclooxygenases (COXs) are the rate-limiting enzymes in prostaglandin synthesis and important in inflammatory responses. The COXs have also been implicated in the control of adipogenesis, and a variety of prostaglandins is produced in adipose tissues. However, their specific roles in adipose tissues are not yet elucidated. Here we demonstrate a concomitant induction of COX2 and UCP1 in inguinal white adipose tissue upon cold exposure. Our findings that cold-induced UCP1 expression in inguinal white, but not interscapular brown adipose tissue, was attenuated in COX2 KO mice and in wild type mice treated with a COX-inhibitor, suggest a role of COX2 in regulation of UCP1 expression during transdifferentiation. The importance of COX-activity and prostaglandins in mediating UCP1 induction is underscored by our finding that UCP1 expression can be induced by forced expression of the COXs and injection of a stable PGE2-analog. Finally, we show that inhibition of COXs attenuated diet-induced UCP1 expression and increased energy-efficiency in obesity-resistant mice providing further support for a role of COXs in the control of energy balance and obesity development.

Karsten Kristiansen is Professor of Molecular Biology and head of the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen. The seminar will take place on Wednesday May 25, 2011 from 3:00-4:00pm at the WHNRC Conference Room #121 at UC Davis

The Danes impress at the AEC Global Teamwork finals!


Architect Gitte from AAU presenting her project

On Friday May 6 the grand finale of this year’s Global Teamwork Project was held at Stanford University with participation of three excellent Danish students: Gitte Sørensen from Aalborg University and Mads Rasmussen and Linette Bodilsen from the Technical University of Denmark. Over the last 5 months the three students have been working in their respective groups across countries and time zones to solve a current building project. This year’s challenge was ‘the university campus of the future’ and we were very impressed with the results! Congratulations to Linette whose team won the Integrated Project Delivery Challenge.

The Global Teamwork Project is an interdisciplinary building project between the fields of architecture, engineering and building, orchestrated by the problem-based learning lab at Stanford and adopting the newest online collaboration tools to make this possible. The project gathers students from all over the world to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams and across up to 10 time zones on solving current building problems for real clients. The final presentations on Friday were the culmination of 5 months’ hard work and the 8 teams were proud and relieved to finally present their projects.

The Global Teamwork Project is one example of the great collaboration between Stanford’s Problem-Based Learning Lab and Denmark which was further consolidated when leader of PBL, Renate Fruchter, was recently appointed honorary doctor at Aalborg University.

Apply Now: Summer School on Renewable Energy in California

Summer is approaching and so is our annual summer school on renewable energy. Right now, we are looking for the next batch of energy-conscious students to spend 3 weeks in California this August.

Danish-Californian collaboration
The Denmark-California Summer Program on Renewable Energy is a unique educational initiative developed by leading universities in Denmark and California. Students and researchers from the UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC Merced, Technical University of Denmark and Aalborg University will meet in California for a 3-week renewable energy summer school program. Participants learn about the economics, politics, science and technology behind RE implementation from leading experts, while exploring communities and relevant energy sites where similar technology is in place or currently being implemented.

A multi disciplinary approach
The program is intended for students of all disciplines, chosen on the basis of their academic qualifications, creativity and commitment to RE. Each year, selected students from engineering, business, environmental studies, political science, geography, economics and other fields are grouped together across disciplines and national ties to form project-based teams that throughout the program investigate the opportunities and challenges facing RE implementation

Join us this summer!
The Summer Program is 4-weeks long – including a first week of online course. The
 3-week program in California consists of classroom lectures, seminars and field trips to relevant energy sites and facilities all around Northern California. In addition to lectures and visits, participants will develop a problem-oriented research project, which represents a fundamental part of the overall learning experience. Upon conclusion of the program, a final written report and a presentation are completed by student teams, including analyses of the identified problem, possible solutions and suggested recommendations.

Read more about the summer school and apply here. The application deadline is May 16th, 2011.

For further information please contact Lars Beer Nielsen, Research and Development Attaché at Innovation Center Denmark.

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