CHSP Announces Its First Research Units – University of Copenhagen

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15 June 2017

CHSP Announces Its First Research Units

The Capital Region of Denmark and the University of Copenhagen have recently launched the ambitious health science research partnership Copenhagen Health Science Partners, which will strengthen research and education within heart disease, allergy, leukaemia and physical activity.

Monday the health science research partnership between the University of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark, Copenhagen Health Science Partners or CHSP, was launched.

At the launch in the Maersk Tower CHSP presented its first four research units, which in the future will develop treatment methods for the healthcare system and ensure that the latest health research is implemented and comes to benefit the patients faster.

‘It is vital that we are able to bring our knowledge into play as fast and effectively as possible for the benefit of the citizens. The University of Copenhagen has an ardent wish to contribute to building a society with a high health level, where patients have access to the latest new treatment and the best healthcare solutions’, says Rector Henrik Wegener from the University of Copenhagen.

The main aim of CHSP is to strengthen the cooperation between researchers in basic laboratories and clinical researchers in the hospitals. The partnership is meant to create breakthroughs within near-patient health research and facilitate increased cooperation with the business community, creating more jobs in the region. At the same time, the research will be used to raise the level of education among university graduates employed in the healthcare system.

‘We have established CHSP because we wish to further strengthen the cooperation between the University of Copenhagen and the large university hospitals in the region. This will lead to better treatment of patients and more jobs in the industry in the region. When the distance between research and clinical work is reduced, it strengthens the hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry and study programmes’, says Chairman of the Regional Council Sophie Hæstorp Andersen from the Capital Region of Denmark.

Read short description of the Physical Activity CAG

Increased Physical Activity and Sports in Clinical Medicine

Each year more than 40 million people worldwide die due to lack of physical activity and sedentary lifestyle, which in Denmark is considered one of the main threats to public health. This is because lack of activity often results in cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes.

Clinical Professor Michael Kjær from Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg Hospital and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND) at the University of Copenhagen and Flemming Dela from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at SUND will facilitate greater cooperation and knowledge sharing between researchers at the university and clinical researchers in the hospitals in order to intensify the use of physical activity in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. In addition, the work of the unit will be used to do more experimental projects involving physical activity and to expand the syllabus of the study programme in medicine.

Read the full article and short description of the three additional CAG's from SUND Communication here

More information on CHSP, the four CAGS and future calls can be found at: chsp.dk