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Professor - Head of Research - Consultant in Rheumatology (since 2013).
Odense University Hospital / Southern University of Denmark.
Scientific societies / Boards / Adjunct professorhips:

2020- Member of the Research Board of the Danish Society of Rhuematology.

2019-      Member of the Danish Society of Rheumatology Association "National Guideline Committee regarding Comorbidities in Inflammatory Arthritis"

2018-      Member of the Danish Society of Rheumatology Association (DSR) "National Guideline Committee regarding Rheumatoid arthritis"  
2017-      Co-chair of the Phd-Grant omittee at Odense University Hospital. 
2016-      Executive member of the Research board at Odense University Hospital.
2016-      Adjunct professor Århus University in “Rational and innovative patient pathways”. 
2015-      Member of ATACC-RA, A Trans Atlantic Cardiovascular risk Consortium in Rheumatoid arthritis.
2014-      Member of the Research board at Odense University Hospital.
2005-      Member of the Steering committees of the following national multicenter RCT’s: CIMESTRA, OPERA, DANACT, ERACORI (PI), FLORA (PI).  
2010-13  Chairman of the board for ´Evaluation of Biologic treatment` Region Midt.
2010-13  Chairman of the Research board at Hospital Unit Midt, Viborg.
2010-13  Member of Region Midt ´Scientific Ethical board`.
2010-13  Associate professor at the Clinical Institute, Health, Aarhus University.
2008-13  Associate professor, Department of Public Health, Health, Aarhus University.
2008-13  Head of Research and consultant at the Rheumatology unit, Diagnostic Centre, Silkeborg. 
2005-9    Member of the Research board of the Danish Society of Rheumatology.
2005-8    Member of the board of the Danish Society of Rheumatology.
Education / Academic degree:
2008       Specialist in Internal medicine: Rheumatology. The Danish National Healthboard.
2000       Ph.D: MCP-1 in Rheumatoid arthritis and Temporal arteritis. Health, Aarhus University, DK.
1992       MD. Health, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Research area:
Aspects of early diagnosis, cardiovascular comorbidity, prognosis, compliance and pathogenesis focusing on the microbiome in early and chronic Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis and Spondyloarthropathy. Using: Imaging (PET-CT, CT-KAG, MRI of joints and heart, ultrasound of heart, joints and tendons (including Doppler/Speckle track echocardiograpy and elastography)), immunological and molecular-biological techniques (including ELISA, flow-cytometry, immunohistochemistry, western-blotting, SNP-genetics, micro-RNA, in vitro migration, mononuclear and stemcell proliferation-assays and pharmacokinetics) and epidemiological approaches.
This in inception and transsectional cohorts and investigator initiated trials (randomized blinded as well as open treatment strategy studies with conventional DMARD's, biological DMARD's as well as and innovative strategies like microbiome transplantation or multidisciplinary comorbidity intervention).
International peer reviewed publications / posters / oral presentations:
Publications: See below, 11 primary authorships.
Oral presentations internationally: since 2005: 25.
ORCID CV: Orcidid.org/0000-0003-0426-4962
SDU CV: http://findresearcher.sdu.dk/portal/en/persons/torkell-ellingsen(12189359-9c0f-4bf1-8b75-be844c75b85b)/cv.html?id=121502397
H-index and citations: See Scopus link on this page.


Courses in MCQ examinations, Problembased learning (PBL), Teambased learning (TBL) and public speaking.

Currently Responsible for K2 Modul: Mussculoskelatal and Blood diseases, Facultiy of health, including exams.

Since 2008 pre- and post-graduate experience as teacher of nurses, biopharmaceuticals, medical students an colleques with responsibility for examinations in University settings at two University facultiess (see employment). Research supervisor experience with pregraduate researchers (medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, farmaci) and post graduate Phd- and post doc supervision.

Preferred methodology may include PBL, TBL, lectures including Zoom-lectures

Have running experience in revison and evaluation of teaching setups generally.  

External positions

Adjunct professor in "Rational and innovative patient pathways", Aarhus University

2016 → …


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