1 April 2020

Four researcher at the Department of Biomedical Sciences have received a BRIDGE postdoc grant


For the second year in a row, eleven young researchers have received a 2-year postdoc grant via the BRIDGE programme funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. In 2020, four of the grants went to researchers at the Department of Biomedical Sciences; Anders Rehfeld, Claes Ahlberg, Eva Hesselkilde and Lærke Gasbjerg

In 2019, SUND launched the BRIDGE– Translational Excellence Programme funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. As in 2019, eleven fellows have received a 2-year postdoc grant in 2020.

Together with their mentors, they will help to better the health of patients by applying new discoveries and technologies from biomedical research to the clinical environment or to the life science industry, thus bridging the gaps between research and medical treatment.

In fall 2019, the Department of Biomedical Sciences send in 11 applications for the programme which resulted in a success rate of 36%. One of the BRIDGE fellows from BMI is Anders Rehfeld. Reed story and see video about Anders and his project in the news article about this year's grants from the BRIDGE programme.

The four BRIDE fellows from BMI are:

Anders Rehfeld

Anders Rehfeld

Project: Development of a novel male contraceptive through specific inhibition of the CatSper ion channel in human sperm cells.

Life science industry mentor: Bo Hjorth Bentzen 

Claes Gustav Oliver Ahlberg

Claes Ahlberg

Project: Integration of MRI and genetic data to predict risk of AF and stroke

Basic mentor: Morten Salling Olesen

Eva Hesselkilde

Eva Hesselkilde

Project: Ventricular fibrillation during acute myocardial infarction

Basic mentor: Thomas Jespersen

Lærke Gasbjerg

Lærke Gasberg

Project: The role of the intestinal hormones GIP and GLP-2 in postprandial splanchnic blood flow distribution and metabolism in humans

Basic mentor: Mette Rosenkilde

A BRIDGE postdoc runs over the course of 2 years, during which fellows will dedicate 20% of their time to educational activities, such as courses, and 80% of their time to an individual research project in the field of translational medicine.

Each fellow teams up with two mentors, one from a basic biomedical science environment at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and one from a clinically oriented environment at a hospital in The Capital Region of Denmark, the neighbouring Region Zealand or in the life science industry in Denmark.

Through the BRIDGE programme fellows will understand the scientific content of translational medicine, acquire the knowledge and skills to manage the essential collaboration between disciplines, and translate and back-translate between clinical and basic science.

See the additional 7 BRIDGE fellows in 2020