10. oktober 2020

Forskningsår eller kandidatspeciale inden for ernæring og kroniske tarmsygdomme

En eller to sundhedsvidenskabelige studerende søges til et samarbejde mellem Syddansk Universitet og Københavns Universitet

Ansøgningsfrist: Ingen, men gerne så hurtigt som muligt

Nutrient status prior to birth and during childhood among young adult patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Aim of project
Describe micronutrient status in IBD among children and young adults and investigate the role of micronutrient status prior to birth and during childhood/adolescence in disease development using the Copenhagen Primary Care Laboratory (CopLab) database and the Danish Medical Birth Register (MBR)/CopLab Pregnancy database (CopLabPreg).

  1. Review current literature on micronutrient status and risk-factors among IBD adult/children (literature review)
  2. Describe pre-disease micronutrient status among IBD adult/children
  3. Describe maternal/paternal micronutrient status and risk of IBD among the offspring

Micronutrient status has been reported to be disturbed among patients with chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, reports are conflicting and the extent to which any changes results from the disease or is involved in disease development is uncertain. Children may be more affected than adults due to higher demand during growth (Fritz J, Walia C, Elkadri A, et al. A Systematic Review of Micronutrient Deficiencies in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2018).

The research team
Supervisors will be:

  • Berit L. Heitmann, Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen and Leader of the Research Unit for Dietary Studies, the Parker Institute, Frederiksberg Hospital
  • Vibeke Andersen, professor, Research Leader, Focused Research Unit for Molecular Diagnostics and Clinical Research, University Hospital of Southern Jutland

Practical information
The study can be performed as a candidate/ research year study (followed by PhD). A candidate/student with interest for nutrition and statistics is preferred (e.g. Health Research (Folkesundhedsvidenskab), Medicine, or Nutrition). Two students working on their own project, but collaborating on methods, interpretation, etc., are preferred. You will be involved in describing the study, applying for relevant permissions and expenses/economy. The study may be performed at KU and/or SDU. Data access and analyses will take place at KU.

How to apply
If interested please send us an email marked with “Project proposal CopLab IBD”.


Vibeke Andersen

Focused Research Unit for Molecular Diagnostics and Clinical Research
University Hospital of Southern Jutland

Phone: +45 21157790

Berit L. Heitmann

Section for General medicine, Department of Public Health
University of Copenhagen

Research Unit for Dietary Studies, the Parker Institute
Frederiksberg Hospital

Phone: +45 3816 3070