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Our clinical Professor Hans Erik Johnsen passed away on Thursday 17 May 2018
Dato: 22.03.18, Foto: Lars Horn / Baghuset

 

It is with great sadness that we have learned that our Professor Hans E. Johnsen passed away unexpectedly on Thursday  – only days after his 70th birthday last Sunday.

Since 2005 he has been the motivator and facilitator in establishing a strong and innovative research section at the Haematology Department, Aalborg University Hospital/Aalborg University. He has been one of the leading experts within personalized medicine in Denmark and will be deeply missed by all of us.

Our thoughts and sympathy go his family.

Tarec C. El-Galaly was awarded the higher doctorate degree at Aalborg University’s annual celebration

Tarec C. el-Galaly received his doctoral letter on stage along with a lithograph by artist Allan Nordmark.

Thomas Yssing Michaelsen received the Roblon Award for DKK 100.000 at Aalborg University’s annual celebration

Thomas Yssing Michaelsen, MSc in Biology, received this year’s Roblon Prize along with DKK 100,000 for his further development of a method for the examination and classification of cancer of the lymph nodes. Each year, the Roblon Prize is awarded to a master’s thesis which is considered particularly innovative. In his master’s thesis ‘A differentiation dependent classification of diffuse large B-cell lymphomas by the NanoString technology’, Thomas Yssing Michaelsen has further developed a method for categorising patients according to their prognosis and treatment needs. This increases the potential for finding the right treatment for individual patients.. See more here: http://www.engineering.aau.dk/nyheder-arrangementer/nyhed/kandidat-i-biologi-vinder-roblon-prisen-2018.cid354945

PhD defence – Mette Marcussen – on 5 January 2018

10 January 2018

On Friday 5 January 2018 specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery , Mette Marcussen, defended her PhD with the title: “Cancer Therapy induced mocositis, Molecular characteristics influencing presence and severity of mucositis during cancer therapy”.

Read more here

 

New Year’s Reception 2018 at Aalborg University

4 January 2018

Martin Bøgsted made a presentation for the New Year’s Reception 2018 at Aalborg University (Nytårskur 2018).

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017

29 December 2017

 

 

Tove Nilsson Research Award

25 October 2017

Congratulations to Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly who has received the Tove Nilsson Research Award for DKK 25,000

http://personalenet.rn.dk/AndreIntranet/AalborgUH/AAS_Nyheder/Sider/Tove-Nilsson-Prisen-gik-til-hæmatolog-og-øjenlæger.aspx

Article in BestPractice, August 2017

12 September 2017

Interdisciplinary follow-up of patients with haematological cancer, see link to article:

tvaerfaglig-opfoelgning-af-patienter-med-haematologisk-cancer

3rd Annual Danish Bioinformatics Conference in Odense on 24 August 2017

30 August 2017

Rasmus Froberg Brøndum gave one of the key note talks Bioinformatics for Precision Oncology” at “the 3rd Annual Danish Bioinformatics Conference 2017 in Odense.

 

 

International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma (ICML)

7 July 2017

PhD student Jorne Biccler attended the 14th edition of the International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma which took place from 14 – 17 June 2017 in Lugano, Switzerland. This year there was a large focus on immunotherapy.

At the conference Jorne Biccler presented two posters with an epidemiological focus:

http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/hon.2438_40

http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/hon.2438_32

 

Master thesis – Thomas Yssing Michaelsen

07 July 2017

On 20 June 2017 Thomas Yssing Michaelsen, Master of Science (MSc) in Biology,  Department of Haematology, defended his master thesis with the title “A differentiation dependent classification of diffuse large B-cell lymphomas by  the NanoString technology”.

 

 

 

 

 

From left external examiner, associate professor Bernt Guldbrandtsen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Foulum, external supervisor, professor Martin Bøgsted, Department of clinical medicine, department of haematology, research section, Aalborg University, Thomas Yssing Michaelsen and internal supervisor, associate professor Mads Albertsen, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Aalborg University

 

Conference at the Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

30 June 2017

Senior bioinformatician Mads Sønderkær attended the Translational Bioinformatics Conference 2017 on 12-13 June 2017 at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK. The meeting highlighted recent advances in the tools and techniques that are facilitating translational research and precision medicine. Mads presented his work on development of diagnostic classification of haematological B-cell malignancies.

Master thesis – Ditte Starberg Jespersen

21 June 2017

On 14 June 2017 Ditte Starberg Jespersen, Master of Science in Chemistry and Bioscience,  Department of Haematology, defended her master thesis with the title “Detection and investigation of alternative RNA splicing in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left Ditte Starberg Jespersen, internal supervisor lecturer Teis Søndergaard, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Aalborg University, external examiner, professor Charlotte Nyvold, department of haeamtology, Odense University Hospital, and external supervisor professor Karen Dybkær, Department of clinical medicine, department of haematology, research section, Aalborg University

 

 

Leadership 0 course

6 June 2017

Julie Støve Bødker has completed the Leadership 0 course and has been certified in “situationsbestemt ledelse”.

 

 

 

 

 

From right: Julie Støve Bødker

2nd Nordic Meeting on Tumor Microenvironment in Lymphoma

30 May 2017

Many colleagues from our department participated in the 2nd Nordic Meeting on Tumor Microenvironment in Lymphoma which took place in Aarhus on 18-19 May 2017.

 

 

 

 

From left: Marijana Nesic, Helle Høholt, Louise Hvilshøj Madsen, Julie Støve Bødker, Karen Dybkær, Hanne Due Rasmussen, Ditte Starberg Jespersen, Laura Ryø

 

Congratulations to the new DMSc Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly

1 May 2017

 On 21 April 2017, Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly defended his doctoral thesis “Staging and Disease Surveillance in Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma” and passed with flying colours.

(from left) Head of Faculty Lars Hvilsted Rasmussen, chairman of the assessment committee professor Asbjørn Mohr Drewes, MD Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly, and the two opponents professor Peter Hokland and associate professor Josée M. Zijlstra

 

 

Doctoral thesis – Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly, 21 April 2017
4 April 2017

 

On Friday 21 April 2017, consultant haematologist Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly, Department of Haematology, will defend his doctoral thesis with the title “Staging and Disease Surveillance in Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma”

The doctoral defence will take place at 1 o’clock p.m. at the Auditorium, Medicinerhuset, Aalborg University Hospital, followed by a reception hosted by Aalborg University.

TEG invitation_disputatsforsvar

 

Articles in Ingeniøren on 20 and 30 December 2016

11 January 2017

See some press clippings citing professor Martin Bøgsted regarding personalized medicine.

Link to the articles:  “Slut med anarkiet: Nu skal læger gensekventere på samme måde”

and Professorer: praktiserende læger er uforberedte på fremtidens medicin

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016
from the Department of Haematology, Research Section,
the Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University and Aalborg University Hospital

 

Last row:

Nicolai Bæch (student), Kasper Lindblad Nielsen (student), Alexander Schmitz (flow cytometry core manager), Anne Lindblom (research secretary), Martin Bøgsted (professor), Rasmus Froberg Brøndum (senior bioinformatician), Lasse Hjort Jakobsen (PhD student), Mia Sommer (project nurse)

Middle row:

Hans Erik Johnsen (professor), Jorne Biccler (PhD student), Anna Schönherz (postdoc), Julie Støve Bødker (senior research scientist), Helle Høholt (research laboratory technician), Karen Dybkær (professor), Zuzana Valnickova Hansen (research

laboratory technician), Anette Eisenhardt Rasmussen (research laboratory technician), Hanne Due Rasmussen (PhD student)

First row:

Thomas Yssing Michaelsen (thesis student), Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly (consultant haematologist), Henning Sand Christensen (research laboratory technician), Louise Hvilshøj Madsen (research laboratory technician), Lise Tordrup Elkjær ( scientific

secretary assistant), Ditte Starberg Jespersen (thesis student), Cecilie Caland Nielsen (project nurse)

Talk at Foulum, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University

23 December 2016

Rasmus Froberg Brøndum, Anna Amanda Schönherz, and Martin Bøgsted were invited to the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University, Foulum, to give a talk about their work in cancer subclassification.

Conference at Christiansborg on 29 November 2016

14 December 2016

Professor Martin Bøgsted and professor Hans Johnsen gave a presentation at the conference held by De Lægevidenskabelige Selskaber on 29 November 2016 at Christiansborg, the agenda being Danish personalized medicine.

Please find the newsletter here:

NEXT newsletter #6 2016

Grant from Svend Andersen Fonden

1 December 2016

Professor Karen Dybkær has received a grant from Svend Andersen Fonden for  DKK 1,000,000 for the project “Genetiske determinanters betydning for behandlingsresistens i specifikke molekylære undertyper af diffus storcellet B-celle lymfom (DLBCL”.

Grant from Augustinus Fonden

1 December 2016

Senior researcher Julie Støve Bødker has received a grant from Augustinus Fonden for DKK 507.495 for the project “kvælstoftank til projekt om individuel behandling af hæmatologiske patienter”

 

HST seminar on 27 October 2016 at Aalborg University

18 October 2016

Laboratory for Medical Mass Spectrometry holds a seminar on Medical Bioinformatics.

At the seminar Martin Bøgsted and Rasmus Froberg Brøndum will be giving a lecture on personalized medicine.

Please find the programme for the seminar here

The seminar is open to all.

LVS seminar on 26 October 2016 at Aarhus University

17 October 2016

LVS, Organisationen af Lægevidenskabelige Selskaber, holds a seminar on personalized medicine.

At the seminar Martin Bøgsted will be giving a lecture on handling of the data complexitiy in personalized medicine.

Please find the programme for the seminar here

The seminar is open to all.

PhD Course on 24-27 October 2016 at Aalborg University Hospital, Forskningens Hus

18 October 2016

A PhD course with the title ” How to analyze and interpret large datasets from emerging -omics based technologies in a clinical setting”  was held on 24-27 October 2016.

This PhD course is offered by the Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology at Aalborg University and the Clinical Cancer Research Center, Aalborg University Hospital.  Please find the final programme here

Enrolment to the PhD course is done through Aalborg University’s “PhD moodle” https://phd.moodle.aau.dk/login/index.php

For further information about the Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology at Aalborg University, please use this link.

NSAS Kickoff Meeting

10 September 2016

Rasmus Froberg Brøndum and Martin Bøgsted participated in the NSAS kick of meeting in Odense. The picture shows Rasmus presenting the requirements for a precision medicine application.

Link to the agenda:  NSAS Kickoff Meeting

Article in Børsen Weekend on 2 July 2016

10 August 2016

Caroline Holm Nørgaard is one of the five Danish medical students who have spent a year abroad in the world’s leading technology Mecca to do research and to learn how to combine the medical education with business.

Link to the article:  “Det er vel ok også at tjene lidt penge”

Presentation at a conference in Adelaide, Australia on 23-25 June 2016

9 August 2016

PhD student Mette Marcussen presented

“MOLECULAR CHARACTERISTICS OF CONSECUTIVE ORAL MUCOSA BIOPSIES FOLLOWING HIGH DOSE MELPHALAN TREATMENT OF MULTIPLE MYELOMA PATIENTS”

at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer on 23-25 June 2016 in Adelaide, Australia.
See Mettes poster here  (type Marcussen in the search field)

Master thesis – Hanne Due Rasmusen, 17 June 2016

30 June 2016

On Friday 17 June 2016, master in Biomedical Sciences, Hanne Due Rasmussen, Department of Haematology, defended her master thesis with the title “Vincristine response in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma”.

The defence took place at the Auditorium, Forskningens Hus.

 

Folkemødet at Bornholm on 16-19 June 2016

30 June 2016

On 16 June 2016 Professor Martin Bøgsted participated in a discussion at the Folkemødet at Bornholm and the topic was ” Personlig medicin – en revolution med håndbremsen trukket?”

Read / watch more here:

Programme from Folkemødet

Newspaper article, Berlingske

Twitter

Variant analysis with GATK – 16-17 June 2016 in Helsinki, Finland

30 June 2016

Senior bioinformatician Rasmus Brøndum participated in the course “Variant Analysis with GATK” on 16 and 17 June 2016. The Genome Analysis Tool Kit (GATK) is a suite of tools developed by the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and is widely used for processing DNA and RNA-seq data.

Lectures were given by trainers from the Broad Institute, and took place at the CSC – IT Center for Science, Helsinki Finland.

EHA 9-12 June 2016, Copenhagen

24 June 2016

Hanne Due Rasmussen, Lasse Hjort Jakobsen, Julie Støve Bødker, Karen Dybkær and Hans Johnsen partidipated in the EHA meeting in Copenhagen.

Lasse Hjort Jakobsen gave an oral presentation at the meeting about “Survival of DLBCL patients in first remission relative to a matched background population” and Hans Johnsen gave an oral presentation about “A new multiple myeloma classification system that correlates to disease stage and prognosis – indication of reversible phenotypic plasticity as a hallmark”

 

The photo shows PhD student Lasse Hjort Jakobsen presenting the abstract at the EHA meeting

 

 

 

PhD thesis – Liesbeth Bieghs, 7 June 2016

27 June 2016
On Tuesday 7 June 2016, master in Biomedical Sciences, Liesbeth Bieghs, Department of Haematology, defended her PhD thesis with the title: “The IGF system in multiple myeloma: exploring diagnostic and therapeutic potential”.

 

The defence took place at Aarhus University. Liesbeht’s PhD degree is a result of a cooperation between Aarhus University / Aalborg University and Vrije University, Brussels, Belgium.

 

 

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Photo: Liesbeth Bieghs, senior researcher Julie Støve Bødker,  associate professor Mette Nyegaard (supervisor from Aalborg University) and professor Karen Dybkær.

Assessment committee – chairman

 

  • Prof. Dr. MD. DMSc. Marianne Hokland, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus Univeristy, Aarhus, Denmark

Assessment committee – opponents:

  • Prof. Dr. MD. DSc. Moustapha Kassem, Department of Endocrinoloogy, KMEB, University of Southern Denmark, Odense C, Denmark
  • Associate Prof. Dr. MD. Anja Seckinger, Department of Internal Medicine V: Hematology, Oncology and Reumatology, Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Ivan Van Riet, Department of Clinical Hematology – Stem Cell Laboratory, UZ Brussel Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

Promotors – Denmark

  • Associate Prof. Dr. Mette Nyegaard, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Toft Overgaard, Department of Chemistry and Biocience, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Promoters – Belgium

  • Prof. Dr. Karin Vanderkerken, Department of Hematology and Immunology, Virje universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Elke De Bruyne, Department of Hematology and Immunology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

Time:

  • 7 June 2016, 15.00 hours

 

Place:

  • Bartholinbygning at Aarhus University.
1st European Conference on Translational Bioinformatics, 26-27 April 2016

17 May 2016

The photo shows Anna Schönherz next to the poster explaining what NEXT bioinformatics is all about.

 

 

On 26 and 27 April 2016 Mette Dahl Bendtsen, Anna Schönherz, Karen Dybkær, Hans Erik Johnsen, Lasse Hjort Jakobsen, Rasmus Froberg Brøndum and Martin Bøgsted participated in the 1st European Conference on Translational Bioinformatics.

At the conference there were lectures by some of the world’s leading experts in translating bioinformatics and systems biology for clinical use.

The conference was very inspiring and emphasized the potential of the relapse project.

At the conference, we presented 3 posters concerning the relapse project, NEXT bioinformatics and hemaclass.org.

 

From left Proff. dr. Wolfram Klapper, Proff. Karen Dybkær and Consultant Haematologist Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly

 

On 15 March 2016 Professor Karen Dybkær, Consultant Haematologist Tarec El-Galaly, and Professor Martin Bøgsted visited Professor Dr. Wolfram Klapper, University of Kiel.

The purpose of the visit was to discuss a possible collaboration. It was a very fruitful meeting, and a number of specific projects were planned.

Besides the scientific meeting, they also saw the teaching archive of lymphoma cases collected by Karl Lennart, who was the father of the famous Kiel Classification for Lymphoma, from which the B-cell associated gene signature classifier from our group has its origin.

EHA Classical Master Class

17 May 2016

Haematologist, Rie Sander Bech participated in an EHA Master Class video.

The EHA Classical Master Class is a seven-month online group learning experience for hematologists approaching the end of their training.
During the course, mentees are expected to solve complex and challenging cases presented by, and under the guidance of experts.

Get introduced to the EHA Master Class and learn more about our Mentors and Mentees and their experiences.

Watch the EUA Master Class video here.

Health Minister Sophie Løhde visit

On 10 March 2016, our Health Minister Sophie Løhde visited Aalborg University Hospital.

Professor Hans E Johnsen offered an insight into focused individual treatment of patients with cancer relapse – one of the hospital’s spearhead functions.

Read more here

Travel grant from Lundbeckfonden

24 Febuary 2016

Professor MSO Martin Bøgsted has received a grant from Lundbeckfonden for DKK 24,009 to cover his stay at Stanford University School of Medicine from 28 January – 6 February 2016.

For more details, see stanford.edu/events/seminars/2016Seminars

Article in Dagens Medicin concerning check-up scans of patients with lymphoma

17  February 2016

Tarec Christoffer El-Galay, consultant haematologist, has given an interview to the magazine Dagens Medicin concerning “check-up scans of patients with lymphoma.

For more details, see here

Article in Ingeniøren concerning personalized medicine

12  February 2016

Martin Bøgsted, Professor MSO, has given an interview to the magazine Ingeniøren concerning “Personlig medicin”.

For more details, see here

Stay at Stanford

25 January 2016

Martin Bøgsted, Professor MSO, is going to Stanford at the end of January 2016.
The purpose of the visit is to study the heterogeneity of CLL, but also to establish further collaboration on mutual ideas on the cellular origin of cancer.

Furthermore, Martin will be giving a talk at Stanford about his current research in developing methods for identifying the cellular origin of cancer.
For more details, see stanford.edu/events/seminars/2016Seminars

Grant from Det Obelske Familefond

18 January 2016

Senior researcher Julie Støve Bødker and flow cytometry core manager Alexander Schmitz have received a grant from Det Obelske Familefond for DKK 1,910,000 for the project “ProGene: Prospective gene analysis of clonal heterogeneity in relapsed B-cell malignancies”.

Read more about the project here