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Assignment on aging-related issues

Are you interested in making either your Bachelor’s, Master’s or Research Year’s assignment on aging-related issues? Then researchers from Center of Healthy Aging can be your supervisors.

Center for Healthy Aging is an interdisciplinary research center closely linked with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. The center focuses on research into aging for better health and reduced frailty throughout life. The research produce new knowledge on how more people can live healthy lives and enjoy a robust old-age. The multidisciplinary research themes investigate biomedical, social and psychological causes of healthy aging, and this knowledge will form the basis for new initiatives for both prevention and treatment.

Key research questions at Center for Healthy Aging

  • How can we ensure that we live and age well over the course of a lifetime?
  • How should we explain the biology of aging?
  • How do we minimize age-related disease?
  • How do we encourage people to take care of their health and enjoy more healthy, active years of their life?

The center includes 3 research themes and a number of interdisciplinary activities. The 3 themes are all seeking new knowledge about how more people can have a healthy life and healthy aging.

Examples of subjects for your assignment:

Molecular Aging
: DNA-repair, oxidative stress, mitochondrial studies, biomarkers. (Professor Lene Juel Rasmussen, Professor Ian D. Hickson,, Assistant professor Morten Scheibye-Knudsen, Professor Simon Bekker-Jensen and Associate professor Javier Pena-Diaz

Neurobiology: Neurodegeneration, brain aging, brain imaging, optogenetics, two-photon microscopy, brain energy metabolism and mitochondria, brain blood flow and the blood-brain barrier, aging and sleep, drug delivery of small and large molecules, basic mechanisms of aging, early manifestations of aging, cerebral rhythmic activities. (Professor Martin Lauritzen,

Muscle and Metabolism: Physical training & fitness, muscle studies, skeletal muscle loss, sarcopenia, frailty, insulin resistance and metabolic disturbance, muscle tissue regeneration, matrix tissue repair, diabetes, obesity. (Professor Flemming Dela, or Professor Michael Kjær,

Life Course Perspective on Aging: Biological, physiological and mental markers of early aging, the aging process over the course of life, influence of childhood factors on early aging, analysis of epidemiological data. (Professor Erik Lykke Mortensen,

Health Care Policy and Preventive Medicine: Social and ethnic factors in relation to the use of preventive medication, tools for coordination and integration of preventive medication, significance of health policies, organization of the health care system, medical technologies in preventive medication. (Professor Karsten Vrangbæk,

Health Promotion, Communication and User-driven Innovation: Illuminating how the users of the health care system handle their health over the course of a lifetime, identifying patterns in the way expectations, conditions of life and habits affect how users approach their own health, methods to promote health as a user-driven process. (Associate Professor Astrid Pernille Jespersen,

Further information contact: Tina Gottlieb, email: 

Center for Healthy Aging is financed by the Nordea-fonden with a grant of 300 million DKK for a period of 10 years (2009-2018).