We run the program

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Jeppe Dørup Olesen, Program Manager and Science Attaché, ICDK
Strong background in science diplomacy and management. Jeppe previously led Aarhus University’s initiative for Talent Development and before that, he worked for the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Jeppe has a PhD in Political Science from the European University in Florence.

Christian Malberbe, Program Manager and Senior Advisor, ICDK
Christian has both a medican and commercial background and a passion for innovation and growth. He has worked in healthcare across four countries as well as tech start ups in Silicon Valley. chrmal@um.dk

Josefine Lange Strandgaard, Program Manager and Advisor, ICDK
Josefine has a background within innovation and entrepreneurship. She has previously worked with program management for entrepreneurship at universities and in different startups. She has a M.Sc.Eng in Design and Innovation from DTU.

Kala Mehta, D.Sc, MPH. Academic Director, UCSF
Strong academic leadership background. Over 8 years experience (through UCSF& CTSI) in developing and running courses in clinical research, biostatistics and epidemiology. Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.


Peter Chin-Hong, MD, UCSF Faculty Liaison.

Director of the Pre-Health Undergraduate Program and the Clinical & Translational Research Fellows Program at UCSF. Direct experience training US and DK medical students. Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Will assist with program strategy, promotion, networking and identifying courses and mentors.

Steven Goodman, MD, MHS, PhD, Stanford Faculty Liaison.

Associate Dean of Clinical and Translational Research. Directs Stanford & CTSA/Spectrum training programs in medical research methods. Vice-chair of the Methodology Committee of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Professor of Medicine and of Health Research & Policy at Stanford. Will assist with program strategy, promotion, networking, identifying courses and mentors.



Andreas Kjær, MD, PhD, Clinician-Scientist and Entrepreneur, Advisory Board Co-Chair (DK).

Professor and Chief Physician at Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen. Head of Research, Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine & PET. Research focused on molecular imaging with PET and PET/MRI in cancer. Member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences. Co-founder of two biotech companies.

Shomit Ghose, Software Entrepreneur and VC, Advisory Board Co-Chair (US).

General partner and managing director at ONSET Ventures, an early-stage Silicon Valley venture capital fund with $1 billion under management. Focus on big data and software infrastructure. Start-up experience includes three successful IPOs: as SVP of Operations at Tumbleweed Communications (1999 IPO), VP of Worldwide Services at BroadVision (1996 IPO), and software engineer at Sun Microsystems (1986 IPO).


University of Copenhagen 

Jens Dalsgaard Hove, MD, PhD. Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen. Chief Physician at Hvidovre University Hospital and Director of its cardiac imaging unit. Research focus on cardiac imaging with echocardiography, cardiac CT and cardiac MR. Lead Institutional Liaison for Danish medical schools.

Aalborg University

Martin Bøgsted, PhD, Professor, Aalborg University/Aalborg University Hospital. Research focus on statistical issues in translating high throughout biological and big clinical data findings to clinical practice. Covers the whole statistical value chain from teaching and methodological developments to engineering, epidemiology, clinical trials designs (phase 0, I, II, and III), protocols, data management and computational statistics.

Aarhus University

Henrik Toft-Sørensen, MD, PhD, Internal medicine and hepatology. Professor of clinical epidemiology, founder and chair of Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University Hospital. His research spans pharmaco-epidemiology, epidemiological measures and determinants of the prognosis of several chronic diseases using Danish registries and databases. Member, Board of Directors of the Danish Council for Independent Research.

University of Southern Denmark 

Jakob Ousager, PhD, Senior Executive Officer, Vice Head of the Graduate School. DK Institutional Liaisons facilitate relations with students, mentors, and administration at DK Institutions, coordinate with their US Institutional Liaison counterparts, and promote the program.