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New professor conducts research into chronic oral and maxillofacial pain and nutrition

How does pain, missing teeth or dryness in the mouth affect our nutrition? And is there a correlation between what we eat in childhood and our risk of developing maxillofacial pain and headaches as an adult? This is the area which Lene Baad-Hansen, who is a new professor at Aarhus University, investigates.

PhD and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Lene Baad-Hansen has spent a number of years conducting research into orofacial pain, which is to say pain in the mouth and face. As a newly appointed professor at the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, she strengthens the research area by also looking into the correlation between orofacial pain and reduced function in the mouth and jaw, on the one hand, and our health, nutrition and choice of food, on the other.

While she herself is a trained dentist, Lene Baad-Hansen collaborates with epidemiologists, geneticists, biologists and food scientists in her research projects. Interdisciplinary research is beneficial for those who suffer from chronic orofacial pain and have problems with talking, chewing and swallowing.

Lene Baad-Hansen’s first day in her new position will be 1 April 2021.


Professor, PhD & DDS Lene Baad-Hansen
Aarhus University, Department of Dentistry and Oral Health
Mobile: (+45) 5140 1984
Email: lene.hansen@dent.au.dk