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Prestigious research scholarship shared by three talented researchers

Three PhD students from Health at Aarhus University share the sought-after Fogh-Nielsen scholarship. The scholarship totals DKK 140,000 and is awarded to outstanding PhD researchers.


With research projects in fields ranging from hip dysplasia to alcoholic liver disease and the experience of oral and facial pain, three of Health’s most proficient young researchers were chosen to compete in a researcher battle at the faculty’s annual PhD Day, which was held on Friday 24 January.

Each of the three was given ten minutes to present their research project in front of around four hundred colleagues from the whole faculty. Based on both the research itself and the presentations, a panel of judges picked the winner of the largest portion of the scholarship’s DKK 140,000.

The winner of the largest portion of the scholarship – DKK 60,000 – was Sidsel Støy, PhD student at the Department of Clinical Medicine. She receives the scholarship in recognition of her research which both advances our understanding of the fatal disease alcoholic liver disease and points towards a potential new form of treatment.

Julie Sandell Jacobsen, PhD student at the Department of Clinical Medicine and Associate Professor at VIA University Collage, received DKK 40,000. Her research challenges the hitherto understanding of the cause of pain in hip dysplasia.

Pankaj Taneja, who is a PhD student at the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, also receives DKK 40,000 for his research into how the stimulation of special nerve fibres in the skin affects our perception of pain.

The scholarship must be used for research purposes and is intended to support projects involving new studies that build on research results achieved during the PhD degree programme.

Watch the videos with the three research talents and see each of them present their research projects in around a minute.

PhD student, Sidsel Støy
Aarhus University, Department of Clinical Medicine
Hepatology and Gastroenterology
Email: sidsel.stoy@clin.au.dk

PhD student, Julie Sandell Jacobsen
Aarhus University, Department of Clinical Medicine
VIA University College, Department of Physiotherapy, Aarhus
Tel.: (+45) 8755 2340
Email: JSAJ@via.dk

PhD student, Pankaj Taneja
Aarhus University, Department of Dentistry and Oral Health
Section of Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Pathology
Email: pantaneja@dent.au.dk