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Research into skin bacteria strengthened by grant

Associate professor, Research Coordinator and Consultant Jeppe Lange from Aarhus University and Horsens Regional Hospital receives the Fabrikant Vilhelm Pedersen and Hustrus Scholarship of DKK two million towards his research into infections after orthopaedic surgery. He receives the grant following recommendation by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Skin bacteria are the cause of infections in patients with joint prostheses. This is a familiar and widespread clinical problem and one which Jeppe Lange from the Department of Clinical Medicine in Aarhus and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Horsens Regional Hospital will now look into – and he has received DKK two million to do this.

Jeppe Lange and his research colleagues isolate skin bacteria from patients with infections in their hip- or shoulder prosthesis with the help of ultra-sound, enabling them to examine the bacteria using advanced molecular-biological techniques. Their ambition is to reduce the number of infections – initially for patients with joint prosthesis and in the longer term also for the benefit of other patients with e.g. artificial heart valves and vascular prosthesis.

The research project is based on in a multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers in Denmark, Sweden and Germany. With the help of the grant, Jeppe Lange will now be able to implement two planned PhD programmes in partnership with Associate Professor Holger Brüggemann from the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University.


Associate Professor, Consultant and PhD Jeppe Lang
Aarhus University, Department of Clinical Medicine and
Horsens Regional Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Mobile: (+45) 2685 3290
Email: jeppe.lange@clin.au.dk