Inspired by the UK, Copenhagen initiates new collaborations to promote research on healthcare – University of Copenhagen

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19 October 2016

Inspired by the UK, Copenhagen initiates new collaborations to promote research on healthcare

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The University of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark enter into new research collaborations in Copenhagen. The collaboration model is inspired by the impressive results from King’s College in England. It will ensure better healthcare research, which in turn will benefit patients quicker. The University of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark is also looking for a visionary director to head the new centre.

The Capital Region of Copenhagen and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen are commencing a strengthened partnership. The new collaborative initiative is realized by way of a healthcare research academy named Copenhagen Health Science Partners (CHSP). The Academy will provide the framework for world-class healthcare research while also ensuring that regional patients gain access to the latest treatments and care available. Simultaneously, CHSP will generate new ventures in terms of patient-related healthcare research, which in turn will secure increased business collaborations, thus also generating more jobs in the Capital Region of Denmark. Furthermore, CHSP will contribute to the upgrade of all healthcare educations.

“In the Capital Region of Copenhagen we aim to ensure that future patients have access to a healthcare system of the highest quality. Collaborating with the University of Copenhagen on the establishment of CHSP marks a new development where the latest research will benefit patients quicker. Research results must be implemented faster and more efficiently in the everyday clinical proceedings at our hospitals – just as we have to strengthen our efforts to utilize research results commercially in collaboration with universities and businesses both within and outside the region,” says Regional Director Hjalte Aaberg from the Capital Region of Denmark.

The Capital Region of Denmark is in charge of healthcare services for 1.7 million citizens and on a daily basis, the region’s hospitals and clinics administer to an average of 13,000 patients. Concurrently, more than 4,000 scientists are engaged in innovative research at the University of Copenhagen and at the regional hospitals. Scientists and clinical researchers alike can use CHSP to learn from each other and develop new ideas. This equals faster scientific results and better treatments for patients. 

Inspired by a UK model
Collaborations on the establishment of CHSP is inspired by King’s College in the UK, where they have managed to bring basic research at the universities and patient-based research at the hospitals closer together. 

“The University of Copenhagen provides the framework for internationally recognized research on diseases such as cancer, diabetes and dementia. CHSP is the realization of an old wish to generate closer collaborations between leading health directors in Copenhagen. It is exactly in the cross-field between laboratories and patients that we will see the next medical achievements,” says Dean Ulla Wewer from SUND.

The collaboration model is founded on, among other things, a mix of powerful interdisciplinary research units called “Clinical Academic Groups” (CAGs). A CAG consists of a number of clinicians and researchers from the Capital Region of Denmark, regional educators as well as university teachers and researchers. Their main aim is to create the best possible framework for interdisciplinary collaborations across basic research and hospital treatments with the inclusion of regional experiences with patient contact. The experience gained from the CAG collaborations will also be used in educations to ensure that future healthcare professionals benefit from the value generated by CHSP. 

Looking for a visionary director
The partners behind CHSP are currently looking for at strong person to head the new collaboration project. The job description includes locating areas of engagement as well as establishing the best research teams for each assignment. 

“It’s not an easy task, but it’s a very important one. We’re looking for a person with tremendous professional legitimacy, someone with a great overview of the region’s efforts related to healthcare research, who also has an international outlook and not least someone who can lead by way of a strong vision,” says Ralf Hemmingsen, Rector at the University of Copenhagen.

CHSP will commence its work, as soon as the director is found.

Contact information 
Regional Director Hjalte Aaberg, the Capital Region of Denmark
Director Claus Bjørn Billehøj
By way of the on-duty press officer: +45 7020 9588

Dean Ulla Wewer, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
By way of Head of Communications Anéh Christina Hajdu: +45 2122 2692

Advertisement of vacancy for the position of Director of Copenhagen Health Science Partners: http://sund.ku.dk/om-sund/job/stillingsopslag/chsp-director/