New affiliated professor in arctic health at University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen is increasing its research activities and collaboration within arctic health by appointing medical doctor Michael Lynge Pedersen as the new affiliated professor in artic health at the Department of Public Health. Michael Lynge Pedersen spent the last 25 years in the Greenlandic health care system where he - among other things - helped develop the local health services research.
From 1 May 2023, the University of Copenhagen can look forward to more collaboration with Greenlandic counterparts and partners such as Ilismatusarfik (University of Greenland) and Inuunerissaavik Steno Kalaallit Nunaat (Steno Diabetes Center Grønland) with the appointment of Michael Lynge Pedersen as the new affiliated professor in artic health at the Department of Public Health.
Throughout nearly 25 years as a medical doctor in the Greenlandic Health Service, Michael Lynge Pedersen has helped develop the local health services research. Health service has always been an important tool for him in proving fair health care in Greenland at a high professional level. Greenland is a huge Arctic country with a relatively small population living in geographically isolated cities and settlements and there are special challenges associated with providing health services to everyone, regardless of residence.
The combination of great challenges and unique opportunities, where the effect on the effort makes a difference for the Greenlandic Health Services and the individual patient in Greenland inspires me on a daily basis
Michael Lynge Pedersen has particularly been involved in data driven diabetes care, where for 15 years the management of diabetes has been guided by national continuous monitoring based on real-time smart data.
"I am very grateful, humble and expectant in relation to becoming part of Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen. I am sure that this new opportunity will strengthen the cooperation around Greenlandic and Arctic health research and dissemination in both Greenland and Denmark to the benefit of general health in Greenland, but hopefully also in other places in the world with similar challenges” says Michael Lynge Pedersen.
Theis Lange, Head of the Department of Public Health, welcomes Michael Lynge Pedersen to the university: "With the appointment of Michael, the department - and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - will be associated with a strong research profile with unique experiences in both research and public health work in Greenland. This will complement the research that is already taking place at the department and give opportunity for our research to be applied in even more places.”
Michael Lynge Pedersen’s appointment as affiliated professor is for five years from 1 May 2023.
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See Michael Lynge Pedersen's profile at the University of Greenland here.