Basic Cardiometabolic Research PhD Course

Are you an early-stage PhD student in basic, translational or clinical science? Do you want to know more about the molecular mechanisms in developing diabetes, endocrine and cardiovascular diseases? Join our introductory, interdisciplinary, and interactive course on Basic Cardiometabolic Research this October!

Info about event


Tuesday 22 October 2024, at 09:00 - Friday 25 October 2024, at 12:30


Sonnerupgaard Gods, Tølløsevej, Hvalsø


Danish Cardiovascular Academy & Danish Diabetes and Endocrine Academy


00,00 DKK

Join our introductory, interdisciplinary, and interactive course on Basic Cardiometabolic Research this October. 

After the course, you will have a basic understanding of metabolism, the pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications at the molecular level, as a basis for the diagnosis and the treatment of type 1 and 2 diabetes. You will also acquire knowledge of the close connection between metabolic disturbances and cardiovascular disease, and how cardiovascular disease manifests due to these disturbances.

During the course, you will get the opportunity to meet and network with fellow students as well as senior scientists working within different fields of diabetes and cardiovascular research.

For more information about the content of the sessions, please see the course programme. TBA. 


The Danish Diabetes and Endocrine Academy (DDEA) and Danish Cardiovascular Academy (DCA) invite early career researchers to participate in an introductory, interactive and interdisciplinary course focusing on the fundamentals of basic metabolism and the pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications at the molecular level.

This course is an immersive 3.5 day event, designed for approximately 30 early-stage PhD students, who will convene to discuss with senior researchers the molecular mechanisms involved in developing diabetes, endocrine and cardiovascular disease.

On the initial day of the course, our focus will be on the basics of metabolic regulation, cardiac physiology, and inflammation.

As the course progresses, we will expand on this foundation, by exploring the powerful relationship between inflammation and cardiometabolic health by delving into the following topics:

  • Cardiac inflammation
  • Inflammation in type (1 and) 2 diabetes
  • Anti-inflammatory medication in cardiometabolic disease
  • Cardiovascular inflammation
  • The anti-inflammatory effect of diet and exercise
  • Organ cross-talk and cardiovascular inflammation
  • Inflammation in central and peripheral organs
  • Skeletal muscle inflammation

Throughout the course, time is dedicated to get to know your fellow students’ research areas, network and have fun with peers and senior scientists from Denmark and abroad in an informal, relaxed and beautiful setting.


This PhD course is jointly organised by the Danish Diabetes and Endocrine Academy (DDEA) and the Danish Cardiovascular Academy (DCA) in collaboration with the organising committee consisting of:

  • Andreas Buch Møller, Scientific Partnerships Manager, Arla Foods (DK)
  • Anniek Lubberding, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen (DK)
  • Arnela Saljic, Research Assistant, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen & Course Coordinator Danish Cardiovascular Academy (DK)
  • Joanna Kalucka, Associate Professor, Aarhus University (DK)
  • Nils Færgeman, Professor, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
  • Thomas Jespersen, Professor, University of Copenhagen & Executive Training Director, Danish Cardiovascular Academy (DK)

Target group

This course is intended for early-career researchers at the junior PI, postdoctoral and advanced PhD student stages, working within any field of endocrinology and metabolism, including clinical, basic and translational work and/or interdisciplinary research connected to related fields.

This course is intended for early stage PhD students interested in integrative cardiometabolic research areas, as well as molecular metabolism, diabetes, endocrinology and cardiology. Basic, translational and clinical researchers are included in the scope.

Participants are selected on a first come, first served basis; however you are not guaranteed a seat in the course if you do not meet the target group requirements. Priority is given to participants employed at Danish research and health institutions and life science industry. If the event is overbooked, the DDEA and DCA reserve the right to select participants based on the defined requirements and country of employment.

Accommodation & meals

Since networking is an important aspect of the course all participants are expected to stay at the venue from 22-25 October 2024.
It is possible to arrive on the evening of the 21 October, however not a requirement. Kindly indicate upon registration, if you prefer to do so.

The Danish Diabetes and Endocrine Academy and the Danish Cardiovascular Academy will cover the cost of overnight accommodation during 21-25 October and all meals from 22-25 October 2024.  If you arrive on the evening of the 21 October, light snacks will be available.


A course certificate will be sent to all participants upon request at the end of the course. Full participation is required to attain ECTS points. Number of ECTS point will be announced later.

Latest cancellation date & no-show fee

Please note that it is free of charge to participate in the event however the DDEA will charge a no-show fee of 1000 DKK if you do not show up and have not unregistered from the event by 7 October 2024.