Grant Recipients 2021

Postdoctoral Fellowships


María Sofía Espejo, MSc, PhD

Aarhus University, Department of Biomedicine

Title of project:

Bicarbonate sensing via RPTP-gamma improves cardiac perfusion, limits inflammation, and protects against heart failure development

Marta Guindo Martínez, MSc, PhD

Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Basic Metabolic Research & University of Copenhagen

Title of project:

Patient risk stratification for obesity to disentangle its link to cardiovascular disease

Nikolay Kutuzov, MD, PhD

University of Copenhagen, Department of Neuroscience

Title of project:

Decoding motion of microvessels in vivo with super-resolution microscopy

Sabrina Bech Mathiesen, MSc, PhD

University of Southern Denmark, Department of Clinical Research

Title of project:

Maturation of induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs) for heart repair


Freja Bach Kampmann, Cand. scient., PhD

Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, Department of Epidemiology

Title of project:

Effects of vitamin K supplementation on cardiovascular risk: a population-based placebo-controlled randomized study (The InterVitaminK Trial

Regitse Højgaard Christensen, MD, PhD

Rigshospitalet, Centre for Physical Activity Research

Title of project:

Cardiovascular risk and cardiometabolic exercise effects in rheumatoid arthritis patients receiving interleukin-6 vs. tumor necrosis factor antibody therapy

Casper Bang, MD, PhD

Bispebjerg og Frederiksberg Hospitals, Department of Cardiology

Title of project:

The MAPP II Study - Monitoring of arrhythmias in patients treated with antipsychotics

Christoffer Polcwiartek, MD, PhD

Aalborg University Hospital, Department of Cardiology

Title of project:

Statistical and mechanistic modeling of heart failure to improve cardiac resynchronization therapy response and increase life expectancy in patients with left bundle branch block



PhD Scholarships


Simon Libak Haugaard, cand.med.vet.

University of Copenhagen

Title of project:

Investigating the role of fibroblast activation in atrial fibrillation pathophysiology

Sandra Hummelgaard, MSc in Molecular Medicine

Aarhus University, Department of Biomedicine

Title of project:

The role of PCSK9 in kidney and cardiovascular diseases

Kristoffer Grundtvig Skaarup, MD

University of Copenhagen, Department of Clinical Medicine

Title of project:

Influenza and the Heart: An investigation into the acute and lasting cardiac effects of influenza infection

Selma Hasific, MD

University of Southern Denmark & Odense University Hospital, Department of Cardiology

Title of project:

Coronary artery atherosclerosis and clinical consequences associated to vitamin K2 supplementation and vitamin K antagonist treatment


Kristina Cecilia Miger, MD

University of Copenhagen

Title of project:

Value of lung ultrasound, chest radiographs, chest CT and artificial intelligence to diagnose acute heart failure in unselected breathless patients: an interdisciplinary prospective study

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Rasmus Henrik Reeh, MD

University of Copenhagen, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Title of project:

Diabetic cardiomyopathy and the circadian clock – epidemiological links and molecular mechanisms

Pauline Kromann Reim, MD

University of Copenhagen & Herlev Hospital, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Title of project:

Fetal growth and cardiometabolic diseases – an in-depth evaluation of the underlying genome, transcriptome and proteome

Katja Thorøe Michler, MSc Molecular Biomedicine

University of Copenhagen, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Title of project:

Fishing for novel targets: Omega-3 fatty acid-derived metabolites reduce risk of cardiovascular disease


Katrine Aagaard Myhr, MD

University of Copenhagen & Rigshospitalet, Department of Cardiology

Title of project:

T1 mapping in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic aortic stenosis before and after aortic valve replacement

Henrik Laurits Bjerre, MD

Aarhus University & Aarhus University Hospital, Department of Cardiology

Title of project:

Novel technologies in pacing with cardiac implantable electronic devices

Nicolai Bjødstrup Palstrøm, MSc Biomedicine

University of Southern Denmark, Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology

Title of project:

Identification of plasma protein biomarkers predictive of abdominal aortic aneurysm growth and risk of rupture

Katja Vu Bartholdy, MD

University of Copenhagen

Title of project:

Effects of Dapagliflozin on EChOcardiographic Measures of CarDiac StructurE and Function in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (DECODE-CKD)