The research projects are carried out by leading cancer specialists from Skejby Hospital, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre Hospital and the Danish Cancer Society. Internationally, there was in MERMAID II a close co-operation with researchers from the well-recognised Gynaecology Cancer Research Centre in London and the University in Tübingen.The research in MERMAID III is taking place in collaboration with scientists from John Hopkins Medical Institutes, Baltimore, US and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Bent Ottesen, 65 years, M.D., D.Sci., professor in obstetrics and gynecology, University of Copenhagen from 1991 and project director at Rigshospitalet, University Hospital of Copenhagen since 2002. Specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. Focus area of research is gynecological cancer. 241 original publications and 20 review papers, in addition to this: books, textbooks, editorials, letters ect. More than 200 lectures/posters. Supervisor of four doctoral dissertations, three has obtained the degree and one is in progress. Supervisor of thirtysix Ph.D. projects. Twentynine have obtained the degree and six are in progress. Eight scholars. A large number of positions of trust  e.g. the board of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Copenhagen and the Danish Medico-Legal Council. Appointed Knight of Dannebrog, 1. Grad, by Her Royal Highness, the Queen of Denmark

Professor, M.D., DMSc. at the Juliane Marie Centre,
Copenhagen University Hospital, Head of Department of
Viruses, Hormones and Cancer Research; the Danish Cancer
Society. Co-founder of MERMAID.

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Professor, dr. med. Jan Blaakær.

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Professor, M.D., D.M.Sc., Department of Gynaecology, Copenhagen University Hospital.

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Professor Thomas Iftner, leder af sektion for Experimental Virologi ved Universitetet i Tübingen, Tuskland

Reseracher MERMAID II

University Tübingen
Institut for Medical Virology
Section for Experimental Virology
Elfriede-Aulhorn-Str. 6
D – 72076 Tübingen

1964-78 School Education
1979-1985 University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Study of Biology
1985-1988 University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Ph-Doctorate
1990-1993 University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Post-doctorate/ Habilitation

1985 Diploma
1988 PhD
1990 Assistant Professor
1997 Full Professor

Ian Jacobs is the Vice Dean of University College London,
England and Professor of the Institute of Women’s Health.

Researcher MERMAID I

From 2015 President and Vice-chancellor of the University of New South Wales, Australia. Before that he has been Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences. Manchester, England and Director of the Institute of Women’s Health at University College London.
He combines the clinical role as surgeon in the treatment of gynaecological cancer with the leading role of a major research programme to develop new strategies for the prevention, screening and treatment of these types of cancer. The key components in these research programmes involve studies of molecular aspects of cancer development, tumor biology, cancer markers and national campaigns for ovarian cancer screening both in the general and the high-risk population (UKTOCS and UKFOCSS).

Ian studied medicine at Cambridge and at Middlesex Hospital, London. His scientific research lead to an MD at London University, an MRC Fellowship at Duke University in the USA and a CRC Fellowship at Cambridge University.


Simon A. Gayther, PhD –  Senior Lecturer

Reseracher MERMAID I

2010- University of Southern California
2004- Senior Lecturer, Department of Gynaecological
Oncology, University College London, UK
2001- 2004Senior Lecturer, Gynaecological Oncology Unit,
Bart’s & The London, UK
2000- 2001Lecturer, Brunel Institute of Cancer Genetics and Pharmacogenomics, Brunel University, UK
1994- 2000Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK

2004-Continued supervision of one one full-time PhD and one full-time MD students
Application to be principle supervisor of three full-time an one part-time PhD student
2001- 2004Principle Supervisor to two full-time PhD and two full-time MD students
Undergraduate Lecturer (PBL based)
2000- 2001Undergraduate Lecturer: Designed and ran module in cancer genetics and genomics research
1994- 2000Principle Supervisor of two PhD students: both completed and passed.