PhD fellowship with Stipend – Dietetics, Public health, BioMedicine Science – Denmark

    PhD fellowship with Stipend - Dietetics, Public health, BioMedicine Science - Denmark

    Dietetics, Public health, BioMedicine Science – PhD fellowship with stipend is available in Crohn’s disease (CD), at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 05, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Dietetics
    – Crohn’s disease
    – Public health
    – BioMedicine Science
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceBiomedical Science and Engineering
    Department of Clinical Medicine
    Aalborg University
    Aalborg University Hospital
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateMay 15, 2021


    • Relevant Master’s degree (Dietetics Degree, Public health, Medicine or Biomedicine Science)
    • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English with very good communication skills.


    • Experience regarding human nutrition research.
    • Demonstration of research activities (conference or journal papers, work experience)

    Research area and project description

    Title: Can a plant-based dietary intervention prevent disease activity by patients with Crohns disease?

    Crohn’s disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease characterized by mucosal inflammation that can occur in any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to the perianal area. The symptom burden of patients with CD is considerable, and CD contributes to frequent hospitalizations and substantial costs to the health care system. Since no cure of CD exists, medical treatments are tailored to achieve control of inflammation, address symptomatic response and finally to achieve sustained clinical remission.

    Different dietary components seem to be important factors in developing or exacerbating symptoms of CD. Dietary components have also been suggested to inhibit disease activity in CD patients via anti-inflammatory mechanisms, and especially components of plant-based foods have gained interest as a potential dietary intervention for minimizing disease activity.

    However, the results of the existing studies are inconclusive and the methodological quality are varying considerably. Thus, based on the current knowledge with regard to the mechanisms that link specific dietary components to CD pathogenesis, the hypothesis of the project is that a mainly plant-based diet high in vegetables, fruit, omega-3 fatty acids and consequently low in animal meats, may influence on the disease activity in CD patients. Further, we aim to investigate if a plant-based diet can minimize disease activity in CD patients.

    The PhD project has the following objectives:

    1. To conduct a systematic literature review to identify bioactive plant-based food components with potential inhibiting or enhancing effect on CD activity.
    2. To investigate CD patients’ motivation for adopting and engaging in a plant-based diet intervention.
    3. To describe the impact of a plant-based diet on changes in the gut microbiota, nutritional biomarkers, inflammatory responses and Patient Reported Outcome measures in CD patients.

    How to Apply?

    The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button above.

    Documents Required

    • letter of motivation
    • curriculum vitae
    • diplomas confirming academic degrees (Master degree), including academic transcripts
    • a project description including a PhD plan and other relevant documents for assessment
    • references/recommendations


    Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academiscs ind Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.


    Charlotte Lauridsen (main-supervisor), PhD, Professor
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University

    Henrik Højgaard Rasmussen (co-supervisor), MD, PhD, Professor, Chief Physician
    Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Aalborg University Hospital
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University

    For the application procedure contact
    Ms. Ruth Klitte
    Phone: +45 9940 7993.

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    Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday May 6th, 2021 (GMT+9)