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Annette Olsen

Annette Olsen


  • Parasitology and Aquatic Pathobiology

    Dyrlægevej 100, 1870 Frb. C.

    Phone: +45 35 33 14 03Mobile: +45 21 45 44 28

Born: 24 th March 1952, Nationality: Danish

Professional qualifications

  • 2013: Diploma in Journalism and Dissemination
  • 2010: Evaluated and qualified as full professor in Infection Biology of Parasites at the Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
  • 2004: Evaluated and qualified as associate professor in Epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology, Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen.
  • Ph.D. Biology (Parasitology) (University of Copenhagen, 1999)
  • M.Sc. Biology (Parasitology) (University of Copenhagen, 1985)
  • A-levels, mathematics and physics, St. Jørgens Gymnasium (1971)

Current position

Head of section (since 2013), Associate Professor at Section for Parasitology and Aquatic Diseases, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Thorvaldsensvej 57, DK-1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, Phone: +45 35 33 14 03, e-mail:

Teaching and coordination experience

More than 25 years of extensive teaching experience with students at all levels in Denmark and in several developing countries, including Bhutan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Teaching has been in the aspects of human parasitology, epidemiology and research methodology. Coordinator of several meetings and workshops mainly in Africa. Project coordinator for the guinea worm project in Northern region of Ghana, 1990 - 1993, 1995 - 1997. The collaboration has resulted in app 30 studies of which 15 have been published in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Research and research capacity building

More than 25 years of experience in research and research capacity building in Denmark and in several developing countries, including Ghana, Kenya, Republic of South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. The research topic is aspects of the epidemiology and control of some of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), namely schistosomiasis, the soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections ( Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura and hookworm), such as risk factors for infection, the effect of iron and other micronutrients on infection, geophagy and infection, STHs in pre-school children, effect of hookworm infection on haemoglobin and iron status and community-directed treatment approach in the control of helminthiasis. Have published in these areas and reviewed for professional journals. Supervised a number of B.Sc. and M.Sc. students and in addition more than 17 Ph.D. students. In the assessment committee for four Ph.D. defences (two Danish and two Vietnamese). First author or co-author on more than 60 peer reviewed publications.


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