Jørgen Kurtzhals

Jørgen Kurtzhals


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Vice dean for education at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Professor of Clinical Parasitology and International Health at Department of Immunology and Microbiology and team leader at Centre for Medical Parasitology.

Consultant in Clinical Microbiology at Rigshospitalet

Primary fields of research

Health education

Malaria pathogenesis and experimental treatment

The interplay between infection and nutrition

Clinical and diagnostic parasitology

Antimicrobial resistance and infections in low-income countries


In my role as vice-dean for education the main focus is health education. Apart from the leadership role I also take part in educational research projects.

I still work with malaria pathogenesis with the aim of improving management of patients in in Sub-Saharan Africa. The malaria work has mainly taken place in Ghana in collaboration with Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research but has also to a large extent been experimental. I also have an interest in the interplay between nutrition and infections and have studied this in Ghana and Ethiopia. For this purpose, we have established a mass spectrometric method for quantification of hepcidin at our department.

I also participate in development of new diagnostic methods for the diagnosis of parasitic diseases.

I have been involved in studies of bacterial infections in neonates and children. With University of Ghana I am presently winding up a project on healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance (HAI-Ghana) and I am now involved in an ICARS-financed study in Kyrgizstan aiming at reducing antibiotic use in children with airway infections.


As vice dean of education I work with faculty leadership, study administration, university departments, numerous teachers - and not least our students to run and constantly develop our study programs. We have constant dialogue with the Regions and municipalities, private health practitioners and pharmacies, life science industry and other players that are targeted by our educations in order to sharpen our courses and programs. It is my ambition that we should offer education at the highest international level that are proactive and equip our.

We have approximately 8000 students enrolled in our six schools – MedSchool, VetSchool, PharmaSchool, OdontSchool, School of Public Health, and Globe Institute and I encourage you to visit our website to learn more about them all.

As previous head of medical studies and course leader in clinical microbiology I have developed study programs, teaching materials, lectures and laboratory practicals, and I have written text book chapters on parasitology.

I have supervised a high number of pre- and postgraduate students at Danish, Ghanaian, Nigerian, Kyrgyz, German, French, and Swedish Universities or other institutions and continue my role as supervisor that I find highly rewarding.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Endothelial glycocalyx: shedding light on malaria pathogenesis

    Hempel, C., Pasini, E. M. & Kurtzhals, Jørgen, Jun 2016, In: Trends in Molecular Medicine. 22, 6, p. 453-457 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Reversible audiometric threshold changes in children with uncomplicated malaria

    Adjei, G. O., Goka, B. Q., Kitcher, E., Rodrigues, O. P., Badoe, E. & Kurtzhals, Jørgen, 2013, In: Journal of Tropical Medicine. 2013, p. 360540

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Outbreak of Pneumocystis Pneumonia in Renal and Liver Transplant Patients Caused by Genotypically Distinct Strains of Pneumocystis jirovecii

    Rostved, A. A., Sassi, M., Kurtzhals, Jørgen, Sørensen, Søren Schwartz, Rasmussen, A., Ross, C., Gogineni, E., Huber, C., Kutty, G., Kovacs, J. A. & Helweg-Larsen, J., 15 Nov 2013, In: Transplantation. 96, 9, p. 834-42 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Intravenous ferric carboxymaltose accelerates erythropoietic recovery from experimental malarial anemia

    Maretty, L., Sharp, R. E., Andersson, M. & Kurtzhals, Jørgen, 2012, In: Journal of Infectious Diseases. 205, 7, p. 1173-7 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    CNS hypoxia is more pronounced in murine cerebral than noncerebral malaria and is reversed by erythropoietin

    Hempel, C., Combes, V., Hunt, N. H., Kurtzhals, Jørgen & Grau, G. E. R., 1 Oct 2011, In: American Journal of Pathology. 179, 4, p. 1939-50 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Low plasma concentrations of interleukin 10 in severe malarial anaemia compared with cerebral and uncomplicated malaria

    Kurtzhals, Jørgen, Adabayeri, V., Goka, B. Q., Akanmori, B. D., Oliver-Commey, J. O., Nkrumah, F. K., Behr, C. & Hviid, Lars, 1998, In: Lancet. 351, 9118, p. 1768-72 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Reversible suppression of bone marrow response to erythropoietin in Plasmodium falciparum malaria

    Kurtzhals, Jørgen, Rodrigues, O., Addae, M., Commey, J. O., Nkrumah, F. K. & Hviid, Lars, 1997, In: British Journal of Haematology. 97, 1, p. 169-74 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Dichotomy of the human T cell response to Leishmania antigens. II. Absent or Th2-like response to gp63 and Th1-like response to lipophosphoglycan-associated protein in cells from cured visceral leishmaniasis patients

    Kurtzhals, Jørgen, Hey, A. S., Jardim, A., Kemp, M., Schaefer, K. U., Odera, E. O., Christensen, C. B., Githure, J. I., Olafson, R. W. & Theander, Thor Grundtvig, 1994, In: Clinical and Experimental Immunology. 96, 3, p. 416-21 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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