Søren-Peter Olesen

Søren-Peter Olesen



  • 1979 - MSc (elec.ing.; civilingeniør), Danish Technical University

  • 1982 - MD, University of Copenhagen

  • 1988 - Internship, Rigshospitalet                             

  • 1989 - PhD (dr.med.), University of Copenhagen

Previous positions                                  

  • 1982-1986 Research assistant/PhD student, Department Med Physiol, University of Copenhagen

  • 1986-1987: Visiting scientist, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Med. School, Boston, USA

  • 1987-1989: Internship, Dept. of Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Copenhagen Hospitals

  • 1989–1998: Head of Department, NeuroSearch A/S

  • 1998-: Professor of Physiology, Department of Biomed Sci, University of Copenhagen

  • 2005-2015: Director of Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Cardiac Arrhythmia

  • 2006-2015: Head of division of cardiovascular research, Dept Biomed Sci, Univ. Copenhagen

  • 2009-2011: Secretary General of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

  • 2015-: CEO of the Danish National Research Foundation


Published more than 180 papers in international peer reviewed journals about ion channels, arrhythmia, cardiovascular- and neuro-physiology. Co-inventor on 22 issued international patents on new chemical compounds, biological principles, and technological inventions.

Scientific conferences

Co-organize several conferences each year.

Boards a.o.  

  • Member of the board of the Carlsberg Foundation

  • Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letter

  • Chairman of the Danish National Banks ’Nyhavn 18 committee’

  • Chairman of the Nordea Foundation’s board for Heerings Gaard

  • Honorary faculty at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney, Australia


  • Member of the supervisory board of The Carlsberg Group A/S and of the board of trustees of the Carlsberg Laboratory

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Sophion Bioscience A/S, 2001-11

  • Co-founder of Sophion Bioscience and Poseidon Pharma 2001-2, CEO of Poseidon 2002-4

  • Consultant to NeuroSearch A/S, 1998-2012

  • Consultant to Acesion Pharma 2012-

  • Chairman of the committee making the university-industry collaboration strategy at U Cph, 2009-10

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