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Surgical Pathophysiology
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3261-23-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 17/10/2023
Date and timeOctober 2023 - November 2023
Regular seats25
Course fee4,320.00 kr.
LecturersIsmail Gögenur
ECTS credits2.30
Contact personAnne Dalsgaard Hansen    E-mail address: adha@regionsjaelland.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content

This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD Students from NorDoc member universities. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from NorDoc member universities. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Learning objectives

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. A deep understanding of the surgical stress response with special emphasis on the pathophysiological mechanisms leading to clinical outcomes.

2. A deep understanding research methodologies in perioperative PhD projects.

3. An understanding of tissue healing in relation to surgery and the impact of the surgical stress response on this.

4. An understanding of organ related and patient related factors affecting pathophysiology in the perioperative period.

5. In depth insights into strengths and weaknesses of different designs of PhD studies within surgical pathophysiology.


This 3 day PhD course in surgical pathophysiology will be directed towards giving PhD students an insight to basic mechanisms underlining perioperative pathophysiology. Through description of basic biological and physiological changes in relation to surgery the PhD students will gain a deep insight in the understanding of most important factors affecting variation in relation to surgery. Through a discussion of research methodologies in the area of surgical pathophysiology the PhD student will gain insight into optimal research design related to assessment and examination of physiological and clinical outcomes in relation to surgery. A special emphasis will be put on demonstration of important aspects of surgical pathophysiology through description of pain models, in depth discussion of tissue healing both in the acute and the chronic phase after surgery and understanding of the mechanisms leading to complications after surgery. The PhD students will be participating actively in discussions with leading experts in these areas with respect of research methodologies in surgical pathophysiology and will gain special insight into subcategories of patients and specific topics regarding organ dysfunction related to surgery.

The PhD course is therefore divided in a classical dry lab setting with presentation of core subjects and there will be daily presentation of specific topics by leading experts and discussion of the PhD study participants’ projects through presentation from the PhD student and discussion with the rest of the study group.

The PhD course in surgical pathophysiology aims towards a generic approach to factors affecting patients and generic aspects regarding research methodology in surgical pathophysiology thus without focusing on one specific patient category or one specific research methodology. The course is therefor designed towards attracting PhD students that are involved in patients undergoing surgery including ophthalmology, ENT surgery, general surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, urological surgery. Therefor a generic approach also includes having specific introductions and descriptions of anesthesiological factors in relation to surgery. For subgroups of patients there will be special emphasis for factors in particular importance for the oncological patients and the geriatric patient as generic examples of a larger patient group with certain both pathophysiological and research methodological aspects.


The targeted group of this course is PhD students that are involved in research in the perioperative period including anesthesia and surgery with special interest in surgical pathophysiology and research methodologies. A major emphasis is placed on understanding clinical research methodologies and in addition to this also translational research methodologies.

Relevance to graduate programmes

The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

Surgical Sciences

Clinical Cancer Research

Airways, Anesthesiology and Skin




Lectures, presentation and discussion of PhD projects.

Course director

Ismail Gögenur, Professor, Institute for Clinical Medicine, igo@regionsjaelland.dk


Ismail Gögenur, Professor, IKM, SUH

Ole Mathiesen, Professor, IKM, SUH

Henrik Kehlet, Professor, IKM, RH

Jonas Peter Eiberg, Associate Professor, IKM, RH

Lars Nannestad Jørgensen, Professor, IKM, BBH

Jais Oliver Berg, Overlæge, HGH

Stig Brorson, Professor, IKM, SUH

Christoffer Jørgensen, Læge RH

Kirsten Møller, Professor, IKM, RH

Nicolai Bang Foss, Professor, IKM, HH

Eske Aasvang, Professor, RH


30, 31 October and 1 November 2023

Course location

Scandic Sydhavnen


Please register before 17 October 2023

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules. Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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