Elise Harder Christensen
Danish Cancer Society
Most of our studies are multidisciplinary and include collaboration with e.g. clinicians, molecular biologists, virologists, and biochemists. One of our focus areas is gynaecological cancers, and we work to prevent these diseases and to improve the survival rate.
Through 2 population studies of 11,000 and 42,000 Danish women, respectively, collecting cervical cell samples, blood samples, and data on lifestyle habits, we have contributed to the identification of the strong link between cervical cancer and infection with human papilloma virus - HPV - a knowledge underlying the development of the vaccine against HPV, which presently may prevent 70% of all incidences of cervical cancer.
The HPV vaccination is an important research area in the unit, aiming to prevent cervical cancer as well as other HPV related cancers, such as penile cancer, anal cancer, and certain types of head and neck cancer. Characteristically for our unit, we work with molecular biological markers tested on different biological samples, combined with data on life style factors.