Aarhus Universitets segl

Nanna Brix Finnerup

dr.med., Professor



Professor, director, Danish Pain Research Centre, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University


DrMedSc, Doctor of Medical Sciences, University of Aarhus 2008: Spinal cord injury pain (thesis)
MD, Medical Doctor, Aarhus University, 1993

Tidligere stillinger

2016- Professor, Danish Pain Research Centre, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University
2008-2016 Associate Professor, Danish Pain Research Centre, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University
1998-2008 Research fellow and post.doc.: Danish Pain Research Centre, Aarhus University Hospital
1996-98 Research fellow: Dept. of Neurophysiology, KAS Gentofte, University of Copenhagen
1993-96 Resident: Dronninglund Hospital and Neurology, KAS Glostrup, University of Copenhagen


Neuropathic pain, neuropharmacology, pain mechanisms, pain physiology. Current research areas include painful polyneuropathy due to chemotherapy and diabetes, post-surgical neuropathic pain, phantom limb pain, cerebral palsy, thermal sensory integration, neurophysiological assessment of pain mechanisms, personalized medicine, randomized controlled trials.

Videnskabelige selskaber

•Past-Chair of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group (NeuPSIG) of IASP (From 2018)
•President of the Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain (SASP) (2013-2016)

Aktiviteter ved Aarhus Universitet

Member of the Academic Council (From Jul 2018)

Editorial boards

Board member of Independent Research Fund Denmark – Medical Sciences, FSS, 2021-
Section Editor: Pain (From 2015)


2016 Guttmann Lecturer, ISCoS Congress Vienna, Sept 14
2013 JCD Award, Main Supervisor of the Year, 2013, The PhD Association and the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University


•Lundbeck Foundation, LF Professor R359-2020-2620. 2022-2028
•The European Union’s Horizon H2020-JTI-IMI2-2016-10. IMI-PainCare 2018-2023
•Novo Nordisk Fonden. Project Grants in Clinical and Translational Medicine. 2022-2024
•Novo Nordisk Fonden. Investigator-initierede kliniske forsøg. 2018-2024
•Elsass Fonden. 2018-2022
•The European Union’s Horizon H2020-PHC-2014, DOLORisk. 2015-2022
•The Novo Nordisk Foundation. The International Diabetic Neuropathy Consortium 2015-2022

Internationale foredrag

61 lectures at international congresses. Invited plenary speaker at the 14th IASP World Congress of Pain Milano Aug 2012 and invited Sir Ludwig Guttmann lecturer at the annual meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS), Vienna Sept 2016. Invited plenary speaker at the Australian 2019, British 2019, and Canadian 2022 Pain Society meetings.


H-index=61 (Scopus 31/12/2022 – total citations 120,758; 4 papers cited > 1000 times. Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher 2020, 2021, 2022.127 original peer-reviewed scientific articles, 89 peer-reviewed review articles (including systematic reviews), 15 other review articles, 36 editorials/letter to the editor, 41 book chapters, and 8 web articles. Has published in BMJ, N Engl J Med, Lancet Neurology, Nat Rev Dis Primers, Neuron, and Pain. Orcid 0000-0001-5541-0240


Main supervisor for 3 and co-supervisor for 6 ongoing PhD projects, mentor for 2 postdoc. Main supervisor for 5 and co-supervisor for 10 completed PhD Projects.