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Mogens Vestergaard

Senior Researcher, overlæge

Brief bio

Mogens Vestergaard is a general practitioner and a clinical epidemiologist with a special interest in the treatment and prognosis of persons with coexisting mental and physical diseases. He has mainly studied depression, stress, severe mental illness, autism, seizures, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

Academic career

2013      Head of Mental Health in Primary Care (MEPRICA) at Aarhus University
2011      Professor in Primary Care Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University
2008      Associate Professor, Department of General Medical Practice, Aarhus University
2006      Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of General Medical Practice, Aarhus University
2003      Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Social Medicine, Aarhus University

Educational background

2008      Specialist in General Practice
2002      PhD degree, Aarhus University
1996      MSc in Medicine (cand.med.), Aarhus University
1996      Diploma in Medical Science, Aarhus University


2016     Magda og Svend Aage Friederichs store danske mindelegat
2010     Magda og Svend Aage Friederichs lille danske mindelegat
2003     Young Investigator Award, Internatinal Congress on Schizophrenia Research, Colorado, USA

Positions of trust (selected)                          

  • The prevention committee of the Danish Heart association (member 2008-2014)
  • The Danish Epidemiology Society (vice-chairman 2008-2011)
  • Committee on strengthened research in psychiatry, Central Denmark Region (chairman)
  • Committee on general practice and family medicine research, the Novo Nordic Foundation (chairman)
  • Coordinating body for Register-based Research, Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science (member)
  • Management of the Graduate Program for Public Health, Aarhus University (member)
  • Review Panel for Health, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University (member)
  • International Advisory Board of the British Journal of General Practice (member)

Peer review for international journals

  • Reviewer for several journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Psychiatry, JAMA Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, Epilepsia, General Hospital Psychiatry

Scientific production

  • 130+ papers in peer-reviewed journals, including 1 in NEJM (IF: 54.4), 3 in Lancet (IF: 39.1), 3 in JAMA (IF: 39.1), 1 in Nature Genetics  (IF: 29.6), 1 in Lancet Neurology (IF: 21.8), 3 in BMJ (IF: 16.3), 1 in Circulation (IF: 14.9), 1 in PLOS Medicine (IF: 14.0), 3 in JAMA psychiatry (IF: 13.2) and 1 in Am J of psychiatry (IF: 13.6)
  • Total number of citations: 2661; H-index: 25 (Web of Science, June 2016).
  • Total number of citations: 5409; H-index: 36 (Google Scholar, June 2016).

Teaching, supervision and assessments

  • 700+ hours of teaching at bachelor-, pre graduate-, and post graduate level primarily within Primary Health Care, Epidemiology, Social medicine, Neurology and Psychiatry.
  • Supervised 15 PhD students (8 graduated), 30 GP research trainees; 3 diploma students in medicine.
  • Assessment committee for 3 professorship, 5 associate professorships and 13 PhD theses