Nanna Brix Finnerup



Current position

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


2016- Professor, Danish Pain Research Centre, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University
2008-2016 Associate Professor, Danish Pain Research Centre, Department 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

Special research interests

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.

Positions with scientific societies

• 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)

Activities at Aarhus University

Deputy member of the Academic Council (1 Jul 2018-1 Febr 2020)

Journal editorial board

•Section Editor: Pain from 2015
•Section Editor: Scandinavian Journal of Pain from 2009
•Editorial Advisory Board Member: Pain Management


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

Current grant support

• The European Union’s Horizon H2020-JTI-IMI2-2016-10. IMI-PainCare 2018-
• Novo Nordisk Fonden. Investigator-initierede kliniske forsøg. 2018-
• Elsass Fonden. 2018-
• The European Union’s Horizon H2020-PHC-2014, DOLORisk. 2015-
• The Novo Nordisk Foundation. The International Diabetic Neuropathy Consortium 2015-

Invited international lectures

50 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 Pain Society and the British Pain Society Annual meetings 2019.


H-index=46 (Scopus 09/07/2019 – total citations 10621; 25 papers cited > 100 times, 4 papers >500 times). 86 original peer-reviewed scientific articles, 68 peer-reviewed review articles (including systematic reviews), 14 other review articles, 27 editorials/letter to the editor, 30 book chapters, and 7 web articles. Orcid 0000-0001-5541-0240

Research guidance

Main supervisor for 5 and co-supervisor for 7 ongoing PhD projects, mentor for 1 postdoc. Main supervisor for 3 and co-supervisor for 8 completed PhD projects