Ole Fejerskov

Professor Emeritus, DDS, PhD, DrDentistry, Professor Emeritus

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

  • Name: Ole Fejerskov
  • Position: Professor Emeritus, Dr. Odont., DDS, Ph.D., Odont Dr. h.c.
  • Place: Department of Biomedicine, University of Aarhus, Wilhelm Meyers Allé, Building 1230-34, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • Date of birth: May 4, 1943
  • Citizenship: Danish



  • 1967: D.D.S., from the Royal Dental College, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 1970: Ph.D (Lic. odont.) - "The ultrastructure of keratinized squamous epithelium"
  • 1973: Dr. Odont. - Royal Dental College, Aarhus "Keratinized squamous epithelium of normal and wounded palatal mucosa in guinea pigs"



  • 1967-68: Instructor at departments of Oral Surgery and Oral Diagnosis, Royal Dental College, Aarhus
  • 1968-70: Research associate at the department of Oral Pathology, and Department of General    Pathology, University of Aarhus.
  • 1968-72: Part time employed in private dental practice (8 hours/week).
  • 1970-73: Associate professor at the department of Oral Pathology, Royal Dental College, Aarhus
  • 1970: Reader in Forensic Odontology, Royal Dental College, Aarhus.
  • 1973: Postgraduate training in pathology of dental hard tissues at The London Hospital Dental School, London, England
  • 1973-93: Professor and Chairman at the Department of Dental Pathology and Operative Dentistry, Royal Dental College, Aarhus. (Since 1986: Dept. of Oral Anatomy, Dental Pathology and Operative Dentistry.)
  • 1979-87: Dean of the Royal Dental College, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 1991 Jan./Feb.: Visiting Professor, Tokyo Dental College, Japan
  • 1992 May/June: Visiting Professor, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France
  • 1993 Sept./Nov.: Visiting Professor (A.J. Hermann Fellow), University of Perth, Australia
  • 1993-99: Rector of the Danish Research Academy
  • 1999-2006: Director of the Danish National Research Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2007-2011: Head of Institute of Anatomy, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • 2009-2010: Director of the Sino-Danish Centre for Research and Higher Education at GUCAS, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing
  • 2011- : Professor at the Department of Biomedicine
  • 2014- : Professor Emiritus


International committees:

  • 1974-91: Member of the advisory committee on dental help to underdeveloped countries, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida)
  • Since 1982: Member of World Health Organization Expert Panel on Oral Health
  • 1973-77 and 1983-85: Member of Board of Councillors and Board of Directors of International Association for Dental Research (IADR). 1993-97: Treasurer of International Association for Dental Research
  • 1980-82: President of Scandinavian Association for Dental Research
  • 1977-80, 1983 and 1985-87: Member of the Scientific Board of European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA)
  • 1978-1999: Scientific Councillor and Executive Secretary for European Research Group of Oral Biology (ERGOB)
  • 1985-92: Project Coordinator together with Dr. F. Manji, Head of Oral Health Unit, Kenya Medical Research Institute and Dr. Vibeke Baelum, The Royal Dental College, Aarhus, of Primary Oral Health Care Project - Kenya between Ministry of Health, Kenya and Danida, Denmark
  • Since 1985: Project Coordinator together with Dr. Luan Wen-Min and Dr. Vibeke Baelum of a joint project between The Royal Dental College, Århus, Denmark and Beijing Hospital, Beijing, People's Republic of China concerning Oral Health in Adult and Elderly Chinese in Urban and Rural Areas. The program is since 1987 officially designated: Sino-Danish Collaborative Research Program on Geriatric Dentistry
  • 1986-93: Member of Chinese-Danish Monitoring and Evaluation Group concerning Cooperation regarding Medico-Biological Programs between the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark and the Government of the People's Republic of China. Appointed by Danida
  • 1992-93: Member of International Committee on the Evaluation of Research and Research Related Education within the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, Finland
  • 1993: Member of International Evaluation Team of the Research Activity at the Dental School, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1996-1998: Chairman for the working group under the Training and Mobility of Researchers Programme (TMR) for the EU Commission in Brussels with the aim to coordinate research training in Europe
  • 1993-2000: Vice-chairman of the Nordic Academy for Advanced Studies established by the Nordic Council of Ministers2001: Member of International Evaluation Panel Assessing the Quality of Doctoral Training in Norway within Social Sciences and Economy, Humanities, Basic Sciences and Technology, and the Medical Sciences
  • 2003: Member of International Evaluation Panel assessing Clinical Medical Research in Norway
  • 1993-2006: Member of the Programme Committee for the Human Capital and Mobility Programme under the 3rd framework programme of EU. From 1995 the programme is entitled "Training and Mobility of Researchers". Under the 6th. framework programme: "Improving Human Potential"
  • 2005-2008: Member of the international high-level General Expert Panel for the Swedish Research Council. The aim is to channel new resources into Swedish higher education institutions through quality control of grants
  • 2007-2008: Member of the International Evaluation Panel in Austria to Assess the Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (WWFT)
  • 2007-2008: Member of the International Evaluation Panel Assessing the NordForsk Centre of Excellence Programme
  • 2008-2010: Danish executive director for the Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research
  • 2008-2011: Member of Danish-Chinese Steering Committee under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

Awards and Honours:

  • 1979:   Basic Research in Oral Science Award - International Association for Dental Research
  • 1984:   The Colgate-Palmolive Award for Fluoride Research - Denmark
  • 1985:   The Zendium Award for Dental Research in Developing Countries - Denmark
  • 1986:   Honorary Professor, Shanghai Railway Medical College
  • 1986:   Knight of the Order of Dannebrog
  • 1987:   Honorary Professor, Department of Stomatology, Beijing Hospital, Ministry of Public Health, Beijing, People's Republic of China
  • 1988:   The European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA) Prize
  • 1990:   The "DANDY" Research Award
  • 1994:   Odont. Dr. Honoris causa, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2003:   Acta Odontologica Scandinavica Award for Excellent Contribution to Dental Resarch
  • 2003:   The Yngve Ericsson Prize for Research in Preventive Dentistry, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
  • 2005:   Dr. Odont. Honoris causa, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2005:   The Government of P.R. of China's "Friendship Award" to foreign experts
  • 2005:   The Government of P.R. of China's "Friendship Award" to foreign experts
  • 2009    Odont. Dr. honoris causa, University of Oulo, Finland
  • 2012    Honorary Professor, West China School of Stomatology, Sichuan University
  • 2015:   Docteur Honoris Causa de l’Université de Montpellier
  • 2018:   HOnorary Doctor at the University of San Sebastian, Santiago de Chile, Chile



  • Have published more than 380 papers and chapters in international textbooks. About 300 of the papers are in peer reviewed international journals within the areas of experimental oral pathology at ultrastructural level, dental caries, periodontal diseases and dental fluorosis. Edited and written 10 international textbooks


International journals:

  • 1978-85:          Member of the Editorial Board of Ultrastructural pathology an International Journal on Diagnostic Electron Microscopy
  • 1982-93:          Member of Editorial Board of Journal de Biologie Buccale
  • 1972-84:          Associate Editor Scandinavian Journal of Dental Research
  • 1977-86:          Associate Editor Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
  • 1988-97:          Editor-in-Chief Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
  • 2003/04:          Editor-in-Chief Journal Oral Rehabilitation - since 2005 associate editor