Jes Olesen

    1988 …2022

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    Professor of Neurology, (Copenhagen, Denmark), dr. hon.c. (Rome, Italy), dr. hon.c. (Yekaterinburg, Russia), fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)


    Personal data and medical career

    Born 9.9.1941 in Hobro, Denmark. M.D. University of Copenhagen 1967. Specialist education in neurology at major teaching hospitals in Copenhagen. The National Hospital, Queen Square, London. Cornell Medical Center, New York. Consultant neurologist. Gentofte Hospital 1985-1993

    Glostrup Hospital 1993-. Founder Danish Headache Center 2001-.


    Academic career

    Danish thesis 1974. Professor of Neurology, University of Copenhagen 1985 -. Chair, Lundbeck Foundation Center for Neurovascular Signaling 2006-2013. Visiting professor Harvard, 1999 and UCLA 2009.Chair Center for Experimental Headache Research 2016-


    Scientific journals

    Associate Editor of Cephalalgia and Pain. Editorial board of several journals.



    President of Danish Headache Society, Scandinavian Migraine Society, International Headache Society, Danish Stroke Association, Year of the Brain 1997 campaign, European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) and European Brain Council (EBC).



    Honorary member Australian, German, Austrian and International headache societies and of the Austrian, French, British, German and Polish Neurological Societies and of European Federaton of Neurological Associations (EFNA) and European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS). Great Nordic Research Prize of the Lundbeck Foundation, the Brain Prize and many other national and international prizes.



    Citations: Google Scholar 82487.

    H-Factor: Google Scholar 133.

    i/10-index: Google Scholar 666.

    729 articles in refereed journals, 235 book chapters etc, 35 books.

    Has supervised 18 doctoral and 45 Ph.D. dissertations.

    Invited speaker at several international meetings each year.


    Main current research interests

    Headache classification and genetics. Signaling molecules in migraine, novel targets for drug development, animal and human migraine models.


    I am a very experienced neurologist and clinical professor of neurology. While I have broad expertise within neurology my main focus for 2 decades has been on headache disorders and cranial neuralgia. In addition I also have expertise within the brain circulation.

    Main research areas

    My main research area is within headache research. More specifically, I work intensely on the development of rodent models of migraine and later i will work on a model of tension type headache. I also lead a group in human genetics, examining large groups of patients with GWAS and presently studying extended families with apparent dominant inheritance of migraine with typical aura or migraine without aura. I am also interested in stem cells that have been derived from fibroblasts from migraine patients and further differentiated cells. Finally. I collaborate with a Russian center about epidemiological studies focusing on different social groups and on headache attributed to cerebrovascular disease. Classification of headache disorders is a main interest and i conducted a number of field testing studies of The International Headache Classification of which I have been the chairperson.

    Potential conflicts of interest

    Consulting for companies Curatis and Alder.


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