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Short biography

Thomas Bandholm is Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation at The Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen. He is Head of Research at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Research - Copenhagen (PMR-C), a multi-disciplinary research program in physical medicine and rehabilitation, established as a joint-venture between The Clinical Research Centre, The Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and The Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Amager-Hvidovre Hospital, University of Copenhagen ( PMR-C produces around 50 international peer-reviewed papers per year, and is part of the Clinical Academic Group “Physical Activity and Sports in Clinical Medicine” under Copenhagen Health Science Partners (, as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Center in Copenhagen.

Thomas´ primary research focus is if - and how - physical activity and exercise can enhance clinical recovery in different patient groups. A secondary focus is efforts to enhance the quality, transparency and relevance of clinical research (e.g. PREPARE Trial guide:


Academic degrees

2009: PhD (Neuroscience), University of Copenhagen

2004: MSc (Exercise Physiology, separate 5-year degree), University of Copenhagen

1998: Physical Therapist, Copenhagen Scool of Physiotherapy


Recent employments

2017-present: Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen.

2014-2017: Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen.

2009-present: Senior Researcher, Clinical Research Centre, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre.

2010-2014: Part-time Clinical PhD Lecturer (Klinisk Ph.d.-vejledningslektor), University of Copenhagen.



2006-present: >100 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals (>400 citations/last year, Hindex=26 [PhD degree in 2009]), 1 textbook chapter, 14 communicating papers in nonprofessional language, and >100 abstracts presented at national and international conferences. 

Recently, the open-access, educational paper “PREPARE Trial guide” - aimed at enhancing clinical research quality in general - was the “editor’s choice” in Br J Sports Med (, and accompanied by the editorial “Slow down to strengthen sport and exercise medicine”.    


Reviewer assignments

Journals: Editorial board member with PLoS One (2013-ongoing), guest editor: Br J Sports Med ("#sportskongres" issue 2017 and 2018). Ad-hoc reviewer for a number of international journals within muscle physiology and rehabilitation medicine, including: Muscle & Nerve, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Disability & Rehabilitation, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Osteoarthritis & Cartilage.

Grant applications: Lundbeck Foundation (UCSF funds), Arthritis New Zealand, Auckland Medical Research Council, Arthritis Research – United Kingdom, Hvidovre Hospital Research Funds.


Research coordination

2015-present: Head of Research, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Research - Copenhagen (PMR-C), Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre. 

2013-present: Research coordinator, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Research - Copenhagen (PMR-C), Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre. 

2010-present: Research coordinator, Department of Physical Therapy, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre.

2009 - present: Rehabilitation Theme Co-Lead, Lundbeck Foundation Centre for Fast-Track Hip and Knee Surgery, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre (


Teaching experience

2014-present: Lecturer with the MSc-education in Health Sciences (Cand.Scient.San.), University of Copenhagen.

2006-present: Ad-hoc pre- (MSc) and post (PhD) graduate teaching at courses offered by the Danish Association of Physical Therapists and Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The main topics include exercise physiology and rehabilitation medicine.


Coordination of teaching activities

2014-present: Board member, PhD-program: Basic and Clinical Research in Musculoskeletal Sciences (MUSKOS), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen (MUSKOS,

2015-present: Course director, PhD-course: Clinical Research in Health and Medical Sciences (


Supervisor experience

Current supervision: 1 Postdoc and 3 PhD-students.

Completed supervision: 5 PhD-students (3 as faculty/main supervisor, no non-completers).   

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