Asbjørn Mohr Drewes

Professor and Chief Physician,
Director of Mech-Sense & Centre for pancreatic Diseases
Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Aalborg University Hospital
Mølleparkvej 4, 9000 Aalborg
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MD from Aarhus University in 1983.  He specialised in internal medicine and gastroenterology in 1997.

Degrees and awards

Defended his Ph.D. thesis at Aalborg University in 1998 and his doctoral thesis (DMSc) at Aarhus University in 1999.

Main academic positions

  • Associate Professor from 1996
  • Research Professor in visceral pain from 2003
  • Full Professor (Chair) in Medicine & Gastroenterology from 2007

Scientific work

Although he has always been fully employed as clinician he has authored 480 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews and has an H-index of 49. He is a widely-recognised expert in pancreatology, visceral pain, pharmacology and brain-gut interactions.  As such he is a frequent speaker and chairman at international congresses, and has been organizer of many international meetings. Currently he is member of the scientific board of European Society of Neurogastroenterology and European Federation of IASP Chapters. Since 2012 he has been the President of Scandinavian Association for Neurogastroenterology and Motility. As Principal Investigator, his primary research interests are chronic pancreatitis, gastrointestinal pain, brain-gut axis, motility pharmacology of analgesics, physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, clinical gastroenterological studies, imaging and technology development. He serves as editorial board member for several journals, has participated in expert groups for the Danish Health and Medicines Authority, and is co-inventor of patents.

Grants and awards

He has received awards from the Danish Association of Gastroenterology, The “Muusfelt” award and Danish Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. In 2018, he received the prestigious “Hagedorn Prize” from Danish Association of Internal Medicine. He’s research has been funded from many different national and international foundations such as Karen Elise Jensen´s Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation and EU 7th Framework Programme (grant No. # 223630). Currently his research program is mainly supported by a research grant (#10-092786/DSF) offered by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, involving researchers from 6 countries

Clinical and research management

He is a widely recognised expert in gastroenterology and pain, especially in diseases of pancreas and oesophagus. He has participated in more than 10 courses in management arranged by the Danish Medical Association. He holds the chair as Professor at Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology with responsibility for budgets and quality control. He co-founded and is now Director of Mech-Sense, which is a multidisciplinary research centre where he has the leadership of 24 co-workers (among them 10 Ph.D. students and 8 postdocs). He is leader of the Clinical Trial Unit and the Centre for Pancreatic Diseases. He has outstanding experience as leader of research activities in-house as well as in multi-centre studies.

Supervisor duties, teaching and GCP

Has previously supervised 31 Ph.D. students and is currently supervisor for 11 Ph.D. students. He teaches medical students and students in health technology as well as postdocs and specialists within medicine, gastroenterology, pain and pharmacology. Is member of the Danish GCP association and participated in several GCP courses arranged by the association and by the Danish Medical Authorities. He has participated as Principal Investigator in more than 50 studies (phase I,II and III) mainly within pain treatment and gastroenterology.