From training doctors to research work
My working week is divided into three main areas: basic-level and specialist-level teaching for physicians, clinical patient work and research work. My duties also include administrative work both at the university and at the university hospital. In addition, I am in charge of a research group comprising five physicians working as doctoral researchers, five medical students, a Master of Science in Technology graduating soon, a Master of Biotechnology, a statistician and two study nurses.
When I was studying medicine, my father, who was a specialist in internal medicine, prompted me to seek research work as a way of succeeding in the world of medicine. I followed his advice and embarked on research work. However, my progress was slow, particularly at the early stage. My thesis was completed several years behind schedule, and it certainly did not deal with the first topic I examined. This slow progress was partly due to the guidance I received – or more to the point, did not receive, as was the case with many others. After I had acquired expertise in vascular research, I tested my abilities as research supervisor. Over the years, this has led to 11 completed doctoral degrees.