Karen Søgaard

Karen Søgaard

Karen Søgaard

Professor, Head of Research Unit, Professor, MSc in Physical Exercise, PhD in Human Physiology

Phone: 65504409Mobile: 23489504

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Curriculum vitae for Karen Søgaard

Personal data
Karen Søgaard, Katholmvej 2 B, 2720 Vanløse, Phone.: 38 79 22 92

Academic degrees and education
1978 Graduation from Roskilde Katedralskole, Denmark (Matematisk Biologisk Studentereksamen)
1980 Minor in Nordic language and literature, University of Copenhagen.
1982 Minor in Physical education, University of Copenhagen.
1986 Major in Human Physiology, University of Copenhagen
1994 PhD, Human Physiology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
2001 and 2003 Course in International Competence (Flexsprog and Global Danmark)
2003 3 Module course in Project management and coordination (“Implement”)
2006 Shortlisted for a professorship in Physiotherapeutic research at SDU. Stilling nr 061012
2008 Shortlisted for a professorship in physical exercise at Aarhus University.

Employment and work abroad
1986-90 Research assistant at National Institute of Occupational Health. (Inc.5 months maternity leave)
1990-93 Ph D student at National Institute of Occupational Health,
1991 3 weeks as guest researcher at Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
1993-97 Researcher at Department of Work Physiology at National Institute of Occupational Health.
1995-96 7 month as Research Fellow at Department of Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
1997-99 Senior Researcher at Department of Physiology at National Institute of Occupational Health.
1999-01 Senior Researcher at Department of Research in Computer Work at National Institute of Occupational Health.
2001 4 months as Research Fellow at Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, Sydney, Australia
2002 Senior Researcher at Department of Physiology at National Institute of Occupational Health.
2003 1 month as guest researcher at Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, Sydney, Australia
2001-2004 Project manager of the Danish part of EC project “NEW”, Neuromuscular assessment in the elderly worker (http://www.lisin.polito.it/new/
2003-2006 Senior researcher and Coordinator for the Research group “Performance and Pain Physiology” at National Institute of Occupational Health, Denmark.
2007 Head of FINALE project research group. National Research Centre for the Working Environment.
2008-present Professor at Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark

Memberships of scientific societies
1989-90 Project manager of “Work group under Nordic Councils of Ministers considering physiological databases in the Nordic countries”
1989-present Lifelong member of Scandinavian Physiological Society
1990-present Member of International Society of Biomechanics
1995-2006 Member of SOUND research network (www.ami.dk/research/sound/index.html)
1996-present Member of the International Shoulder Group, ISG, under the auspices of International Society of Biomechanics
2002-present Member of International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology
2003-present Elected Executive Council Member of International Society of Biomechanics, Newsletter editor. (Re-elected 2005 and 2007)



External funding and awards
1986 Work Environment Foundation (20.000,-DKR)
1987 Work Environment Foundation (315.000,- DKR)
1988 NIVA-scolarship (5.620-DKR)
1989 NordicCouncil of Ministers (50.000,-DKR)
1989 Scandinavian Physiological Society (1.213,-DKR)
1990 Danish Research Academy (3 years salary + annuum 200.000,-DKR)
1993 Scandinavian Physiological Society (3.900,-DKR)
1994 NIVA-scolarship (5.200-DKR)
1995 Danish Research Council in Natural Science (64.625,-DKR
1997 Danish Research Council in Medical Science, Centre for Medico Technique , (1.282.000,-DKR)
2001 EC-Shared Cost project, NEW-Neuromuscular assessment in the Elderly Workers (151.348 ECU)
2003 UMTS , Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, (560.000,-DKR)
2003 Scandinavian Physiological Society (2.000,-DKR)
2004 Sports Research Council under the Ministry of Culture (100.000,-DKR)
2004 Danish Research Council in Medical Science (200.000, -DKR)
2005 Labour Market Authority, The inclusive labour market, (Satspuljemidler), (900.000, DKR)
2005 International Union of Physiological Sciences Travel award (1000 $)
2006 Work Environment Research Foundation (FINALE – Frame for INterventions for preserved work Ability for Long term Effect) (8.000.000 DKR)
2006 Sports Research Council under the Ministry of Culture 1.083.000,-DKR, PhD stud. Marie Birk Jørgensen)
2006 Co financed PhD. Danish Research Council. Research and Innovation (Main appl. Pascal Madeleine, SMI, Aalborg Universitet) (510.000 DKR)
2007 Sports Research Council under the Ministry of Culture (540.000,-DKR, PhD stud. Jeanette Christensen)
2008 Danish Research Council in Medical Science (1.417.000,-DKR)

Teaching

Undergraduate level
1984-85 Full time teacher at Teachers University College (Jonstrup seminarium) in Physical education at basic and advanced level. (Grundfag og liniefag)
1985 Research assistent at Physical education at the August Krogh Instituttet, University of Copenhagen.
1986-92 Course planning and yearly lecturing the multi disciplinary course “The role of pathophysiology, anatomy and work physiology in the standard therapeutic approach”. At Therapist University College, Copenhagen. (Bodil Müllers afspændingsseminarium)
1994-96 Lecturing the yearly course on General principles in Biomechanics for Physical Education students at the August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen.
1996-97 Teacher in Biomechanics module at School of Physiotherapy in Copenhagen
2001 Lecturing a course in Neuromuscular Biomechanics at Physical Education, University of Trondheim, Norway
2003 Supervisor for Physioterapist Rikke Jørgensen, and Line Raskin Bishoff, MPH
2003-04 Course planning and teaching of module on “Work related health problems, incidence, aetiology and possible preventive intervention” Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen.
2005 Course planning and teaching a module on work physiology in Master of Public Health education at Aarhus University.
2007 Lecturing in a course on Physical activity and Wellfare, Wellness and Work ability at University of Copenhagen.
2006 Supervisor for Vibeke Tauber, Dorthe Nielsen and Louise Jensen, Bachelor in Physioteraphy
2007 Supervisor for Bachelor students Niels Kirk and Martin Breum. University of Copenhagen
2007- Supervisor of Master student Kristian Pugerup (Together with Associate Professor Laila Ottesen, University of Copenhagen)
2007- Supervisor of Bachelor student Mette Korshøj Larsen (Together with Associate Professor Nicolas Petersen, University of Copenhagen)
During my employment at The National institute of Occupational Health I have had the opportunity to teach and organize several courses in Work Physiology. Courses are organized yearly and the primary target group is physiotherapists employed in working environment health services and the working authority.


Postgraduate level
Teaching at PhD courses
1996 Teaching at The International Copenhagen Summer school, Integrative human Physiology 1996. A European PhD and Post doc course organized by University of Copenhagen.
1999 Teaching at The International Copenhagen Summer school, Integrative human Physiology 1999. A European PhD and Post doc course organized by University of Copenhagen.
2004 Teaching at PhD Course in Jyvaskyla, Limiting factors of human neuromuscular performance. Organized by Neuromuscular Research centre, University of Jyvaskyla.

Organizing and teaching at PhD courses
Participated in the scientific planning, chairing and teaching at the following PhD and post graduate courses.

1994 and 1998 Cleaning and working environment – A comprehensive Approach to Improvements. NIVA (Nordic Institute for advanced training in occupational health, Nordic council of ministers.
2002 and 2004 International Course on Computer Work. NIVA (Nordic Institute for advanced training in occupational health, Nordic council of ministers.
2003 og 2006 Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders: Current Research Trends. NIVA (Nordic Institute for advanced training in occupational health, Nordic council of ministers.
2005 Part of the scientific organizing group planning the International PhD Course with the title “Physical activity at work and leisure in a health perspective” (within the Graduate research school GRASPH, University of Copenhagen

Supervision of PhD-students
1999-2004 Supervisor for PhD-student Leila Hopsu, University of Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland
2002-2005 Supervisor for PhD-student Anne Katrine Blangsted, University of Copenhagen
2002-2005 Co-supervisor for PhD-student Lars Rosendal, University of Copenhagen
2006-present Supervisor for PhD student Marie Birk Jørgensen, Cand Scient, together with Associate Professors Mogens Teisen, and Nicolas Petersen University of Copenhagen.
2007-present Co supervisor for PhD student Jeanette Christensen, Cand Scient San (together with Associate Professor Kristian Overgaard, University of Aarhus),
2007-present PhD student A Samani, together with Associate Professor Pascal Madeleine Aalborg University)
2007-present Supervisor for PhD student Nicolas Stjernstrom, co financed with Aalborg University (Associate Professor Pascal Madeleine) and University of Copenhagen (Associate Professor Bente Rona Jensen).
2008-present Co-supervisor for PhD student Bibi Gram together with Professor Gisela Sjøgaard, University of Southern Denmark

Editorial boards, evaluation boards and review function
2002-present Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
2004-present Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
1995-present Journal reviewer on more than 90 manuscripts for:
Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, Journal of Applied Physiology, Muscle & Nerve, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Acta Physiologica Scandinavica,, Experimental Brain Research, Clinical Biomechanics, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Journal of Sports Medicine, Scand Journal of Work Environment and Health, Journal of Somatosensory & Motor Research , Work and Stress, Applied Ergonomics, Ergonomics, International Journal of Medical Sciences, Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, The Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain

1999-present External Referee for The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Research advisory Council, Canada.
2001-2004 Member of censorship at Physical Education, University of Trondheim, Norway
2001-present External referee for Research and PhD positions at Aalborg University
2004 External referee for tenure promotion for Quinn’s University, Canada
2004 External referee for Doctoral thesis, University of Umeå, University of Gävle, Sverige.
2007 Opponent on a PhD thesis at Southern University, Odense, Denmark.
2007-present External Referee for Research positions at University of Southern Denmark
2007-present External Referee for Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research
2007-present External Referee for the Canadian Natural Science Research council
2008 External referee for Medical dissertation, University of Lund, Sweden.
2008 External referee for associate professor and tenure promotion for University of electro-communications, Tokyo, Japan.
2008 External referee for professor promotion for University of Vermont, USA
2008 External referee for associate professor promotion for Mc Gill University, Canada
Further, I have served as reviewer for a number of International conferences and in the Award Committee at the last three ISB conferences. (”Young investigators award” and ”Best Podium presentation”) . In 2007 I have been in the scientific committee for the ISB conference in Taiwan and for the Competence 50+ Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. Further, I serve as a symposium organizer for a Motor control symposium ( Cinderella model revisited) at the PREMUS 2007 conference in Boston and a co-organizer of the myofeedback symposium.

Recent Research publication and activities
Since 1993 I have published more than 60 papers in per reviewed International journals, among these four are reviews and more than 30 are from within the last 5 years. In addition, Danish reviewed reports and book chapters, English chapters of textbooks and a list of more than 150 abstracts. 52 papers can be found in SCOPUS with more than 700 citations, an average citation of more than 14 per paper and an h-index of 16.

International activities
2007-2009 External consultant on a biomechanical project conducted by Rupesh Kumar, Luleå University, Sweden
2006-2008 Project member in Finnish-Danish research project ”Mechanisms of neuromuscular function in the elderly people (Main applicant Paolo Komi, Vesa Linnamo)
2005-2008 Project member in Swedish-Danish research project ”Interstitial algesic substances, metabolites and blood flow in workrelated trapezius pain – alterations during working day and impact of mental stress”. (Main applicant: Britt Larsson, Bjørn Gerdle)
2005-present External consultant on project conducted by associate professor Caroline Pattens, VA, Stanford University, California.
2004-2007 Projektdeltager i dansk-svensk forskningsprojektet ”Rehabilitering af muskelsmerter i nakke-skuldre (RAMIN)” eksternt finansieret fra forskningsråd (600.000 DKR) og Gigtforeningen (1.2 million DKR) forskningsprojekt. (Hovedansøger Gisela Sjøgaard)
2001-2005 Project maneger of the Danish part of EC project “NEW”Neuromuscular assessment in the elderly worker (http://www.lisin.polito.it/new/
1998-01 Member of EC-network ”PROCID, Prevention of muscle disorders in operation of computer input devices” funded by ”Biomedicine and Health, the Specific RTD Programme.” (http://www.lindholmen.se/procid/index.htm)
1996-99 Member of EC-network "Risk in Cleaning" funded by BIOMED 2 "Concerted Action" programme.




Invited talks at international conferences last 5 years.
Søgaard K.(2008) Effects of physical exercise on musculoskeletal health from a biomechanical perspective Nordic conference, Health, Participation and effects of sports and exercise. Halmstad, October 2008
Søgaard K.(2008) Work site physical activity as prevention of Work-Related Musculo-Skeletal Disorders. Presentation of current RCT studies based on the concept “Intelligent Physical Activity”. Nordisk arbejdsmiljø conference, NAM. Oslo August, 2008
Søgaard K. (2008) Contrasting activity programs at the worksite in the prevention of MSD from different ongoing studies in Denmark. 2008. International Conference of Physical Activity and Public Health, Amsterdam, 9-13 April, 2008.
Søgaard K (2007) The influence of biofeedback training sessions on trapezius muscle activity during normal computer work task. Biofeedback session at Premus, Boston, USA
Søgaard K (2007) Revisiting the Cinderella muscle activity pattern as an explanatory model for development of musculoskeletal disorders, can it be disproved? Motor control session, Premus, Boston, USA
Søgaard K (2007) Motor unit activation in dynamic conditions. Motor control session at ECSS in Jyvaskyla, Finland.
Søgaard K (2007) Occupational biomechanics of the upper extremities; a search for the cause and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. “Occupational Biomechanics” XXI International Society of Biomechanics Congress, Taipei, Taiwan. (Keynote speaker)
Søgaard K, (2007) “A new concept for improving the work ability of elderly workers at Danish workplaces.” Competence50+ Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Søgaard K, (2006) Relaxation after isokinetic shoulder abduction in subjects with trapezius myalgia compared to controls. World Congress of Biomechanics, München/Tyskland d. 29.07.-04.08. 2006. (Keynote speaker)
Søgaard K, (2006) Important aspects of a best practice to make the work attractive after 55. 18th Nordic Congress of Gerontology. Jyväskyla, Finland.
Søgaard K (2005) Main results from the field study of the European project "Neuromuscular assessment in the elderly Worker" (NEW). NES 2005 'Ergonomics as a tool in future development and value creation'. NES (Nordic Ergonomic Society), NEF (Nordic Ergonomic Society)
Søgaard K (2004) Fatigue development in the upper trapezius and biceps brachii in subjects with neck-shoulder pain. XVth ISEK Congress, Boston, MA.
Søgaard K (2004) Fatigue related changes in the mechanomyogram are not due to changes in intramuscular pressure or force steadiness. XVth ISEK Congress, Boston, MA. .
Søgaard K (2004) Feedback fra skulder- og håndledsmuskel under computerarbejde, reducerer aktivitet i skuldermusklerne, men ikke i håndledsmusklen. Vedsted P, Blangsted AK, Madeleine P, Olsen HB, Sjøgaard G. NAM 2004 (50 Nordiska Arbetsmiljömötet), Reykjavik, Island. Reykjavik, Island.
Søgaard K (2004) Trapezius activity patterns during computer work and the mechanisms underlying related muscle disorders. European Society of Biomechanics (ESB), July 2004. ESB/Hertogenbosch/The Netherlands.

Chairman at International conferences last 5 years
Motor control Symposium at PREMUS conference, August 2007, Boston (Chair and organizer)
Biofeedback symposium at Premus conference, August 2007, Boston (Co-chair and co organizer)
Ergonomic Interventions at Premus conference, August 2007, Boston (Chair)
Ergonomics and falls, ISB conference, July 2007, Taipei, Taiwan. (Chair.)
Opening session with Keynote speaker within “Occupational Biomechanics”. XXth Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics and 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics; 2005 Jul 31 - Aug 5; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; 2005. (Chair)
Session on Motor control at XXth Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics and 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics; 2005 Jul 31 - Aug 5; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; 2005. (Chair)
Shoulder Biomechanics session, Society of Biomechanics (ESB), July 2004. ESB/Hertogenbosch/The Netherlands. (Chair)
Motor control session at XVth ISEK Congress, Boston, MA. 18-21 June, 2004 (Chair)
In addition, I have served as chairman at a number of international seminars and scientific meetings.
Additional participation in conferences; oral presentations and posters last 5 years.

Søgaard K, Jørgensen MB, Hansen L, Nielsen PK, Andersen LL, Ekner D, Blangsted AK, Sjøgaard G (2007) Muscle activation, oxygenation and pain development during repetitive work in workers with and without myalgia. ISB July 2007, Taipei, Taiwan. (Oral)
Søgaard, K., Olsen, H. B., Sjøgaard, G., and Taylor, J. Voluntary activation of trapezius during unilateral and bilateral voluntary contraction. Rainoldi, A. and Minetto, M. A. XVI Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology. From Research to Practice. Proceedings; 2006 Jun 28 - Jul 1; Torino, Italy. 70. 2006. (Oral)
Søgaard K, Taylor,J, Blangsted,AK, Olsen,HB, Sjøgaard,G (2005) Intramuscular pressure and mechanomyogram as measures of the specific force response on motor point stimulation. XXXV International Congress of Physiological Sciences; 2005 Mar 31-Apr 5; San Diego, California; 2005 Poster.
Søgaard K (2005) Single motor unit activity in the trapezius muscles of elderly female computer users with and without neck-shoulder pain during computer work. XXth Congress of the ISB and 29th Annual Meeting of the ASB. (Oral)
Søgaard K (2004) The influence of feedback from the trapezius muscle on perceived usefulness and muscle activity during computer work. European Society of Biomechanics (ESB). ESB, Hertogenbosch/The Netherlands. (Oral)
Søgaard K, Taylor,JL, Petersen,N, Todd,G, Gandevia,S (2003) Changes in voluntary activation and motor cortical excitability during human muscle fatigue provoked by a submaximal contraction. PhysPharm 2003. Scandinavian Congress of Physiology and Pharmacology. Okt 11-14; Odense, Denmark. 2003. p. 116. Poster
Søgaard K (2003) Mechanical properties of single motor units from human extensor carpi radialis muscle based on mechanomyogram and force. International Society of Biomechanics XIXth Congress, The human Body in Motion. University of Otago, New Zealand. (Oral)
Søgaard K (2003) Visual and precision demands affect hand kinematics during computer work. International Society of Biomechanics XIXth Congress, Human Body in Motion. University of Otago, New Zealand. (Oral)

Popular communication, oral and written presentations last 5 years.
Each year I have given approx 5 talks and written or been a co author on 1 popular science paper. Further, I have participated in the National television DR2 in the program ”Det ulydige sind”.