University of Aarhus (AU), Denmark

Aarhus University (AU) has 37,000 students (60% at graduate level), 10,000 employees, and a turnover of 712 million EUR. In 2012 the university was ranked 89 at the QS World University Ranking and 116 of 17.000 universities on the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Internationalisation is part of AU’s mission and it continuously works to strengthen the international profile of the University through initiatives to increase international research partnerships and the number of international students. AU has 4 faculties including the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Faculty of Health Sciences consists of the 5 Departments of Biomedicine, Clinical Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry and Forensic Medicine with 735 academic full-time equivalents, 570 enrolled PhD students and produced 419 newly educated graduates in 2010. The Health Faculty is closely connected to Arhus University Hospital and the health care system of Central Denmark. The vision of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to contribute to the development of health in the population nationally and internationally through research and education, disseminate research results to the public and to other users, and assist in implementation of research findings. DPH has a staff of approximately 120 academic staff members, of which 80 are active researchers with a PhD degree. Research activities at the School of Public Heath are to a large extent funded through grants from national and international funding agencies.


Diana E. Schendel, PhD.
Diana E. Schendel, PhD.2013 to present, Professor, MSO, Department of Public Health, Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, and Department of Economics and Business, National Centre for Register-based Research, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Years of experience: 25
Specific expertise: ASD epidemiology; Neurodevelopmental epidemiology; Perinatal epidemiology; Public Health; Registry-based Research; Leadership of multi-site research programs.

Diana E. Schendel, PhD.

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology and Bachelor of Science, Anthropology, Florida State University, 1977
  • Master of Arts, Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 1980
  • PhD, Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 1989
  • 2012 to present – co-Director of the Scientific and Analytic Oversight Committee in NIH-funded Autism Center of Excellence Network to examine multigenerational familial and environmental risks for ASD (MINERvA).
  • 1993-2013 – Epidemiologist, Health Research Scientist and Team Lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Developmental Disabilities Branch, focusing on autism and cerebral palsy.
  • 2003-2013 – CDC PI for the implementation of the largest, multi-site autism epidemiologic study in the USA, called the Study to Explore Early Development.
  • 2009 to present – Principal Investigator– International Collaboration for Autism Registry Epidemiology (iCARE).
  • 2011 to present – external advisor on activities and initiatives for the Environmental Epidemiology in Autism Research Network organized by Autism Speaks and the National Institute of Environmental Health.
  • 2010 to present – Member, Task Force on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy formed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  • 2010 to present – Member, Scientific Advisory Committee for the initiative, Evaluation of the immune and physiologic response in children with autism following immune challenge, funded by Autism Speaks and the MIND Institute.
  • 2009 to present – Scientific Advisory Board Member – Global Autism Public Health Ireland (GAPH-Ireland) formed by a partnership between Autism Speaks and Irish Autism Action (IAA) and is intended to assist IAA in their focus on autism surveillance, research and training.
  • 2009 to 2010 – Member, Expert Advisory Panel for the Heinz Endowment study of the risk factors for childhood autism.
  • 2008 to 2010 – Invited collaborator in the European Network for Surveillance of Risk Factors of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
  • 2007 – Invited participant in the Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders Conference Workgroup to assess the status of the current research base and to identify short- and long-term research questions and opportunities that will enhance future revisions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Classifications of Diseases, Mental and Behavioral Disorders section. Convened under the auspices of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the World Health Organization WHO, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with supplemental funding from the University of California Davis’ Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (M.I.N.D.) Institute.
  • 2006 to 2009 – European Autism Information System (EU-funded). Invited consultant for planning of EAIS renewal, Cork, Ireland, September 2008. Invited speaker at Launch Event of the European Autism Alliance, Brussels, Oct 2007.
  • 2005 to 2007 – NIMH Autism Phenome Workgroup; member of science advisory group for the Collaborative Autism Phenome Project.
  • ASD epidemiology
  • Neurodevelopmental epidemiology
  • Perinatal epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Registry-based Research
  • Leadership of multi-site research programs


Erik Parner, PhD.

  • 1995: Cand.Scient. (M.Sc.), Aarhus University
  • 1997: Ph.D., Biostatistics, Aarhus University
  • 2009 to present: PI, Denmark site, International Collaboration of Autism Research Epidemiology (iCARE), funded by Autism Speaks.
  • 2012 to present: PI, Denmark site, Multigenerational Familial and Environmental Risk for Autism (MINERvA) Network, Autism Center of Excellence award, funded by National Institutes of Health-USA.
  • 2013-2018 PI: Mogens Vestergaard. Mental health in primary care – diagnostics, treatment, and comorbidity (MEPRICA). DKK 16.000.000, Lundbeck Foundation.
  • 2013 to present: Associate editor for the Scandinavian Journal of Statistics.
  • 2008 to 2010: Glenys Dixon, Western Australia- DK collaborative study on ASD prevalence funded by Autism Speaks.
  • Biostatistics
  • Secular trends in autism prevalence; Epidemiology
  • ASD epidemiology
  • Time to event analysis, in particular multivariate time to event and interval censored data
  • Statistical genetics
Erik Parner, PhD.
Erik Parner, PhD.2011 to present, Professor MSO, Department of Biostatistics, Aarhus University
Years of experience: 16
Specific expertise:
Christine Kloster Warberg, Cand.scient.san.
Christine Kloster Warberg, Cand.scient.san.
Years of experience: 3

Christine Kloster Warberg, Cand.scient.san.

  • Bachelor Degree in Nursing, VIA University College, Aarhus, 2012
  • Master of Health Science (Cand.scient.san), Aarhus University, 2015
  • 2015 to present: Scientific assistant for Diana Schendel, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark.
  • 2013-2015: Student assistant, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark.
  • 2012-2013: Nurse at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.

Sanne Lemcke, PhD

  • Bachelor Degree in Nursing, RN
  • Master of Public Health, Aarhus University, 2009
  • PhD, Health Science, Aarhus University, 2013
  • 2014 to present – researcher at Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Aarhus University Hospital
  • 2011-2014 – Danish representative in the COST (Cooperation of Science and Technology)- action of Enhancing the Scientific Study of Early Autism. A European interdisciplinary scientific network
  • 2010-2013 – PhD-student, project title “Early signs of ADHD and autism in toddlers”
  • 2003-2010 – Member of scientific staff, Department of Epidemiology, Aarhus University
  • Many year of professional experience as a nurse in child and adolescent psychiatry, Aarhus University Hospital
  • ASD and ADHD epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Registry-based research
Sanne Lemcke, PhD
Sanne Lemcke, PhD
2014 to present – researcher, Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Aarhus University Hospital