Therese Ovesen


Clinical professor, consultant, DMSc

Primary affiliation

Therese Ovesen CV

Areas of expertise

  • Ear- nose-throat surgery
  • Olfaction and Gustation
  • Cochlear implant
  • Sleep
  • Balance

Contact information

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I am clinical professor and PI of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, and the University Clinic of Flavour, Balance and Sleep; Goedstrup Hospital. We are a multidisciplinary research team with the aim to advance our knowledge of all the common and frequent diseases within otorhinolaryngology, head & neck surgery - our senses and sleep in particular. Our principal aim is to create a sustainable research environment and position ourselves as an attractive partner to our collaborators. Our fundamental values include innovation, precision, relevance, operating competency, and ethics in all research efforts.


I have been a clinical professor for more than 20 years with a special focus on patient-oriented research, but laboratory research with cell culture studies and animal experiments are also part of the portfolio. Among the milestones of my work is the establishment of the Flavour Institute and the Flavour Clinic for research on the senses of smell and taste and for patients with smell and taste disorders. Additionally, I have particularly contributed to research on hearing, balance/dizziness, and sleep, which, together with the research efforts on smell and taste disorders, became the foundation for the University Clinic for Flavour, Balance, and Sleep at the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department at the Gødstrup Hospital.

Teaching activities

As a clinical professor, I have been responsible for teaching medical students and have conducted over a thousand oral examinations. Currently, I have the overall responsibility for the voluntary clinical and research courses in Ear, Nose, and Throat diseases for graduate medical students. I have supervised more than 15 completed Ph.D. projects and am currently the primary supervisor for nine PhD students. This is in addition to a larger number of research years and master's theses in the medical program. Finally, I am the chief editor and author of the "Textbook on Ear, Nose, and Throat Diseases and Head & Neck Surgery" and other textbooks for students.


The university clinic for Flavour, Balance, and Sleep is host to a multitude of international and interdisciplinary collaborations. These include our Adj. Professor Michael Strupp at the Dept. of Neurology, Ludwig-Maximillians University, Germany; Professor Morten Kringelbach at the Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing; Oxford University, UK; Professor An Boudewyns at the Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium; Professor Alkis J. Psaltis at the Dept. of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of Adelaide, Australia; Professor Thomas Hummel at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany; Associate Professor Leen Maes at the Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium; and Professor Shakeel Saeed at the Ear Institute, University College London (UCL), UK.


I have been a member of several ad hoc committees in the Health Authority, including for the development of national guidelines and the preparation of a report on the long-term effects of COVID-19. Additionally, I have been the chairman and since a permanent member of the specialty council for Ear, Nose, and Throat diseases in the Central Denmark Region, and a member of the board of the Danish Society for Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery. I am a member of the research committee at the Gødstrup Hospital. For almost 25 years, I have voted in the Forensic Council and currently represent the Central Denmark Region in the National Committee on Health Research Ethics.

Job responsibilities

Clinically, I am mainly involved in performing ear surgery and have completed more than 500 cochlear implantations. My research focus is particularly on sleep, including obstructive sleep apnoea and other sleep-related conditions. The projects involve both surgical and non-surgical treatment of sleep disorders. Another important research field is dizziness and balance disorders, and with the acquisition of the latest version of a computerised dynamic platform, a large number of projects have been initiated. Finally, the biological treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis plays a significant role in the ongoing and upcoming research projects.

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