Trial Nation

Trial Nation offers a single national entry point for life science companies, patient organisations and clinical researchers wishing to sponsor, participate in and conduct clinical trials in Denmark.

At Trial Nation we offer:

  • Identification of relevant specialists and clinical researchers.
  • An expedited feasibility process with a collated national response from hospital sites within five days.
  • Access to our legal network, offering national contract template negotiation.
  • Access to established clinical specialty centres and national networks within dementia, dermatology, haematology, infectious diseases, oncology, paediatrics, psychiatry and respiratory diseases.
  • Access a national structure covering clinical trials in medical devices.
  • A national approach to increasing performance in clinical trials.
  • Access to established partnerships with hospitals, scientists and patient networks.

National centers

The infrastructure of Trial Nation is unique: 11 national clinical centres, networks and unions and one medtech center ensure easy access to leading hospital departments. The national collaboration enables a uniform, high quality execution of clinical studies across all participating research units. Trial Nation can initiate and coordinate contact to the relevant center, its associated departments and their contact person.

For more information about the centers, please click on the dropdown below:

Dementia

The Trial Nation Center for Dementia consists of:

  • Danish Dementia Research Centre, Dept. of Neurology, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet
  • Regional Dementia Research Centre, Dept. of Neurology, Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde
  • Dementia Clinic, Dept. of Neurology, Odense University Hospital, Svendborg
  • Dementia Clinic, Dept. of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital
  • Memory Clinic, Dept. of Neurology, Aalborg University Hospital

Medical Lead:
Professor Gunhild Waldemar, Danish Dementia Research Center, Rigshospitalet

Feasibility coordinator:
Clinical trials director and neurologist Kristian Steen Frederiksen,
Danish Dementia Research Center, Rigshospitalet
Kristian.Steen.Frederiksen@regionh.dk
+45 35 45 61 46

Center Facilitator:
Kirsten Bødker, Trial Nation
kib@trialnation.dk
+45 40 75 08 53

For further information:

Dermatology

The Trial Nation Center for Dermatology consists of:

• Department of Dermato-venereology, Bispebjerg University Hospital
• Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Gentofte University Hospital
• Department of Dermatology, Zealand University Hospital Roskilde
• Department of Dermatology and Allergy Center, Odense University Hospital
• Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Aarhus University Hospital

Medical lead:
Simon Francis Thomsen
Professor, Chief Consultant
simon.francis.thomsen.02@regionh.dk

Feasibility coordinator:
Stine Ørts Petersen, Bispebjerg Hospital
+45 21 29 93 49
stine.oerts.pedersen@regionh.dk

Center Facilitator:
Kirsten Bødker, Trial Nation
+45 40850853

kib@trialnation.dk

For further information:

Hematology

Trial Nation Center for Hematology consists of:

• Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Dept. of Hematology
• Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Dept. of Paediatrics &
Adolescence
• Herlev & Gentofte Hospital, Dept. of Hematology
• Little Belt Hospital – Vejle Hospital, Dept. of Hematology
• Odense University Hospital, Dept. of Hematology
• Regional Hospital Unit West – Holstebro Hospital, Dept. of Hematology
• Zealand University Hospital, Dept. of Hematology
• Aalborg University Hospital, Dept. of Hematology
• Aarhus University Hospital, Dept. of Hematology

Facilitator for Center for Hematology: Ask Aabenhus

Medical Lead
Prof., Chief Consultant & CRU Leader Henrik Frederiksen
Dept. Hematology, Odense University Hospital
+45 65 41 30 35
henrik.frederiksen@rsyd.dk 

Feasibility Coordinator
Sally Grant
Dept. Hematology, Odense University Hospital
+45 24 96 15 44
Sally.Grant@rsyd.dk

Center Facilitator
Ask Aabenhus
+45 30 10 04 66
aaa@trialnation.dk

For further information:

Infectious Disease and Immune Modulation

Trial Nation Center for Infectious Disease and Immune Modulation consists of:

• Department of Infectious Diseases, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet
• Department of Infectious Diseases, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre
• Department of Infectious Diseases, Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde
• Department of Infectious Diseases, Odense University Hospital
• Department of Infectious Diseases, Aalborg University Hospital
• Department of Infectious Diseases, Aarhus University Hospital

Medical lead:
Professor Lars Østergaard, Aarhus University Hospital

Feasibility coordinator
MD, Nina Breinholt Stærke, Aarhus University Hospital
+45 40 45 97 81
ninase@rm.dk

Center Facilitator
Kirsten Bødker, Trial Nation
+4540750853
kib@trialnation.dk

For further information:

Medtech (all therapeutic areas)

We use this form to guide our interactions with companies and innovators – please fill out this form to confirm that your request is regarding a clinical trial.

Free of charge, Trial Nation offers companies within the medtech industry with matchmaking with appropriate hospital departments.

We also wish to draw your attention to the resource available at the Danish Medicines Agency. Book a meeting with the Agency to receive regulatory guidance relevant to you. Read more here (in Danish).

Please get in touch with Trial Nation, if you or your company would like to receive more information on clinical trials in relation to medtech in Denmark.

You can reach us at medtech@trialnation.dk

Oncology

Trial Nation Center for Oncology consists of:

  • Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Dept. of Oncology
  • Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Dept. of Paediatrics & Adolescence
  • Herlev & Gentofte Hospital, Dept. of Oncology
    Little Belt Hospital – Vejle Hospital, Dept. of Oncology
  • Odense University Hospital, Dept. of Oncology
  • Regional Hospital Unit West – Herning Hospital, Dept. of Oncology
  • Zealand University Hospital, Dept. of Oncology
  • Aalborg University Hospital, Dept. of Oncology
  • Aarhus University Hospital, Dept. of Oncology
  • Southern Denmark Hospital, Soenderborg
  • Southern Denmark University Hospital, Esbjerg

Medical Lead:
Chief Consultant Kristoffer Staal Rohrberg

The Phase I Unit, Dept. of Oncology, Rigshospitalet (University Hospital of Copenhagen)

+45 3545 6353

kristoffer.staal.rohrberg@regionh.dk

Feasibility Coordinator:
Kristina Vile Jensen

Trial Nation, Rigshospitalet

+45 3545 8137

kristina.vile.jensen.01@regionh.dk

Center Facilitator:
Ask Aabenhus

Trial Nation

+45 3010 0466

aaa@trialnation.dk

For further information:

See also Trial Nation Union for Molecular Boards.

Paediatrics

The Trial Nation paediatric research center DanPedMed can give you access to paediatric specialists across all Danish hospitals.

Contact: Pernille Skovby, National Coordinator

 pernille.skovby@regionh.dk

+45 24 79 72 52

For more information, see the center folder:

https://trialnation.dk/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/20240118_FolderDPM-2.pdf

Respiratory medicine

The Trial Nation Center for Respiratory Disease consists of:

• Respiratory Research Unit, Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital-Hvidovre
• Respiratory Research Unit, Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital-Bispebjerg
• Respiratory Research Unit, Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, Næstved University Hospital
• Respiratory Research Unit, Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, Odense University Hospital
• Respiratory Research Unit, Dept. of Respiratory Diseases and Allergy, Aarhus University Hospital
• Respiratory Research Unit, Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, Aalborg University Hospital

Medical lead:
Charlotte Suppli Ulrik
Professor, Chief Medical Officer
Charlotte.suppli.ulrik@regionh.dk

Feasibility coordinator
Gitte Alstrup, Study Nurse
+45 3192 4376
gahn@regionsjaelland.dk

Center Facilitator

Kirsten Bødker, Trial Nation
+45 40850853

kib@trialnation.dk

For further information:

Other therapeutic areas

Trial Nation’s regionally anchored network of advisers helps you identify and get in touch with the appropriate clinical researchers within your medical area. We cover all medical areas and trial phases.

Trial Nation provides a streamlined assessment and start-up process for clinical trials in Denmark by providing a single point of contact for national evaluation of any feasibility inquiry.

Get in touch with Trial Nation and start the process today.

You can reach us at pharma@trialnation.dk

National networks

Trial Nation hosts clinical trial related networks across the five regions. For more information about the networks use the drop-down menu below:

Psychiatry

Trial Nation Network for Psychiatry consists of:

  • Aalborg University Hospital
  • Aarhus University Hospital
  • Regional Psychiatry, Western Denmark
  • Research Unit, Aabenraa
  • Psychiatric Center Aabenraa
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Odense University Hospital
  • Center for Evidence based Psychiatry, Region Zealand
  • Psychiatric Center, Rigshospitalet
  • Psychiatric Center, Glostrup
  • Psychiatric Center, Copenhagen
  • Psychiatric Center, Hillerød
  • Psychiatric Center, Gentofte
  • Special Unit for Multiple Diagnoses
  • Institute for Biologic Psychiatry, Rigshospitalet

Scientific Coordinator:
Professor René Ernst Nielsen ren@rn.dk

Feasibility Coordinator:
Head of research administration Mette Munk Heilesen  
m.heilesen@rn.dk
tel: +45 97 64 37 58

Read more about the psychiatric network here:

You can also read Healthcare Denmarks triple-I-paper about mental health in Denmark here

Neurology

Trial Nation Network for Neurology consists of:

  • Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital
  • Epilepsy Hospital Filadelfia
  • Herlev and Gentofte Hospital
  • Little Baelt Hospital, Kolding
  • North Zealand Hospital
  • Odense University Hospital
  • Regional Hospital, Goedstrup
  • Regional Hospital, Hammel Neurocenter
  • Regional Hospital, Viborg
  • Rigshospitalet
  • Southern Denmark Hospital, Soenderborg
  • Southern Denmark University Hospital, Esbjerg
  • Zealand University Hospital
  • Aalborg University Hospital
  • Aarhus University Hospital

Network Lead:
Professor Henning Andersen
Dept. of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital
hennande@rm.dk

Network Coordinator:
Marie Madsen
Dept. of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital
mariemad@rm.dk
+45 23 88 25 83

Network Facilitator:
Ask Aabenhus
Trial Nation
+45 3010 0466
aaa@trialnation.dk

To learn more about the neurology network, please see the one-pager here: 

Nephrology

Trial Nation Network for Nephrology consists of:

  • Department of Nephrology, Aarhus University Hospital
  • Department of Nephrology, Regional Hospital Gødstrup
  • Department of Nephrology, Regional Hospital Viborg
  • Department of Nephrology, Rigshospitalet
  • Department of Nephrology, Herlev og Gentofte Hospital
  • Department of Nephrology, North Zealand Hospital, Hillerød
  • Department of Nephrology, Aalborg University Hospital
  • Department of Nephrology, Sjællands University Hospital
  • Department of Nephrology, Holbæk Hospital
  • Department of Nephrology, Odense Universitetshospital
  • Department of Nephrology, Hospital Southern Denmark, Sønderborg
  • Department of Nephrology, Lillebælt Hospital, Kolding

Network Coordinator at Trial Nation Network for Nephrology

Associate professor Rikke Borg

Sjællands University Hospital

nefro-trialnation@regionsjaelland.dk

Feasibility requests

nefro-trialnation@regionsjaelland.dk

Network Facilitator
Kirsten Bødker, Trial Nation
+4540750853
kib@trialnation.dk

To learn more about the nephrology network, please see the one-pager here: 

Trial Unions

Trial Nation hosts clinical trial related unions across the five regions. For more information about the unions use the drop-down menu below:

Phase IV

The Trial Nation Union of Phase IV consists of:

  • Copenhagen Phase IV Unit (Phase4CPH), Capital Region, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital (Copenhagen Phase IV Unit (Phase4Cph) frederiksberghospital.dk. Janne Petersen, Janne.Petersen.01@regionh.dk
  • SDU Clinical Trial Unit (SDU CTU), University of Southern Denmark (Clinical Trial Unit sdu.dk. Jesper Hallas, jhallas@health.sdu.dk
  • Department of Clinical Epidemiology (DCE), Aarhus University (Department of Clinical Epidemiology (DCE) au.dk. Henrik Toft Sørensen, hts@clin.au.dk
  • Danish Center for Health Services Research (DACS), Aalborg University Hospital (Danish Center for Health Services Research aau.dk.
    Søren Paaske Johnsen, soeren.johnsen@rn.dk

For a coordinated request to all units, please contact Lene Hartmann: lhar@regionsjaelland.dk

For more information please see the attached folder:

Molecular Boards

The Trial Union for Molecular Boards consist of:

Danish National Molecular Tumor Board (DNMTB). The board consist of:

  • Herlev Hospital
  • Odense University Hospital
  • Regional Hospital, Goedstrup
  • Rigshospitalet
  • Vejle Hospital
  • Zealand University Hospital
  • Aalborg University Hospital
  • Aarhus University Hospital

For a coordinated request to all units, please contact:

Trial Nations facilitator for Molecular Boards: Ask Aabenhus, aaa@trialnation.dk.

For more information please see the attached folder:

See also Trial Nation Center for Oncology.

Feasibility process

Trial Nation offers coordination of a quick and efficient feasibility process within all disease areas for companies wishing to conduct clinical trials in Denmark. Trial Nation facilitates a streamlined assessment and start-up process for clinical trials in Denmark by providing the industry with a single point of contact for national evaluation of any feasibility inquiry.

Interested in the number of patients with a specific disease to improve your recruitment strategy? Get in touch with us to receive an estimate of patient recruitment potential.

Get in touch with Trial Nation and start your process today. Feasibility services are free of charge.

You can reach us at contact@trialnation.dk

The Good Clinical Trial Budget Negotiation Process

1. Agree on expectations with the counterparty as early as possible – preferably before site selection.

2. Be transparent about the process in your own organization.

3. Submit initial draft budget as early as possible.

4. Forward the final protocol, manual & plans and other relevant information related to the protocol as early as possible.

5. Appoint one negotiator throughout the process with both parties who is a solid negotiating mandate available by phone and email and speaks Danish.

6. Use a generic (common) e-mail account at the clinic.

7. Clearly mark in the subject field which study the email relates to (study number/name or other ID).

8. Substantiate budget proposals/counterproposals with documentation for: a) “Fair market value”. b) Pass-through expenses. c) Prices (e.g. use previously agreed prices or the Medical Council’s rates). d) Break the budget down into activities.

9. Ensure that the contract negotiator in the department is informed that the budget is being forwarded to the investigator, and that the Investigator knows.

Investigator identification

Trial Nation’s regionally anchored network of advisers helps you identify and get in touch with the appropriate clinical researchers within your medical area. We cover all therapeutic areas and trial phases.

For an effective facilitation please provide information on:

  • Indication and primary objective of the trial
  • Trial phase (I-IV) or corresponding for medtech trials
  • Trial type (randomized, single arm etc)
  • Trial medication/device/diagnostic concerned
  • Patient population, indication or clinical speciality
  • Suggestion for relevant clinical speciality and any requirements for specific expertise or equipment
  • Name and contact details for contacts already made to Danish clinical researchers
  • Inclusion- and exclusioncriteria (optional)
  • Synopsis (optional)
  • Expected timeline for trial start (optional)
  • International or national trial (optional)

For requests related to centers and networks please get in touch at contact@trialnation.dk.

For requests outside established national centers- and networks please get in touch at pharma@trialnation.dk or medtech@trialnation.dk.

Infrastructure of Clinical Trials In Denmark

Access a detailed national overview of the Danish healthcare system in relation to clinical research. We also provide links to comprehensive information of Danish research units and their research strategies.

Download here, and read about authorities, hospital owners and the elements of Danish healthcare. All in relation to clinical research.

Detailed overview of research strategies and research units:

Download here, collected in one document, we provide information on Danish clinical research units, and links to their strategies for research.


Decentralized Clinical Trials

In Trial Nation we are further strengthening our efforts in patient-centered decentralized clinical trials (DCT) in Denmark.

We accelerate the development of better framework conditions for conducting decentralized clinical trials in Denmark by facilitating close collaboration between authorities, public- and private partners, patients, and researchers.

  • Trial Nation is a part of the first Innovation Fund Denmark project focusing on digitalization of clinical trials, the VCT project.
  • Trial Nation is an active part of the Danish DCT Dialogue Forum.
  • Trial Nation facilitates a committed National public-private collaboration that will take the next step in innovating and developing Denmark as a strong DCT nation. The project PACT – patient-centered decentralized clinical trials is supported by Innovation Fund Denmark and runs from 2022-2026. The project aims to support the implementation of patient-centered DCT in Denmark by:
    • reducing the barriers for patients, health care personnel to participate in and for companies to perform industry-initiated clinical trials in Denmark.
    • enable patients to participate in clinical trials from their home or community
    • support the development of a value-creating health care system focused on patient-centered care.
  • Trial Nation contributed to the development of a publication on DCTs in Denmark that aims to inform, inspire, and invite for further dialogue.
    • Download the DCT publication here
    • Visit Healthcare Denmark’s website, to listen to an interview series with insights and perspectives from the Danish authorities, clinicians, patients, and the industry about performing DCTs in Denmark.

To hear more about Trial Nations activities within DCT please reach out to:

Michelle Rosgaard Birknow
Head of Decentralized Clinical Trials Development
mrb@trialnation.dk

Decentralized Clinial Trials Guidelines
  • Please visit the Danish Medicines Agency to find the Danish DCT guidance paper on implementation of decentralized elements in clinical trials with medicinal products.