Christine Stabell Benn

Christine Stabell Benn


Christine Stabell Benn, Head of Department, Professor in Global Health, Bandim Health Project
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Research areas

Vitamin A, vaccines, and their complex interactions, child mortality, global health.


Year  Education

Kaospilot Creative Leadership course, Kaospilot, Aarhus, Denmark

2011 Doctor of Medical Science, University of Copenhagen
2006 One month at Pediatric Immunology Department, Stanford University, US
2003 PhD, University of Copenhagen
1996 MD, University of Copenhagen

Honours and awards

2018 Selected to give a TEDxAarhus talk
2017 Chair, Danish Institute for Avanced Studies
2015 Annual Prize for Best Publications”, Department of Clinical Research, USD
2014 Nominated for “Best Danish research result of the year”
2011 Selected by the Danish National Research Foundation for a “Center of Excellence”
2010 Received an ERC Starting Grant
2009+2011 2nd prize: “Best Danish research result of the year”
2009 Received a Female Research Leader Grant (Danish Council for Independent Research)
2005 Awarded Young Research Leader Grant (Strategic Research Council) as one among the 19 most talented young Danish Researchers
2004 Nominated for EURYI award as one among the 9 most talented Danish Researchers

Selected publications

Benn CS, Fisker AB, Napirna BM, Roth A, Diness BR, Lausch KR, Ravn H, Yazdanbakhsh M, Rodrigues A, Whittle H, Aaby P. Vitamin A supplementation and BCG vaccination at birth in low birthweight neonates: two by two factorial randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2010; 340:c1101. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c1101.

Aaby P, Roth A, Ravn H, Napirna BM, Rodrigues A, Lisse IM, Stensballe L, Diness BR, Lausch KR, Lund N, Biering-Sørensen S, Whittle H, Benn CS. Randomized trial of BCG vaccination at birth to low-birth-weight children: Beneficial non-specific effects in the neonatal period? J Inf Dis 2011;204(2):245-52.Aaby P and Benn CS. Saving lives by training innate immunity with BCG vaccine. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2012 Oct 23;109(43):17317-8. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1215761109

Benn CS, Netea MG, Selin LK, Aaby P. A small jab – a big effect: nonspecific immunomodulation by vaccines. Trends Immunol 2013 May 13. doi:pii: S1471-4906(13)00058-6.10.1016/

Benn CS, Fisker AB, Whittle HC, Aaby P. Revaccination with Live Attenuated Vaccines Confer Additional Beneficial Nonspecific Effects on Overall Survival: A Review. EBioMedicine 2016 Aug;10:312-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2016.07.016. 

Biering-Sørensen S, Aaby P, Lund N, Monteiro I, Jensen K, Eriksen HB, Schaltz-Buchholzer F, Jørgensen ASP, Rodrigues A, Fisker AB, Benn CS. Early BCG and neonatal mortality among low-birth-weight infants: A randomised controlled trial. Clin Inf Dis 2017: 65: 1183-1190

Benn CS, Fisker AB, Rieckmann A, Jensen AKG, Aaby P. How to evaluate potential non-specific effects of vaccines: the quest for randomized trials or time for triangulation? Expert Rev Vaccines. 2018 May 10:1-10. doi: 10.1080/14760584.2018.1471987.