Aarhus University (AU) is a public university located in Aarhus, Denmark. Founded in 1928, it is Denmark’s second oldest university and the largest, with a total of 43,600 enrolled students as of 1 January 2012. In World University Rankings, it is ranked in the top 100. Health is one of the four main academic areas at Aarhus University and the Faculty of Health Sciences comprises five departments (Clinical Medicine, Biomedicine, Public Health, Forensic Medicine, Dentistry) and the School of Oral Health Care. Since its foundation in 1936, a close working relationship has existed between the Faculty and the Hospitals in Aarhus, which have now all been merged under the banner of Aarhus University Hospital (AUH). The organisations cooperate closely on both clinical teaching and research, which is carried out at all hospitals in the Central Denmark Region. AU has very strong research and education programmes in the Health Sciences with over 2,000 employees, and almost 4,000 students, including about 600 PhD students.
Prof. Jesper Hjortdal is Professor of Ophthalmology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at AU in 2009. Prof Hjörtdal has published more than 90 original peer-reviewed papers mainly on corneal and refractive surgery related to corneal optics and biomechanical properties of the cornea. He has President of the Danish Ophthalmological Society since 2010 and President of the European Eye Bank Association since February 2013. He will oversee establishment of the clinical data entry system and dissemination activities (website content, outreach activities) by a communications/IT specialist at AU.