Jannie Nielsen, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Emory University and University of Copenhagen


Dr. Jannie Nielsen is a research scholar at Emory Global Diabetes Research Center. She holds a position as postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark from where she also obtained her PhD in Global Health. Dr. Nielsen’s main research interest is in translation of the current clinical proof-of-concept evidence for prevention of type 2 diabetes into low-cost effective and feasible population-wide interventions, especially in low- and middle-income countries. For her doctoral thesis ‘Living in a family with type 2 diabetes in rural Uganda’, Dr. Nielsen spent a year in southwestern Uganda investigating the household environment as an intersection for diabetes management, risks and behaviors. As a postdoctoral fellow she has continued her research within the interactions between family and diabetes in low- and middle-income countries, but has also expanded into other aspects of social relations and high-income countries. In September 2015, Dr. Nielsen was awarded a prestigious two-year research grant from The Danish Council for Independent Research, which has enabled her to continue her research in close collaboration with the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center.


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