Jannie Nielsen, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor | Emory University


Dr. Jannie Nielsen is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Emory Global Diabetes Research Center and holds a PhD in Global Health from University of Copenhagen. 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, Dr. Nielsen spent 15 months in southwestern Uganda investigating the household environment as an intersection for diabetes management, risks and behaviors. In September 2015, Dr. Nielsen was awarded a prestigious two-year research grant from The Danish Council for Independent Research, which enabled her to continue her research within the interactions between family and diabetes in low- and middle-income countries but also to expand into other aspects of social relations and high-income countries. This research project was carried out in close collaboration with the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center. In October 2017, Dr. Nielsen received a two-year research grant from Independent Research Fund Denmark to support a continuation of her work with Emory University as an Assistant Professor. The work will focus on identifying family related psychosocial factors associated with prevention and caretaking of diabetes and lead to a novel understanding of which role the family should have, when the family should have such roles and when the family needs help to carry the burden of diabetes care.


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