Dr. Axelsen is Ombudsman for Research Integrity at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, the first ombudsman of this kind in Denmark.
Nils Axelsen, MD and DSc.Med, was associate professor at Copenhagen University 1969-78, and has since then had leading positions at Statens Serum Institut, including being director for the institute 1985-88. His scientific field is clinical biochemistry, especially immunochemistry, where he has contributed to development of the powerful Scandinavian electro immunochemical methods, and is editor of three handbooks on this topic. Dr. Axelsen is, since 2008, Ombudsman for Research Integrity at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, and so far the first ombudsman of this kind in Denmark. He is responsible for training all researchers at the Institute’s many departments in Good Research Practice (RCR). Axelsen was one of the founders of the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty (1992), member of the medical committee 1993-2005, and has participated as investigator in many cases of al-legations for scientific dishonesty, and in some 75 decisions of the DCSD. He was member of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Committee on Bioethics 1994-2001, chair 1995-96. Dr. Axelsen has received the Thorvald Madsen Prize and a Gold Medal from University of Aarhus. He has served on many national and international committees on scientific and science policy, and is a member of Danish Academy f or the Technical Sciences (ATV) and the Danish Academy for the Natural Sciences.