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Helle Bisgaard Korsgaard

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    2800 Kgs. Lyngby



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My work is in the area of microbiological food safety, mainly occurrence, distribution and control of foodborne pathogens, antimicrobial resistance and disease burden.

My main area of expertise is to collate, validate and analyse data; to provide datasets, reports and risk assessments for Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (FVST)  and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). A special interest is to develop excel-based tools for risk assessment, risk ranking and risk management proposes. Currently, I am data manager and co-editor of the annual report on use of antimicrobial agents and the occurrence of resistance in bacteria from food, animals and humans in Denmark (DANMAP); responsible for reporting national data on antimicrobial resistance to EFSA; DTU project manager for case-by-case risk assessments in the national control program for risk assessments of Salmonella and Campylobacter in Danish and imported fresh meat;, and the Danish representative in EFSAs Emerging Risks Exchange Network and Network for Zoonoses Monitoring Data relating to antimicrobial resistance.

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2016-present: Pilot project on strategic partnership with Denmark on data quality (EFSA)

2014: Project management, writing and editing chapters the EU Summary report on Zoonoses 2012, and Antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella and Enterococcus (EFSA).

2013 - 2015: Critical review of methodology and application of risk ranking for prioritisationof food and feed related issues, on the basis of the size of anticipated health impact. Review of risk ranking papers regarding disease burden (DALY/QALY) and nutrition (EFSA).

2014 - present: Reporting officer of antimicrobial resistance data to EFSA Data Collection Framework 

2013: Project management, writing and editing Salmonella and Listeria chapters the EU Summary report on Zoonoses 2012 (EFSA).

2012 - present: Danish representative in Emerging Risks Exchange Network (EFSA).

2011; Data management and writing report on analyses of data on microbiological contaminants in food in EU in years 2004-2009 (EFSA)

2008-2009: Working group on monitoring Community trends in zoonotic agents in foodstuffs and animal populations (EFSA).

2005-2010: project management, writing and editing the EU Summary report on Zoonoses (EFSA).

2004-2012: Participant in the MedVetNet work package on prioritizing foodborne and zoonotic hazards at the EU level.

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Helle Korsgaard has worked as an epidemiologist and project manager at DTU Food for 13 years, and has acquired a considerable experience in managing projects. She acts as scientific advisor for the Danish National Food Authorities and conducts research in microbiological food safety, quantitative risk assessment and risk ranking in relation to national monitoring and control of zoonoses in animals, food and humans. Since 2010, co-editor of DANMAP, the Danish surveillance report on antimicrobial resistance in animals, food and humans. She has also worked with disease burden models of food borne zoonoses in co-operation with Statens Serum institute. Since 2005, Helle Korsgaard has been part of the management team responsible for preparation of the EU report on trends and sources on Zoonoses, Zoonotic agents and food-borne outbreaks during (2004-2009 and 2012-2013 reports). She is experienced in data management, trend analysis and tabulation of data. The Danish representative in EFSA’s Network on Emerging Risks.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Terrestrial Ecology, University of Copenhagen


MSc in Biology, University of Copenhagen


External positions

Senior Academic Officer, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark

2014 → …

Academic Officer (Permanent position), National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark


Scientist, DTU - National Food Institute

2007 → …

Researcher / Academic Staff (1-3 years positions) , National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark


Post Doc, University of Copenhagen


Phd. Student, University of Copenhagen


Teaching assistant, University of Copenhagen



  • User defined:
  • Public health
  • Antimicrobial resistance, monitoring
  • Foodborne zoonoses
  • Risk ranking
  • Microbial Food Safety
  • Risk assessments


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