D-IAS Chair Dr. Christine Stabell Benn talks about vaccines on Danish National TV

D-IAS Chair on health, Professor Christine Stabell Benn recently talked about global health and her Bandim-research project into non-specific effects of vaccines NSEvac on Danish National Television: “Deadline” at channel DR2.  

Watch the whole interview here  (from 00:08:40)

By Susanne Siig Petersen

The Bandim Health Project has made several groundbreaking observations. The most important is undoubtedly that the most widely used health interventions to children in low income countries, vaccinations and vitamin A supplements, may have much more dramatic effects than previously thought.

Read more on www.bandim.org

Lately Dr. Christine Stabell Benn and her team was also featured in multiple articles in the national magazine: Danish Medical Journal (Ugeskrift for Læger) – Denmark’s main Scientific journal within the health and medical fields.

In this podcast you can hear her talking (in Danish) about the Bandim Health Project in the small West African country of Guinea-Bissau.

Please feel free to read the other articles (in Danish) about the Bandim Health Project and the dedicated work that has now been going on for nothing less than four decades despite political upheavals, civil war and endless financial difficulties in the region.

Bandim Health Project gennem 40 år
By Ib Christian Bygbjerg & Peter Skinhøj

Behandling af hiv, tuberkulose og malaria foregår stadig med hiv og sving i Guinea-Bissau
By Sanne Jespersen, Frauke Rudolf, Poul Erik Kofoed & Christian Wejse

Syvfold fald i børnedødeligheden i Guinea-Bissau i de seneste 40 år
By Peter Aaby & Christine Stabell Benn

Begrænset kendskab til effekten af vaccinationer og A-vitamintilskud på børnedødeligheden i Afrika
By Ane Bærent Fisker, Sanne Marie Thysen, Christine Stabell Benn & Peter Aaby

Uspecifikke effekter af vaccination i Danmark
By Christine Stabell Benn, Peter Aaby & Signe Sørup

About Dr. Christine Stabell Benn and her research


Christine Stabell Benn is a medical doctor (1996), PhD (2003) and Doctor of Medical Science (2011) from University of Copenhagen.
She has worked at the Bandim Health Project in Guinea-Bissau since 1993, starting as a medical student. She has spent postdoc time at the Danish National Hospital, Department for Infectious Diseases and at Stanford University.

In 2010 she received an ERC Starting Grant.
In 2012 she was selected by the Danish National Research Foundation to establish and lead a Center of Excellence, the “Research Center for Vitamins and Vaccines”.
Since 2013 she is also Professor in Global Health at University of Southern Denmark.

Her research aims to document that vaccines and vitamins affect the immune system in a much more general way than previously thought. Childhood vaccines have usually been implemented without prior trials documenting their effect on overall health. It is assumed that if a vaccine prevents a target disease, then the effect on overall mortality is beneficial and proportional to the number of deaths caused by the disease.

However, sometimes this turns out not to be the case. For instance, in low-income countries with high infectious disease mortality, Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) against tuberculosis and measles vaccines have stronger mortality-reducing effects than can be ascribed to prevention of tuberculosis and measles infections, i.e. they also protect against other infectious diseases. In other words, the vaccines have beneficial heterologous or non-specific effects.