Philip J. Pedersen – University of Copenhagen

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Philip J. Pedersen

PhD, DVM. Defended PhD April 2013

Research Profile:

In February 2010 I entered a PhD program at University of Copenhagen in the research area of veterinary physiology. The project is focused on large animal heart function and disease. The horse will be the experimental animals. The aims of the project are to sequence and clone the repolarizing potassium channels in the equine heart and characterize their electrophysiological properties (activation and in-activation kinetics) by heterologous expression in Xenopus oocytes.

Furthermore we aim to find proof of the hypothesis that long QT-syndrome is present in the population of equine performance horses and causing sudden cardiac death. This has led us to perform thorough research on the equine ECG in an attempt to characterise repolarization markers.

I completed my DVM at University of Copenhagen in January 2010 with focus on equine medicine. My master’s thesis was in the research area of equine basic cardiology with the title: "A genetic and electrophysiologic method description for the characterization of the K+ channels KCNQ1 and KCNH2 - key players in equine cardiac repolarization".

In September 2007 I completed my bachelor at University of Copenhagen. My bachelor thesis was in the research area concerning clinical diagnosis of equine cardiac disease. The title was “The usage of ECG in horses for the diagnosis of arrhythmias – including a field test of Krutech Televet® 100 wireless ECG on dressage horses”.



Pedersen PJ, Flak JB, Buhl R, Klaerke DA. Cloning of equine KCNH2 and KCNQ1 as the basis for diagnosing long QT syndrome in horses, Biophysical Journal, Volume 106, Issue 2, Supplement 1, 28 January 2014, Pages 552a


Pedersen PJ, Kanters JK, Buhl R, Klaerke DA. Normal electrocardiographic QT interval in race-fit Standardbred horses at rest and its rate dependence during exercise, Journal of Veterinary Cardiology, 2013,Mar;15(1):23-31


Haugaard M, Flethøj M, Pedersen PJ. Hjertets betydning for sportshesten - en årsag til nedsat præstation, Ridehesten Hippologisk, May 2012: 28-34 (article in Danish).


Pedersen PJ, Kanters JK, Buhl R, Klaerke DA. Building a platform for diagnosing long QT syndrome in the horse, Fundam Clin Pharmacol. 2011 Dec;25(6):I-V (Meeting abstract: CASD 012)

Pedersen PJ. Genetisk og elektrofysiologisk metode for karakterisering af K+-kanalerne KCNQ1 og KCNH2 med betydning for hjertets repolarisering hos hest, Dyrlaegemagasinet, March 2011: 18-21 (article in Danish).

Pedersen PJ. Pludselig død hos heste, Ridehesten Hippologisk, December 2011: 37-38 (article in Danish).