Elisabeth Bandak is educated as a physiotherapist in Copenhagen in 2005. She earned her master’s degree in Medical Science at the University of Lund, Sweden in 2010. In 2018 Elisabeth earned a Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The overarching aim og the Ph.D. was to investigate the effects of exercise therapy on perfusion in knee joint-related tissues using magnetic resonance imaging and the associations to knee pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
As a post doc researcher, she has been the project leader on the randomized controlled trial: “Direct comparison of Intra-articular Saline injections with an education plus exercise program for treatment of knee osteoarthritis symptoms: A randomised, open label, COntrolled, evidence-based trial (the DISCO-trial)”.
Currently, Elisabeth Bandak is employed as a post doc researcher at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, where she is the project coordinator on the project: Musculoskeletal function in anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed individuals with and without knee pain. This is a part of a larger European project, “DEEPMECHANOKNEE” in collaboration with Danish, Swedish and Finnish osteoarthritis research groups.
Further Elisabeth Bandak is a part of the project: “Knee Injury Prevention in Sports” where the experiences of key stakeholders in both handball and football on reasons for sustaining knee injuries have been investigated.
Additionally, Elisabeth Bandak is a part of a research group focusing on injury prevention among female elite footballers in Denmark. At the present she is the project leader on the project entitled: “Prevent, Perform, and Improve”. The aim of the project is to identify the use and content of injury prevention training and investigate attitudes and beliefs towards injuries and injury prevention training among key stakeholders in female elite youth and senior football in Denmark. In collaboration with the Danish Football Association a nationwide survey has been conducted.
Alongside her research Elisabeth Bandak has worked as a methods consultant for the Danish Health Authority in the development of National Clinical Guidelines. Here she was teaching the use of the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluations) framework, facilitated systematic literature searches and reviews, assessment of the quality of the evidence, interpreted meta-analyses, and disseminated clinical guidelines.