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Povl Riis

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Povl Riis (1925-2017) was a Danish gastroenterologist. Biography Riis was born on 28 December 1925. In 1956 he used, for the first time, amniocentesis to make an antenatal diagnosis of genetic disease. Riis also served as chair of National Research Ethics Committee of Denmark, from its creation in 1979, until 1998. He wrote the second version of the Helsinki Declaration of Human Research in 1975 with Prof. Bloomquist (Sweden) and Prof. Engers (Norway). He is also a founding member of Vancouver Group of Medical Editors. Riis received his M.D. from the University of Copenhagen in 1952 and DM Sci in 1959. He served there as a professor of medicine from 1974-96. He was physician-in-chief of the medical department of the Gentofte Hospital, Copenhagen from 1963 to 1976, and physician-in-chief for gastroenterology at the Herlev University Hospital, Copenhagen, from 1976 to 1996. He was also vice president of the European Science Foundat
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