Birth place: Copenhagen, Denmark
Birthdate: December 7, 1945
Family: Married to Karen Bodil Valling Sørensen. Three children born 1972, 1974, and 1977.
University of Copenhagen 1971, MD, Medicine.
University of Copenhagen 1983, Dr Med Sci, Thesis in Medicine.
Health Authorities of Denmark 1983, Specialist in medicine.
Health Authorities of Denmark 1985, Specialist in hepatology.
1971-1974 Resident, Department of Surgery, Gentofte University Hospital, Copenhagen.
1974-1978 Assistant Professor, Departments of Surgery, Gentofte and Herlev University Hospitals, Copenhagen.
1978-1980 Resident, Department of Medicine, Copenhagen Municipality Hospital, Copenhagen.
1980-1981 Senior Resident, Departments of Medicine, The State University Hospital, Copenhagen.
1981-1983 Senior Resident, Department of Medicine, Copenhagen Municipality Hospital, Copenhagen.
1983-1985 Senior Resident, Departments of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Hvidovre University Hospital, Copenhagen.
1984-1989 Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Copenhagen.
1985-1988 Acting Chief Physician, Department of Hepatology, Hvidovre University Hospital, Copenhagen.
1988-1989 Chairman, Departments of Emergency Admissions and Hepatology, Hvidovre University Hospital, Copenhagen.
1989-1994 MRC Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Danish Research Council, Copenhagen Health Services, from 1991 at the Institute of Preventive Medicine.
1993-2016 Director, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Copenhagen Health Services, from 1995 Copenhagen, Hospital Corporation & Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen.
1994-2004 Co-Director of the Danish Epidemiology Science Center.
1994+ Chief Physician of Clinical Epidemiology, Institute of Preventive Medicine.
1994+ Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
1995-1996 Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
2002-2003 Director of Graduate School of Public Health affiliated with the University of Copenhagen.
2011+ Professor of metabolic epidemiology at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Basic metabolic Research, associated with the Section on Metabolic Genetics (half-time, permission from the other position).
Main scientific steering, advisory, review, and consultative tasks:
1978+ Reviewer for multiple international scientific journals.
1979-1983 Member of the Board The Danish Society for the Study of the Liver.
1979-1984 Co-ordinator of the multicentre randomized clinical trial on sclerotherapy for bleeding esophageal varices.
1982-1987 President of the Danish Epidemiology Society.
1984-1991 Co-ordinator of the multicentre randomized clincial trial on propranolol and/or sclerotherapy as prophylaxis against variceal bleeding.
1984-1913 Ad hoc expert advisor for the National Board of Health.
1985-1993 Member of the Editorial Board of Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology.
1986-1992 Member and President (1990-92) of The Danish Association for the Study of Obesity.
1988-1991 Research fellow committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Copenhagen.
1988+ Reviewer of multiple doctoral and Ph.D. dissertations for the University of Copenhagen and other Danish and Nordic Universities.
1988-1994 Ad hoc expert advisor for Copenhagen Health Services.
1989-1992 Member and chairman (1991-92) of the Scientific Committee of The Danish Cancer Society.
1989-1991 Chairman of the review committee for the Danish Cancer Society on the awarded 63 mio DKr grant 'Diet, Cancer and Health'.
1988-1993 Member of the steering committee of The Copenhagen City Heart Study.
1989-1994 Member of Epidemiology and clinical research advisory committees of the Commission of the European Community.
1990+ Reviewer of applicants for several positions as full or associate professor of the University of Copenhagen and other Danish and foreign Universities.
1990-1994 Vice-chairman (1990-92) and chairman (1992-93) of the Copenhagen Health Services Research Council.
1990-1993 Member of the Council of Glostrup Population Studies.
1990-1995 Ad hoc advisor for the Danish Medical Research Council.
1991-1999 Member of the Editorial Board of Alcologia.
1991-1999 Member of the Editorial Board of Danish Medical Bulletin.
1992-1995 Member of the Epidemiological review committee of the Swedish Cancer Foundations.
1992-1913 Reviewer of multiple Danish and foreign grant applications for various funding bodies.
1992-1995 President of the European Congress of Obesity 1995, Copenhagen.
1992-2003 Member of the Editorial Board of Clinical Methodology and Didactics.
1993-2007 Member and chairman (1993-97) of the Copenhagen Centre of Prospective Population Studies .
1993-1995 Member of the Government Council on Person Registers.
1993-1995 Member of the Scientific Committee, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
1994-1913 Member of the Board of Directors of the Danish National Birth Cohort ('Bedre Sundhed for Mor og Barn').
1994 Member of the National Research Strategy Committee, Subcommittee on Prevention.
1994-2004 Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Obesity
1994-2002 Member of the Board and Vice-president (1999-02) of the Danish Association for Medical Priority Setting.
1994-1997 Member and Chairman (1994-95) of the Danish Nutritional Council's subcommittee on health implications of weight loss.
1995-2003 Member of the planning committee for establishing the 'Center for Sundhed og Samfund (Center for Health and Society)'.
1996-2001 President of The Danish Association for Medical Philosophy, Ethics and Methods.
1996-2001 Member of the Scientific Committee of the Danish Heart Foundation.
1996-2000 Scientific advisor for the Danish Insurance Industry Association.
1997-1999 Planning Committee for revision of the teaching curriculum of the medical study at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
1997-2000 Development Committee for the academic education of health service personnel (nurses, midwives etc.) at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
1998-2001 Member of the Danish Nutritional Council.
1998-1999 Ad hoc advisor for the Ministry of Health with regard to development of a governmental cross disciplinary prevention programme.
1998-2000 Chairman of a subcommittee of the Danish Nutritional Council for development of guidelines for proper population information on nutrition issues.
1999-2004 Member of the Ph.D-Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and Chairman of the local Ph.D-Committee of the Institute of Public Health.
1999-2001 International panel (member) for evaluation of the Swedish Twin Registry, Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research.
2000 International evaluation committee (Member) for the research Council of Norway / Medicine and Health
2001-2004 Co-ordinator (P.I.) of the the European Commission under the 5th Framework Programme project Nutrient-Gene Interactions in Human Obesity - Implications for Dietary Guidelines (NUGENOB).
2001-2003 Member of a working party of the National Board of Health for development of a national strategy to oppose the obesity epidemic.
2002 Planning consultant on developing a European strategy on NCD prevention and control, WHO, Regional Office for Europe.
2002 Reviewer for WHO Regional Office for Europe of the European Health Report 2001/2002.
2002-2005 Scientific expert for the Research Council for Health of the Academy of Finland.
2002-2006 President of the Danish Association for the Study of Obesity.
2003-2008 Member of the Honorary Editorial Board of Evidence-Based Preventive Medicine
2003-2008 Member of the steering committtee for the 'Center for Sundhed og Samfund' (Center for Health and Society) as a collaboration between University of Copenhagen and sectorial research institute of public health.
2003-2008 Co-ordinator of the Nordic Longitudinal Epidemiology Research Programme "Prenatal and childhood growth in relation to risk of cardiovascular disease".
2002-2004 Member of the International Scientific Committee of the European Congress on Obesity, Prague, 2004
2005 Chairman of a committee evaluating The Swedish National Biobank Program (joint Swegene and Wallenberg Consortium North).
2005-2010 Co-ordinator of Research Line on epidemiology in the European 6th Framework Programme 'Diet, Obesity and Genes' (DIOGENES).
2005-2011 Co-ordinator of the European 6th Framework Programme 'Hepatic and adipose tissue and functions in the metabolic syndrome' (HEPADIP).
2006 Expert Advisor for the European Science and Technology Observatory project 'Biobanks in Europe: Prospects for coordination and networking for the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies.
2006-2008 Working Group (Chair) on monitoring the obesity epidemic in Denmark under the Governmental Excercise and Nutrional Council.
2006 Chairman of International Review Panel for UK Biobank and MRC, the Welcome Trust, Department of Health and the Scottish Executive.
2007-2013 Scientific Advisory Board, German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), member.
2007-2011 Danish Obesity Research Center (DanORC), Center leader.
2007 Reviewer of the Clinical Trials Service Unit, Oxford, UK, for the Medical Research Council, the British Heart Foundation and the Cancer Research UK.
2007-2010 Academic Editor for PLoS ONE.
2007-2013 Initiator and chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Per Björntorp Symposium, EASO.
2007-2013 Member of Scientific Advisory Boards for Nordic and European consortia (SYSDIET, ETHERPATH, ENGAGE, DORIAN, FULL4HEALTH, PREVIEW)
2008 WHO expert consultation on waist circumference and waist/hip ratio
2008-2013 Editorial representative for EASO and Associate Editor of 'Obesity Facts: The European Journal of Obesity'.
2009-2011 Chair of the Board of the National Institute of Public Health.
2009-2013 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Association for the Study of Obesity.
2009-2013 Chair of the external advisory board of the German Competence Network of Obesity Research.
2010-2013 EU Liaison Officer for the European Association for the Study of Obesity.
2011-2012 Member of scientific panel for major UK initiative to support e-health informatics research, MRC, Wellcome Trust, etc. UK.
2011-2013 Member of the External Advisory Board of IFB Adiposity Diseases, University of Leipzig, Germany.
2011-2017 Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of ICAN Institute of Cardiometabolism & Nutrition, Paris, France.
2011-2013 Member of the Editorial Board of Obesity Reviews.
2011-2013 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Folkehälsan Research Center, Finland.
2011-2013 Member of Working Party of the Knowledge Council for Prevention about adult overweight and weight loss.
2011-2013 Member of the Editorial Board of the quarterly review journal 'Current Obesity Reports'.
2011-2013 Member of the EU Advisory Board of the Capital Region of Denmark.
2011-2013 Member of the FøSu Academy.
2012-2013 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Faculty of Medicine of University of Helsinki, Finland.
2012-2013 Chairman of "Independent Expert Group for the future of public health research in Europe" established by the EU Commission.
2013-2013 Advisory Committee (chair) for the IMI/EU project EMIF focusing on ”Metabolic complications of obesity”.
2013-2017 International Scientific Panel (Chair) reviewing proposals for "University/hospital departments (DHU)" in Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP).
2013-2013 Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Research. The official journal of All India Association for the Advancement of Research in Obesity.
2013-2013 Member of the Editorial Board of the journal 'Global Epidemic of Obesity'.
NOTE In 2013, I decided to stop all external commitments not directly related to my research and my position, in order to obtain a more flexible workload and time for research and family life.
Supervision of PhD- and MPH students
1993-1996 Jørgen Holm-Petersen: Analyzing genetic and environmental influences on mortality.
1994-1995 Morten Grønbæk: Alcohol and mortality- explanations of the U-shaped risk function.
1996-1998 Torben Martinussen: Statistical analysis based on incomplete longitudinal data with mortality follow-up.
1996-1999 Merete Hippe: Familial predisposition to myocardial infarction and cardiovascular risk factors.
1996-2000 Anne Torgny Andersen: Alcoholconsumption 1976-1992 - predictors of changes in overconsumption and abstention.
1996-2000 Kim Lyngby Mikkelsen: Weight, weight changes and mortality.
1996-2001 Charlotte Hindsberger: Robust analysis of quantitative twin data
1996-2003 Jens-Christian Holm: Changes in leptin and its soluble receptor during weight loss in children.
1999-2003 Karoline Schousboe: Body composition and glucose homeostasis: genes and environment.
1999-2003 Per Togo: Food intake patterns and development of obesity
2000-2003 Janne Bigaard: Waist circumferene as risk factor for breast cancer ant total mortality.
2000-2005 Susanne Reindahl Rasmussen: Life style socioeconomic consequences of smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity in Denmark.
2001-2004 Martin Ahlgren: Birth weight and growth during school years and risk of cancer.
2001-2002 Lise Lotte Kjærgård: The randomised clinical trial - a validation of quality from theory to practice. (withdrawn)
2003-2004 Péter Makáry: Perspectives of Public Health in the Postgenomic Era (European Master of Public Health)
2002-2005 Jytte Halkjær: The influence of diet on development and incidence of abdominal obesity - an important risk factor for the development of cardiovascular diseases.
2002-2005 Liselotte Petersen: Analysis of the significance of genetic and family environment on morbidity and mortality in an adoption study using different epidemiological statistical methods.
2002-2008 Lene Schack-Nielsen: Early life obesity risk factors.
2002-2006 Lesli Hingstrup Larsen:Genetic aspects of human obesity - studies of the candidate genes: MC4R, GHSR, ghrelin, PPARG2 and ESRRA.
2003-2005 Susanne Rugholm Jensen: The association between birth weight and childhood overweight and obesity - Assessment of the theoretical contribution from a public health aspect. (Master of Public Health thesis).
2005-2009 Michael Gamborg: Statistical methods in life course epidemiology: Body weight, systolic blood pressure and the rsik of coronary heart disease.
2005-2010 Ann Louise Worre-Jensen: Gene-nutrient interaction associated with obesity - assessed in twins.
2005-2008 Majken Karoline Jensen: Genetic variation related to high-density lipoprotein metabolism and risk of coronary heart disease.
2005-2009 Sofia Inez Iqbal: Genetic variations, specific phenotypes of obesity and metabolic diseases.
2006-2012 Camilla Schou Andersen: Maternal intrauterine factors & childhood BMI.
2006-2009 Katrine Grau: Gene-diet interactions in human obesity: the NuGENOB study.
2006-2012 Merethe Kousgaard Andersen: Child overweight in general practice.
2006-2010 Tina Berentzen: Long-term health consequences of changes in waist circumference.
2007-2011 Anne Brødsgaard: A childhood with or without overweight - Mother's action competence, health behaviour and relationships with their children.
2007-2013 Camilla Schmidt Morgen: Epidemiological studies of overweight in children and adolescents.
2007-2012 Esther Zimmermann: Morbidity and mortality throughout life in men entering adult life as obese.
2007-2013 Ida R. Lou: The early mother/child relationship, 1920-1995. Norms and practice in childcare and nutrition before birth and during the child's first years.
2007-2011 Mette Kildevæld Simonsen: Intentional weight loss and mortality among healthy women.
2007-ceased Silja Niemelä Harboe: Dynamic effects of body weight cnanges on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease beyond the effect of current body weight.
2008-2012 Jakob Stegger: Antropometry and polymorphisms in inflammatory genes in relation to acute coronary syndrome.
2008-2011 Tune Pers: Integrative analysis for finding genes and protein complexes involved in obesity and obesity elated risk-phenotypes.
2009-2013 Lise Geisler Andersen: Effects of early infant growth and its determinants on development of obesity later in life.
2009-2014 Marie Villumsen: Non-specific effects of bacille Calmette-Guérin and smallpox vaccination on morbidity and mortality.
2009-2014 Teresa Adeltoft Ajslev: Pre- and postnatal determinants for childhood overweight in preterm children.
2010-2013 Benjamin Rokholm:The role of gene-environment interaction in the evolving obesity epidemic.
2010-2014 Camilla Plambeck Hansen, Aarhus University: Intake of dairy products and changes in anthropometry.
2010-2014 Lise Graversen, Aarhus University: An algorithm to identify preschool children at risk of developing overweight- development and test of a new tool to be used in a general practice setting.
2011-2014 Mikkel Zöllner Ankerfeldt: Reconciling conflicting evidence from observational studies and randomized controlled trials.
2011-2014 Sofus Christian Larsen: Micronutrients, genetic predisposition to obesity and changes in measures of adiposity.
2011-2014 Lena Hohwü, Aarhus University: Psychological exposures early in life and child growth with specific focus on the risk of overweight.
2011-16 Elina Scheers Andersson, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm: Pregnancy weight gain - Family studies on the effects on offspring's body size and blood pressure.
2011-2015 Helene Kirkegaard, Aarhus University: Health in obese women after pregnancy: A 10-year follow-up study of weight change and obesity-related diseases.
2012-2015 Julie Aarestrup, Childhood body size and associations with prostate and endometrial cancer risks and adult body size.
2012-2017 Camilla Bjørn Jensen: Prenatal vitamin D exposure, birth weight and BMI at 7 years of age.
2013-2016 Jeppe Schultz Christensen: Adverse Health effects of traffic noise – adiposity and fecundity.
2013-2017 Kathrine Damm Meyle: Childhood body mass index, height and growth and the risk of melanoma in adulthood.
2014+ Line Klingen Haugaard: Childhood determinants of later hemorrhagic stroke.
1986+ Elected member of the Danish Society for Theoretical Medicine and Clinical Science.
1988 Hagedorn Award, Danish Society of Internal Medicine.
1989-94 Visiting Professor of Epidemiology, Associated Faculty of the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
1993+ Member of the Danish Academy for Technical Sciences.
1999 Codan Award, Medical Association of Codan Insurance and the Medical Society of Copenhagen.
2008 Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog
2009 Erhoff Prisen, Direktør Thor O.A. Erhoffs Familiefond
2010 Doctor Honoris Causa, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland
2010 Population Science and Public Health Award by the International Association for the Study of Obesity
2010 Honorary member of the Association of Masters of Public Health Science.
2011+ Honorary Visiting Professor at the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, UK
2011 Courtesy Professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.
2011 Doctorem Medicinae Honoris Causa, University of Southern Denmark
2015 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Acheivement Award by The Obesity Society, U.S.A.
2016 Honorary member of The Danish Society for the Study of Obesity.
2016-2021 Honorary Professor in Public Health at Aarhus University.
Recent and current major grants:
2005-2009 EU/FP6: Diet Genes and Obesity (DioGenes), center grant; DKK 9 864 812
2005-2010 EU/FP6: Hepatic and Adipose tissue and functions in Metabolic Syndrome (HEPADIP), Center grant; DKK 89 520 000
2007-2011 Danish Strategic Research Council: Danish Obesity Research Centre (DanORC, Center grant; DKK 40 000 000
2010-2015 DSF/FøSu: Gene-diet interactions in obesity, Dkr 23,145,300