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Doctoral thesis defences

Steen Larsen

”Mitochondrial function in human skeletal muscle: Influence of age, physical fitness and insulin sensitivity”

The defence took place on 5 February 2014.

Chairman:
The defence was chaired by Professor Jens Bo Nielsen, University of Copenhagen.

Opponents:
Professor Michael Kjær (chairman), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, who has assessed the thesis.
Professor Kent Sahlin, Gymnastik- och Idrottshögskolan, Stockholm, Sweden.
Professor Carsten Lundby, Institute of Physiology, University of Zürich, Switzerland.

 

PhD defences

Marianne Dalsgaard Kristensen

"Lipid stress and chronic low grade inflammation with obesity and weight loss - association with insulin sensitivity"

The defence took place on 7 September, 2017

Assessment committee:
Chairperson
Professor Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen

Professor Bjørn Richelsen, Department of Endocrinology MEA, Aarhus University Hospital

Professor Antonio Zorzano, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Universitat de Barcelona

Principal supervisor:
Associate Professor Clara Gavalda Prats
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-supervisor:
Professor Flemming Dela
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Malene Maag Kristensen

"Influence of changes in levels of activity and weight loss on the expression of miRNAs in human adipose and muscle tissue"

The defence took place on 20 April, 2017

Assessment committee:
Chairperson
Associate Professor Romain Barrés, Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Basic Metabolism, University of Copenhagen

Opponents
Dr. Sten Lund
Aarhus University
Professor Frederik Karpe
University of Oxford, UK

Principal supervisor:
Flemming Dela, Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Sune Dandanell

"Physiological factors that influence weight loss maintenance after a lifestyle intervention"

The defence took place on 23 March, 2017

Assessment committee:
Chairperson
Michael Kjær, Professor
Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Opponents
Robert Ross, Professor
Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Mette Hansen, Assoc. Professor
Aarhus University 

Principal supervisor:
Jørn Wulff Helge, Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-Supervisor:
Flemming Dela, Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Merethe Hansen

"Effects of Exercise, Metformin, Diet and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Glucose Homeostasis in Type 2 Diabetes Patients - Studies on different treatment approaches"

The defence took place on 24 October, 2016

Assessment committee:
Chairperson
Henrik Vestergaard, Ass. Professor, DMSc, MD, Chief Physician
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Opponents
Jens Meldgaard Bruun, Professor, MD
Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark
Jeffrey W. Stephens, Clinical Professor in Diabetes
College of Medicine, Swansea University, United Kingdom

Principal supervisor:
Flemming Dela, Professor, DMSc, MD
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-Supervisor:
Jørn Wulff Helge, Professor, PhD
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Cathrine Lawaetz Wimmelmann

"Psychological aspects of obesity and bariatric surgery: A prospective study of psychological factors among bariatric patients undergoing Roux-en Y gastric bypass"

The defence took place on 19 January, 2016.

Academic Supervisors:
Professor Erik Lykke Mortensen, Section of Environmental health, University of Copenhagen.
Professor Flemming Dela, Section of Systems Biology Research, University of Copenhagen.

Evaluation Committee: 
Ass. Professor Hans Henrik Jensen, University of Copenhagen.
Professor Ronette Kolotkin, Duke University School of Medicine & Sogn and Fjjordane University College.
Professor Tanja Legenbauer, LWL University Hospital, Ruhr-University Bochum.

 

Andreas Vigelsø Hansen

"The effect of 2 weeks’ immobilization and 6 weeks’ aerobic training on muscle function and metabolism in young and older men”.

The defence took place on 4 June 2015.

Principal supervisor:
Professor Jørn Wulff Helge, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark .

Co-Supervisors:
Professor Flemming Dela, MD, DMsci.
Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Associate Professor Clara Prats, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Assessment committee:
Chairperson: Professor Lene Juel Rasmussen, Phd, Center for Healthy Ageing, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Opponents:
Associate Professor Mette Hansen, PhD, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Professor Wim Derave, PhD, Department of Movement and Sport Science, Ghent University, Belgium.

 

Martin Gram

"Mitochondrial function in young and elderly men after immobilization and aerobic retraining".

The defence took place on 19 December 2014.

Principal supervisor:
Professor Flemming Dela, MD, DMsci. Xlab, Center for Healthy Aging, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Co-Supervisors:
Martin Hey-Mogensen, PhD, Postdoc. Xlab, Center for Healthy Aging, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen and Novo Nordisk A/S, Denmark.
Professor Jørn Wulff Helge, PhD, Xlab, Center for Healthy Aging, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Chairman:
Professor Lene Juel Rasmussen, PhD. Center for Healthy Aging, Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Assessment committee:
Christopher G.R. Perry, PhD, Assistant Professor. Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Toronto, Canada.
Professor David G. Nicholls, PhD. Visiting Professor at Lund University, Faculty of Medicine, Lund, Sweden. 
Professor of Mitochondrial Physiology at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA, USA.

 

Michael Taulo Lund

“The influence of lifestyle interventions on glucose homeostasis”.

The defence took place on 4 September 2014

Supervisors:
Flemming Dela, MD, DMSc, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Associate Professor Jørn Wulff Helge, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Karsten Bech, MD, DMSc, MPA, Centerchef ”Organkirurgisk Klinik”, Sønderjylland Hospital, Denmark.

Chairman:
Associate Professor Thomas Solomon, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Opponents:
Professor John Kirwan, Lerner Research Institute, USA
Professor Jørgen Jensen, Norges Idrettshøgskole, Norway

 

Iben Kynde

”Associations between dietary carbohydrates and metabolic risk factors in Danish children and adolescents” based on cross-sectional and prospective analyses of the European Youth Heart Studies I and II.

The defence took place on 11 February, 2010

Supervisors:
Associate Professor Jørn Wulff Helge, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
Professor Berit Lilienthal Heitman, Research Unit for Dietary Studies, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital.
Professor Ib Christian Bygbjerg, Department of International Health, Immunology & Microbiology, Copenhagen University.

Chairman:
Professor Bengt Saltin, Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre, University of Copenhagen.

Opponents:
Professor Lene Frost Andersen, Department of Nutrition, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway.
Dr. Ulf Ekelund, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

 

 

Thor Munch-Andersen

“Metabolic health in children and adult Greenlandic Inuit”.

The defence took place on 11 December 2013

Supervisor:
Associate Professor Jørn Wulff Helge, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Chairman:
Professor Flemming Dela, MD, DMSc, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Opponents:
Dr Jens Meldgaard Bruun, Regional Hospital of Randers, Denmark.
Dr Julie Goedecke, South African Medical Research Council, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Nis Stride

Mitochondrial function in hear failure and cardiac ischemia.

The defence took place on 16 November, 2012.

Supervisors:
Professor Flemming Dela, MD, DMSc, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Chairman:
Professor Henrik Galbo, MD

Opponents:
Senior Researcher Renee Ventura-Clapier, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM), Paris, France
Professor Hans Erik Bøtker, MD Århus University

 

Mette Skovbro-Grønvall

The effect of high fat diet with or without concomitant exercise training on mitochondrial  function and insulin sensitivity in healthy human skeletal muscle.

The defence took place on 27 June, 2011.

Supervisors:
Professor Flemming Dela, MD, DMSc, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
Associate professor Robert Boushel, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Chairman:
Professor Michael, MD, DMSc, Institute of Sports Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen.

Opponents:
Professor Matthijs Hesselink, PhD, Department of Human Movement Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
Professor Klavs Madsen, PhD, Institute of Sports Sciences, Aarhus University.

 

Pernille Nordby

Exercise vs. dieting in improving health in overweight men.

The defence took place on 15 April, 2011.

Supervisors:
Assoc. prof. Bente Merete Stallknecht, MD, PhD, DMsc, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Assoc. prof. Jørn Wulff Helge, PhD, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
Professor Flemming Dela, MD, DMSc, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
Professor Jens Juul Holst, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Chairperson:
Professor Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Rigshospitalet and University of Copenhagen.

Opponents:
Professor Kent Sahlin, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences.
Professor Gisela Sjøgaard, University of Southern Denmark.

 

Lise Højbjerre

Physical inactivity, adipose tissue metabolism and inflammation in type 2 diabetes predisposition.

The defence took place on 2 December, 2010.

Supervisors:
Assoc. prof. Bente Merete Stallknecht, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
Professor Flemming Dela, MD, DMSc, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
Professor Allan Vaag, Steno Diabetes Center, Gentofte.

Chairman:
Professor Michael Kjær, MD, DMSc, Institute of Sports Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen.

Opponents:
MD, PhD Kurt Højlund, Odense University Hospital, Dept. of Endocrinology, Odense.
Assoc. prof. Vladimir Stich, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Sports Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Celena Scheede-Bergdahl

Insulin action and endothelial function in type 2 diabetes: effects of a moderate intensity home-based training programme.

The defence took place on 23 September, 2009.

Supervisor:
Professor Flemming Dela, MD, DMSc, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Chairman:
Professor Michael Kjær, MD, DMSc, Institute of Sports Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen.

Opponents:
Professor Luc J.C. van Loon, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.
MD, DMsc, Thomas Almdal, Steno Diabetes Center, Gentofte, Denmark.

 

Mette Pauli Sonne

The effect of physical inactivity on insulin sensitivity and endothelial function in humans at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The defence took place on June 15, 2009.

Supervisor:
Professor Flemming Dela, MD, DMSc, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Chairman:
Kari Mikines, MD, DMsc, Department of Urology, Herlev University Hospital, Herlev, Denmark.

Opponents:
Søren Gregersen MD, PhD, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
Professor Tim Cable, Director of the School of Sport and Exercise Science; Liverpool John Moores University

 

Rasmus Rabøl

Mitochondrial function in skeletal muscle in type 2 diabetes.

The defence took place on 9 January, 2009.

Supervisors:
Professor Flemming Dela, MD, DMSc, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Chairman:
Professor Thomas Mandrup Poulsen, Endocrinology Research Section, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Opponents:
Kurt Højlund, MD, PhD, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.
Professor Kent Sahlin, PhD, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.