Jørn Wulff Helge

Jørn Wulff Helge


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  • Web Spor 3: Individualized health

Jørn Wulff Helge, born April 24 1965


PhD, FECSS, part of Research group Xlab (www.xlab.dk)



Jan. 1987    Bachelor Maths, Univ. of Aarhus

Jan. 1993    MSc Sport Science, Univ. of Copenhagen

May 1997   PhD at Univ. of Copenhagen



 1997-2000 Post Doc Human Physiology, Faculty of Science, Univ. CPH.

2000-2002 Post Doc Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre

2002-2014 Assoc. Professor, Dept. Biomedical Sciences (BMI)

2014-2018  Professor MSO, BMI

2016-2019 Head of Graduate School Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

2018 Dec. - Professor, BMI 

Administration and Leadership

 2006-2017  Section head and board member of BMI

2007-2010  Member of study board for Public Health

2017+         Member of leadership team BMI 


Change of environment

 1994           7 months research with Prof Len Storlien at Univ. of Wollongong, NSW, Australia

2000           3 months research with Prof Ole Sejersted at Ullevaal Hosp., Oslo Univ. Oslo, Norway

2015/16      3 months research with Prof John Hawley at Catholic Univ., Melbourne, Australia 


International collaborations

I have ongoing collaborations with Prof. Jim Cotter, University of Otago, NZ, Prof. Robert Boushel, University of British Columbia, Canada, Assoc. Prof. Marcin Baranowski, University of Bialystok, Poland, Prof. Paul Greenhaff, University of Nottingham, UK, Prof. Jose Calbet and Assoc. Prof. Ignacio Ara Royo. 


Commissions, councils etc.

2012-2017  Member of European College of Sports Science scientific Committee

2012 -         Member of Biochemistry of Exercise Scientific Board

2017 -         Elected member of ECSS Executive Board

2019 -         President elect ECSS 


Large grants

 I was one of four main applicants to receive 24 mill. Danish kr. to the DANHES investigation (a study of 18.000 Danes Smoking, alcohol, diet and exercise habits). I was a partner in the EU-grant,”Metapredict” (6 mill. Euro) that aimed to determine genetic predictor profiles. I was a co-Pi in two 2016 Excellence grants; the Copenhagen Women’s Health (cws.ku.dk, 25.3 mill. Dkk) grant and the LIFESTAT (www.lifestat.dk, 22.3 mill Dkk) grant. I am a senior researcher in the Centre of Healthy Aging (http://healthyaging.ku.dk; (CEHA I + II, 2010-2018; 300 mill. kr.), CEHA III, (CEHA III, 2019-2023; 78 mill. Kr.) received from the Nordea Foundation. 

Awards and prices                                                        

Silver medal in Physiology A 1992 at Univ. of CPH.

Young Investigator Award at European College of Sports Science. 1996. Nice, France.

Received Johan Quintin and wife’s honorary prize, February 2008.



I have taught physiology at several courses; Medical students 4th semester; “Energy metabolism”, “Human Physiology and disease” for Public Health, Health and IT and Medical Technical students and exercise Physiology at all levels at Sports Science (Faculty of Science, Univ. CPH). I was head of Bachelor, Master and VKO assignments for the Medical study (from Oct. 2009 – Feb. 2016). I have been supervisor for >100 bachelor, master and Research year students from Medicine, Public Health, Sports Science, Human Biology, Molecular Biomedicine and Human Nutrition.


 I have been principal supervisor for six completed PhD and co-supervisor for twelve completed PhD´s. I am currently principal supervisor for five PhD-students I have supervised four post docs.

have been supporting one Doctoral candidate (Dr Med).   

Evaluator and opponent

 Since 2001, I have been an opponent on 36 Danish and International PhD-thesis’s. 


Scientific focus areas

 Insulin sensitivity and muscle bioactive lipids; Regulation and physiological importance of maximal fat oxidation; Training and diet effect of interaction on regulation and/or performance; Adipose tissue inflammation, regulation and function; Biological age as a tool to improve lifestyle, Factors that determine maintenance of lifestyle interventions and weight loss. 

Science dissemination

I am an author or –co-author on 15 popular science books. I and my research group contribute every year to the “Culture Night” and “The peoples democratic festival”. In 2018-2019 I was a consultant onhe translation of ”Idrættens Træningslære” (Released from Munksgaard, January 2019) from Norwegian to Danish. I was one of four editors on the Norwegian version and an author on three chapters in the book.



My Orcid identification is; orcid.org/0000-0001-9724-5423 and my Researcher ID: I-7096-2012.



Cand Scient Idræt og Matematik

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