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Bente Merete Stallknecht

Bente Merete Stallknecht

Head of Department, Professor

I am Professor in Health-Enhancing Physical Activity and Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

My main research area is health-enhancing physical activity. My vision is to prevent inactivity-related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. My mission is, based on thorough pathophysiological and interdisciplinary research, to develop valid and robust strategies to promote health-enhancing physical activity in different domains of everyday life. I personally value high academic standards, innovation, diversity and a work environment that combines an ambitious and a social atmosphere.

I have directed and co-directed a number of major research projects involving physical activity and inactivity interventions, including the ‘Bed rest’ study, the ‘Training per se’ study, and the multidisciplinary ‘FINE’, ‘Copenhagen women study – menopause’ and ‘GO-ACTIWE’ studies. I currently head the UCPH Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research initiative ‘Governing Obesity’ and the UCPH strategic platform for Lifestyle, Obesity and Metabolic research (LOM). I am a member of the European Commission’s high-level Scientific Panel for Health, under the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

I have served as Head of Studies for the Biomedical Engineering education in 2007-15, study board member for the Public Health Sciences education in 2002-07 and Course Manager of ‘Human Biology and Diseases’ in 2002-15.

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