01 February 2019

Signe Sørensen Torekov has been appointed professor with special responsibilities

Employees

As of 1 February 2019, Signe Sørensen Torekov has been appointed professor with special responsibilities within clinical translational metabolism at Department of Biomedical Sciences.

On 1 February, Signe Sørensen Torekov will begin a new position as professor with special responsibilities within clinical translational metabolism at BMI. In recent years, Signe has been an associate professor at BMI where she is the research group leader of the group 'Clinical Translational Metabolism'.

Professor Signe Sørensen Torekov's research focuses on obesity and metabolism, and a great part of her research deals with translational metabolism with combination of genetics, physiology and treatment of people. Signe has previously had great success with her studies of the mechanisms behind successful maintenance of weight loss and the potential of the appetite hormone GLP-1 in obesity treatment. Together with colleagues, Signe Sørensen Torekov has shown an important connection between voltage-dependent potassium channels and metabolism in patients with the heart disease Long QT syndrome.

In 2018, Signe Sørensen Torekov received the prestigious Anders Jahre Young Medical Award – also known as the 'young Nobel Prize in Medicine' – for her research. Thus, the new position as professor with special responsibilities will build upon Signe's already impressive CV.

Signe's research group is currently investigating how people with severe obesity can keep a healthy and long lasting weight loss, with exercise, obesity medication or the combination, and the biological mechanisms behind. Furthermore, the group investigates how a pharmacological blockage of the voltage-dependent potassium channels influence the metabolism in healthy people.

Inaugural lecture

In connection with her appointment as professor with special responsibilities at BMI, Professor Signe Sørensen Torekov will have an inaugural lecture entitled "Obesity - how to maintain a healthy bodyweight?"  on 10 May 2019 at 15:00 in the Holst Auditorium in the Maersk Tower, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 Copenhagen N.