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Arne Astrup

Arne Astrup

Head of Department

Main areas of interest include the physiology and pathophysiology of energy and substrate metabolism, with special emphasis on the etiology and treatment of obesity. 

  • Knight of the Order of Dannebrog 1999.
  • Knight of the First Order of Dannebrog 2012.
  • Current citation H-index: 66. Thomson Reuters Science Index 2010: 5th for obesity publications
  • Academic honours include Servier's Award for Outstanding Obesity Research 1990
  • IASO André Mayer Award 1994
  • Danone Chair in Nutrition 2002 at The University of Antwerp
  • LIFE Communication Prize 2007
  • International Association of Business Communicators’ EME Excel Merit Award for Communication Leadership 2009
  • LIFE Innovations Award 2010
  • Nutrition & Santé Weight Management Award (France) 2010
  • Finnish Association of Internal Medicine Esko Nikkilä Prize 2012
  • American Society for Nutrition Robert H. Herman Award 2012.

Primary fields of research

Major current research is focused on the role of dietary macronutrients and glycemic index for body weight regulation, and the hormonal mediation of hunger and satiety by gastrointestinal peptides such as GLP-1, PYY, CCK etc.. In addition, I head the OPUS Centre, 'Optimal well-being, development and health for Danish children through a healthy New Nordic Diet’, which runs from 2009 until 2013. The main objective is to develop a healthy and palatable new food and eating concept, and to examine how such a diet can affect mental and physical health in a Nordic population. http://www.foodoflife.dk/Opus/English.aspx. Other active research includes studies of the role of dairy and bio-active food ingredients (various specific fibres) in aspects of human health and testing of pharmaceutical compounds for the treatment of obesity.

Possible conflicts of interest

  • Salaried Associate Editor of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  • Currently consultant or member of advisory boards for a number companies, including: Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA; Basic Research, USA; BioCare Copenhagen, DK; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma, D; Dutch Beer Knowledge Institute, NL; Gelesis, USA; Global Dairy Platform, USA; Jenny Craig, USA; McCain Foods Ltd., USA; McDonald’s, USA; Novo Nordisk, DK; Pathway Genomics Corporation, USA; S-Biotek, DK; Twinlab, USA; Vivus Inc., USA.
  • Editorial Boards: Arbor Clinical Nutrition Updates; Recent Patents on Endocrinology & Metabolism Drug Discovery, benthamscience.com; Cerrahpasa Medical Reviews /University of Istanbul Medical Journal; Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism; Herbalife Nutrition Institute Website; Annual Review of Nutrition; Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Research.
  • Membership of extra mural academic advisory committees: American Society for Nutrition Strategic Oversight Committee; Member of the American Society for Nutrition Global Ad Hoc Advisory Committee; Data and safety monitoring board of the PREDIMED-PLUS multicenter trial led by University of Barcelona, Spain; International Carbohydrate Quality Consortium (ICQC) group, University of Toronto, Canada; Executive Committee of the TIMI 61 study led by TIMI Study Group, Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School, USA.
  • Recipient of honoraria as speaker for a wide range of Danish and international concerns. 
  • Owner, in accordance with Danish University regulations, of inventions and patents where Astrup is co-inventor.
  • Owner of shares, granted by University of Copenhagen, in Mobile Fitness A/S, Denmark.
  • Co-owner of the Danish consultancy company Dentacom.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    What went in when trans went out?

    Stender, S., Astrup, A. & Dyerberg, J. 2009 In : New England Journal of Medicine. 361, 3, p. 314-316 3 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Weight loss produced by gastric bypass surgery: more gut feelings hit the brain

    Astrup, A. 2012 In : American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 96, 3, p. 457-458 2 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewEditorial

  3. Published

    Effect of alginate supplementation on weight loss in obese subjects completing a 12-wk energy-restricted diet: a randomized controlled trial

    Jensen, M. M. G., Kristensen, M. & Astrup, A. 2012 In : American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 96, 1, p. 5-13 9 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Diets with high or low protein content and glycemic index for weight-loss maintenance

    Larsen, T. M., Dalskov, S-M., Baak, M. V., Jebb, S. A., Papadaki, A., Pfeiffer, A. F. H., Martinez, J. A., Handjieva-Darlenska, T., Kunesová, M., Pihlsgård, M., Stender, S., Holst, C., Saris, W. H. M. & Astrup, A. 2010 In : New England Journal of Medicine. 363, 22, p. 2102-2113 12 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    High levels of industrially produced trans fat in popular fast foods

    Stender, S., Dyerberg, J. & Astrup, A. 2006 In : New England Journal of Medicine. 354, 15, p. 1650-1652 3 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published

    Effects of liraglutide in the treatment of obesity: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study

    Astrup, A., Rössner, S., Gaal, L. V., Rissanen, A., Niskanen, L., Hakim, M. A., Madsen, J., Rasmussen, M. F., Lean, M. E. J. & NN8022-1807 Study Group 2009 In : Lancet. 374, 9701, p. 1606-1616 11 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  7. Published

    Efficacy and safety of the weight-loss drug rimonabant: a meta-analysis of randomised trials

    Christensen, R., Kristensen, P. K., Bartels, E. M., Bliddal, H. & Astrup, A. 2007 In : Lancet. 370, 9600, p. 1706-1713 8 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  8. Published

    Atkins and other low-carbohydrate diets: hoax or an effective tool for weight loss?

    Astrup, A., Larsen, T. M. & Harper, A. 2004 In : Lancet. 364, p. 897-899 3 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  9. Published

    Effect of tesofensine on bodyweight loss, body composition, and quality of life in obese patients: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

    Astrup, A., Madsbad, S., Breum, L., Jensen, T. J., Kroustrup, J. P. & Larsen, T. M. 2008 In : Lancet. 372, 9653, p. 1906-1913 8 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

Selected activities

  1. International Association of Business Communicators EME Excel Merit Award for Communication Leadership

    Arne Astrup (Participant), 2009

    Activity: Other research and communication activitiesPrizes, scholarships, distinctions

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