Arne Astrup – University of Copenhagen

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Arne Astrup

Arne Astrup

Head of Department

Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Nørre Allé 51
2200 København N

Phone: +45 353-32476
Phone (Reception desk): +45 353-32477

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: 64. 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 research areas

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. 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.
  • 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