Employees


Berit Lilienthal Heitmann
Professor, PhD, Director of Research

Tel.: (+45) 3816 3070
e-mail: berit.lilienthal.heitmann@regionh.dk

Professor Berit L. Heitmann, Research Unit for Dietary Studies, The Parker Institute, Bispebjerg and frederiksberg Hospital, The Capital Region, Denmark

Professor Heitmann was educated as dentist 1987 from the Dental School in Copenhagen. She defended her Ph.D thesis at the Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, in February 1993. Between 1996-98 and again between 1998-00 she was president of The Danish Association for the Study of Obesity.

In 1999, she founded of The Research Unit for Dietary Studies in Nutritional Epidemiology, made possible by a major grant from The Danish Medical Research Council.

Between 2001 and 2015 she was Director of Research, (and 2011-2012 acting Institute Director) at the Institute of Preventive Medicine, and from April 2015 she is Director of Research at the Research Unit for Dietary Studies at the Parker Institute, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital – a part of Copenhagen University Hospitals, The Capital Region, Copenhagen.

Since 2001 Berit Heitmann has been professor in nutritional epidemiology, at the National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, and since 2011 also Honorary Professor Sydney University, The Boden Institute, Sydney, Australia, and since 2016 furthermore Clinical Professor at the Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

From 2003-8 she was appointed board member of The Danish Medical Research Board, and between 2004 and 2008 also member of the Executive Committee of The Danish Medical Research Council. In 2004-2007 she was appointed deputy chairman of the board of directors of Danish Institute of Food and Veterinary Research. Between 2007 and 2014 She was advisory committee member of the Research Council of Norway, and since 2012 Advisory board member of the Danish Diabetes Association Research Committee.

Professor Heitmann’s main areas of expertise include Diet and the determinants and consequences of obesity, and within these areas she has supervised 37 PhD students (32 already defended their thesis, and 5 in progress) and about 70 pre-graduates.

Professor Heitmann serves as referee for more than 30 scientific journals and is currently a member of the editorial boards for 4 International Scientific Journals. She has received in total around 85 mio DKK from grants in the previous 10 years (about 11.8 mio €), and has published more than 300 scientific peer-reviewed papers, app. 20 reviews and a similar number of book chapters.

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Sofus Christian Larsen
MSc Health Science, PhD, Postdoc

Tel: (+45) 3816 3064
e-mail: sofus.larsen@regionh.dk
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0838-9378

Sofus C. Larsen has a Master degree in Health Science. In 2014 he received a PhD degree in Public Health and Epidemiology. His first four years of research was primarily focused on indentifying lifestyle factors related to development or prevention of obesity in genetic subgroups of the population. Since march 2015, Sofus has been employed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow and daily coordinator in a large EU-funded intervention study, NohoW, examining ICT based tools for weight loss maintenance.


Ina Olmer Specht
MSc Health Science, PhD, Postdoc

Tel.: (+45) 3816 3083
e-mail: ina.olmer.specht@regionh.dk
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3114-4715

Ina Olmer Specht has a Master degree in Health Science and a PhD degree in Public Health and Epidemiology. Ina’s main research areas have been within reproductive toxicology and the working environment in relation to pregnancy outcomes. Currently Ina is employed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow and daily coordinator of the EnTrance project which is examining the relations between trans fatty acids and childhood cancer.


Nanna Julie Olsen
MSc Public Health, PhD, Postdoc

Tel.: (+45) 3816 3104
e-mail: nanna.julie.olsen@regionh.dk
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5765-3000

Nanna Julie Olsen has a Master of Public Health degree, and a PhD degree in Public Health and Epidemiology. Nanna’s first years in research focused on intake of soft drinks in relation to health outcomes. Her PhD project was based on the Healthy Start intervention, and focused on primary prevention of childhood obesity, and sleep and stress as determinants of childhood obesity. Nanna is employed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the OBEAT feasibility trial, and is also the daily coordinator of the Healthy Start intervention.


Mina Nicole Holmgaard Händel
MSc Human Nutrition, PhD, Postdoc

Tel.: (+45) 3816 3053
e-mail: Mina.Nicole.HolmgaardHandel@regionh.dk
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8256-8756

Mina N. Händel has a Master degree in Human Nutrition. In 2016 she received a PhD degree in Health Science and epidemiology. Mina has research experience in nutritional epidemiology, which has involved primary interventions among young obesity-prone children in a randomized controlled setting, as well as observational studies, examining the influence of maternal nutrient status during pregnancy and offspring bone health in childhood using Danish national registries, biobanks, as well as comprehensive longitudinal birth cohorts. Since October 2016, Mina has been employed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow and daily coordinator of the research project: “Processed meat and health”, which examines whether processed meat intake influences morbidity and mortality of the most common chronic diseases – cancers, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.


Jeanett Friis Rohde
MSc Public Health, PhD, Postdoc

Tel.: (+45) 3816 3021
e-mail: jeanett.friis.rohde@regionh.dk
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9300-9009

Jeanett Friis Rohde holds a Master degree in Public Health and a bachelor´s degree in Nutrition and Health. In 2017 she received a PhD degree in Health Science. Her research has mainly been within prevention of childhood obesity and focusing on early nutrition, eating environment and physical activity. She has also been teaching about nutrition and quantitative method to Nurses and physiotherapist students. Jeanett is currently employed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Furthermore, she is working as a method consultant at The Danish Health Authority developing National Clinical Guidelines and has expertise within the GRADE process (The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation).


Amélie Cleo Keller
MSc Public Health, Postdoc

Tel.: (+45) 3816 3102
e-mail: amelie.cleo.keller@regionh.dk
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1404-6715

Amélie Keller holds a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Applied Sciences in Geneva, Switzerland and dual master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Sheffield and Copenhagen University. In March 2019 she received a PhD degree in health and medical sciences from Copenhagen University. Her research has mainly been within fetal and early-life nutritional determinants and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), maternal and child health as well as NCDs etiology.  Amélie is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.


Karoline Winckler
MSc Human Nutritin, Postdoc

Tel.: (+45) 3816 3016
e-mail: karoline.winckler@regionh.dk
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0079-8238

Karoline Winckler has a Master degree in Human Nutrition and a PhD degree in Cardiovascular Research from University of Copenhagen. Currently Karoline is employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.


Fanney Thorsteinsdottir
MSc Public Health, PhD Student

Tel.: (+45) 3816 3103
e-mail: fanney.thorsteinsdottir@regionh.dk
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3070-782X

Fanney Thorsteinsdottir holds a Master of Science degree in Public Health from Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden. Fanney is a PhD Student at the Research Unit for Dietary Studies, The Parker Institute and Copenhagen University, where she is looking at the influence of prenatal vitamin D on the development of asthma later in life.


Monica Ladekarl
Midwife, MSc in Midwifery, PhD Student

Tel.: (+45) 3816 3056
e-mail: monica.ladekarl@regionh.dk

Monica Ladekarl was educated as midwife in 2003 and has since then worked in various positions at the maternity unit at Hvidovre Hospital. She holds a Master of Science in Health – Midwifery from University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, 2017. Monica is a PhD Student at the Research Unit for Dietary Studies, The Parker Institute and Hvidovre Hospital, where she is doing a feasibility study of a stress reducing web-based intervention among normal weight pregnant women aimed to improve maternal gestational and post-partum weight and benefit childhood growth and later risk of overweight.


Christina Walker
MSc Public Health, PhD Student

Tel.: (+45) 3816 3028
e-mail: karen.christina.walker@regionh.dk

Christina Walker holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Copenhagen. Christina Walker is a PhD student at the Research Unit for Dietary Studies, The Parker Institute and the University of Copenhagen where she is looking at the influence of early life exposure to low levels of vitamin D on the development of congenital heart disease.


Xuan Ren
MSc Medicinal plants and functional foods, PhD Student

e-mail: xuan.ren@regionh.dk

Xuan Ren holds a master of science in medicinal plants and functional foods from Newcastle university, Newcastle, UK. Xuan Ren is a PhD student at the Research Unit for Dietary Studies, The Parker Institute and the University of Copenhagen where she is looking at the influence of early exposure to dietary fatty acids and weight gain during childhood.


Marie-Louise Kirkegaard Mikkelsen
MSc Public Health, Research assistant

Tel.: (+45) 3816 4416
e-mail: marie-louise.kirkegaard.mikkelsen@regionh.dk

Marie-Louise Kirkegaard Mikkelsen holds a Professional Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Health from VIA University College in Aarhus and currently finishing a Master of Science in Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark. As part of an undergraduate research year in connection to the master’s degree, Marie-Louise is working as a research assistant in the NoHoW project. For the undergraduate research project and her master’s thesis she will be conducting a validation study of the activity trackers used in the NoHoW project.


Ann-Kristine Nielsen
Teacher (BA), Research assistant

e-mail: ann-kristine.nielsen@regionh.dk

Ann-Kristine Nielsen is a registered teacher (BA) graduated from University College Copenhagen. She is currently studying a Master in Educational Psychology at DPU, Aarhus University, Copenhagen. In relation to the master degree studies, Ann-Kristine is affiliated as a research assistant with the ‘’Skovbørnehave – et sundere valg’’ project. For the project and her master’s thesis she will investigate children’s communities and participation opportunities, depending on the environment the children are a part of.


Raquel David Langer
MSc Medical Science, Internship PhD Student

e-mail: raquel.david.langer@regionh.dk
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9098-1863

Raquel David Langer has a Master’s degree in Medical Science at the University of Campinas, Brazil. Her main research areas have been within physical activity and body composition changes in children and adolescents. Raquel is doing an Internship at the Parker Institute, where she will be working on data from Healthy Start intervention, looking at the association between phase angle and physical activity among normal- and overweight children. She will be assisted by Professor Berit Lilienthal Heitmann.


Lua Ferreira Rangel
Registered Dietitian, Master’s in Public Health student

e-mail: lua.dandara.ferreira.rangel@regionh.dk

Lua holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Gothenburg and is currently finishing her Master’s in Public Health at Lund University. She is doing her master thesis at the Parker Institute, where she will assess early and late growth in children who are predisposed to develop obesity and how social factors may affect these.