Berit Lilienthal Heitmann
Professor, PhD, Director of Research
Tel.: (+45) 3816 3070
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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Tel.: (+45) 3816 3016
Peder Frederiksen is statistician in the Danish Strategic Research Council project D tect, an observational study examining associations between early exposure to vitamin D and various disease outcomes later in life. Peder Frederiksen holds a Master of Science in Mathematics from University of Copenhagen (2001).
Sofus Christian Larsen
MSc Health Science, PhD, Postdoc
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
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
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
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
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
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.
MSc Public Health, PhD Student
Tel.: (+45) 3816 3103
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.
Midwife, MSc in Midwifery, PhD Student
Tel.: (+45) 3816 3056
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.
MSc Public Health, PhD Student
Tel.: (+45) 3816 3028
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.
MSc Medicinal plants and functional foods, PhD Student
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
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.
Birgitta Lind Vilhjálmsdóttir
MSc Human Nutrition, Research assistant
Birgitta Lind Vilhjálmsdóttir finished her master’s degree in Human Nutrition in 2014 from University of Copenhagen. Her research project was about the role of diet (colostrum) and microbiota in chemotherapy-induced mucositis. She has previously been working as a nutrition consultant for both individuals and companies as well as working as a recipe developer and project coordinator within the food industry. She loves writing about food and nutrition as well as creating recipes and taking photos and shares everything related to that on her website www.heilsulind.com. She is working at The Parker Institute as a research assistant.
Katrine Sidenius Duus
BSc Public Health, Research year student
Katrine Sidenius Duus holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from University of Copenhagen and currently finishing a Master in Public Health at University of Copenhagen. As part of an undergraduate research year in connection to the master’s degree, Katrine is affiliated with the D-tect study. For the undergraduate research project and her master’s thesis she will investigate the association between prenatal exposure to vitamin D and the risk of developing Inflammatory Bowel Diseases later in life.
Charlotte Østergaard von Magius
Nurse, Research year student
Charlotte Østergaard von Magius ia a registred nurse graduating from PH Metropol (Copenhagen) in 2011 and has since then worked on different wards, most recently at the Neuro-Intensive Care unit at Rigshospitalet. Charlotte is currently doing her Masters Degree in Health Promotion and Working life Studies at Roskilde University. Charlotte is doing a scholarship at The Parker Institute, where she will assist Monica Ladekarl with her research.
Anita Selmer Bennetzen
BSc Health Promotion and Psychology, Internship
Anita holds a bachelor degree in Health Promotion and Psycology at Roskilde University and currently finishing a Master in Public Health at Copenhagen University. Anita is doing an Internship at the Parker Institute, where she will assist Monica Ladekarl with her research and the OBEAT-project.
Prof. Bachelor Health and Nutrition, Research year student
Caroline Moos has a Professional Bachelor’s degree in Health and Nutrition from UC Syd in Haderslev and is currently finishing a Masters of Science in Public Health from The University of Southern Denmark. As part of an undergraduate research year in connection to the master’s degree, Caroline is affiliated with the D-tect study. For the undergraduate research project and her master’s thesis she will investigate the association between prenatal exposure to vitamin D and the risk of developing coeliac disease later in life.
Undergraduate Student Nutrition and Dietetics, Internship
Maria is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Alexander Technological Educational Institute in Greece. Maria is doing an Internship at the Parker Institute through the Erasmus+ programme, where she will assist Berit L. Heitmann and Ina Olmer Specht with their research and child behaviour, family dining environment and childhood pickiness.
MSc General Sanitary Psychologist, PhD Student.
Carmen Varela has a Master of General Sanitary Psychologist from the University of Barcelona. Carmen is a Clinical and Health Psychology PhD Student at the University of Barcelona. She has been previously worked as psychotherapist with eating disorder patients. Currently, she is developing an online treatment for overweight and obesity. She is doing an Internship at the Parker Institute and she will collaborate with the Sund Start project.