Berit L. Heitmann

Berit Heitmann

Professor, PhD
Research Leader

Tel.: (+45) 3816 3070
Fax: (+45) 3816 3119

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 for Research, (and 2011-2012 acting Institute Director) at the Institute of Preventive Medicine, and from April 2015 she is Leader for 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 32 PhD students (25 already defended their thesis, and 7 in progress) and about 60 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 11.5 mio €), and has published more than 225 scientific peer-reviewed papers, app. 20 reviews and a similar number of book chapters.

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