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Pr Arne Astrup



Dr Astrup (NEXS, UCPH, Denmark) is the Head of Department for Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS) and the Director of the OPUS Research Centre, Faculty of Science (SCIENCE), Copenhagen Universityf, Denmark. Dr Astrup has thirty years’ experience in clinical research. Major research areas are physiology and pathophysiology of energy and substrate metabolism with special emphasis on the aetiology and treatment of obesity. Participant in EU-projects: EUROSTARCH, CARMEN, NUGENOB, DIABESITY (Coordinator RTD1), DIOGENES, HEALTHGRAIN, MyNewGut.



1982 Graduate in Medicine (MD), University of Copenhagen, Denmark

1986 Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc/PhD), University of Copenhagen, Denmark



Head of Department, Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS), University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Director of the OPUS Research Centre, Faculty of Science (SCIENCE), University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Chief Research Consultant, Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, Herlev & Gentofte Hospital, Denmark

Steering Committee of the UCPH’s strategic platform for Lifestyle, Obesity and Metabolic research (UCPH LOM)



Over 590 peer-reviewed publications (Thompson Reuters citations-h-index: 75, Google Scholar h-index: 98), and more than 950 other academic publications such as textbook chapters, scientific abstracts and letters. The great majority of these publications relate to nutrition, obesity and diseases relating to obesity, several published in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and Nature.

Stender S, Astrup A, Dyerberg J. Artificial trans fat in popular foods in 2012 and in 2014: a market basket investigation in six European. BMJ Open 2016;6:e010673.

Sørensen LB, Damsgaard CT, Dalskov SM, Petersen RA, Egelund N, Dyssegaard CB, Stark KD, Andersen R, Tetens I, Astrup A, Michaelsen KF, Lauritzen L. Diet-induced changes in iron and n-3 fatty acid status and associations with cognitive performance in 8-11-year-old Danish children: secondary analyses of the Optimal Well-Being, Development and Health for Danish Children through a Healthy New Nordic Diet School Meal Study. Br J Nutr 2015;114:1623-1637

Thorning TK, Raziani F, Bendsen NT, Astrup A, Tholstrup T, Raben A. Diets with high-fat cheese, high-fat meat, or carbohydrate on cardiovascular risk markers in overweight postmenopausal women: a randomized crossover trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2015;102:573-581

Poulsen SK, Crone C, Astrup A, Larsen TM. Long-term adherence to the New Nordic Diet and the effects on body weight, anthropometry and blood pressure: a 12-month follow-up study. Eur J Nutr 2015;54:67-76

Damsgaard CT, Eidner MB, Stark KD, Hjorth MF, Sjödin A, Andersen MR, Andersen R, Tetens I, Astrup A, Michaelsen KF, Lauritzen L. Eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid in whole blood are differentially and sex-specifically associated with cardiometabolic risk markers in 8–11-year-old Danish children. PLoS ONE 2014;9(10):e109368