Thomas Meinert Larsen
Department of Human Nutrition/Prevention and Treatment of Obesity and Appetite a
1958 Frederiksberg C
J.C. Christensensgade 2A, 3TV
DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.
PhD project title:
Aspects of the molecular aetiology of obesity and co-morbidities with a focus on impact of PPARÎ³ gene variants and responses to dietary supplementation with conjugated linoleic fatty acids. Supervisors: Arne Astrup, Professor Dr. Med & Oluf Borbye Pedersen, Professor, Dr. Med, Steno Diabetes Center, DK.
Technical School, Slagelse, Denmark, 1995, Laboratory Technician (Laborant).
University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2001, Graduate in Biochemistry (MSc. Biochemistry)
University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006, PhD
Research and/or professional experience:
2010 Sept - : Associate Professor, Research Group for Obesity and Appetite Regulation, Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
2010 January - 2010 Aug: Associate Professor, Head of Research Group for Obesity and Appetite Regulation, Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
2006 April - 2009 Dec: Assistant Professor, Head of Research Group for Obesity and Appetite Regulation, Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
2005 November - 2006 March: Post.doc. Research Group for Obesity and Appetite Regulation, Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
2002 July - 2005 October: PhD-student, Research Group for Obesity and Appetite Regulation, Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
Thesis title:"Aspects of the molecular aetiology of obesity and co-morbidities with a focus on impact of PPARγ gene variants and responses to dietary supplementation with conjugated linoleic fatty acids". Defended April 25, 2006. Superviser Professor Arne Astrup
Research and teaching activities:
Major interests and research areas are the aetiology and clinical treatment of obesity, including the role of diet and behaviour, genetics and gene-nutrient interaction on body weight and risk factors for type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Other studies have addressed human physiology and patho-physiology of energy, substrate metabolism and appetite regulation, including the interaction with the development of obesity and associated risk factors. Recent major research efforts have been in conducting long-term human dietary intervention studies, specifically the role of diet composition and behaviour modification for weight loss, weight maintenance, risk factors for type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and drop out rate.
Supervisor or co-supervisor for PhD students:
Teodora Handjieva-Darlinska: Predictors of weight loss in dietary obesity management programs. Dissertation May 2011. Lone Graasbøl Rasmussen: Metabolomics - Urinary biomarkers of complex dietary compositions as studied by 1H NMR spectroscopy. Dissertation January 2011. Anette Due: The inverted Food Pyramide. Dissertation 2008. All at the University of Copenhagen
Coordinating roles in large research activities & explanatory notes:
Responsible for the practical conduct and co-coordinator of the MUFObes dietary intervention study with more than 130 adults taking part in 4-year dietary intervention study.
Completed Jan 2004 - Dec 2007.
Responsible/co-coordinator for the DiOGenes multi-disciplinary 6-12 month dietary intervention study (RTD1) conducted in 8 European centres, funded by EU
Completed Jan 2005 - Dec 2009.
Grant holder and work package leader of the project: OPUS WP3 - Dietary intervention with shop model - SHOPUS. A six month randomized controlled dietary intervention study of the New Nordic Diet vs Average Danish Diet in 200 adults (18-50y) using the shop model for optimal dietary adherence in a multi-disciplinary 6-18 month dietary intervention.
Ongoing study, Jan 2009 - Dec. 2012
Current national and international affiliations:
Member of the Danish Association for the Study of Obesity (DSAF)
Past national and international affiliations:
Member of the Danish Biological Society, the Danish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Danish Endocrine Society (DES). Secretary (2004-2006) and treasurer (2006-2008) of the Danish Association for the Study of Obesity
www.dsaf.dk. Member of the network "Den Omvendte Kostpyramide", Research Forums Programme Committee for Nutrition and Food Research (FELFO). Member of the LMC steering group of Nutrigenomics 2005-2006.
Reviewer for American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism; Obesity Reviews; American Family Physician; Nature Clinical Practice Endocrinology & Metabolism
Invited presentations to peer-reviewed, internationally established conferences:
EU workshop, Brussels, Belgium, Oct 2011; Annual Meeting of the Danish Nutritional Society, April 2011; Danish National Meeting on Obesity, Sept2010; The Nordic Obesity Meeting, Oslo, Norway, Oct 2009; 9.th Nordic Nutrition Conference, Denmark, June 2008; Central European Congress, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, Sept 2008; First Nutrigenomics Meeting Varna, Bulgaria, Oct 2007.
Receiver of the Novo Nordisk Scholarship 1999-2000.
Receiver of the Danisco Award 2004.
Potential conflicts of interests / bi-beskæftigelse:
Recipient of honoraria as speaker and/or travel grants from Carnegie A/S (2007), Slankedoktoren (2007), Danish Meat Association (2007), Neurosearch A/S (2007), Abbott (2008), VIA University College - Campus Holstebro (2008)