Arne Astrup Professor, Head of Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports University of Copenhagen

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Since 2012 Head of Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, with 300 staff and 850 students, and Chief Consultant at the Unit for Clinical Nutrition Research, Bispebjerg Frederiksberg University Hospital. 

Under Arne Astrup’s leadership the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports moved up the ranking to be the world's leading research institute for Nutrition and Sports, and in 2018 it was number one in the global ranking of the internationally recognised Shanghai Ranking.

Arne Astrup has previously been Chairman of the State Council for Nutrition, and for international research organisations. Major scientific areas are appetite regulation, treatment of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, and diseases where nutrition and physical activity play a role. He is also interested in bridging nutrition, gastronomy and health, and has written a large number of popular diet books, which have been published in many countries, including the United States, Australia and Germany.

 Discovered in 1996, together with Professor Jens Holst, that GLP-1 is a satiety hormone in humans, and was a driving force behind the prohibition of industrially produced trans fats in foods in Denmark in 2004.

Despite his position as head of department, Arne Astrup has continued his research, and publishes frequently in journals such as British Medical Journal, Lancet, Nature and New England Journal of Medicine. He has supervised 32 PhD students to date. In 2018 Arne Astrup was named in Clarivate’s (Web of Science) list of the most cited researchers in the world, together with 32 other scientists of the 5,000 academics employed at the University of Copenhagen. He is currently the 4th most cited scientist at the University of Copenhagen. His H-index is 91 (Google Scholar H-index 124 with 80500 citations).

Astrup was created Knight of the Order of Dannebrog in 1999 by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and Knight of the First Order of Dannebrog in November 2012.