Camilla Trab Damsgaard

Camilla Trab Damsgaard



2023 – present   Research group leader ¦ Lifecourse Nutrition & Health, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS), University of Copenhagen (KU), Denmark.

2014 – present    Associate Professor of children's nutrition, NEXS, KU, Denmark.

2010 - 2014          Assistant Professor of paediatric nutrition, NEXS, KU.

2008 - 2010          Post doc, Nutrition and disease prevention, NEXS, KU.

                               Maternity leave: 12.11.08–23.09.09 (50 weeks in total)



2005 – 2008         PhD in Human Nutrition, Faculty of Life Sciences, KU.

2007                      Research stay (2 months), University of Southampton, England.

2002 - 2005          MSc in Human Nutrition, Faculty of Life Sciences, KU.

2003                      Exchange student (4 months), Cornell University, New York, USA.

1998-2002            BSc in Biology, Faculty of Science, KU.



Secured > 56 M DKK in research grants as PI, co-PI or WP lead the last 10 years: 

  • Generation Healthy Kids, 2022-2026 (29.4 M DKK, Novo Nordisk Foundation) (Leader of WP2 and WP6)
  • PREPARE-CHILD - PRE-Pregnancy weight loss And Reducing CHILDhood overweight, 2022-2026 (4.4 M DKK, Novo Nordisk Foundation) (WP lead)
  • Underweight among children in Denmark, 2022-2025 (2.0 M DKK, Novo Nordisk Foundation) (PI)
  • KORN - Wholegrains and early prevention of lifestyle diseases, 2019-2021 (2.6 M DKK, Independent Research Fund Denmark) (PI)
  • D-pro - Effects of milk protein and vitamin D on children’s growth and health), 2018-2022 (6.3 M DKK, Arla Food For Health) (PI)
  • FiSK - Fish, children, health and cognition, 2016-2019 – research and communication project (Nordea-fonden) (PI for research, 9.0 M DKK)
  • Vitamin D & children’s immune function, 2015-2017 (1.1 M DKK, Lundbeck Foundation) (PI)
  • ODIN Junior - Vitamin D trial, 2013-2017 (WP4, 3.1 M DKK, EU-commission) (Co-PI)
  • HAPFAM, 2013-2017 (WP5, 4.8 M DKK, Innovation Fund Denmark) (Investigator)



2022              LUKU-basis, Leader Development Programme, KU.

2019              Leading Research, KU.

2014              Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Monitoring, NEXS, KU.

2012              Leadership Programme for Women, Implement Consulting and KU.

2010              Project Management for Researchers, Implement Consulting, Copenhagen.

2007              European Nutrition Leadership Platform Programme, Wageningen University, NL.



2023-             Advisory Board Member, Center for Childhood Health (Center for Sundt Liv og Trivsel), Denmark

2023-2024    Scientific Committee, Nordic Nutrition Conference 2024 in Bergen, Norway.

2022-2023    Organizing committee for two symposia within Lifecourse nutrition at the 14th European Nutrition Conference in Belgrade in 2023, in a joint European collaboration.

2021-2022    Organizing committee for the 1st Nutrition summer school 2022 in Helsinki, in collaboration with the other Nordic nutrition societies.

2020-             Representing Denmark in Working group on Improving Standards in the Science of Nutrition, Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS).

2020-2021    Writing group member of the report "Nordic diet, health and sustainability", Danish Council for Prevention, Denmark.

2019-             President of the Danish Nutrition Society, Denmark

2015-             Editor, British Journal of Nutrition, The Nutrition Society, UK

2018-2019    Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nutrition, American Society for Nutrition, USA



2017              SCIENCE Dissemination Award (25.000 DKK), KU.

2012              New Investigator Award, ISSFAL Society, Vancouver, Canada.

2012              The FLIK-Prize 2012 (10.000 DKK), The Danish Association of Food Scientists.

2009              LIFE Academic Prize 2009 (10.000 DKK), Faculty of Life Sciences, KU. 



2023              Chair & invited speaker, Nutrition and Early Life symposium, FENS Conference, Belgrade, Serbia.

2022              Invited speaker, EU-funded INSUM workshop on nutrition and somatic health indicators, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland / online.

2018              Chair & Invited Speaker, LOM Conference, Lifestyle, Obesity and Metabolic research, KU

2017              Session Chair, Vitamin D and Health in Europe Conference, Cork, Ireland.

2017              Invited speaker, Symposium on dietary vitamin D requirements, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.

2016              Invited speaker, Nutrition Congress 2016, Somerset-West, South Africa.

2016              Congress chair & evaluator of Young Investigator Awards, the 12th ISSFAL Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

2006-2023    >52 scientific abstracts presented at international conferences.



2021-2022    Mentor for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor, KU

2013-2023    Principal supervisor of 8 PhD students and co-supervisor of 3 PhD students.

2015-2019   Head of assessment committee or Assessor for 4 PhD candidates.

2005-2023    Supervisor of 35 MSc students, 7 BSc students and 9 other project students.  



  • 90 peer-reviewed original research articles in international scientific journals
  • 2 editorials in international scientific journals
  • 1 comment, 1 book chapter, 1 scientific paper in Danish


  • H-index: 27 (Web of Science, June 2023)
  • Total no. of citations: 9,277.


PhD (Nutrition)

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