Research profile for Obesity research

The Section for Obesity Research conducts physiological and clinical research into appetite regulation and energy conversion aiming at preventing and treating obesity and related lifestyle diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

The section carries out research into genetic, physiological, behavioural, psychological, medical and surgical factors related to obesity.

The section is also responsible for basic physiological and genetic research into human appetite regulation and energy metabolism. Within its field, the section is leading in Denmark and Europe at carrying out clinical studies (randomised controlled trials) on obese patients in accordance with the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) quality standard.

The effect of a number of different lifestyle factors, including diet, food groups, food components, bioactive foods and physical activity, is investigated in shorter and longer intervention trials in adults in relation to appetite, weight loss and weight-loss maintenance, energy metabolism and the hormones and neurotransmitters involved in these physiological processes. The influence of non-nutritional, behavioural and environmental factors such as sleep, stress and intestinal bacterial composition in regulating energy balance is also investigated.

Link to the section’s current research projects.