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Camilla Trab Damsgaard

Camilla Trab Damsgaard

Associate Professor

Researcher ID: B-4866-2015

I investigate how foods, such as fish and wholegrain, and nutrients, such as vitamin D, affect childrens’ cardiometabolic risk profile, in order to prevent later type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. I was the first to show that fish oil can reduce blood pressure in young children and have demonstrated cardiometabolic benefits of school meals rich in fish and vege­tables in Danish children. I also study the effects of childhood nutrition on immune function and cog­nitive function, and have developed a laboratory method to measure ex vivo cytokines. I have a strong background in nutrition and physiology and thorough training in statistics and epidemi­olo­gical methods but find great value in interdisciplinary collaborations from genetics to public health.

During the last 10 years I have specialized in designing and leading randomized clinical trials in children. As leader of the currently running FiSK Junior trial, the ODIN Junior vitamin D trial and the OPUS School Meal Study, where we provided school meals to more than 800 children, I design the study protocols, decide laboratory analyses, hire staff, assure progress and achievement of milestones, am in charge of budgeting and article writing, and lead teams of PhD students and technical staff with sparring from my colleague professors. In the OPUS Study I had close interaction with schools, teachers, parents and private and public companies and the FiSK study includes a large communication part where we disseminate evidence-based knowledge about fish and health to the public, through events and exhibitions at four Danish aquariums.  

Possible conflicts of interest


Sept 2017: Oral presentation for nurses about official dietary recommendations for children, hosted by Nestlé Nutrition Network.

April 2014: Oral presentation about the OPUS School Meal Study for Danish health nurses, hosted by Semper AB, Copenhagen.

Feb 2013: Advisor on a study investigating effects of the Nordic Diet in toddlers, Semper AB, Stockholm.

Oct 2012: Oral presentation about the OPUS School Meal Study at Semper AB, Stocholm.



In the FiSK Junior study (2016-2017) study foods were purchased from Skagenfood A/S, Sødam A/S via and REMA1000 Danmark A/S with discount, and provided in kind by Amanda Seafoods A/S. 

In the OPUS School Meal Study (2011-2012) Danæg A/S, Naturmælk, Lantmännen A/S, Skærtoft Mølle A/S, Kartoffelpartnerskabet, AkzoNobel Danmark, Gloria Mundi and Rose Poultry A/S provided foods in kind for the study.



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