Highlights from Annual Day 2016

Highlights from Annual Day 2016

On November 1, 2016, the 3rd Annual Day of the Danish Diabetes Academy was held at Sinatur Hotel Storebælt in Nyborg for 120 Danish Diabetes Academy members and guests. The day included key note lectures by Jesse Roth, Chris Rhodes and Kaare Christensen, a debate on data transparency featuring Christian Gluud and Philip Justesen, short lectures by young researchers selected from submitted abstracts, two poster sessions and it ended with allocation of awards and dinner.


Members of the Danish Diabetes Academy had nominated their colleagues for the two prestigous awards of each 25.000 DKK - the Young Investigator Award presented to a researcher, below the age of 40, who has shown promising research and made contribution to the understanding and treatment of diabetes, and the Danish Diabetes Academy Scientist Award presented to a young Danish Diabetes Academy funded researcher, who has shown great potential to be world‐class researcher within his/her field of expertise.

The Young Investigator Award went to Mathias Ried-Larsen, PhD, Group Leader, Center for Physical Activity Research, Rigshospitalet and the Danish Diabetes Academy Scientist Award went to Rikke Hjortebjerg, PhD student, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University.

On this picture from the left: Tore Christiansen, Rikke Hjortebjerg, Mathias Ried-Larsen, Henning Beck-Nielsen

Short description of Mathias Ried-Larsen's research:

The objectives of Mathias Ried-Larsen's research are to induce a sustainable and lifelong increase in daily physical activity in type 2 diabetes patients across the country using a simple free-living evidence-based intervention i.e. Interval-walking training, and to assess the effects of an increase in daily physical activity on long-term health, key metabolic parameters and on mortality.

Short description of Rikke Hjortebjerg's research:

For the past decades, the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases has increased dramatically. Interestingly, fat tissue in different parts of the body serve different functions, and fat located around the internal organs, so-called “belly-fat”, is notoriously associated with metabolic disorders and poor health outcomes. Rikke Hjortebjerg's research efforts have tried to clarify the hormonal factors that influence the risk of obesity and diabetes. She has specifically investigated the growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor systems and how they impact on adipose tissue deposition, metabolism, and function. "Based on these results and the ongoing research, we hope to obtain a better understanding of how obesity contributes to the development of metabolic diseases", she says.


Members of the Education Committee evaluated the posters and selected among the 47 posters the three posters they considered the best as regards to layout, readability and content.

The following three received an award for the best poster:

Poster Award 1st price (3000 DKK): Annemarie Lundsgaard, PhD student, University of Copenhagen
Poster Award 2nd price (2000 DKK): Karin Mannerstedt, PhD student, Gubra ApS
Poster Award 3rd price (1000 DKK): Rasmus Kjøbsted, PhD student, University of Copenhagen

On this picture from the left: Tore Christiansen, Rasmus Kjøbsted, Annemarie Lundsgaard, Karin Mannerstedt, Henning Beck-Nielsen. 


Below you can see a selection of pictures taken by photographer Ida Schmidt of lectures in plenum and from the poster sessions outside the plenum room.