Event by Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster

    PhD and Postdoc Alumni Network meeting

    Welcome to the bi-annual meeting of the alumni network for Novo Nordisk PhD and Postdoc fellows and PhD students and Postdocs at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers Starting up an alumni network begins with creating a network between the current enrolled students. That is why the main intention with this event is for you to expand your network, now and in the future. We will facilitate the process and make sure that you get the best out of it. To make it easy for you, you do not have to prepare anything, but please sign up no later than March 29, 2019. And if you sign up, please show up! The theme for this meeting is ‘Obesity’.

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    03 April 2019


    Torben Jørgensen Professor, Department of Social Medicine, University of Copenhagen

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    Torben Jørgensen is Professor in Health Promotions at the University of Copenhagen. He is a Senior researcher at the Centre for Clinical Research and Disease Prevention, Bispebjerg/Frederiksberg Hospital. His work focuses on the influence of industry and its commercial interests on health.


    Obesity both in childhood (and among adults) increases worldwide. It is widely accepted that this is due to the obesogenic surroundings. Despite this, strategies to prevent obesity have mainly focused on the responsibility of the individual and their family including health information and counselling on physical activity and healthy food. This strategy of course has helped some people, but it can be concluded that it has had no effect on the population level.
    During the last years the strategic focus has turned towards the possibilities of changing the surroundings into being less obesogenic. This is a very complex strategy, where vested interests of huge companies (e.g. “Big sugar”, “Big soda”) must be considered. In this talk I will go through the history that made these compagnies powerful players in the obesogenic epidemic, which methods they use to secure their vested interest and how complex intervention strategies could be the way forward to change the development.

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    This networking event is by invitation only and open for all PhD students  and Postdocs at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers (CfB, CPR, Danstem and CBMR) and Novo Nordisk PhD and Postdoc fellows or alumni. It is completely free of charge, but registration is mandatory.

    Deadline for registration: March 29, 2019


    4:00 pm Welcome
    4:15 pm Round table discussions on obesity
    4:45 pm Talk by Torben Jørgensen, Professor, University of Copenhagen

    “Can we prevent obesity in childhood?”
    5:45 pm Facilitated networking and buffet
    7:30 pm Thank you for a splendid day!
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    What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

    If you are by car, you can park for free in front or at the side of Tuborg Havnevej 19. If that is full, there is 3 hours free parking in the parking to the Waterfront shopping mall at the end of the road.

    Public transport by train to Hellerup station, and/or bus (1A, 21, 166), nearest by bus stop is Tuborg Boulevard.

    Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Contact Sophie Labrosse at sfeb@novo.dk

    How do I cancel my participation?

    Please help us respecting our speakers, as well keeping track of the numbers and optimize lecture and catering to the audience by cancelling as soon as you know that you exceptionally will not be able to make it. You can either cancel through Eventbrite or send an email to Sophie Labrosse (sfeb@novo.dk).