PhD Nils Bruun Jørgensen – University of Copenhagen

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PhD Nils Bruun Jørgensen

Affiliated with UNIK project no. 1

Abstract from PhD thesis

Background Medical Doctor
Field of research Type 2 diabetes, Obesity, Gut hormones, Gastric bypass

Title of the thesis

Effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass on glucose metabolism in type 2 diabetes


About your PhD and your research

How would you describe your research project in overall terms?

Clinical research addressing physiological aspects of type 2 diabetes and obesity before and after gastric bypass. Focusing on meal-related effects and gut hormones.

How did your interest in your field of research occur?

I read a brief notice in the Danish Medical Journal on the subject, where Sten Madsbad told about the subject. I found it interesting and contacted him for an opportunity to do a PhD.

What are the research challenges and perspectives of your project?

How rearrangement of the gut can lead to improved glucose metabolism overnight in patients with type 2 diabetes. The potential role of the gut and gut hormones could lead to the development of new anti diabetic drugs.

Which key skills, methods etc. have you used/achieved during your PhD-project?

Meal testing, hyperglycemic clamp, euglycemic clamp, hypoglycemic clamp, glucagon test, OGTT. All experimental procedures to examine aspects of glucose metabolism.

However, managing a project, taking care of logistics, contacts with patients, analytical skills and statistics have also been part of the training. Furthermore, the opportunity to present data in a larger forum at congresses and meetings has been an added bonus.

Your affiliation with UNIK ‘Food, Fitness & Pharma’

To what extent have you felt affiliation with and connected to the interdisciplinary research project UNIK?

Very much so, have participated in the semi-annual meetings and presented data several times. The opportunity to meet other researches in the field with different perspectives has been rewarding.

Do you expect to continue to work as part of interdisciplinary research?

I very much hope so. The time as a PhD student has truly opened my eyes to different forms of working, which I have come to appreciate very much.

What are your future carrier plans?

To become specialist Doctor of Endocrinology, then Chief Physician at a larger Hospital in the Capital area, alternatively take a position with the pharmaindustry.


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