Mads Rosenkilde

Background M.Sc. in Human Nutrition, BSc Sports science
Field of research Physical Activity, Obesity, Energy Balance, Appetite

Title of the thesis

Effects of endurance training on the regulation of energy balance and appetite in overweight men


About your PhD and your research

How would you describe your research project in overall terms?

My research project investigated whether doubling the exercise dose (60 min/day) that is recommended by health authorities (30 min/day) results in twice the improvement on a broad range of parameters associated with obesity and human health. In overall terms my specific project dealt with changes in body composition, behavioral and metabolic compensation, appetite regulation and fat oxidation during exercise.

How did your interest in your field of research occur?

My interest in the field began while studying sports science. I’ve always been fascinated with human physiology and biology, but during my studies I found it appealing that physical activity confers so many benefits to the human organism.

What are the research challenges and perspectives of your project?

Exercise is good for you, but it is a challenge to promote health efficient physical activity to the general public. My view is that exercise is really the cornerstone to public health, in view of the current so-called epidemics of obesity and life-style diseases.

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

Running a randomized clinical trial, characterization of human phenotypes using a variety of techniques such as indirect calorimetry, DXA and tissue samples, interpretation of physiology and scientific data, statistics.

Your affiliation with UNIK ‘Food, Fitness & Pharma’

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

Due to the inherent multi-disciplinary approach that was set out from the beginning of the project where I did my ph.d. as a sub-project, I’ve been in contact with interdisciplinary research from the beginning.
This persuaded me to contact colleagues not only within my own theme of the UNIK (muscle-fitness), but also in the other clusters of the UNIK.

Are there any initiatives or events with UNIK you specially appreciated?

The young investigator network has been really fruit-full for establishing a network within my own field of research, while the seminars have opened up for broader contact.

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


What are your future carrier plans?

Post Doc at U-CPH and perhaps abroad, after this time will tell.

Anything else you want to share or highlight from your affiliation with UNIK?

I think there need to be more initiatives like this one, because you really get in good contact with your peers.