Bente Merete Stallknecht

Bente Merete Stallknecht

Prorector, Professor

Prorector with special responsibility for education from 1 August 2018.


Master of Science in Medicine (1992), University of Copenhagen (UCPH), PhD (1997), Doctor of Medical Science (2003). Professor at UCPH, leads the research group Act4Life and Affiliate Professor at Deakin University, Australia. Head of Department of Biomedical Sciences, UCPH 2015-2018. Member of the high-level Scientific Panel for Health, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission. Author and co-author of 100+ peer-reviewed articles and books/book chapters on physical activity, obesity and metabolism. UCPH Head of Studies for the Biomedical Engineering programme in 2007-15, member of the Study Board for Public Health Sciences 2002-07 and Course Manager of ‘Human Biology and Diseases’ in 2002-15. Supervised and assessed 100+ Bachelor, Master and PhD students.

Primary fields of research

Main research area is health-enhancing physical activity. The vision is to prevent inactivity-related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The mission is based on thorough pathophysiological and interdisciplinary research to develop valid and robust strategies promoting health-enhancing physical activity in different domains of everyday life. Have (co-)directed a number of major research projects involving physical activity/inactivity interventions, including ‘Bed rest’, ‘Training per se’, ‘FINE’, ‘Copenhagen women study – menopause’, 'FitMum' and ‘GO-ACTIWE’.

Possible conflicts of interest

Hold no shares and have no financial interests, e.g. shared IPR, in any private enterprise. Have no board memberships in commercial enterprises, political parties, religious organisations, NGOs or other interest organisations.

  • Current member of the EU Commission’s Scientific Panel for Health
  • Academic supervisor for two industrial PhD students at Novo Nordisk

Selected publications

  1. Published

    How does 6 months of active bike commuting or leisure-time exercise affect insulin sensitivity, cardiorespiratory fitness and intra-abdominal fat? A randomised controlled trial in individuals with overweight and obesity

    Blond, M. B., Rosenkilde, M., Gram, A. S., Tindborg, M., Christensen, A. N., Quist, Jonas Salling & Stallknecht, Bente Merete, Sep 2019, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 53, 18, p. 1183-1192

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Effects of menopause and high-intensity training on insulin sensitivity and muscle metabolism

    Mandrup, C. M., Egelund, J., Nyberg, M. P., Enevoldsen, L. H., Kjær, Andreas, Clemmensen, Andreas Høeg, Nymark Christensen, A., Suetta, Charlotte, Frikke-Schmidt, Ruth, Steenberg, Dorte E, Wojtaszewski, Jørgen F P, Hellsten, Ylva & Stallknecht, Bente Merete, 2018, In : Menopause . 25, 2, p. 165-175 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Effects of active commuting and leisure-time exercise on fat loss in women and men with overweight and obesity: a randomized controlled trial

    Quist, Jonas Salling, Rosenkilde, M., Petersen, M. B., Gram, A. S., Sjödin, Anders Mikael & Stallknecht, Bente Merete, 2018, In : International Journal of Obesity. 42, p. 469-478 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Exercise training favors increased insulin-stimulated glucose uptake in skeletal muscle in contrast to adipose tissue: A randomized study using FDG PET imaging

    Reichkendler, M. H., Auerbach, P. L., Larsen, M. R., Christensen, A. N., Holm, Søren, Petersen, M. B., Lagerberg, A., Larsson, Henrik Bo Wiberg, Rostrup, E., Mosbech, T. H., Sjödin, Anders Mikael, Kjær, Andreas, Ploug, Thorkil, Højgaard, Liselotte & Stallknecht, Bente Merete, 15 Aug 2013, In : American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism. 305, 4, p. E496-506 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Endurance training per se increases metabolic health in young, moderately overweight men

    Nordby, P., Auerbach, P. L., Rosenkilde, M., Kristiansen, L., Thomasen, J. R., Rygaard, L., Groth, R., Brandt, N., Helge, Jørn Wulff, Richter, Erik A., Ploug, Thorkil & Stallknecht, Bente Merete, 2012, In : Obesity. 20, 11, p. 2202-2212 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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