Annual meeting in the Food and Nutrition Network

Do you want to know more about the link between nutrition and health? The Food and Nutrition Network at Aarhus University works to ensure that researchers' complex knowledge about nutrition leads to increased health for the population. You are invited to the annual meeting if the link between nutrition and health is of interest or relevant to your research.

Info about event


Wednesday 13 October 2021,  at 13:00 - 17:15


Jeppe Vontillius auditorium, Lakeside Lecture Theatre, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus C



  • 13:00 Sandwich and networking

  • 13:30 Introduction Niels Jessen, chairman of the steering committee, Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University and Head of Research, Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus

  • 13:40 DiRECT – a new paradigm for type 2 diabetes and its management Mike Lean, Professor, School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing, University of Glasgow, Scotland

  • 14:25 Can nutritional changes reduce obesity in children? Jens Meldgaard Bruun, Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus and Head of National Center for Obesity

  • 15:00 Coffee and posters

  • 15:45 Sense of smell and taste Professor Thomas Hummel, M.D.; Smell & Taste Clinic, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

  • 16:30 TBA Jette Feveile Young, Associate Professor and Leader for Differentiated and Biofunctional Foods, Department of Food Science, Aarhus University

  • 17:00 Closing remarks



Keynote speaker Mike Lean

Mike Lean is Professor at School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing, University of Glasgow.
He holds the chair of Human Nutrition, based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where he is also a consultant physician with NHS responsibilities for an acute medical ward and emergency receiving duties. DiRECT is a research study investigating whether offering an intensive programme for weight loss and weight loss maintenance would be advantageous for people with type 2 diabetes. Specifically, this programme aims to increase the number of people who can become non-diabetic.

Keynote speaker Thomas Hummel

Professor Thomas Hummel is head of research in the chemosensory systems at the Smell and Taste Clinic, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Technische Universität Dresden. This includes an olfactory/gustatory dysfunction clinic also involving patients with neurodegenerative causes of olfactory loss, and investigations in the intranasal trigeminal system. Investigations are performed using electrophysiological (olfactory event-related potentials, recordings from the mucosa of the nasal cavity), psychophysical, and imaging techniques (PET, fMRI). Many of these widely used techniques of olfactory function testing have been developed with his help, like the Sniffin Sticks, the taste strips, and the olfactory event-related potentials.