Daniel Witte

PhD, MSc, Professor

Profile photoDaniel R. Witte

Aarhus University
Department of Public Health
Bartholins Allé 2, Building 1260
8000 Aarhus C


Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus
Hedeager 3, 2nd Floor
8200 Aarhus, Denmark

E-mail: daniel.witte@ph.au.dk
ORCID: 0000-0002-0769-2922 Born 1973 Brief profile Daniel R. Witte is Danish Diabetes Academy Professor of Diabetes Epidemiology; at the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University and Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus. His main research interest is studying the pathophysiological mechanisms that determine the transition from normal glucose control via pre-diabetes to diabetes and the early stages of its complications, at the level of populations. He has a special focus on longitudinal trajectory analyses and analysis of clustering of diabetic complications. His work uses data from several large longitudinal studies, such as the ADDITION and Inter99 trials, the ADDITION-PRO, Whitehall II and ELSA cohorts, as well as routine medical and population registers in Denmark, which allow the enrichment of cohort datasets with data on the long-term consequences of diabetes and its clinical management. Daniel studied medicine and completed a PhD in clinical epidemiology at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, followed by 5 years as MRC clinical research fellow at the department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. Between 2008 and 2012 he led the diabetes epidemiology group at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen. Between 2012 and 2014 he worked at the Luxembourg Institute of Health. In January 2015 he was appointed Professor of Diabetes Epidemiology at Aarhus University, Denmark; based on a grant from the Danish Diabetes Academy. He teaches at national and international courses at the post-graduate level and supervises several PhD students. Daniel is attached to the recently established Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus and is a member of the Danish Diabetes Academy as well as the Steering Committees of the ADDITION-Denmark and ADDITION-Europe studies. Education 2000-2003: PhD in Clinical Epidemiology, Thesis titled ‘Endothelium, Triggers and Cardiac events’, successfully defended on 23 May 2003. Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands 2000-2002: MSc in Clinical Epidemiology, Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 1991-2000: Medical degree, three sub-exams; ‘propaedeuse’, ‘doctoraal’, ‘artsexamen’, obtained in 1992, 1998 and 2000 respectively. Faculty of Medicine, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Current academic affiliations 2019-present: Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark 2015-present: Professor of Diabetes Epidemiology, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. 2015-present: Member of the Danish Diabetes Academy, Odense, Denmark. Previous positions 2012-2014: Principal Investigator for the Luxembourg Cohort’, Luxembourg Institute of Health, Strassen, Luxembourg. 2008-2012: Research Group Leader, Epidemiology research group, Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, Gentofte, Denmark. 2009-2012: Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London, UK. 2003-2008: Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London, UK. 2000-2003: PhD-fellow, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Awards 2017: Harry Keen Memorial Award from the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group (IDEG) for outstanding contributions to the areas of diabetes epidemiology and public health. 2006: New Investigator Award, Medical Research Council (UK). Languages Fluent in Dutch, English, Spanish. Intermediate level in German, Danish, French. Research leadership and administrative work (selected) Memberships 2016-present: Member of the Steering Committee of the ADDITION-Europe study. 2010-present: Member of the Steering Committee of the ADDITION-Denmark study. 2015: Selected for interview phase for a European Research Council consolidator grant. 2010-2012: Member of the Steering Committee of the Lundbeck Foundation Centre for Applied Medical Genomics in Personalised Disease Prediction, Prevention and Care (LuCAMP). 2010 & 2012: Programme organiser for the Steno Diabetes Center Symposium ‘Frontiers in Diabetes’. 2008-2013: Secretary and Member of the Steering Committee of the European Diabetes Epidemiology Group (EDEG). Peer-reviewer 2009-present: Peer reviewer for competitive research fund applications for the EU and in several European countries (Germany, France, Denmark, UK). 2003-present: Reviewer for Diabetologia, Diabetes Care, International Journal of Epidemiology, European Journal of Epidemiology, Diabetic Medicine, PLoS One, PLoS Medicine, BMJ, JAMA, BMC Medicine, Diabetes & Metabolism, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Hormone & Metabolic Research. Scientific publications Please see https://pure.au.dk/portal/da/persons/daniel-rinse-witte(22db1993-176e-491b-833f-69a3d2d02b47)/publications.html for details. H-index: 50 (Scopus) Presentations (selected) 2019: Richard Doll Seminar Lecture, Population Health Seminars, University of Oxford, UK. 2017: Harry Keen Award Lecture, International Diabetes Epidemiology Group meeting, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 2017: Invited Speaker at ”Applied methods in Epidemiology Seminars”, Umeå University, Sweden. 2016: Invited Speaker at WEON (Dutch Epidemiological Society) Annual Meeting, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Current research grants 2015-2019: Danish Diabetes Academy, Professorship in Diabetes Epidemiology. Supervision 2015-present: Main supervisor for two PhD students at Aarhus University, Denmark. 2009-2015: Main supervisor for three PhD students at Steno Diabetes Center (Copenhagen University, Denmark). 2006-present: Co-supervisor for seven PhD students (Aarhus University, Denmark; Copenhagen University, Denmark; University of Szeged, Hungary; Université de Liège, Belgium; University College London, UK). 2008-present: Main supervisor for six MSc students (KU, Denmark; Wageningen University, The Netherlands; LIH, Luxembourg). Teaching 2017 and 2020: Faculty member on the Latin American Diabetes Epidemiology Course (GLED). 2016-2019: Course coordination and teaching on different Diabetes Epidemiology and Advanced Epidemiology PhD courses (Danish Diabetes Academy, Aarhus University). 2015-2017: Teaching on the annual Post-graduate Winter School, Danish Diabetes Academy. 2013-2017: Teaching on the Biobanking Certificate Course, University of Luxembourg. 2011-2017: External examiner for 5 PhD theses. 2010-2013: Teaching on STAR courses organized by Steno Diabetes Center. 2009-2012: Teaching modules on diabetes epidemiology on several undergraduate and post-graduate courses (Copenhagen University, Denmark). 2009: Examiner on International MPH programme, Copenhagen University. 2006-2007: Update and development and teaching of the Diabetes Epidemiology module for the postgraduate course in diabetes care (Roehampton University, UK). 2005-2007: Design and development of two modules, and teaching on the Epidemiology module for the UCL Master of Social Epidemiology course (UCL, UK). 2004-2007: Examiner for the oral examinations of MBBS Clinical Finals; Preparation of exam questions and content (UCL, UK). 2003-2007: Update and development of course content, teaching material, exam questions and presentations, as well as lectures and small group-teaching on the Epidemiology course for undergraduate medical students (UCL, UK). 1999-2003: Teaching Assistant for the Epidemiology module for undergraduate medical students (University Medical Center Utrecht).