Mette Hansen

Ph.D., Associate professor

Contact information
Mette Hansen
Department of Public Health – Section for Sport Science
Dalgas Avenue 4, building 3410
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

E-mail: mhan@ph.au.dk
Mobile: +45 5166 6551
AU profile: http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/mhan@ph.au.dk

Born: June 9, 1975

ORCID: 0000-0002-9383-8202

Education
2009: PhD “Effect of estrogen on protein synthesis in tendon and skeletal muscle at rest and in response to exercise” (Institute of Sports Medicine, Copenhagen).
2003: Cand. scient. in Human Nutrition, IHE, KVL (mean mark: 10.9). Master thesis (48 ECTS points); ”Effect of growth hormone administration to healthy, lean well-trained young men at rest and during exercise (mark: 13).
2000: Bachelor in “Sport and Health”, Southern Denmark University, Odense.
1995: Mathematic student, Randers Statsskole (mark, mean: 10,0).

Employment
2015-: Associate professor, Section for Sport Science, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University.
2012-2014: Associate professor, Section for Sport Science, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University (External Foundation September 1 2012 – August 31, 2014).
2009-12: Post doc at Institute of Sports Medicine, Copenhagen.
2010, 2012: Department for Sport Science, Aarhus University, (teaching in nutrition).
2002-2013: Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, SDU, Odense, (teaching 6-70 lectures per year). Censor and supervisor (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students).
2007-08: Consultant, Sonofi-Aventis (supervision of patients in physical activity).
2006-09: Teaching and supervisor (master thesis projects), Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of life sciences, Copenhagen University.

Scientific qualifications
Research areas:
Health and Illness > Organs and Functions of the Body > Physiology
Health and Illness > Prophylaxis > Sport
Health and Illness > Prophylaxis > Nutrition
Health and Illness > Organs and functions of the body > Skeletal muscle > female hormones

Awards and honours
2012: Danish Sports Medicine Society Annual Meeting, 2nd prize oral presentation competition.
2008: Danish Sports Medicine Society Annual Meeting, 2nd prize oral presentation competition.
2006: European College of Sports Science. Lausanne, 1st prize. Young Investigator award.
2006: Danish Sports Medicine Society, ”Effect of Estradiol and Exercise on Patellar Tendon Collagen synthesis and Cross-Sectional Area”, 1st prize. Young Investigator award.
2005: Danish Sports Medicine Society, ”Effect of female sex hormones on collagen synthesis in muscle and tendon in response to exercise”, 1st prize. Young Investigator award.

Research leadership and administrative work (selected)
Research management:
2015-: “Ernæringsstrategi til optimering af adaptation og restitution efter morgentræning” (”Nutritional strategies for optimization of adaptation and recovery to endurance exercise”). Principal investigator. Funded by The Danish Ministry of Culture Committee on Sports Research, Team Danmark, and Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S via the Innovation Foundation.
2015-: “Oral contraceptives – an ergogenic anabolic drug?” Principal investigator. Starting grant from the Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF).

Memberships, etc.:
2015: Organizer and speaker at symposium at ECSS 2015.
2013-: Part of Injury Prevention Group, at Aarhus University (responsible: Professor Martin Lind).
2012-: Member of “Organizer Committee” and “Scientific Committee”, Danish Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.
2012-: Chairman at Danish Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 2013, 2014, 2015.
2013: Chairman at European College of Sport Science 2013.
2012: Part of Scientific Network group for Center for Health and Training, Danish Rheumatism
Association.
2009-12: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Working Group 4 on Weight, Satiety, Physical Performance. Evaluation of health claims made on foods, which relate to weight management, glucose/insulin control, and physical performance.

Consultant:
2013: Nutrient Consultant for the Danish Female Soccer team.
2007-08: Consultant, ”Motions- og ernaeringsraadet”. (Report:”Physical activity, dietary supplements and sports products – performance and health aspects for physical active people”.)
2007: Consultant, report: “Guidelines for nutrient intake for exercising diabetic patients”.
2006-12: Copenhagen Hospitals, Advisory expert in ”Nutrition and physical training”.

Reviewer:
2006-: Reviewer for “Scandinavian Journal of Medical Science Sports”, “Journal of Applied Physiology”, ”European Journal of Sport Science”, “Hormone and Metabolic Research” “Journal of Musculoskeletal Neuronal Interactions” , “GH & IGF Research”, “PlosOne”, “Journal of Anatomy”, “BMC Women´s Health”.

Scientific publications - overview
Please see http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/persons/mette-hansen(35b198ca-caef-48de-8570-21c9fbab1f8f)/publications.html for a detailed publication list.

Oral research presentations at research congresses and seminars
Please see http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/persons/mette-hansen(35b198ca-caef-48de-8570-21c9fbab1f8f)/activities.html for a list of activities.

Overview of selected presentations from 2012 and forward (Maternity leave 2014-January 2015):
2015: Dansk Idræts Medicinsk Selskabs årsmøde (DIMS), American College of Sports Medícine – annual meeting. Team Danmarks forsknings- og formidlingsseminar, European College of Sports Science (invited). Bispebjerg Hospital (invited), Active Institute Aarhus (invited)
2014: DIMS, Nutricia Uddannelsesdag for Kliniske Diætister (invited), The Muscle Based Food Network (invited), Agriculture and Food seminar (invited), DRFO meeting (invited), Næstved hospital (invited).
2013: Dansk Idræts Medicinsk Selskabs årsmøde (invited), Danish Diet and Nutrition Association (invited), KU seminar: Muscle and matrix throughout the body: Similarities and heterogeneity (invited), ECSS Belgium, JSPFSM (Japan, invited), European Milk Board seminars (Copenhagen, Bruxelles, Den Haag, invited), Agriculture and Food seminar about meat (invited),
2012: Dansk Idræts Medicinsk Selskabs årsmøde. 2 presentations, Team Denmark research seminar (invited), Scandinavian Congress of Medicine and Science in Sport (SCMSS)(invited), Festival for physiotherapists (invited), Copenhagen municipality (invited).

Public oral presentations (selected):
(Key words: sports nutrition, health, rehabilitation, aging).
Selected: Folkeuniversitetet (2016, 2015*2, 2013, 2*2012), Rungsted running club (2013), Skanderborg Handball Elite Academy (2013, 2012, 2010), the Danish Athletic Federation (2012), Nykredit (2012, 2011), Fitness.dk (2010), The Heart Foundation (2009), Danish Workers Sports Federation (2009), Danish Swimming Federation (2008), Albani (2008), Daloon (2008), DGI (2007, 2006), Paarup Evening School (2007),(2007), Institute of Occupational Health (2006).

Main research grants (>50,000 DKK)
2015: Måling af kropssammensætning i forskningsprojekter med patienter, overvægtige, raske utrænede og trænede motionister og eliteatleter. 400,000 DKK from the Toyota Foundation. (Main applicant.)
2015-: Oral Contraceptives - an ergogenic anabolic drug? 1,747,813 DKK as a starting grant from the Aarhus University Research Foundation. (Main Applicant and participating researcher.)
2015-: Udvikling af nye ernæringsstrategier til optimering af træningsadaptation og præstation. 1,200,000 DKK from Team Danmark. (Main Applicant and participating researcher.)
2015: Ernæringsstrategi til optimering af helbred og præstation i forbindelse med træning. Approximately 1,600,000 DKK from Industrial PhD Arla AFI via the Innovation Foundation (PhD supervisor.); 460,696 DKK from Arla AFI operations funding. (Main applicant and participating researcher.)
2015: Ernæringsstrategi til optimering af adaptation og restitution efter morgentræning. 384,520 DKK from the Ministry of Culture Committee on Sports Research.
2013: Endurance training and recovery: influence of timing and nutrient intake on performance optimization. 360,000 DKK from the Danish Ministry of Culture Committee on Sports Research; 50,000 DKK from the A. P. Møller Foundation for the Advancement of Medical Science. (Main applicant. Project responsible and main researcher.)
2012: Optimal treatment of Patella tendinopathy: interplay between local insulin-like growth factor I injections and strength training in humans. 839,322 DKK from The Danish Council for Independent Research | Medical Sciences. (Main applicant and participating researcher.)
2010-2011: Effect of local injections of GH on tendon collagen protein turnover. 65,000 DKK from Oda and Hans Svenningsen’s Foundation; 100,000 DKK from the Augustino Foundation; 50,000 DKK from Director Ib Henriksen’s Foundation. (Project responsible and main researcher)
2010-2011: Effect of estrogen and protein-rich meals on protein turnover in skeletal muscle and tendon during immobilization and re-training. 50,000 DKK from the Beckett Foundation; 67,000 DKK from the Danish Rheumatism Association, 600,000 DKK from the Danish Agriculture and Food Council. (Project responsible and main researcher.)
2010: Oral contraceptives and strength training. 158,961 DKK from the Danish Ministry of Culture Committee on Sports Research. (Project responsible and main researcher.)
2009: Effect of oral contraceptives on tendon structure and biomechanical properties. 142,000 DKK from the Danish Ministry of Culture Committee on Sports Research. (Project responsible and main researcher.)
2009: Influence of IGF-I on tendon collagen protein turnover.120,000 DKK from Anti-doping Denmark. (Project responsible and main researcher.)
2009: Effect of oral contraceptives on tendon structure and biomechanical properties. Oda og Hans Svenningsen’s Foundation. 101,700 DKK. (Project responsible and main researcher.)
2009: Influence of IGF-I & physical activity on tendon protein synthesis. 50,000 DKK from The Danish Rheumatism Association. (Project responsible and main researcher.)
2009: Influence of IGF-I & estrogen on connective tissue protein turnover in human tendon at rest & during adaptation to mechanical loading. 1,747,545 DKK from The Danish Council for Independent Research | Medical Sciences. (Project responsible and main researcher.)

Supervision of students
Currently, I am a PhD supervisor for Michael Bertelsen and Mads Sørensen Larsen. Furthermore, I have been a PhD co-supervisor for Poul Frølund Vestergaard at Aarhus University who received the PhD degree on August 29, 2014. From 2002 to 2014 I was the supervisor for 4 master thesis students and 33 bachelor students (Bachelor projects).

Teaching experience
In the period from 2002-2016 I have taught at 35 postgraduate courses and 54 pre-graduate courses. I have been responsible for the planning and teaching of eight of the postgraduate courses and have been responsible for planning, teaching and examinations of 14 of the pre-graduate courses.