Bente Merete Stallknecht

Professor, MD, PhD, DMSc


Professor Stallknecht’s main research areas are physical activity and obesity. She graduated as MD in 1992, obtained a PhD in 1997 and became DMSc in 2003. Her vision is to prevent and treat metabolic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Based on thorough pathophysiological and interdisciplinary research, her mission is to develop valid and robust health strategies promoting physical activity in different domains of everyday life. She currently serves as the daily scientific head of the University of Copenhagen Excellence Programme initiative ‘Governing Obesity’ ( as well as head of the randomized clinical trial ‘GO-ACTIWE’ ( Since 2007 she has co-headed ‘Medicine & Technology’, which is an interdisciplinary education jointly offered by the groups involved in Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark and the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Copenhagen. She is also heading the undergraduate course ‘Human Biology and Diseases’, where she teaches the topic endocrinology.