Henning Beck-Nielsen is one of the leading experts in diabetes. He is Professor of diabetes at the Institute of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark. He has been specializing in diabetes for the past 40 years, and his research has mainly focused on the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes.
Henning Beck-Nielsen obtained his medical degree in 1972 and defended his doctoral thesis in 1980 with the title “Insulin receptors in man”. He became specialist in medical endocrinology in 1985.
Henning Beck-Nielsen holds several positions of trust, among others he is head of the Danish Diabetes Academy, chairman of the board of the Danish Centre for Strategic Research in Type 2 Diabetes – DD2 and chairman of the board and founder of the company UNEEG A/S. Furthermore, he was head of institute at the Institute of Clinical Research, University of Odense (1989-1998), Consultant Physician (1989-2017) and head of the Endocrine Research Unit (2000-2014) at the Department of Endocrinology, Odense University Hospital, head of the Danish Endocrine Society (1982-1986) and chairman of the Danish Medical Research Council (1998-2001).
Henning Beck-Nielsen has been supervisor of seven doctoral dissertations, 40 PhD theses and six diploma theses. He is currently supervisor for four PhD students.
Henning Beck-Nielsen has received a number of prestigious awards and acknowledgements, among others the Order of the Dannebrog (2013), the Paul Langerhans Medal (Germany, 2013), the Bagger-Sørensen Foundation Award (2008), the Novo Nordisk Prize (2006), the Hagedorn Prize (2005) and the Kund Lundbæk Prize (Sweden, 2005).
The scientific production comprises more than 500 original papers in national and international journals, including 32 book chapters. ISI Web of Science indicates 657 publications, including abstracts, cited more than 18,000 times. h-index 71.