Marit Eika Jørgensen

Head of Clinical Epidemiology

Phone +45 30 91 33 05



Research area
Since 1996 actively engaged in epidemiological research with focus on lifestyle factors, ethnicity, environmental factors and chronic disease, primarily diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The main focus has been on the Inuit population in Greenland. Coordinator, Steering Group Member or Principal Investigator of the following epidemiological research projects:

2012- Member of the Steering Committee of the Addition Study – Denmark: A population based screening and intervention study in screened positive diabetic individuals.
2012- Member of the Steering Committee of the Lundbeck Foundation Centre for Applied Medical Genomics in Personalised Disease Prediction (LuCAMP).
2005-2010 The Inuit Health in Transition Study. Population based study of chronic diseases among Inuit in Greenland, Canada and Alaska.
1999-2004 The Greenland Population Study: studies of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular risk among Inuit in Greenland and Denmark.
1996-1999 Diet and 24-hour blood pressure among Greenland Inuit.

Register-based studies of diabetes incidence, complications, mortality and quality of diabetes care among migrants in Denmark
Register-based studies of the prognosis of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the identification of important prognostic markers
Development of a cardiovascular risk score for  type 1 diabetes
Adherence to Medication among patients with type 2 diabetes
Heart rate variability and dysglycemia: natural history and intervention
Methylglyoxal and methylglyoxal-derived advanced glycation end products in diabetic complications
Fat distribution and glucose intolerance – Addition Pro
Birth weight, fat distribution and diabetes in Greenland
Obesity-associated cardiovascular risk among Greenland Inuit
Identification of disease loci associated with common metabolic disorders by relatedness and admixture mapping in a Greenlandic population

2010  Specialist in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.
2004  PhD on a thesis entitled: Glucose Intolerance and its associated cardiovascular risk among Greenland Inuit. University of Copenhagen.
1995  MD, University of Copenhagen.

Consultant, Research Manager, Steno Diabetes Center, (2010- ongoing). 
Specialist training, Endocrinology, Herlev Hospital, Steno Diabetes Centre, Hillerød Hospital, (2005-2010).
Post.Doc., Centre for Health Research in Greenland, National Institute of Public Health, Copenhagen, (2004-2005).
Research Fellow, Steno Diabetes Center, (2001-2004).
Registrar: Queen Ingrids Hospital, Greenland; Medical Department, Hillerød Hospital; Steno Diabetes Center, (1995-2001).

Positions of trust
Diabetologia, Associate Editor, Advisory Board Member from 2013, (2008-2012).
International Journal of Circumpolar Health, Associate Editor, (2009- ongoing).
Documentalist: Danish National Indicator Program, Diabetes, (2007- ), Advisory Board Member from 2012.
Board Member: The Greenlandic Medical Society, (2003- ).

Scientific reviewer for Diabetologia, Hypertension, Diabetic Medicine, Diabetes, Diabetes Care, JCEM, The Lancet, Obesity, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Environmental Research, Scand J Publ Health and Atherosclerosis
Grant Review Committee Member for Diabetes UK, 2011

2003   Received GlaxoSmithKlines “Burden of Diabetes” fellowship of 30.000 £ under EFSD.

Presentations the last 3 years
2013 University of Copenhagen, Invited Lecturer: “Diabetes and urbanisation in Greenland – a complex association”

2012 Invited Lecturer: “Diabetes and urbanisation in Greenland – a complex association” Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health, University of Copenhagen.

2012 Oral presentation at the 15th International Conference on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, Alaska: “Birth weight and risk of diabetes among Greenland Inuit”

2012 Oral presentation at the annual meeting at European Diabetes Epidemiology Group (EDEG), Swansea, Wales: “Mortality among type 2 diabetes patients at Steno Diabetes Center 2001–2010”

2012 Poster presentation at the annual meeting at the American Diabetes Association, Philadelphia, USA: “Mortality among type 1 diabetes patients at Steno Diabetes Center 2001–2010”

2012 Oral presentation at the annual meeting at Danish Endocrine Society (DES), Horsens, Denmark: “Mortality among type 1 diabetes patients at Steno Diabetes Center 2001–2010”

2012 Invited Lecturer: “New diagnostic criteria for diabetes”, Dansk Selskab for Intern Medicin, Copenhagen.

2011 Oral presentation at the annual meeting at European Diabetes Epidemiology Group (EDEG), Jerez de la Frontera, Spain: "Contextual influence upon a physical activity questionnaire"

2011 Oral presentation at the annual meeting at Danish Endocrine Society (DES), Hillerød, Denmark: “Fat distribution and glucose intolerance among Greenland Inuit”

2010 Oral presentation at the annual meeting at Danish Endocrine Society (DES), Herlev, Denmark: “New Diagnostic Criteria for Diabetes: Is the Change from Glucose to HbA1c Possible in All Populations?”

2010 Poster presentation at the annual meeting at The European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), Stockholm, Sweden: " Fat distribution and glucose intolerance among Greenland Inuit "

Peer-reviewed papers

1. Johansen NB, Hansen AL, Mygind Jensen T, Philipsen A, Rasmussen SS, Jørgensen ME, Simmons RK, Lauritzen T, Sandbæk A, Witte DR. Protocol for ADDITION-PRO: a longitudinal cohort study of the cardiovascular experience of individuals at high risk for diabetes recruited from Danish primary care. BMC Public Health. 2012 Dec 14;12(1):1078

2. Bjerregaard P, Jørgensen ME. Prevalence of obesity among Inuit in Greenland and temporal trend by social position. American Journal of Human Biology. 2013, February [Epub ahead of print] PubMed 

3. Valera B, Jørgensen ME, Jeppesen C, Bjerregaard P. Exposure to persistent organic pollutants and risk of hypertension among Inuit from Greenland. Environmental Research. 2013 Jan 30 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed 

4. Jeppesen C, Bjerregaard P, Jørgensen ME. Dietary patterns in Greenland and their relationship with type 2 diabetes and glucose tolerance. Public Health Nutrition. Public Health Nutr. 2013 Feb 11:1-9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed 

5. Dahl-Petersen IK, Hansen AW, Bjerregaard P, Jørgensen ME , Brage S. Validity of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire in the Arctic. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2012, Nov 27.  [Epub ahead of print] PubMed 

6. Byberg S , Soborg B, Andersson M, Bjerregaard P, Jørgensen ME. Diabetes is a risk factor for Tuberculosis in the Inuit population of Greenland. ERJ November 2012. PubMed 

7. van Aerde MA, Witte DR, Jeppesen C, Soedamah-Muthu SS, Bjerregaard P, Jørgensen ME. Glycemic index and glycemic load in relation to glucose intolerance among Greenland's Inuit population. May 19. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2012 Aug;97(2):298-305. PubMed 

8. Jeppesen C, Eika Jørgensen M, Bjerregaard P. Assessment of consumption of marine food in Greenland by a food frequency questionnaire and biomarkers. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2012 May 17;71:1-8 PubMed

9. Jørgensen ME, Ekholm O, Sørensen MR, Rasmussen NK. Importance of questionnaire context for a physical activity question. Scand J Med & Science in Sports. 2012 Jan 1. PubMed 

10. Jørgensen ME, Borch-Johnsen K , Witte DR, Bjerregaard P. Diabetes in Greenland and its relationship with urbanisation. Diabetic Medicine 2012 Jun;29(6):755-60. PubMed 

11. Dahl-Petersen IK, Jørgensen ME, Bjerregaard P. Physical activity patterns in Greenland: A country in transition. Scand J Public Health. 2011 Nov;39(7):678-86. PubMed 

12. Andersen S, Kjærgaard M, Jørgensen ME, Mulvad G, Kjærgaard JJ. Frequent left ventricular hypertrophy independent of blood pressure in 1851 pre-western Inuit. Atherosclerosis. 2011 Jun;216(2):484-8. PubMed 

13. Jørgensen ME. Obesity and diabetes - an Arctic challenge. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2010 Sep;69(4):320-1 PubMed 

14. Jørgensen ME, Bjerregaard P, Borch-Johnsen K, Witte D. New Diagnostic Criteria for Diabetes: Is the Change from Glucose to HbA1c Possible in All Populations? J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Nov;95(11) 

15. Pedersen ML, Jacobsen JL, Jørgensen ME. Prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus among women born in Greenland: measuring the effectiveness of the current screening procedure. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2010 Sep;69(4):352-60.

16. Christensen DL, Witte DR, Kaduka L, Jørgensen ME, Borch-Johnsen K, Mohan V, Shaw JE, Tabák AG, Vistisen D. Moving to an A1C-based diagnosis of diabetes has a different impact on prevalence in different ethnic groups. Diabetes Care. 2010 Mar;33(3):580-2.

17. Thorseng T, Witte DR, Vistisen D, Borch-Johnsen K, Bjerregaard P, Jørgensen ME. The association between n-3 fatty acids in erythrocyte membranes and insulin resistance: the Inuit Health in Transition Study. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2009 Sep;68(4):327-36.

18. Jørgensen ME, Borch-Johnsen K, Bjerregaard P. A cross-sectional study of the association between persistent organic pollutants and glucose intolerance among Greenland Inuit. Diabetologia. 2008 Aug;51(8):1416-22.

19. Jørgensen ME, Christensen DL. Ethnicity and Obesity – why are some people more vulnerable? International Diabetes Monitor. November 2008.

20. Holm AL, Andersen AF, Avlund K, Jørgensen ME. Type 2 diabetes. Social relations and health behaviour. Ugeskr Laeger. 2008 Jan 14;170(3):153-7.

21. Jørgensen ME, Borch-Johnsen K, Bjerregaard P. Lifestyle modifies obesity-associated risk of cardiovascular disease in a genetically homogeneous population. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jul;84(1):29-36.

22. Jørgensen ME, Bjerregaard P, Kjaergaard JJ, Borch-Johnsen K. High prevalence of markers of coronary heart disease among Greenland Inuit. Atherosclerosis. 2008 Feb;196(2):772-8.

23. Bjerregaard P, Jørgensen ME, Borch-Johnsen K. Cardiovascular risk amongst migrant and nonmigrant Greenland Inuit in a gender perspective. Scand J Public Health. 2007;35(4):380-6.

24. Young TK, Bjerregaard P, Dewailly E, Risica PM, Jørgensen ME, Ebbesson SE. Prevalence of obesity and its metabolic correlates among the circumpolar inuit in 3 countries.Am J Public Health. 2007 Apr;97(4):691-5.

25. Jørgensen ME, Moustgaard H, Bjerregaard P, Borch-Johnsen K. Gender differences in the association between westernization and metabolic risk among Greenland Inuit. Eur J Epidemiol. 2006;21(10):741-8.

26. Martinsen N, Jørgensen ME, Bjerregaard P, Krasnik A, Carstensen B, Borch-Johnsen K. Predictions of type 2 diabetes and complications in Greenland in 2014. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2006 Jun;65(3):243-52.

27. Moustgaard H, Bjerregaard P, Borch-Johnsen K, Jørgensen ME, the Greenland Population Study. Diabetes among Inuit migrants in Denmark Int J Circumpolar Health 2005; 64(4):354-364.).

28. Pedersen B, Jørgensen ME, Pedersen MB, Siggaard C, Sørensen TB, Mulvad G, Hansen JC, Asmund G, Skjoldborg H. Relationship Between Mercury in Blood and 24-h Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Greenlanders and Danes. American Journal of Hypertension. 18, 612-618. 2005.

29. Backer V, Bjerregaard P, Friborg JT, Homøe P, Jensen KJ, Jørgensen ME, Koch A, Krause TG, Mulvad G. Grønland - et sygdomsmønster i forandring. Ugeskrift for Læger. 12:1389, 2005.

30. Jørgensen ME. Obesity and metabolic correlates among the Inuit and a general Danish population. Int J Circumpolar Health. 63 Suppl 2:77-9, 2004.

31. Jørgensen ME, Borch-Johnsen K. The metabolic syndrome-is one global definition possible? Diabetic Medicine. 10: 1064-5, 2004.

32. Jørgensen ME. Glucose Intolerance and its relation to Cardiovascular Risk Factors among Greenland Inuit. The Greenland Population Study. Circumpolar Dissertations. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 63:3 2004.

33. Bjerregaard P, Jørgensen ME, Borch-Johnsen K: Serum lipids of Greenland Inuit in relation to Inuit genetic heritage, westernisation and migration. Atherosclerosis. 174:391-398, 2004.

34. Jørgensen ME, Bjerregaard P, Gyntelberg F, Borch-Johnsen K. Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome among the Inuit of Greenland. A comparison between two proposed definitions. Diabetic Medicine. Online publication date: 1-Jul-2004.

35. Rejnmark L, Jørgensen ME, Pedersen MB, Heickendorff L , Lauridsen AL, Mulvad G, Pedersen EB, Mosekilde L. Vitamin D insufficiency in Greenlanders on a westernised fare: ethnic differences in calcitropic hormones between Greenlanders and Danes. Calcif Tissue Int. 2004 May;74(3):255-63.

36. Jørgensen ME, Pedersen MB, Siggaard C, Sørensen TB, Mulvad G, Hansen JC, Skjoldborg H, Pedersen EB. Ethnic, Geographic and Dietary Influences upon Vasoactive Hormones and Blood Pressure among Greenland Inuit and Danes. Blood Pressure 2003;12: 298 – 306.

37. Jørgensen ME, Glümer C, Bjerregaard P, Gyntelberg F, Jørgensen T, Borch-Johnsen K. Obesity and central fat pattern among Greenland Inuit and a general population of Denmark (Inter99): Relationship to metabolic risk factors. Internat J Obesity 2003;27:1507-1515.

38. Jørgensen ME, Pedersen MB, Siggaard C, Sørensen TB, Mulvad G, Hansen JC, Skjoldborg H, Pedersen EB. Twenty-four-hour blood pressure among Greenlanders and Danes: relationship to diet and lifestyle. Scand J Clin Lab Invest. 2002;62(6):413-22.

39. Bjerregaard P, Jørgensen ME, Lumholt P, Mosgaard L, Borch-Johnsen K; Greenland Population Study. Higher blood pressure among Inuit migrants in Denmark than among the Inuit in Greenland. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2002 Apr;56(4):279-84.

40. Jørgensen ME, Bjeregaard P, Borch-Johnsen K. Diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance among the inuit population of Greenland. Diabetes Care. 2002 Oct;25(10):1766-71.

41. Bjerregaard P, Jørgensen ME, Andersen S, Mulvad G, Borch-Johnsen K; Greenland Population Study. Decreasing overweight and central fat patterning with Westernization among the Inuit in Greenland and Inuit migrants. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2002 Nov;26(11):1503-10.

1. Det Nationale Indikatorprojekt – Diabetes: ”Dokumentalistrapport 2012
2. Det Nationale Indikatorprojekt – Diabetes: ”Dokumentalistrapport 2010
3. ”Levevilkår, livsstil og helbred. Befolkningsundersøgelsen i Grønland 2005-2009”. Peter Bjerregaard, Ea Cecilie Aidt, Statens Institut for Folkesundhed 2010. Kapitel 4: ”Fedme og diabetes”
4. Det Nationale Indikatorprojekt – Diabetes: ”Dokumentalistrapport 2009
5. Det Nationale Indikatorprojekt – Diabetes: ”Dokumentalistrapport 2008
6. "Unges trivsel i Grønland", Tine Curtis, Helmer Bøving Larsen, Karin Helweg-Larsen, Cecilia Petrine Pedersen, Ingelise Olesen, Kristian Sørensen, Marit Eika Jørgensen, Peter Bjerregaard, Inussuk, Arktisk Forskningsjournal 1, 2006
7. ”Monitorering af den officielle anbefaling om fysisk aktivitet – et metodestudie”. Jørgensen ME, Rosenlund M. Statens Institut for Folkesundhed. 2005

Book Chapters
Bjerregaard P, Young TK. “Health Transitions in Arctic Populations ”. 2008. University of Toronto press. Book chapters; 16: Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes and Obesity, 4: Physical activity.

Press clips (last 3 years)




Sidst opdateret 12-01-2017