First board of the Nordic Metabolomics Society (serving 2017-2019)

Below is the list of members of the 1st Board of the Nordic Metabolomics Society, serving from the establishment of the society until the election of the new board in 10/2019.

Hanne Christine Bertram (Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark). Vice-Chair of the Board.
Lars Dragsted (University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Kati Hanhineva (University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland)
Thomas Moritz (Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden)
Matej Orešič (Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden and University of Turku, Turku, Finland). Chair of the Board.
Óttar Rolfsson (University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland)
Stine Marie Ulven (University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Jarl Underhaug (University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway)
Craig Wheelock (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden)
Rikard Landberg (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden). Treasurer, representative of the host organization.

Secretary: Otto Savolainen (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Board member biographies

Hanne Christine Bertram is professor in food metabolomics at Aarhus University, Department of Food Science. Over two decades, Hanne Christine Bertram has worked with implementation of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques in food science emphasizing technological, biofunctional, as well as health-related aspects of foods. Her recent research is dedicated to the use of metabolomics to gain mechanistic insight in nutrition. Hanne Christine Bertram has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in the food science area.

Lars Ove Dragsted is Professor in Biomedicine and Nutrigenomics. He earned his PhD in Biochemical Toxicology and has worked in both public and private research with a focus on bioactive food components, chronic disease prevention and biomarker development. In the area of metabolomics his group has contributed with a range of human intervention studies to identify novel biomarkers of food intake and to predict metabolic changes and disease development. Recent research has focussed on the concept of biomarkers as such, on alcohol related effects, and on the imprint of the microbiota on the metabolome. Lars Ove Dragsted is heading the Preventive and Clinical Nutrition group at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen; he has co-authored >185 peer reviewed research articles and ~60 books, book chapters and reports.

Kati Hanhineva, PhD, Academy Research Fellow, is group leader at the School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland. She completed her PhD in plant biotechnology at the University of Kuopio 2008, and conducted post-doctoral research at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition in projects related to the beneficial health effect of whole grain rich diets, before becoming a group leader at the same department. Currently her research group’s main interests are within the phytochemical diversity of plant-rich foods, and the impact of colonic microbiota on those, as well as the metabolic alterations they subsequently evoke once entered mammalian metabolism. Hanhineva is also the founder of a spin-off company providing metabolomics services (Afekta Technologies).

Thomas Moritz is professor at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Umeå) and at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (University of Copenhagen, Denmark). He has more than 20 years’ experiences in biological mass spectrometry. His research is focused on studying metabolic control of shoot elongation and wood formation in plants, as well as method development in metabolomics and its application in biology. Since 2013 he is director for the Swedish Metabolomics Centre.

Prof. Matej Orešič holds a PD in biophysics from Cornell University (NY, USA). He is a group leader in systems medicine at the University of Turku, associate professor at the Örebro University, and guest professor in lipids and nutrition at the Oil Crops Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Prof. Orešič is one of the initiators of the Nordic Metabolomics Society and, as of 2016, he is a Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the Metabolomics Society. His main research areas are metabolomics applications in biomedical research and systems medicine. He is particularly interested in the identification of disease vulnerabilities associated with different metabolic phenotypes and the underlying mechanisms linking these vulnerabilities with the development of specific disorders or their co-morbidities, with main focus on type 1 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Prof. Orešič also initiated the popular MZmine open source project, leading to popular software for metabolomics data processing.

Óttar Rolfsson holds a PhD from the Astbury Center of Structural Molecular Biology at The University of Leeds. He is an Assistant Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology within the Medical Department and within the Center for Systems Biology at the University of Iceland. Óttar teaches human metabolism and systems biology to all students within the Health Sciences Department at UI. Work within the Rolfsson laboratory is focused on understanding how molecular metabolism contributes to health and disease through mass spectrometry metabolomics approaches and cell scale metabolic modelling. The groups main focus at present is elucidating red cell and platelet metabolism in the context of transfusion medicine and investigating metabolic changes associated with disease related cellular developmental events including epithelial to mesenchymal transition, mesenchymal stem cell development and endothelial dysfunction.

Stine Marie Ulven is a professor in nutrition at Department of Nutrition, University Oslo Norway. Her research group called “Systems biology in controlled dietary intervention studies” aims to get a comprehensive understanding of the role of dietary fat on biological processes in humans by integrating large scale datasets from controlled dietary intervention studies. The group uses randomized controlled postprandial and short and long term dietary intervention studies and applies large scale datasets, such as whole genome transcriptome PBMC and plasma metabolome, to investigate the physiological and molecular mechanisms of diet on cardiometabolic risk markers. The goal of the Ulven team is to obtain knowledge that can be used for future dietary guidelines, which may be more tailor made for specific subgroups or individuals (personalized nutrition) to prevent lifestyle diseases.

Jarl Underhaug is an associate professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Bergen, Norway. He earned a PhD in protein NMR spectroscopy from Department of Chemistry and iNANO, Aarhus University, Denmark, in 2009. During his postdoctoral work at the Department of Biomedicine, UiB, he focused on new treatments for inborn errors of metabolism. He is now the manager of The Norwegian NMR Platform (NNP), a national infrastructure dedicated to providing access to high-field NMR in Norway.

Craig Wheelock leads the Integrative Molecular Phenotyping laboratory at the Karolinska Institute and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Metabolomics at the Gunma Institute for Advanced Research (GIAR) at Gunma University, Japan. His research focuses on mass spectrometry-based molecular phenotyping of obstructive lung disease. These efforts are combined with multivariate modelling to perform omics-based data integration to identify sub-phenotypes of disease. A major area of the research in his group centers on investigating the role of lipid mediators in pulmonary inflammation. Recent efforts involve performing exposome-based studies to understand the effect of environmental exposure upon disease etiology and identify sensitive sub-populations of individuals with respiratory disease. The overall aim of the work in his group is to develop personalized molecular profiles that can be associated with an individual’s lifestyle, environmental exposure and susceptibility to disease onset. Dr. Wheelock is a member of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Scientific Events Working Group, Board Member of the International Metabolomics Society, and consultant at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine on metabolomics and the exposome.

Rikard Landberg is a professor of food and Health at Chalmers University of Technology where he is heading the Division Food and Nutrition Science at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering. His group studies the role of diet and dietary components in health and disease using observational and intervention studies as well as in various model systems. Metabolomics (MS- and NMR- techniques) has become a center point of the research for discovery and validation of exposure and prediction biomarkers, and currently, for molecular phenotyping to discover biomarkers to guide (dietary) intervention individualization strategies. The group is engaged in several large national and international cohort studies and infrastructures where they generate metabolomics data from thousands of individuals to address different research questions in nutrition and medicine. RL is also the principle investigator of randomized controlled trials to evaluate health effects of various food components in a precision nutrition approach. RL is affiliated Professor at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umeå University and a visiting scientist at Danish Cancer Society Research Center in Copenhagen and at the Nutritional Epidemiology Unit at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet. RL has authored/co-authored ~95 papers, ~10 book chapters, delivered ~10 invited lectures and is the editor of one book. RL has an H-index of 25 according to Scopus.