International acclaim for Danish cholesterol researcher – University of Copenhagen

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28 October 2016

International acclaim for Danish cholesterol researcher

International Award

Professor Børge Nordestgaard from the University of Copenhagen is appointed Honorary Doctor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, which is among the highest ranking universities in South America. His is awarded the honorary title on account of his pioneering research on common illnesses such as cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases as well as cancer.

On 27 October 2016, Børge Nordestgaard, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Copenhagen, was awarded the prestigious title of Honorary Doctor at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Børge Nordestgaard is recognized for his research on biochemical and hereditary causes of the world’s most predominant common illness: cardiovascular diseases. 

Pioneering research on cardiovascular diseases
Børge Nordestgaard’s research builds on huge data collections and population studies and he is specifically renowned for revealing a clear connection between high blood cholesterol and arteriosclerosis, which in many cases increases the risk of early heart fatality. Through his work on cardiovascular diseases, Nordestgaard has described new biochemical and genetic risk markers and thus contributed to vastly improved diagnostics, prevention and treatment.

According to the University of Buenos Aires, the reasons behind the appointment include that “Børge Nordestgaard has consistently pointed out that the illness hereditary hypocholesterolemia (also known as hereditary high cholesterol ed.) increases the risk of developing arteriosclerosis and thus increased mortality. Hereditary high cholesterol is an under-diagnosed illness in need of global focus and efficient treatments. Denmark is a frontrunner in terms of research on this type of disease and this is primarily due to Professor Nordestgaard’s efforts”. 

International clout
Each year, according to WHO, an estimated 18 million people die from cardiovascular diseases, which thus becomes the most frequent cause of death among adults worldwide. Børge Nordestgaard has conducted research on cardiovascular diseases and cholesterol counts for more than 30 years, and throughout his career, he has focused on how to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases in Denmark as well as globally. He has worked intensely on communicating how heredity, lifestyle, inactivity and overweight can lead to cardiovascular diseases. He is behind a steadily increasing number of scientific articles, of which most have been published in some of the world’s most renowned academic journals.

“I’ve always been particularly interested in locating the genetic factors that specifically predispose people to various common illnesses, because this would enable us to work specifically on preventing them. In my view, it’s all about generating significant results, and not just at home, but also across the globe. Which is also why I’m deeply honoured to receive this horary doctorate and happy that my work is noticed, recognized and not least used across most of the world,” says Professor Børge Nordestgaard.

Børge Nordestgaard received the honorary doctorate on 27 October 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Facts about Børge Nordestgaard
Børge G. Nordestgaard is Consultant Doctor at the Clinical Biomedical Section at Herlev and Gentofte Hospital as well as Clinical Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

Børge G. Nordestgaard graduated in 1985, but already as a student, he was scientifically invested in high blood cholesterol and the risk of developing arteriosclerosis. As both doctor and researcher he continued to pursue his interest in this field.

He has previously received awards and prizes such as the Top Researcher Prize from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Boserup Prize, The Nikkilä Lecture, Scandinavian Atherosclerosis Society and the Global Excellence Prize from the Capital Region of Denmark. 


Børge Nordestgaard, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Copenhagen. Phone: +45 3028 7263

Andreas Westergaard, Senior Communications Consultant at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Phone: +45 5359 3280