Torben Clausen#

Academic degrees and postgraduate training:

  • 1963 M.D. (cand. med.), University of Aarhus
  • 1963 ECFMG Examination, The American Embassy, Copenhagen
  • 1972 Doctor of Medical Sciences (dr. med.), University of Aarhus

  • 1963 - 1964 2nd registrar, Department of Int. Medicine M, Aarhus Municipal Hospital
  • 1964 - 1967 Assistant professor, Department of Physiology, University of Aarhus
  • 1967 - 1968 Fellowship at Inst. de Biochim. Clinique, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1968 - 1979 Associate professor, Department of Physiology, University of Aarhus
  • 1975 Research fellowships, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1979 - 2007 Full professor of human Physiology, Department of Physiology, University of Aarhus

Academic Work:

Supervisor for 20 junior scientists and 18 students in research projects, 3 to doctoral thesis, 5 to ph. d., 10 to master of science degrees. Has instructed a large number of Danish and foreign visiting scientists in the methods of the laboratory, which are now in use in severel countries.

Participant in all teaching activities on Medical Physiology at Institute of Physiology.

Teacher at numerous postgraduate courses for physicians and scientists in isotope techniques, transport physiology, research methodology, research manuscripts, data documentation, scientific integrity, metabolic regulation and electrolyte disorders.

Organizer or coorganizer of 48 international meetings, 10 postgraduate courses on membrane transport physiology and around 200 workshops and seminars. External examiner (opponent) for 21 dr. med. sciences and 11 Ph.D. dissertations in Scandinavia, Holland and Australia.

Evaluation of grant, award and job applications from U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Hongkong, EEC, NATO, Olympic Committee.

Member of many evaluation committees for academic positions (professors, docents and asssociate professors) and the faculty committee for research training and thesis evaluation of the faculty of medical sciences, University of Aarhus.

Terms on editorial boards for Physiological Reviews, Cell Calcium, Acta Physiol. Scand., J. Gen. Physiol., News In Physiological Sciences, and J. Exp. Physiol.

Regular referee for the following journals: Am. J. Physiol., J. Appl. Physiol., J. Physiol., European J. Physiol., Acta Physiol. Scand., Biochim. Biophys. Acta, J. Gen. Physiol. Ad hoc referee for 32 other international journals. In 5 periods terms on the board of the Dept. of Physiology, University of Aarhus.

Scientific Organisations:
  • 1981 - 1986 Chairman of the Biological Society of Jutland, Denmark.
  • 1985 Advisor for WHO Task Force, Nanjing, China
  • 1989 - 1999 Member of the Board of the Danish Biomembrane Research Center and the Scientific Committee of the NOVO-Nordic Foundation
  • 1997 - 1999 Member of the NOVO-Nordic Prize committee
  • 1989 - 1996 Member of the board of the Scandinavian Physiological Society,
  • 1991 - 1994 Member of the board of the Danish MRC Investigatory Committee for Scientific Dishonesty
  • 1991 Member of Academia Europaea, Physiological Society (UK) and American Physiological Society
  • 1996 Chairman of the Korning Grant Foundation

Research field and presentations

Regulation of transport and energy metabolism in intact muscles. Role of Na, K and Ca transport in the control of metabolism, function and integrity of skeletal muscle.I have developed models for the mechanisms involved in 3 reviews in Physiol. Rev. and many shorter reviews. Several clinical studies on patients with endocrine diseases, electrolyte disorders and hereditary muscle diseases. 198 original papers, proceedings and reviews, 22 since 2005. Up to 2010 quoted around 8000 times, H-factor 52. Around 130 invited lectures and seminars in 22 countries. At the Institute of Physiology and Biophysics (up to retirement in 2007) head of a research group of 11 persons, collaborating with around 15 colleagues at my institute, other institutes and hospitals in Aarhus, Copenhagen and abroad.


I have shown that skeletal muscle fatigue depends on passive leaks to Na and K, counterbalanced by the Na,K-pumps (Physiological Reviews, 1986 and 2003). This is important for physical performance during work and sports as well as for the fatigue associated with a several diseases. I have provided strong support to the hypothesis that Ca ions activate glucose transport and are essential for energy turnover in skeletal muscle. This is important for glucose metabolism, diabetes , overweight and thyroid disorders (Physiological Reviews, 1991).

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