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PhD student receives talent prize for research into diabetes and antidepressants

One of the three talent prizes awarded by the Lundbeck Foundation in 2020 goes to PhD student Christopher Rohde from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital – Psychiatry. His research field includes the effects of antidepressant medicine on the course of type 2 diabetes.

Certain types of antidepressants can lead to patients gaining weight, because they get a greater urge to eat and drink high calorie products such as cakes, sweets and soft drinks. And overweight is one of the factors which is typically behind the development of type 2 diabetes.

The preliminary results of the PhD project which Christopher Rohde is currently working on suggest that patients with type 2 diabetes who take psychoactive drugs are better to take care of their diabetes than patients who do not receive psychoactive drugs. This applies both when it comes to taking diabetes medicine, and when it comes to maintaining a sensible blood sugar level. The results are noteworthy and as yet also difficult to explain. Further research will hopefully uncover the causes.

The Lundbeck Foundation recognises Christopher Rohde and his research with one of the three talent prizes which the foundation awards in 2020. Each award is accompanied by a cash award of DKK 500,000 with DKK 150,000 of this earmarked as a personal award, and the remainder to be used for research.


PhD student Christopher Rohde
Aarhus University, Department of Clinical Medicine and
Aarhus University Hospital, Mental Health Services Department of Affective Disorders and Department of Clinical Epidemiology
Email: chrroh@clin.au.dk

This coverage is based on press material from the Lundbeck Foundation.