Jens-Christian Holm (Dr Holm) is a consultant in Paediatrics, PhD, head of research, and clinical- and research associate professor at the University of Copenhagen.
Jens-Christian Holm initiated and leads The Children`s Obesity Clinic and the Holbaek Study (formerly known as the Danish Childhood Obesity Biobank) both at the Department of Paediatrics at Holbæk University Hospital.
Jens-Christian Holm graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Copenhagen in 1993. Defended the PhD thesis entitled ”Physiological regulation of leptin. Changes in levels of leptin and its soluble receptor during weight loss and follow-up in boys and girls” at the University of Copenhagen in 2003. Graduated as a specialist in Paediatrics in 2007. Established The Children`s Obesity Clinic at the Department of Paediatrics at Holbæk University Hospital in 2007 and The Holbaek Study in 2010.
The Children’s Obesity Clinic has since been established as an internationally recognized treatment clinic for children and adolescents with obesity and has documented effective treatment results, where 65-85% of patients reduce their degree of obesity, while reducing obesity-related complications (hypertension, dyslipidemia, fatty liver, sleep apnea and prediabetes), using 5 hours of health care professional time per year. Treatment outcomes are independent of social class, degree of obesity, obesity-related complications occurring in the relatvies of the patient, and independent on the presence of 15 common genes known to associate with the development of obesity in childhood.
Jens-Christian Holm has, in collaboration with Professor Torben Hansen at the University of Copenhagen, established The Holbaek Study (formerly known as the Danish Childhood Obesity Biobank), which has led to more than 20 PhD studies and more than 100 international scientific articles including the discovery of new genes of importance to obesity, treatment results as above, reference materials, and other significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of obesity in children and adolescents.
Jens-Christian Holm is head of research, main supervisor for 6 graduated PhD students and for 2 ongoing PhD students. Supervisor for 7 defended PhD students and for 4 ongoing PhD studies. Main supervisor for more than 15 research year medical students.