Professor Daniel R. Witte is professor of Diabetes Epidemiology at Aarhus University and Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus (Denmark). He studied medicine and completed a PhD in clinical epidemiology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, followed by 5 years as an MRC Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. Between 2008 and 2012 he led the Diabetes Epidemiology research group at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen. Between 2012 and 2014 he worked at the Luxembourg Institute of Health. In 2017 he received the Harry Keen Memorial award from the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group (IDEG) “for outstanding contributions to the areas of diabetes epidemiology and public health”.
Professor Witte’s career, spanning over 2 decades, has focused mainly on the pathophysiological mechanisms that drive the transition from normal glucose control, to pre-diabetes and diabetes at the population level. Additional work includes early stages of diabetic complications, their management, and long-term consequences. He has a special focus on longitudinal trajectory analyses and clustering of diabetic complications and risk factors, particularly in families/social networks. His work is based on several large longitudinal studies, including the Inter99 and ADDITION trials, the ADDITION-PRO, Whitehall II and Maastricht cohorts, as well as medical and population registers in Denmark, Sweden and the UK.
He currently leads the diabetes epidemiology research group at Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus, consisting of 20 PhD students, post-doctoral and senior researchers. The group has a wide focus including register-based research, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, clinical, genetic and life-course epidemiology. The group has a solid commitment to open and reproducible scientific practices.