Marco Mensink,WU

Marco Mensink, MD, PhD

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Role and contribution


Dr Mensink obtained his MSc in Health Sciences, specialisation Movement Sciences in 1995 and in Medicine in 1998, both at the Maastricht University. After one year working as a clinician in internal medicine, he started in 1999 his PhD research at the Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University, at the project: "Relevance of genetic predisposition and lifestyle factors in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes". He designed and initiated the ‘Study on Lifestyle-intervention and IGT, Maastricht' (SLIM), a 6 year combined diet and physical activity intervention trial. After 2 years of intervention body weight was decreased and insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance were significantly improved in the intervention group, indicating a reduced risk to develop diabetes. In additional studies the role of (pertubations in) fatty acid metabolism was investigated.


From February 2003 till February 2006 he was postdoctoral fellow at the department of Human Biology, Maastricht University. His research focussed on the (molecular) mechanisms involved in ectopic lipid deposition, especially skeletal muscle. From February 2006 till February 2008 he was lecturer at the same department.

Since March 2008 he is appointed as assistant professor nutrition and energy regulation at the Wageningen University, division of Human Nutrition. Main fields of interest concern energy and substrate metabolism in health and disease, i.e. obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Research is directed to whole body physiology and in vivo measurements of energy metabolism, at rest and during and after nutritional interventions or physical activity.