Leif Groop

Leif Groop, M.D., Ph.D. is  currently Senior Professor at Lund University, Sweden  and  Research Director at Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland ( FIMM) Helsinki, Finland. He  was 1993 elected Professor in Endocrinology at Lund University and has served as Chief Physician of the Endocrine Clinic as well  Director of Lund University Diabetes Centre (LUDC). He received his MD at University of Berne, Switzerland and PhD at University of Helsinki, Finland.   After a PostDoc period at  Yale University he devoted his research to  dissection of the heterogeneity of diabetes but also to explore the pathogenic events leading to type 2 diabetes. As an important tool to  achieve this goal, he initiated  the Botnia Study at the west coast of Finland, one of the world’s largest family studies on type 2 diabetes.

The research group has  been involved in many of the genetic discoveries in type 2 diabetes during the past  15 years, including one of the first whole genome association studies for type 2 diabetes. He is a member of the Swedish  Royal Academy of Science, he has served on numerous editorial boards and achieved several international recognitions, including the  Claude Bernard, Anders Jahre, Fernströms, Söderberg and Äyräpää awards.