Prof. Dr. med. Antje Körner (neé Böttner)

Prof. Dr. med. Antje Körner (neé Böttner)

Personal information

Körner, Antje, Prof. Dr. med. (neé Böttner)
Department of Pediatrics, Medical Faculty
Leipzig University (UL)

Current position

Professor of Pediatric Research/Pediatrics (since 2010, tenured 2016)
Head of Pediatric Research Unit, Leipzig University Children’s Hospital

Role within partner site

Coordinator; contributes experimental and scientific expertise, resources (Leipzig Obesity Childhood cohorts) and patient care on childhood obesity;

Relevant work experience

Pediatrician scientist in pediatric endocrinology and childhood obesity;

2008– Coordinator of the LIFE Child Obesity Subcohort Leipzig

2008– Senior physician/consultant in pediatric endocrinology

2007– Head of the Research Unit, University Children’s Hospital Leipzig

2001–2006 Resident in Pediatrics, Leipzig University

Professional background

2014/2017 GCP certification for clinical studies/trials

2012 Board certification in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology

2008 Certification in Pediatric Nutritional Medicine (DGKJ)

2008 Habilitation in Pediatrics, Leipzig University

2006 Board certification in Pediatrics

2003 Research Doctorate (Dr. med.), Leipzig University

1998 Research fellowship, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

1997–1998 Research fellowship, Diabetes Research Institute, Düsseldorf

1993–2000 Medical School, Leipzig University

1989–1993 Professional education: data processing, Plauen

Main research focus

Translational (experimental – genetic – clinical) research on childhood obesity;
Development of obesity and its comorbidities in children;
Mechanisms of adipose tissue development and dysfunction;
Genetic background of obesity in children;


5 out of 240; WOS h-index 48; * equally contributing authors

Geserick M, …, Körner A (2018). Accelaration of BMI in early childhood and risk for sustained obesity. N Engl J Med 379:1303–1312. (~150 citations)

Dalgaard K, …, Körner A et al (2016). Trim28 haploinsufficiency triggers bi-stable epigenetic obesity. Cell 164:353–364.

Landgraf K, …, Körner A (2015). Evidence of early alterations in adipose tissue biology and function and its association with obesity-related inflammation and insulin resistance in children. Diabetes 64:1249–1261.

Dina C, …, Körner A et al (2007). Variation in FTO contributes to childhood obesity and severe adult obesity. Nat Genet 39:724–726. (~1100 citations)

Revollo JR*, Körner A*, …, Kiess W et al (2007). Nampt/PBEF/visfatin regulates insulin secretion in β cells as a systemic NAD biosynthetic enzyme. Cell Metab 6:363–375. (~600 citations)

Additional information

Committees: Nutritional Committee of the German Society of Pediatrics (DGKJ, since 2016), Board of Directors of the Collaborative Research Center CRC 1052 „ObesityMechanisms“ (since 2013) and of the Integrated Research and Treatment Center IFB ObesityDisease (2010-20), Steering Committee for the European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) Summer School (2012–2016), Chair of the ESPE Working Group on Obesity (2009–2011); Awards: Research Award for achievements to outstanding quality in basic endocrine science and clinical paediatric endocrinology (ESPE, 2020), International Journal of Obesity Outstanding New Faculty Award (2016), Ferdinand Bertram-Award (DDG, 2013), Obesity Research Award of German Society for the Study of Obesity (2008), Adalbert-Czerny-Award (DGKJ, 2008), Young Investigator Award (ESPE, 2007), Jürgen-Bierich-Award of the Working Group on Pediatric Endocrinology (APE, 2004), Research Award (APE, 2002), Else Kröner Memorial Scholarship (2007–2010);


One Team – One Vision

Prof. Dr. med. Antje Körner
Leipzig University
Department of Pediatrics
Liebigstr. 20a
04103 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341 97 26500

Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Berner
University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, TUD
Department of Pediatrics
Fetscherstr. 74
01307 Dresden
Phone: +49 351 458 2440


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