Katja Heinemeier PhD

University of Copenhagen


Katja Heinemeier is a senior researcher at the Institute of Sports Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark. She has investigated the adaptation of tendon tissue to mechanical loading, with the prospect of understanding the events leading to overuse induced tendinopathy. In recent years her research has especially focused on determining life long rates of matrix protein turnover matrix-rich tissues, including human cartilage and tendon, in healthy and diseased states. This has been done with use of the carbon-14 bomb pulse method, in which carbon-14 - released by nuclear bomb tests during the cold war – is traced in human tissue to dertermine rates of tissue renewal during life.