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Anna Benrick


Anna Benrick
+46 31 786 3810

Room number: 3407
Postal Address: Box 432, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Medicinaregatan 11 , 41390 Göteborg

Department of Physiology at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology (More Information)
Box 432
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Medicinaregatan 11-13 , 413 90 Göteborg

About Anna Benrick

Research interests

We focus on the molecular link between androgen excess and the development of reproductive disorders, obesity, and type-2 diabetes in females. Our overall aim is to investigate new treatments and identify the underlying mechanisms that improves or protect against the development of diabetes and infertility.

My line of research has evolved from more than 10 years of experience in whole-animal physiology studies involving endocrinology, metabolism and reproduction. In 2010, I returned to the University of Gothenburg after a postdoc at the Garvan Institute for Medical Research, financed by the Swedish Research Council. In 2015, I started up my own lab and line of research. I am currently co-supervising three PhD students and my lab is regularly taking on undergraduate students that will be contributing to our projects.

Ongoing research projects

  • Elevated levels of adiponectin may protect against PCOS-related metabolic and reproductive disturbances in mice
  • Effects of adiponectin on gestational diabetes, placenta function and fetal growth
  • Autonomic nervous system activation mediates the increase in whole-body glucose uptake in response to electroacupuncture
  • Epigenetic and transcriptional alterations in human skeletal muscle and adipose tissue in response to electroacupuncture in women with polycystic ovary syndrome


Endocrinology: Reproduction, metabolism, glucose homeostasis

Latest publications

Animal Models to Understand the Etiology and Pathophysiology of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
E. Stener-Victorin, V. Padmanabhan, K. A. Walters, R. E. Campbell, Anna Benrick et al.
Endocrine Reviews, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Somatostatin secretion by Na+-dependent Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release in pancreatic delta-cells.
Elisa Vergari, Geoffrey Denwood, Albert Salehi, Quan Zhang, Julie Adam et al.
Nature metabolism, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Prenatal androgen exposure and transgenerational susceptibility to polycystic ovary syndrome.
Sanjiv Risal, Yu Pei, Haojiang Lu, Maria Manti, Romina Fornes et al.
Nature medicine, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Insulin inhibits glucagon release by SGLT2-induced stimulation of somatostatin secretion
E. Vergari, J. G. Knudsen, R. Ramracheya, Albert Salehi, Q. Zhang et al.
Nature Communications, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Transcriptional and Epigenetic Changes Influencing Skeletal Muscle Metabolism in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
E. Nilsson, Anna Benrick, Milana Kokosar, A. Krook, E. Lindgren et al.
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Maternal androgen excess and obesity induce sexually dimorphic anxiety-like behavior in the offspring
M. Manti, R. Fornes, X. J. Qi, E. Folmerz, A. L. Hirschberg et al.
Faseb Journal, Journal article 2018
Journal article

The effect of androgen excess on maternal metabolism, placental function and fetal growth in obese dams
R. Fornes, M. Maliqueo, Min Hu, Laila Hadi, J. M. Jimenez-Andrade et al.
Scientific Reports, Journal article 2017
Journal article

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Genetic Association and Gene Expression Analysis Identify FGFR1 as a New Susceptibility Gene for Human Obesity.
Hong Jiao, Peter Arner, Suzanne L. Dickson, Hubert Vidal, Niklas Mejhert et al.
The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism, Journal article 2011
Journal article




Reduced stress- and cold-induced increase in energy expenditure in interleukin-6-deficient mice.
Ingrid Wernstedt, Amanda Edgley, Anna Berndtsson, Jenny Fäldt, Göran Bergström et al.
American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology, Journal article 2006
Journal article

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