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DKK 60 Million Awarded for Four Interdisciplinary Research Projects

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded grants for four interdisciplinary research projects under the Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme.

The Programme addresses the many health challenges and questions requiring solutions that cannot be found through a single traditional scientific discipline. The Programme aims to provide support for innovative, high-risk interdisciplinary research with a biomedical and/or biotechnological objective.

Each project receives up to DKK 15 million per year for 3 years.

The Foundation wants the Programme to promote an innovative research culture in Denmark by creating vital scientific synergy that is inherently high risk and high gain. Interdisciplinary research involves research groups collaborating closely across disciplines to answer a common research question. The ambition is that collaboration will generate greater scientific dividends than those individual groups would produce.



Hans Erik Bøtker, Professor, Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital

Project title: 
Conditioning-based intervention strategies – ConBIS. A research proposal to study an expanded potential of remote conditioning for activation of endogenous organ protection and rebuilding and the underlying molecular mechanisms


Jørgen Kjems, Professor, Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University

Kristian Vissing, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health – Sport Science, Aarhus University

Aleksander Krag, Professor, University of Southern Denmark and consultant, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Odense University Hospital


Thomas Lars Andresen, Professor, Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark

Project title: 
Immune cell targeting in radiotherapy for eradication of metastatic cancer


Darrell J. Irvine, Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States

Timothy M. Illidge, Professor, Institute of Cancer Sciences, Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Simon Dovedi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Cancer Sciences, Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Sine R. Hadrup, Associate Professor, Section for Immunology and Vaccinology, National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark

Rasmus I. Jølck, Director, Nanovi A/S, Denmark


Birthe B. Kragelund, Professor, Structural Biology and NMR Laboratory, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen

Project title: 
Synergy – investigating the potential of the protein: membrane co-structural dynamics as a new therapeutic avenue


Lise Arleth, Professor, X-ray and Neutron Science, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Stine Falsig Pedersen, Professor, Section for Cell Biology and Physiology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen

Bente Vestergaard, Associate Professor, Section for Biostructural Research, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen


Jiri Bartek, Professor, Genome Integrity Unit, Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Copenhagen

Project title:

Data-intensive complex systems approach for cancer genomics research: from theory to efficient targeted therapeutic intervention


Zoltan Szallasi, Professor, Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark

Charles Swanton, Group Leader, Cancer Evolution and Genome Stability, Francis Crick Institute, London, United Kingdom

István Csabai, Professor, Physics of Complex Systems, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary