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.
THE FOUR 2015 GRANT RECIPIENTS ARE:
Hans Erik Bøtker, Professor, Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital
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
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
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
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