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Researchers will tackle some of the world’s greatest health challenges

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded DKK 60 million each to five researchers from Rigshospitalet, the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark for ambitious projects that address global challenges within health or technology.

How can we improve treatment for persistent bacterial infections? How can we use diet more actively to improve people’s quality of life and health? How can we protect our crops against future events such as drought, thereby ensuring more stable and sustainable food production?

These are among the important questions for enhancing knowledge that researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet and the Technical University of Denmark will investigate during the next 5 years. Each researcher has received DKK 60 million under the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Challenge Programme, which supports research projects that seek answers to challenges within health or technology.

Read more about the individual projects here:
DKK 120 million for research on emerging infectious diseases
Professor will investigate the role of gut microbiota in diet and health
DKK 120 million for research on crop resilience

These grants are the largest research grants for individual researchers the Foundation awards.

The five grant recipients are:

Helle Krogh Johansen, Professor, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen;

Lars Erik Larsen, Professor, Department of Veterinary and Animal Science, University of Copenhagen;

Tine Rask Licht, Professor, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby;

Hans Thordal-Christensen, Professor, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen; and

Michael Broberg Palmgren, Professor, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

“The projects all have the potential to add knowledge that can contribute to improving people’s lives and the sustainability of society. I congratulate the grant recipients, and I look forward to following their ambitious projects in the coming years,” says Niels-Henrik von Holstein-Rathlou, Head of Biomedicine and Health Research, Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Up to DKK 480 million being awarded in 2020
The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Challenge Programme was established in 2014. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than DKK 100 million every year for ambitious research projects that focus on global challenges within annually selected themes. The Foundation has just opened for applications for the 2020 Challenge Programme, with up to DKK 480 million being awarded, allocated across four research themes. Read more about the themes and the application process here.

Further information

Christian Mostrup Scheel, Senior Press Officer, phone: +45 3067 4805, [email protected]