Three decades ago, only a small number of researchers talked about gut hormones. Today, many people view these hormones as building blocks for developing new therapies to confront the obesity and diabetes epidemics that are sweeping the world. Daniel J. Drucker has studied the molecular mechanisms and physiological functions of hormones for 35 years. His studies unravelling their biological actions have led to several discoveries and the development of life-changing therapies. For his outstanding contributions, he is receiving the 2019 EASD–Novo Nordisk Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence.
The myriad processes that take place in our body’s cells are the basis of life as we know it. Since cells are filled with fluid, British chemist Carol Robinson created a lot of attention by setting out to investigate life’s processes in a vacuum. Despite massive resistance, she persevered. Now she is receiving the Novozymes Prize for founding a new subfield of mass spectrometry to investigate the shape of proteins and how they interact. Today, this technique is used to identify brand-new targets for drugs.
Asthma is the most common chronic disease in childhood and the most common reason children are hospitalized. The 2019 Novo Nordisk Prize recipient, Hans Bisgaard, found that giving fish oil to women during pregnancy reduces the risk of their children getting asthma by 30% and significantly more if they have a certain genetic profile. His latest result shows that fish oil also influences the development of the child’s nervous system, including cognition.
Of all the foundations in Denmark, the Novo Nordisk Foundation donates the most money for scientific, social and humanitarian causes.
But how do we get the money? And how does everything fit together? Here’s how.
Karsten Vrangbæk receives DKK 10 million to investigate impact of research on health and disease.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation will broaden its scope and increase grant payouts.
The 2018 Novozymes Prize recipient has achieved breakthroughs in studies of membrane proteins.
The 2018 Novo Nordisk Prize recipient has shown that RNA plays a key role in regulating cells.
The 2017 EASD-NNF Diabetes Prize for Excellence recipient has increased our knowledge on diabetes.
Mette Gørtz has received DKK 10 million to investigate the impact of research on health and disease.
Mickael Bech receives DKK 10 million to investigate the impact of research on health and disease.
Recipient of the 2017 Novozymes Prize for her contributions to developing the CRISPR-Cas9 tool.
Recipient of the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize for his studies of the structure and function of ion pumps.
Learn about the cluster of research centres in Greater Copenhagen supported by the Foundation.
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