News 2015

16. December 2015

Possible evidence for a universal caregiving instinct: Researchers from Center for Music in the Brain publish in Cerebral Cortex

Christine Parsons an Morten Kringelbach from Center for Music in the Brain have investigated how fast the brain distinguish a baby’s cry. Read more in Cerebral Cortex Using magnetoencephalography adults’ brains were found to react differently to babies as quickly as 100-200 milliseconds after hearing the sound. The reactions were observed in adults who were not parents, perhaps indicative […]

15. December 2015

Replacements on the DNRF board

Four new members have been appointed to the DNRF board of trustees by January 1st. The new board members are: Anne Scott Sørensen. Anne Scott Sørensen is professor at Department for the Study of Culture at University of Southern Denmark. She obtained her Ph.D. in 1988, and has been employed at Aalborg University, Aarhus University, and University […]

11. December 2015

Klaus Bock elected as Vice President of The European Research Council

Former chair of the board of governors of the Danish National Research Foundation, Professor Klaus Bock, has been elected as Vice President of the European Research Council (ERC), alongside the current two Vice Presidents, Professors Mart Saarma and Núria Sebastián Gallés. He will take over on 1 January 2016, when the term  of office of current Vice-President Professor Sierd Cloetingh ends. As […]

9. December 2015

New computer uses DNA-soup to do multiplications: Center leader Kurt Gothelf publishes in Nature Communications

A new DNA-computer can multiply two numbers by letting DNA-strands fuse. In collaboration with four colleagues from the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics på Chinese Academy of Sciences center leader Kurt Gothelf from Centre for DNA Nanotechnology (CDNA) has developed the method which uses DNA’s enormous potential for data storage that can be a step on […]

9. December 2015

Danish and German researchers unfold secrets of the past via digital imaging: Center leader Rubina Raja publishes in Nature Scientific Reports

Danish and German researchers from the Universities of Aarhus and Bochum, who since 2011 have been working in the famous Decapolis city, Jerash in Jordan have just published a spectacular find in Nature Scientific Reports. In 2014 during excavation of an Early Islamic building they found a small metal case with a thin complexly folded […]

8. December 2015

Textbooks on cells should be rewritten: Center leader Ian Hickson publishes in Nature

Ground-breaking new Danish research has shown that the current scientific description of the human cell cycle needs to be revised. These findings could also lead to the development of new therapeutic approaches to target an Achilles’ heel in different types of cancers. See abstract via Nature All science students learn how human cell division takes […]

2. December 2015

Researchers have developed antibody that can save cancerous bones

At the Finsen Laboratory, BRIC, and the DNRF Danish–Chinese Centre for Proteases and Cancer at Rigshospitalet a research group lead by Dr. Niels Behrendt and Dr. Lars Engelholm now shows that OS cells degrade the bone tissue through a completely different process than metastasised bone cancer. Through treatment with a specific antibody, the researchers blocked the process […]

24. November 2015

Possibility of supplemental funding for NSF research fellows at the Centers of Excellence

We call attention to the deadline of December 4, 2015, for applying to the NSF program Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW). The program provides an opportunity for graduate research fellows funded by the NSF to spend up to a year at a DNRF Center of Excellence. The NSF finances students’ scholarships and travel expenses, while […]

6. November 2015

“The Post-doc Challenge” was debated at the DNRF annual meeting October 30, 2015

The number of PhDs in Denmark has doubled between 2006 and 2010, and as a result, the number of postdocs and adjuncts has doubled between 2006 and 2013. The number of associate professor positions are not increasing at the same rate as the number of postdocs and PhDs are, neither nationally nor globally. This discrepancy […]

3. November 2015

Climate change effects revealed through bugs collected for 18 years on the rooftop of the Copenhagen Zoological Museum

A study published on November 2 in the Journal of Animal Ecology has implications for our understanding of climate change and how insects adapt to changes in their habitat and surrounding environment. For the past 18 years, from 1992 to 2009, researchers from the Center for GeoGenetics and the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate […]

30. October 2015

9th Application Round for New Centers of Excellence – the call is out now

The Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) hereby invites researchers to submit outline proposals for new Centers of Excellence (CoE) which may start operating by September 1st, 2017. Call for Proposals Guide for Applicants Terms of Reference Application Form Director Søren-Peter Olsen will visit Danish universities during the next couple of month to talk about the […]

23. October 2015

Plague Infected Humans Much Earlier Than Previously Thought

Plague infections were common in humans 3,300 years earlier than the historical record suggests, reports a study published October 22 in Cell. By sequencing the DNA of tooth samples from Bronze Age individuals from Europe and Asia, the researchers discovered evidence of plague infections roughly 4,800 years ago. But it was at least another thousand years […]

21. October 2015

Professor Rubina Raja gives opening lecture at Max Planck Society Distinguished Lectures in Berlin on October 22

Professor Rubina Raja, director of the DNRF Center of Excellence UrbNet, on the photo seen at one of the sites of her field work, will open the series of Max Planck Society Distinguished Lectures Thursday October 22 in Berlin. The invitation to open the Distinguished Lectures in the Human Sciences is an honour which is awarded Rubina […]

9. October 2015

Opening of Center for Hyperpolarization in Magnetic Resonance (HYPERMAG)

The opening of the DNRF Center of Excellence number 100, HYPERMAG, was celebrated at an official event on October 7th, 2015 at the Technical University of Denmark. Under the leadership of Professor Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen, the research conducted at the Center for Hyperpolarization in Magnetic Resonance (HYPERMAG) will make it possible to detect molecules at […]

22. September 2015

Former center leader Eugene Polzik receives ERC grant to develop application of his basic research

Eugene Polzik, professor and leader of Center for Quantum Optics, Quantop at the Niels Bohr Institute receives an ERC grant of 150,000 Euro for the project ’Quantum Optical Magnetometer for Medical Applications’. During the years 2001-2010 Eugene Polzik held a 80 MDKK grant from the Danish National Research Foundation for Center for Quantum Optics. His […]

11. September 2015

Center leader Poul Nissen awarded the international Gregori Aminoff Prize 2016

Center leader Poul Nissen is awarded the Gregori Aminoff Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Gregori Aminoff Prize in crystallography 2016 to Professor Poul Nissen, Aarhus University, and Professor Chikashi Toyoshima, University of Tokyo, Japan. This prize is one of the academy’s […]

3. September 2015

Interfaces: Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) has founded a new Open Access journal

Centre for Medieval Literature’s new internationale on-line journal Interfaces – A Journal of Medieval European Literatures is out now with the first issue: Histories of Medieval European Literatures: New Patterns of Representation and Explanation. Interfaces – A Journal of Medieval European Literatures creates a new international forum for research in medieval textual culture from all […]

2. September 2015

Opening of Center for Bacterial Stress Response and Persistence (BASP) with center leader Kenn Gerdes

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, the opening of the new research center – The Danish National Research Foundation and Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Center for Bacterial Stress Response and Persistence (BASP) was celebrated.   Professor Kenn Gerdes will head the center, which will give us new knowledge and enhance our understanding of how bacteria survive. All […]

31. August 2015

Reception for outgoing director Thomas Sinkjær and new DNRF director Søren-Peter Olesen

Carlsberg Academy formed a beautiful setting for the reception for the outgoing director professor Thomas Sinkjær and the new director professor Søren-Peter Olesen. On behalf of the board of the Danish National Research Foundation professor Liselotte Højgaard, DNRF chair, expressed her warm gratitude to Thomas Sinkjær for his immeasurable effort as the DNRF director over […]

26. August 2015

Professor Gunnar Öquist and Professor Thomas Sinkjær have an audience with HRH The Crown Prince

On Monday, August 24, Professor Gunnar Öquist and Professor Thomas Sinkjær headed to Christiansborg Castle for an audience with HRH The Crown Prince to thank him for conferring on them the Order of Dannebrog’s Knight’s Cross. Professor Öquist and Professor Sinkjær received this honor for their immeasurable contributions to the Danish research community over a […]

3. August 2015

How does legumes tell helpful and harmful invading bacteria apart?

An international team of researchers from Centre for Carbohydrate Recognition and Signaling (CARB) at Aarhus University has discovered how legumes are able to tell helpful and harmful invading bacteria apart. The research has implications for improving the understanding of how other plants, animals and humans interact with bacteria in their environment and defend themselves against hostile […]

3. August 2015

Qualitative leap forward in Danish drug research

Better, cheaper and more effective drugs to combat cancer, arthritis and many other disorders. This is the result of a ground-breaking new technique developed by a group of researchers including postdoc Zhang Yang and professor Henrik Clausen from Copenhagen Center for Glycomics (CCG). The result has been published in Nature Biotechnology. See more via Copenhagen University […]

30. July 2015

DNRF researchers receive ERC Advanced Grants

The result of ERC’s 2014 Advanced grants awards are out now. Four out of the six grants that goes to researchers at Danish universities, has been awarded to professors affiliated with a Center of Excellence or one of the foundation’s Danish-Chinese Research Centers. The four recepients of the prestigeous ERC grants are: Professor Ivan Damgård from […]

20. July 2015

Early Antiretroviral Therapy Prevents Both Serious AIDS and Serious Non-AIDS Outcomes in people living with HIV New Findings Illustrate Manifold Benefit to Therapy

The full and groundbreaking results of the START (The strategic Timing of AntiRetrovital Treatment) study, will be presented at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, Canada, Monday 20 July by Professor Jens Lundgren, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, followed by a panel discussion with participation of key stakeholders […]

9. July 2015

Researchers at the Centre for Carbohydrate Recognition and Signalling (CARB) publishes in Nature about how bacteria sweet-talk their way into plants

An international team of researchers has discovered how legumes are able to tell helpful and harmful invading bacteria apart. The research has implications for improving the understanding of how other plants, animals and humans interact with bacteria in their environment and defend themselves against hostile infections. These findings can have profound implications for both agricultural […]

19. June 2015

Center leader Rubina Raja founds new Cambridge University Press book series: Mediterranean Studies in Antiquity

Professor Rubina Raja is founder and editor of the series, which will come out eight times during the next three years. The series will have a strong foundation in being connected to the new Danish National Research Foundation’s Center of Excellence on Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) headed by Rubina Raja. This center will for the […]

19. June 2015

The Kennewick Man: solving a scientific controversy

A 8,500 year old male skeleton discovered in 1996 in Columbia River in Washington State has been the focus of a bitter dispute between Native Americans and American scientists, and even within the American scientific community. Craniometric analysis showed that Kennewick Man, as the skeleton was named, resembled populations in Japan, Polynesia or even Europe, […]

16. June 2015

Opening of the Stemphys center with center leader Lene Oddershede June 15, 2015

The opening of Center for Stem Cell Decision Making (StemPhys) at University of Copenhagenwas celebrated Monday, June 15, 2015. Many colleagues from both Denmark and abroad joined the opening to congratulate center leader Lene Oddershede with the 60 MDKK grant for the DNRF Center for Stem Cell Decision Making – StemPhys. The center is located […]

11. June 2015

When modern Eurasia was born

Modern European and Central Asian peoples are genetically speaking not more than a couple of thousand years old. It was during the Bronze Age that the last major chapters were written in the story of the genetic past of Europe and central Asia. How it happened has been intensively debated among archaeologists. In a study […]

9. June 2015

Opening of Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) with center leader Peter Vuust

The opening of Center for Music in the Brain on June 5th offered both world class research and ditto music. Professor and musician Peter Vuust will be heading the center’s research on how music affects the brain. In order to shed light on the mechanisms at play, Vuust and his team of researchers are going to […]

3. June 2015

Citizen Science at Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate: The fungi success continues

Danmarks Svampeatlas (Danish fungi atlas) registered 250,000 fungi finds, discovered more than 200 species, which are new in Denmark, and involved almost 400 volunteers, in the project’s five years from 2009 to 2014. Now the success continues with more fungi finds, development of an app and a richly illustrated fungi atlas. The project is part […]

29. May 2015

The DNRF at the Global Research Council’s meeting in Tokyo

This week the DNRF Chair Professor Liselotte Højgaard and DNRF Director Professor Thomas Sinkjær was in Tokyo for the Global Research Council’s annual meeting. The meeting’s two main themes were ‘Research Funding for Scientific Breakthrough’ and ‘Building Research and Education Capacity’, and as can be seen from the picture the LEGO-brick is used as a […]

28. May 2015

S.T.A.R.T. HIV treatment immediately after HIV diagnosis

The S.T.A.R.T. (“Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment”) study is a randomized, controlled clinical trial designed to more clearly define the optimal time for HIV- infected individuals to begin antiretroviral therapy. Center leader Jens Lundgren represents one of the five big research groups involved in the study which includes 4.685 HIV-infected men and women from all over the […]

21. May 2015

The Bronze Age Egtved Girl was not from Denmark

The Bronze Age Egtved Girl came from far away, as revealed by strontium isotope analyses of the girl’s teeth. The analyses show that she was born and raised outside Denmark’s current borders, and strontium isotope analyses of the girl’s hair and a thumb nail also show that she travelled great distances the last two years […]

20. May 2015

Center leader Rubina Raja protects Syria’s largest ancient cultural heritage

The DNRF center UrbNet headed by professor Rubina Raja investigates the archaeology of urbanism from Medieval Northern Europe to the Ancient Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean World and aim to determine how, and to what extent, past urban networks catalyzed societal and environmental expansions and crises in the past. The research involves ancient city Palmyra in […]

15. May 2015

Professor and DNRF Chair Liselotte Højgaard decoreted with l’ordre de Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur

Read the press announcement from the French Embassy here (in Danish) Read the Chair’s speach (in French)

12. May 2015

Board member Svend Erik Larsen is invited on a lecture tour to China

Board member Professor Svend Erik Larsen is invited on a lecture tour to Tsinghua University (Beijing), Nanjing University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Sichuan University (Chengdu) from June 21- July 18.

28. April 2015

Opening of Center for Silicon Photonics for Optical Communications (SPOC) April 16, 2015

Many colleagues and friends celebrated the opening of the new DNRF Center of Excellence, the Center for Silicon Photonics for Optical Communications (SPOC), on Thursday, April 16.  The center is located at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) with Leif Oxenløwe as the center leader. The center’s research will focus on improving Internet speed.   The […]

14. April 2015

Opening of Center for Intelligent Drug Delivery and Sensing Using Microcontainers and Nanomechanics (IDUN)

April 10th DTU hosted a well-attended opening of the new IDUN center. IDUN sets out to make oral drug delivery more effective by designing highly effective nano containers with release functions and compartments for bio-active drugs. Professor Anja Boisen will be heading the research. See more at the DTU website IDUN is an acronym for […]

14. April 2015

New call for Niels Bohr professorships

Please note: The application deadline has expired. The Danish National Research Foundation hereby invites Danish researchers to submit proposals for Niels Bohr Professorships. The application procedure is conducted as a “bottom-up” process, and applicants from all research fields may apply. Proposals must be submitted by the researcher responsible for the research group at the Danish […]

8. April 2015

Cecilie Skov Nielsen (CENPERM) about fieldwork in Greenland

8. April 2015

Arctic heating from within

Heat produced by Arctic soil microbes could enhance permafrost thaw and the release of carbon to the atmosphere, according to a paper published this week in Nature Climate Change. Read more via Center for permafrost (CENPERM) Watch short film about fieldwork in Greenland CONTACT: Bo Elberling Center for permafrost (CENPERM) University of Copenhagen, Denmark Tel: […]

26. March 2015

Opening of Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP) March 25, 2015

The opening of the new DNRF Center of Excellence CNAP at Aalborg University was celebrated Wednesday March 25. CNAP is established on the basis of a 60 MDKK grant from the Danish National Research Foundation and Center Leader Professor Thomas Graven-Nielsen will be heading the reserach in human neuroplasticity and pain. CNAP will apply a […]

25. March 2015

Researchers from Center for Epigenetics uncover fundamental principles for understanding cell memory

Associate Professor Anja Groth and her research group at Center for Epigenetics publish in Genes and Development about new knowledge on the fundamental principles for how histone-based information is copied and transferred to daughter cells and thus gives us crucial insights into how cells remember their identity. The new  discovery has far-reaching bearing e.g. on our […]

19. March 2015

Enrico Cappellini from Center for GeoGenetics publishes in Nature about the strangest animals ever discovered

The evolutionary puzzle surrounding what Charles Darwin called the ‘strangest animals ever discovered’ has now been solved by an international team of researchers. The puzzle involved the long-standing question of the fossils of Toxodon and Macrauchenia, the South American native ungulates (SANUs) first found by Darwin 180 years ago in Uruguay and Argentina. “With colleagues […]

19. March 2015

Orbital forcing of climate change contributed to shaping the Earth’s climate 1.4 billion years ago

Researchers from Nordic Center for Earth Evolution (NordCEE), China National Petroleum Corporation and others have looked deep into Earth’s history and can now reveal that orbital forcing of climate change contributed to shaping the Earth’s climate 1.4 billion years ago. The evidence comes from analyses of sedimentary records from the approximately 1.4 billion-year-old and exceptionally […]

17. March 2015

Center Leader and Professor Jeppe Dyre writes about DCSD in Altinget

Today, March 17, 2015 Altinget runs an article by Center leader and Professor Jeppe Dyre on the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty (DCSD). Read the article here (in Danish)

13. March 2015

Opening of Center for Autophagy, Recycling and Disease (CARD)

The opening of the new DNRF center CARD at the Danish Cancer Society was celebrated March 11, 2015. Professor Marja Jäättelä is going to head the frontline research which will give us new knowledge on cancer cell’s strengths and weaknesses. The hope is, that the new knowledge will lead to improved cancer treatment. “If we […]

12. March 2015

Nature letter: YDUN evened out the decade-long shortfall in Danish grant money won by women

In a Nature correspondence letter from March 12, 2015 Darach Watson and Jens Hjorth from Dark Cosmology Centre (DARK) describe that the Danish Council for Independent Research’s (DFF) YDUN-program evened out the shortfall that has been seen for the last ten years in Danish grant money won by women. Under the heading Women’s grants lost in […]

11. March 2015

Opening of the DNRF Center for Chromosome Stability (CCS) March 9th 2015

The opening of the DNRF Center for Chromosome Stability (CCS) was celebrated on March 9th 2015. Chromosomal instability is the underlying cause for many human diseases and agening. The center aims to develop new preventative or therapeutic strategies for combating human diseases associated with chromosomal instability. Among the guests at the well-attended opening were board […]

10. March 2015

Astronomers observe four images of the same supernova using a cosmic lens

Astronomers have for the first time observed a supernova (an exploding star) multiply-imaged due to gravitational lensing. The light from the supernova is seen in four different images due to a cosmic phenomenon that causes light to be deflected by the gravity of a massive galaxy. This effect creates four separate images of the same […]

10. March 2015

Astronomers from the DARK center find dust in the early universe

Dust plays an extremely important role in the universe – both in the formation of planets and new stars. But dust was not there from the beginning and the earliest galaxies had no dust, only gas. Now an international team of astronomers, led by researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, has discovered a dust-filled galaxy […]

6. March 2015

New Nature paper provides insight to microbial life in permafrost

Professor Janet Jansson affiliated with CENPERM publishes in Nature

4. March 2015

Two strange birds are regrouped on avian family tree

Researchers from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate publish in Royal Society Open Science

27. February 2015

Two Center Leaders receive the EliteForsk award 2015

Two Center Leaders receive the EliteForsk award 2015

19. February 2015

Center leader and Professor, MD Bente Klarlund acquitted of scientific misconduct

Professor, MD Bente Klarlund acquited for scientific misconduct

10. February 2015

Opening of PERSIMUNE February 4th 2015

Opening of PERSIMUNE February 4th 2015

9. February 2015

Senior advisor for the DNRF

Senior advisor for the DNRF

3. February 2015

Center for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) opened January 30

Opening of Center for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet)

16. January 2015

Human activity pushes the Earth System beyond planetary boundaries

Human activity pushes the Earth System beyond planetary boundaries

16. January 2015

Center leader Carsten Rahbek appointed President

Center leader Carsten Rahbek appointed President of the International Biogeography Society

15. January 2015

Center leader Don Canfields book “Oxygen” has received several international acknowledgements

Center leader Don Canfields book “Oxygen” has received several international acknowledgements



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