News 2018

13. April 2018

International research group presents new standards to ensure solid research

A team of international researchers recently published a study in the magazine Nature Ecology & Evolution outlining new standards for procedures in researching ancient proteins. Niels Bohr Professor Matthew Collins, from the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen, together with a group of international researchers from, among others, the Max Planck […]

10. April 2018

26 meteorites give us new information on the birth of the Earth and the moon

In a new study recently published in Nature, researchers from STARPLAN explains how the connection between the planets’ different chemical composition and their respective size can provide new information on the creation of the Earth and the moon. According to researchers’ theory, a rotating disk of gas and dust, called the “protoplanetary disk,” circled around […]

3. April 2018

Mette Birkedal Bruun receives Tagea Brandt travel grant

Head of Center Mette Birkedal Bruun, from the Centre for Privacy Studies (PRIVACY) at the University of Copenhagen, together with author Naja Marie Aidt, received the Tagea Brandt travel grant on March 17 this year. The Tagea Brandt travel grant is given to female scientists or artists who make substantial contributions to their respective fields […]

26. March 2018

Video lecture: Head of center Susanne Mandrup talks about her research on fat cells and genes

In a video below, you can watch Susanne Mandrup, head of center at the recently launched DNRF center ATLAS, talk about her research on fat cells and genes (in Danish). The lecture was organized by the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. On March 19, Susanne Mandrup, the head of the recently opened DNRF […]

23. March 2018

New research from CEBI on gender pay gap receive worldwide media attention

Research results from CEBI received great media attention worldwide when the research showed how women’s yearly earnings drop significantly after their first child is born.   Researchers Jakob Egholt Søgaard and Henrik Kleven from the Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI) at the University of Copenhagen, together with researchers from the U.S and London, […]

23. March 2018

SPOC develops new chip to process quantum information with hitherto unseen speed

Researchers from SPOC are part of an international research team behind a chip that can process quantum information with hitherto unseen speed. The result can pave the way for future quantum technologies. Yunhong Ding, Davide Bacco, and Leif K. Oxenløwe, from the Center for Silicon Photonics for Optical Communications (SPOC) at the Technical University of […]

22. March 2018

Head of center collaborates with NASA on upcoming launch of new space telescope

Next month, NASA’s TESS telescope will be sent into space to look for unknown exoplanets and observe the nearest stars. Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard from SAC heads part of the mission. In about a month, NASA’s newest planet hunter, TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite), will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Head of […]

13. March 2018

Volcanic swamps on Iceland are a microbiological war zone

Researchers have discovered an anti CRISPR-protein for the first time in the constant battle between microorganisms in boiling hot pools on Iceland. Professor Xu Peng and her colleague Ditlev Brodersen from the Center for Bacterial Stress Response and Persistence (BASP) at the University of Copenhagen have collaborated with researchers the U.S and found that boiling […]

12. March 2018

New research from CGG: Vampire bats, genetics and microbes

Researchers from the Center for GeoGenetics have studied vampire bats with a hologenomic approach, looking at the relationship between the animal’s genes and microbiota. This holistic approach is part of a new era in genetic research. New research from the DNRF’s Center for GeoGenetics (CGG) studies vampire bats and tries to identify the relationship between […]

9. March 2018

Vaccine awakens the immune system and is likely to protect against more diseases

Researchers have recently published a new study that shows how vaccinations against tuberculosis also provide protection against other diseases, such as yellow fever. New research shows how the immune system, through the use of living viruses, can be trained to protect us against diseases other than the one for which the vaccine is originally designed. […]

6. March 2018

The Elite Research Prizes 2018 honor basic research

Two researchers associated with the Danish National Research Foundation were among the recipients of this year’s five Elite Research Prizes, all of which were awarded to researchers who conduct excellent basic research. The director of the DNRF welcomed the recognition of the importance of basic research as did one of this year’s prize recipients, Professor […]

6. March 2018

Opening Ceremony for CeMiSt – Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites

February 27 was a clear but frosty day at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), when the opening of the new Center of Excellence CeMiSt was celebrated with speeches and a reception. (From left: Chair of the DNRF, Liselotte Højgaard, head of department, Bjarke Bak Christensen, head of center at CeMiSt, Lone Gram, director of […]

28. February 2018

DNRF head of center receives 15 million DKK from the Lundbeck Foundation for his research on memory

Brain scientist and head of center at the DNRF’s Center for Proteins in Memory (PROMEMO), Anders Nykjær, has just received a grant of 15 million DKK over the next five years from the Lundbeck Foundation. The new project aims to understand the mechanisms underlying the role of the receptor sortilin in regulating memory and our […]

26. February 2018

CMC discovers flawed theory behind widely used materials

DNRF head of center Bo Brummerstedt Iversen is one of the authors of a new paper in Nature Materials which shows that parts of the theory behind van der Waals materials do not match reality. Therefore, the theory must be reconsidered before researchers can fully understand the materials, which may be of great importance in […]

14. February 2018

Research Barometer 2017: Danish researchers are among the world’s elite

The director of the Danish National Research Foundation welcomes the news from this year’s research barometer, which shows that Danish researchers belong to the world’s elite. In early February, the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science published Research Barometer 2017, which annually takes the temperature of Danish research from an international perspective. The report […]

6. February 2018

Jørgen Kjems from CellPAT receives this year’s Novo Nordisk Prize

The head of a DNRF center, Jørgen Kjems, will be this year’s recipient of the Novo Nordisk Prize for his innovative research on cellular communication. Since November 2017, Jørgen Kjems has headed the DNRF’s Center for Cellular Signal Patterns (CellPAT) at Aarhus University. For years, his name has been synonymous with innovative research into RNA and […]

5. February 2018

Head of center Rubina Raja will tour the US as Kershaw Lecturer

The Archaeological Institute of America has appointed Rubina Raja, head of center and professor of classical archaeology, as the Kershaw Lecturer 2018/2019. As part of the appointment, she will make a lecture tour in the US, presenting the research that originates from the center. The new year began with great recognition for Rubina Raja, professor […]

1. February 2018

PERSIMUNE investigates how patients with septic shock reacts to induced hypotermia

In a comprehensive study, researchers from the DNRF center PERSIMUNE, together with colleagues, have investigated whether induced hypothermia has an effect on organ failure and mortality among patients with septic shock. Can a reduction in patients’ core temperature to 32-34 degrees Celsius (hypothermia) reduce organ dysfunction and mortality in respirator-dependent patients with septic shock? This […]

31. January 2018

Top researcher and former head of DNRF center returns to Denmark and DTU

Jens Kehlet Nørskov is a former Center of Excellence director at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and internationally recognized for his research within catalysis and sustainable energy. Now, after more than seven years at Stanford University, in the US, Nørskov returns to his roots as head of a major energy research initiative at DTU. […]

30. January 2018

Head of center is behind new approach to fundamental particle physics

Professor of Theoretical Physics and Head of the DNRF center CP3-Origins, Francesco Sannino, together with colleagues, has developed a new theoretical approach to fundamental particle physics. The theory opens up new possibilities and perspectives that other researchers can use in their work. Read more about the new approach here 

29. January 2018

A new super tool for genetic analysis has arrived at a DNRF center

Susanne Mandrup, head of the DNRF center ATLAS, has a new state-of-the-art tool available for her genetic research related to obesity. The new instrument makes it possible to analyze hundreds of genetic samples much faster and cheaper than before. A late Christmas gift recently arrived at the Center for Functional Genomics and Tissue Plasticity (ATLAS) […]

29. January 2018

Head of center is behind new approach to fundamental particle physics

Professor of Theoretical Physics and Head of the DNRF center CP3-Origins, Francesco Sannino, together with colleagues, has developed a new theoretical approach to fundamental particle physics. The theory opens up new possibilities and perspectives that other researchers can use in their work. Professor Francesco Sannino, the head of the Centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics […]

26. January 2018

Nikolaj Scharff discovers 18 new pelican spider species in Madagascar

Madagascar’s biological diversity thus far has been described only to a limited extent. However, a study done by Nikolaj Scharff from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate and Dr. Hannah Wood from Smithsonian Institution has changed this. Read more about the discovery and the pelican spider’s unusual behavior here

26. January 2018

Can music remedy sleep problems?

In mid-January, Kira Vibe Jespersen defended her Ph.D. thesis at the Center for Music in the Brain. The thesis examined whether music could be a tool for improving sleep quality for people suffering from sleep problems. Read more about Kira Vibe Jespersen’s project and the results here 

26. January 2018

Can music remedy sleep problems?

In mid-January, Kira Vibe Jespersen defended her Ph.D. thesis at the Center for Music in the Brain. The thesis examined whether music could be a tool for improving sleep quality for people suffering from sleep problems. In the future, Jespersen will continue her work at the Center for Music in the Brain as a post-doc. […]

23. January 2018

Nikolaj Scharff discovers 18 new pelican spider species in Madagascar

The East African island of Madagascar is world renowned for its incredible biodiversity. The island is home to about 5 percent of the world’s animal and plant species, and the island’s biological diversity  thus far has been described only to a limited extent. However, a new research study is about to change this. Nikolaj Scharff, […]

19. January 2018

Peter Vuust tells about music education and brain research on conference in Aarhus

Brain research and music education were on the agenda when the head of the Center for Music in the Brain (MIB), Professor Peter Vuust, spoke at a conference for music and education in the Musikhuset Aarhus. The conference was collaboratively arranged by the Royal Academy of Music and MIB, and more than 400 teachers from […]

17. January 2018

Inauguration of Center for Macroscopic Quantum States (BigQ)

The Danish National Research Foundation will invest 63 million DKK in Professor Ulrik Lund Andersen’s exploration of the boundaries between classical physics and the marvelous world of quantum physics during the next six years. On Friday, January 12, the director of the DNRF, Søren-Peter Olesen, had the honor of opening the center by performing an […]

12. January 2018

Eske Willerslev rewrites American immigration history with groundbreaking discovery in Alaska

An international research team led by Eske Willerslev recently made a discovery that affects world history as we know it. The findings were reported in an article in Nature titled: Terminal Pleistocene Alaskan genome reveals first founding population of Native Americans. Willerslev is the head of the Center for Geogenetics and a professor at the […]



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