29. January 2024

Prestigious awards and remarkable publications

We are very proud and delighted to announce that one of our board members and two of our center leaders have received distinguished awards and published four articles that have attracted international attention.

First, we would like to congratulate Professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, one of the DNRF’s new board members, who has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change category.

Dahl-Jensen has been selected for her pioneering research on polar ice samples establishing a “fundamental coupling” between greenhouse gas concentrations and rising air temperatures across the planet over the past 800,000 years.

Second Professor Eske Willerslev, leader of the DNRF Center for Ancient Environmental Genomics, is the director of an international research project that just had four articles published in the same issue of Nature.
By analyzing data on 5,000 ancient human genomes from Europe and Western Asia (Eurasia) from the world’s largest data set to date, the research has uncovered detailed pictures of prehistoric human diversity and migration while proposing an explanation for a rise in the genetic risk for multiple sclerosis. Read more in the press release from the University of Copenhagen  (ku.dk)) and the article in Nature.

And finally, we also congratulate Susanne Mandrup, professor and director of the Center for Functional Genomics and Tissue Plasticity, who has been presented with the prestigious Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award.

“Her lifelong journey of discovery into adipose tissue, and the development of fat cells have led to new knowledge about how our genes control important biological processes concerning health and disease,” said the press release from the University of Southern Denmark. A big congrats to Mandrup as well.
Read more about the award and Mandrup’s research.

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