Head of center Susanne Mandrup receives 60 million DKK to establish new research center

04. January 2019

The head of the DNRF’s Center for Functional Genomics and Tissue Plasticity (ATLAS) at the University of Southern Denmark, Susanne Mandrup, has received 60 million DKK to establish a new research center that will examine differences in obesity in women and men. The new center will be named the Center for Adipocyte Signaling (ADIPOSIGN), and the grant comes from the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Challenge Program.

Professor Susanne Mandrup (Photo: SDU/ATLAS)

Professor Susanne Mandrup, who is the leader of the basic research center ATLAS, has received a grant of 60 million DKK from the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Challenge Program to establish a new research center, called ADIPOSIGN, at the University of Southern Denmark. The grant runs for the next six years. Professor Mandrup will be in charge of the new research center, which will focus on the differences in obesity in women and men and how fat cells change character during obesity.

“This grant for the establishment of ADIPOSIGN is amazing, because it supports a very exciting project that investigates the function of fat cells in a completely new and multidisciplinary way, thus strengthening our research into the molecular and cellular understanding of obesity,” said Professor Mandrup, who is head of center at ATLAS. She added:

“At the same time, it supports and synergizes with our existing center of excellence, ATLAS, and it clearly demonstrates SDU’s leadership in functional genomics and metabolism.”

The new center supports the basic research center ATLAS, through which it will create a better understanding of fat cells’ specific changes and their importance in relation to going from a normal weight to overweight and obesity.

Read more about the ATLAS Center of Excellence here.

More information about the new research center can be found at the University of Southern Denmark here.