Prestigious grants for health sciences – University of Copenhagen

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15 February 2016

Prestigious grants for health sciences

Grants

Leading researchers at the University of Copenhagen receive eight large grants from the European Research Council – out of a total of ten grants for Danish projects. Four of these grants and thus more than DKK 58 million go to researchers at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Researchers at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and other entities at the University of Copenhagen distinguish themselves in the international competition for research funding.

The European Research Council (ERC) has just announced the names of the recipients of the important ERC Consolidator Grants, which are awarded to excellent scientists with promising projects, and researchers at the University of Copenhagen receive a record number of eight grants worth almost DKK 127 million. It is the largest number of grants ever awarded by the ERC to one Danish university. In addition, the Danish grants represent a considerable part of the in total 10 Consolidator Grants awarded to Danish research projects this year.

"An ERC grant is one of the finest seals of approval a European university can get, and we are very pleased that researchers at the University of Copenhagen have attracted so much funding this year. It is a bright spot in a time characterised by great cutbacks in both education and research", says Prorector for Research and Innovation Thomas Bjørnholm.

Leading researchers at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences receiving an ERC grant are:  

Acting Head of Department Mette Rosenkilde
Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Virus exploitation of human adhesion receptors
Grant: 1.81 million Euro

Professor Klaus Høyer
Department of Public Health
Policy, practice and patient experience in the age of intensified data sourcing
Grant: 1.97 million Euro

Associate Professor Janine Erler 
BRIC
Matrix during cancer progression
Grant: 1.99 million Euro

Associate Professor Kim Jensen
BRIC
Foetal Intestinal Stem Cells in Biology and Health
Grant: 2 million Euro

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