Muscle Research Cluster – University of Copenhagen

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Muscle Research Cluster

The Muscle Research Cluster focuses on the skeletal muscle as an endocrine organ. The cluster combines techniques within molecular biology, physiology, human experimental research, genetic epidemiology and classical epidemiology. The cluster is engaged in exploring transcriptional activity and signalling pathways linked to metabolic disorders and activated by muscle contractions. Proteomic techniques will be applied to questions related to signal transduction in muscle contraction regulation and growth, as well as in order to screen for new muscle-derived proteins, with a potential hormone-like function.

The aim of the cluster is to establish the full ‘metabolome technique' by combining high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometry. Funding obtained from the Faculty is earmarked for the technical and scientific support of mass spectrometry techniques, which will be run as a core facility. The core facility is open to all interested researchers, subject only to the number of places available.

The cluster consists of 40 senior scientists from the Department of Medical Physiology, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Genetics, Rigshospitalet, Bispebjerg Hospital, the Steno Diabetes Centre and the Research Centre for Prevention and Health (Copenhagen County).

The Faculty provides the cluster with additional funds of 5,6 mill. DDK, distributed over a five-year period.

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Cluster leader: Professor Bente Klarlund Pedersen, 
Tel: +45 3545 7797
Email: bkp@rh.dk