05 December 2019

The Crown Princess Handed Out Heart Grant to SUND Researcher

Heart research

Last week, three cardiac researchers received grants from the Danish Heart Foundation and the Danish Children's Heart Foundation. One of the recipients comes from the University of Copenhagen.

Professor Lars Allan Larsen (centre) and Postdoc Canan Doganli-Kibsgaard (right) from his research group receive the heart grant from Crown Princess Mary (left).
Professor Lars Allan Larsen (centre) and Postdoc Canan Doganli-Kibsgaard (right) from his research group receive the heart grant from Crown Princess Mary (left). Photo: The Danish Heart Foundation

On Thursday, Professor Lars Allan Larsen from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences received DKK 416,000 from the Danish Children's Heart Foundation in support of his cardiac research.

Commendations, a handshake and a bouquet of flowers from the patron of the Danish Heart Foundation and the Danish Children's Heart Foundation, Crown Princess Mary, accompanied the grant at a ceremony at the Hotel d'Angleterre in Copenhagen.

‘Research lets us stretch limits. We save lives and improve quality of life’, the Crown Princess said during the grant ceremony.

Here, she expressed her admiration and gratitude for the commitment of researchers like Lars Allan Larsen. Just as she found it particularly fascinating how something as peculiar as zebrafish can teach us something about human heart problems.

Researches in Congenital Heart Defects

Lars Allan Larsen's research is based on such studies of zebrafish, a recognised scientific model for studying the development of the heart.

With his research project ‘Coordination of TGF-beta signalling during development and deformity of the heart’, the professor seeks to expand the knowledge of congenital heart defects among medical doctors.

This will be done by examining irregularities in the complex mechanisms that control the development of the heart. A research topic that is relevant for humans as well, since nearly one in a hundred babies are born with heart defects.

‘A big thank you to Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess, to all the employees of the Heart Foundation and the Children's Heart Foundation. And a big thank you to all the volunteers who put in a lot of efforts into raising money for the heart cause and for our research’, Lars Allan Larsen said from the stage, where he received the grant together with Postdoc Canan Doganli-Kibsgaard from his research group.

The evening's two other recipients of grants come from Frederiksberg Hospital and Herlev Hospital. They received DKK 451,000 and DKK 901,000 for their heart projects, respectively.

From left: Managing Director of the Danish Heart Foundation Anne Kaltoft, Professor Lars Allan Larsen, Postdoc Canan Doganli-Kibsgaard, Chairman of the Board of the Danish Heart Foundation Christian Hassager.

From left: Managing Director of the Danish Heart Foundation Anne Kaltoft, Professor Lars Allan Larsen, Postdoc Canan Doganli-Kibsgaard, Chairman of the Board of the Danish Heart Foundation Christian Hassager. Photo: Heidi Maxmiling/The Danish Heart Foundation

In 2019, the Danish Heart Foundation and the Danish Children's Heart Foundation have donated a total of DKK 23 million to Danish heart research.

Read more and see videos from the evening on the Danish Heart Foundation’s website (in Danish).

Contact

Press Information Officer Anders Buch-Larsen
(+45) 93509424
anders.bl@sund.ku.dk