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The Center was established in 2010 upon a historical donation (totalling DKK 885 million) from the foundation Novo Nordisk Fonden to the University of Copenhagen.

During the first five years of the Center’s existence, our researchers have published more than 800 articles in scientific journals, have presented their discoveries in the main scientific metabolism conferences and have developed three patents.

The Center employs more than 100 scientific staff, owns five high-technology labs, operates two state-of-the-art core facilities, and cooperates with more than 200 partners globally.

Research

The Center consists of six Scientific Sections:

Section for Metabolic Genetics
Section for Metabolic Receptology
Section for Integrative Physiology
Section for Translational Metabolic Physiology
Section for Metabolic Imaging and Liver Metabolism
Section for Science Communication

In 2017, all sections are expected to be gathered under one roof in the new Maersk Building.

Collaboration

To pursue the goal of being a world-class research center, the Center has established more than 200 collaborations worldwide with more than 40 formal external partners and 10 unique international research alliances, which all have contributed to a flourishing scientific environment.

Education

An essential component of sustainable innovative research is the education of tomorrow’s researchers and scientific leaders. To prepare for the challenges of the future, the Center serves as an educational capacity for more than 30 Bachelor, Master and PhD students who are working on their theses at the Center.

Seeing knowledge sharing as the Center’s imperative, our investigators give multiple lectures at international and national universities and present the Center’s novel research discoveries at a number of prestigious scientific congresses.

In 2014, the Center has engaged in an e-learning platform, Coursera, with the course “Diabetes – A global challenge” which has attracted more than 35,000 participants from 179 different countries.