International Research Alliances – University of Copenhagen

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International Research Alliances

Besides the extensive global collaboration network of more than 200 partners throughout the world, the Center is engaged into 6 different international research alliances – an initiative designed to boost international outreach and optimized knowledge interaction on a global scale. 

We believe that collaborative partnerships can not only strengthen and expand access to high-quality technology and sophisticated equipment, but also positively improve the global scientific network giving us an opportunity for effective knowledge sharing with our partners. 

Central to the Center’s international research alliances is a mutual willingness to learn from one another and a shared vision of our partnership as an ongoing endeavour tailored to meet the unique needs of our members. 


Alliance partner: Consorci Institut D'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer - IDIBAPS, Barcelona (France)
Principal investigators: Torben Hansen, Anette Prior Gjesing, Oluf Borbye Pedersen, Niels Grarup and Henrik Vestergaard
Title: Identification and functional characterization of novel genes and regulatory genomic regions associated with Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY)
Center funding: DKK 2 million
Running period: Jun 2015 – May 2017


Alliance partner: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Paris (France)
Principal investigators: Oluf Pedersen, Torben Hansen, Henrik Vestergaard, Mani Arumugam, Trine Nielsen, Kristine H. Allin – S. Dusko Erhlich, Emmunuelle Le Chatelier, Florence Levenez, Sean Kennedy, Nicolas Pons
Title: Studies of the role of the gut microbiota in human health and susceptibility
Center funding: DKK 3,750,000
Running period: Nov 2014 – Dec 2017

Leiden University

Alliance partner: Leiden University, Amsterdam (Holland)
Principal investigators: Thue W. Schwartz – A. Ijzerman
Title:  Class B G protein-coupled receptors - Functional characterization of endocrine 7TM adhesion receptors
Center funding: DKK 0.9 million
Running period: Oct 2012 – Sep 2017

Karolinska Institutet

Alliance partner: Karolinske Institutet, Stockholm
Principal investigators: Romain Barres, Juleen R. Zierath - Morten Rasmussen, Oliver J. Rando
Title: Identifying epigenetic determinants for inheritance of metabolic dysfundtion
Center funding: DKK 5,810,000
Running period: Jan 2012 – Nov 2017


Alliance partner: Beijing Genomics Institute at Shenzen
Principal investigators: Oluf Borbye Pedersen, Torben Hansen, Niels Grarup, Henrik Vestergaard – Wang Jun
Title: Danish-Chinese alliance for targeted and whole genome sequencing – driven studies of the molecular genetics of diabetes
Center funding:DKK 7,000,000
Running period: Jan 2015 – Dec 2017

University of Gothenburg

Alliance partner: University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg
Principal investigators: Thue W. Schwartz – Fredrik Bäckhed
Title: Gut microbiota – enteroendocrine interactions in the mammalian gut: a strategic research alliance
Center funding:DKK 10,990,000
Running period: Jan 2012 – Dec 2017