New research centre in Copenhagen will push the boundaries of skin research
20 November 2018
The new LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center at the University of Copenhagen will pave the way to a better understanding, prevention and treatment of skin diseases. Based on a grant of more than EUR 50 million, the centre will bring together leading Danish and international researchers to enable better diagnoses and more effective treatments of skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.
The LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center will conduct top level research into the skin's immune system and its diseases.
Based on a grant of more than EUR 50 million over 10 years, the centre will bring together leading Danish and international researchers to enable better diagnoses and more effective treatments of skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.
Opening on 25 February 2019, the centre will be headquartered on the 12th floor of the Maersk Tower at the University of Copenhagen, where researchers will work closely with leading Danish and international research environments and hospitals.
“It is a great privilege for Danish research to soon open the doors to our new research centre. The strong research environment in Greater Copenhagen, one of the world's leading research regions, gives us a unique opportunity to firmly establish Danish research into skin, skin disease and immunology on the world map. Skin diseases is a significant day-to-day problem for many people which is why we wish to contribute our accumulated knowledge and efforts to these diseases”
- Ulla Wewer, Dean, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Therapeutic and diagnostic methods to improve personalised medicine
The LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center will generate new knowledge of the skin and the development of diseases and their treatments. This can be used to strengthen the immune system's fight against many of the more than 3,000 known skin diseases.
“Sometimes the immune system fails and attacks our own organism. This can result in autoimmune diseases. To improve our understanding of these diseases and create better forms of treatments it is critical that we learn more about the complex functions of the skin and its cellular and molecular composition. Now, we will be able to speed up our research at the new centre and we hope that in time, it will prove highly important to many people worldwide”
- Professor Niels Ødum, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, who will lead the centre during the first period.
A new international epicentre for skin disease research
The centre's researchers will work closely with leading international researchers at universities and hospitals to provide valuable, effective knowledge-sharing across this major field of research.
The researchers will join forces with clinical experts at hospitals, and interdisciplinary collaboration will also employ Big Data and advanced proteomics to identify and characterise the proteins in the skin. This will provide new insights into the mechanisms of skin disease and form the basis for developing new diagnostic approaches and possibly new medicines.
The centre will also provide an excellent framework for education, training and talent development for students to create generations of specialists in the field.
The inauguration of the centre will be celebrated on Monday, 25 February 2019, at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
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