Primary cilia are antenna-like structures that are present on the surface of most cells in the human body. The cilia are essential mediators of communication between the different cells in the body. If the cilia are defective, this communication is disrupted, and the cells are unable to appropriately regulate several important cellular processes.
Novo Nordisk Foundation donates a DKK 60 mio (7.8 mio €) grant to the University of Copenhagen for the establishment of a pioneering cryo-electron microscope facility at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research. The new equipment will help researchers reach new insights in the structure of proteins and could eventually pave the way for new pharmaceuticals.
Jens Hjorth, professor and director of the Dark Cosmology Centre receives the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology. The prize is Denmark’s largest individual researcher prize and acknowledges Jens Horth’s research in cosmology, including gamma-ray burst breakthroughs that were deemed among the top 10 international scientific breakthroughs in both 2003 and 2005.