Large new Danish diabetes research academy

New knowledge about diabetes and new ways to prevent and treat the disease: these are the long-term perspectives for the Danish Diabetes Academy, which will be launched on 1 September. More than 300 researchers will be affiliated with the academy.
Diabetes is currently one of the fastest-growing chronic diseases in the world.

“Diabetes is a major threat to our health, and the Danish Diabetes Academy provides an opportunity to find new solutions in the fight against type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This will benefit both diabetes research and diabetic patients throughout Denmark,” says Professor Henning Beck-Nielsen, Odense University Hospital, who will be director of the academy.

The ambition of the Danish Diabetes Academy is to strengthen the quality of Danish diabetes research, and create a world-class research and education environment with the best researchers from both Denmark and abroad.

“The Danish Diabetes Academy will be a combined virtual unit that provides researchers with an optimal framework for taking up the fight against diabetes. The aim with the academy is to strengthen the growth layer of research, and ensure research of the highest international quality,”

says Ulf J. Johansson, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Over the next five years, the combined venture will contribute to financing approximately 150 new research positions in the form of 90 PhD positions, 50 postdoctoral fellowships, a number of professorships and some short-term visiting researcher positions for researchers from abroad. All in all, more than 300 researchers will be members of the academy.

“The academy is open to all diabetes researchers who would like to make use of its offers. The vision is that collaboration cutting across the faculties and national borders will create a synergy effect that strengthens research in Denmark and internationally,” says Dean Allan Flyvbjerg, who will be Aarhus University’s representative on the Board of the Diabetes Academy.

Read the full story on the website of Aarhus University.

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