DANDRITE researchers receive DFF-Research Project Grants from the Danish Council for Independent Research

Core group leaders Anders Nykjær and Poul Nissen, group leader Sadegh Nabavi and team leader Magnus Kjærgaard are all recipients of research grants from the FNU, FSS and FTP sections of DFF.

2017.05.05 | Maria Thykær Jensen

Poul Nissen receives DKK 5,902,933 in funding for the project entitled: ‘Regulation of plasma-membrane calcium pumps – from single molecules to structures’. This project is joint with team leader Magnus Kjærgaard and will also be in collaboration with group leader Mark Denham and core group leader Poul Henning Jensen. The grant is received within the field of Natural Sciences - The Danish Council of Independent Research has awarded 51 DFF-FNU Research Project Grants to researchers in Denmark to the sum of approximately DKK 159 million.

Anders Nykjær receives DKK 5,140,560 in funding for his project ‘Functional characterization of the Alzheimer’s Disease and type 2 diabetes risk gene SORCS1’. The grant is received within the field of Medical Sciences. The Danish Council of Independent Research has awareded 62 DFF-FSS Research Project Grants to researchers in Denmark to the sum of approximately DKK 150 million. Anders Nykjær explains about th project:”Evidence suggests that Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease may have a substantial etiological overlap since each increases the risk of the other. The sortilin receptor SorCS1 is a risk gene for both diseases, and we wish to identify the molecular mechanisms underlying the involvement of SorCS1 in these diseases. In an interdisciplinary approach including structural biology, transgenic mice, electrophysiology, and mouse behavior, it will be characterized how SorCS1 functions in the brain and whether it may comprise an attractive target for development of new drugs against neurodegeneration and cognitive decline.”

Sadegh Nabavi receives DKK 2,592,000 in funding for his project entitled ‘Mapping the Neural Circuit for an Innate Fear Behavior’. The grant is also received within the field of Medical Sciences.

Magnus Kjærgaard receives DKK 2,591,605 in funding for his project entitled ‘Antibody engineering facilitated by avidity’. The grant is received within the field of Technology and Production – The Danish Council of Independent Research has awarded 49 DFF-FTP Research Project Grants within the field of Technology and Production to researchers in Denmark to the sum of approx. DKK 188 million. Read more about Magnus’ project here.

The total amount of the above listed DFF-Research Project Grants are DKK 16,227,098. The grants are awarded within the framework of the Danish Council for Independent Research’s E2016 and F2017 call, with the aim of providing researchers in Denmark the best possible conditions for producing outstanding research results at a high international level based on their own.

Read more about the projects at the Danish Council for Independent Research’s website.

Awards