Denmark will now be able to go full blast with its protein research. This is because the University of Copenhagen has opened its new protein center called The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research.
The center’s name is derived from the Foundation which donated 80 million Euros in 2007 for the establishment of the center. The facility to be managed by the Faculty of Health Sciences boasts of more than 150 international researchers, high tech laboratories and advanced instrumentation.
What makes the center unique is that it encourages the collaboration of a variety of disciplines. These include protein characterization, proteomics, disease biology and systems biology. With this feature, researchers can concentrate on their respective work and hopefully come up with breakthroughs. This has also made the University of Copenhagen very attractive to international scientists.
The main goal of the protein center is to help in the development of new and effective medical treatments for various life threatening diseases. By studying proteins in diseased and healthy cells with the use of computer technology, researchers will be able to gather large amounts of valuable data. The scientists will then analyze the data they have gathered including the changes that occur in the proteins.
Michael Sundstrom, the director of The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, said the primary beneficiaries of the research are those people including Denmark people suffering from serious diseases with no available effective treatment. In addition, other universities and hospitals will be given access to the center. For their part, companies and students will have a lot to gain by being exposed to the knowledge, methods and equipment provided by the protein center to prepare them for work at an international level.
Proteins are the body’s building blocks and they play a major role in most processes that take place inside the body. Once they malfunction, they result in the onset of disease in the human body.