News – University of Copenhagen

Whale shark DNA 21/11 2016

Whale shark genetics revealed by water samples

How many whale sharks can fit into a liter of water? From just a few water samples collected off the coast of Qatar, scientists at the University of Copenhagen in collaboration with the Qatar Ministry of Environment and Maersk Oil Research and Technology Centre have obtained detailed genetic information about the whale shark population. The new environmental DNA method is a breakthrough in the study of marine animals.

New network 21/11 2016

The University of Copenhagen joins strategic alliance

The University of Copenhagen has been invited to join LERU, an exclusive European network of research universities. The membership gives the University more influence on decision-makers in the EU and even better opportunities to attract EU funds.

Annual Commemoration 21/11 2016

Innovation success honoured at the annual commemoration

The 2016 Innovation Prize was awarded to two researchers whose spin-out projects have raised millions in venture capital, established collaboration with Danish industry heavyweights and involved students in the journey from basic research to the sale of optical sensors and colourants.

New Rector 11/11 2016

Experienced researcher and leader to be the new Rector

The Board of the University of Copenhagen has found the person to succeed Ralf Hemmingsen as leader of the university for the next five years. On 1 March 2017, the current Provost at the Technical University of Denmark, Henrik C. Wegener, will become Rector of the university. A total of 26 persons applied for the position.

Disease 08/11 2016

Blood fats equals risk of pancreatitis

New research from the University of Copenhagen shows that mild to moderate levels of blood fats equals an increased risk developing acute pancreatitis. It is far more serious than we previously believed it to be, according to the professor behind the study.

Plant life 31/10 2016

Fossils reveal approaching relocation of plants on Earth

Significant changes in the distribution of plants on Earth can be a reality by 2050. The prediction is made by scientists from Centre for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the University of Copenhagen, based on fossilized pollen. The pollen stems from plants that existed during previous periods with climate changes - similar to those expected in this century.


Substance with the potential to postpone aging

The coenzyme NAD+ plays a main role in aging processes. In mice and roundworm adding the substance can both extend life and postpone the onset of aging processes. This new knowledge will eventually be able to help patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

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