Professor Kirsten Grønbæk appointed new chair of the Danish Medical Research Council (DFF) – University of Copenhagen

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06 January 2019

Professor Kirsten Grønbæk appointed new chair of the Danish Medical Research Council (DFF)

As of 1 January 2019, Independent Research Fund Denmark has appointed new members of the board and councils.

Professor Kirsten Grønbæk, chief physician at Rigshospitalet, Department of Haematology, and Department of Clinical Medicine (IKM) is the new chair of the Danish Medical Research Council. Since 2017, Kirsten Grønbæk has been group leader at the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre, BRIC.

 I am looking forward to stimulate independent research, i.e. creating opportunities for scientists’ individual, bright ideas to be developed and tested. This is often where groundbreaking discoveries in health and medical sciences are fostered, says Kirsten Grønbæk 

The new council members are appointed by the board of Independent Research Fund Denmark on the basis of their personal qualifications, following open advertisements and recommendations from the research environments.

Independent Research Fund Denmark

The task of the Fund's academic research councils is to contribute their expert knowledge to identifying the most original ideas and initiatives in Danish research. Together with the other members of the Fund, they will distribute venture funding amounting to almost DKK 1.1 billion in 2019 to researcher-initiated free research within basic research, as well as application-oriented research, besides DKK 130 million to thematic research.

The new members have been appointed as of 1 January 2019 for a four-year term with a possible two-year extension.

In accordance with the Act on Independent Research Fund Denmark of 1 July 2017, at the first meeting of the new year the board of Independent Research Fund Denmark appoints members of the councils and selects the vice-chair of the board.

Read the press release of the Fund here.