Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) was established in 2010 at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The establishment of the Center was made possible by a generous (DKK 885 million), unrestricted grant from the Foundation. In 2018 the Novo Nordisk Foundation awarded new strategic funding to the Center (DKK 700 million).


To strengthen interdisciplinary research that transforms the basic understanding of the mechanisms involved in metabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this knowledge toward new prevention and treatment strategies.


Via dynamic collaborative research projects that integrate different levels of exploration from single cell to whole body physiology, to effectively connect basic biological knowledge to translational and innovation outcomes, the Center will:

  1. Identify and understand fundamental mechanisms and biological pathways underlying metabolic health and disease
  2. Foster an environment for top level scientists and innovators of the future
  3. Enable a richer cultural understanding of the complexity of metabolic health and disease