Grand Opening of the LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center

Mærsk Tårnet. Foto: Nikolaj Rentzmann

LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center at the University of Copenhagen will be officially opened on Monday. The center is being inaugurated by His Royal Highness Prince Joachim and Tommy Ahlers, Minister for Higher Education and Science. Over the next 10 years, the research center will conduct top-level international research into the skin’s immune system and its diseases.

”Most skin diseases arise because of failure in our immune systems. The immune system attacks our organism instead of protecting it. By combining research into skin and the immune system, the LEO Foundation hopes to support world class research at the University of Copenhagen. The aim of the new center is to increase our understanding of skin conditions and so enable us in future to find better ways of treating and completely curing them,” says Jesper Mailind, CEO, LEO Foundation.

At any point in time one in every four persons will suffer from a skin disease, which is often visible and stigmatizing – and in some cases completely debilitating.

”Stigma attaches to skin disease and it is a disability for many people. By bringing together leading researchers in immunology and skin disease and giving them access to the top modern facilities at the Maersk Tower, we can extend and take basic research in skin and skin disease to completely new heights. Amongst other things, researchers will be making use of Big Data and highly specialised proteonomics research that can provide new insights into the fundamental mechanisms that cause skin disease,” says Dean Ulla Wewer, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The new research center will now be bringing together leading international figures in basic immunology with the focus on research and education in skin and its diseases at the Maersk Tower at the University of Copenhagen. From there they will be contributing new knowledge of basic, translational and clinical research to help develop therapeutic principles that can strengthen the immune system’s fight against some of the more than 3000 known skin diseases.

“With this Center we will get a beacon for research in skin disease. It is excellent news for Denmark and for the many people around the world who are suffering from skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema. The Center is a great example of how collaboration between universities and private foundations can strengthen basic research and lead to great research breakthroughs in the future,” says Tommy Ahlers, Minister for Higher Education and Science.

Royal tour of the new laboratories

The official opening will start with a scientific symposium on skin and skin disease at which international experts will be sharing experience from their research. The actual inauguration ceremony will then take place.

The official opening will be attended by HRH Prince Joachim as patron of Asthma Allergy Denmark, Education and Science Minister Tommy Ahlers, and Henrik C. Wegener, Rector of the University of Copenhagen.

They will be shown round the new laboratory facilities and the press will be very welcome to attend the symposium, the inauguration ceremony and the tour.

Date: Monday 25 February 2019
Sted: Maersk Tower, Blegdamsvej 3B, DK-2200 Copenhagen N
• 09.30-12.00: Scientific Symposium, Holst Auditorium in the Maersk Tower (without the participation of HRH Prince Joachim and Education and Science Minister Tommy Ahlers).
• 13.30-15.30: Inauguration Ceremony, Jerne Auditorium in the Maersk Tower.


Kristine Snedker,, (+45) 2364 8842.
CEO Jesper Mailind via Communcation Specialist Charlotte Malassé, , (+45) 23 65 32 27

Further information
See LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center
See 400-mdkk-to-leo-foundation-skin-immunology-research-center/
See a film about the LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center here
See a film about the LEO Foundation here
Learn more about the LEO Foundation’s strategic grants