About LEO Foundation Dr Abildgaard Fellowships
With the LEO Foundation Dr Abildgaard Fellowships program we aim to support talented, emerging research leaders with ambitions to establish or expand an independent research group at a Danish institution, and to pursue novel and important research questions within skin and skin diseases.
Grants of DKK 12 million are awarded for a five-year period.
For detailed information on eligibility criteria, please refer to the application guide below.
The LEO Foundation Dr Abildgaard Fellowship program is thematic. In 2024, applicants can apply within one of two research themes:
- Advanced Therapeutics Research in Skin Disease
- Systems Medicine in Dermatology
We expect to award up to four fellowships in 2024, with two fellowships available for each theme.
Research themes 2024
Advanced Therapeutics Research in Skin Diseases
This theme encompasses advanced research towards a better understanding of how to best treat, rectify, and potentially cure skin diseases. It includes research in skin genetics, epigenetics, gene therapy, cell therapy, stem cells, and the entire ‘omics’ field, including single cell sequencing and spatial transcriptomics. It covers the whole spectrum from basic understanding of mechanistic aspects, across functional in-vitro or in-vivo studies, to proof-of-principle implementations. It may also include elements from overlapping fields like technology development, bioinformatics, epidemiology, or others, if they facilitate an improved understanding of the proposed research topic.
Systems Medicine in Dermatology
This theme covers all relevant dimensions relating to Prediction, Prevention, Personalization, and Participation – also known as ‘P4’ medicine – within skin research. It is cross-disciplinary in nature and includes research utilizing multiple types of data, e.g., biochemical data, genetic data, diagnostic data, treatment outcome data, comorbidity data, socio-economic data, or life-style data to create relevant insights at the individual level and thus ultimately help patients maintain the best possible skin health. If relevant, and if it facilitates improved understanding of the proposed research topic, elements from other research fields may also be incorporated.
About Dr Abildgaard
Please contact the grant team for further information
Anne-Marie is Chief Scientific Officer at the LEO Foundation and responsible for the Foundation’s grant activities.
Anne-Marie’s background includes:
- Novo Nordisk Foundation, Director of Strategic Partnerships
- Lundbeck Foundation, various positions including Director of Grants
- Statens Serum Institut, Senior Researcher
- The Bartholin Institute, Copenhagen University Hospital, Postdoc
Anne-Marie holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree as well as a PhD in tumour immunology – both from the University of Copenhagen.
- Museum of Natural History, Oslo, Chair of the Board, 2022-
- Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, Member of the praesidium
- Dagmar Marshall’s Foundation, Board member
- University of Oslo, Board member (2013-2021)
Joined the LEO Foundation in 2022.
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Lars is responsible for coordinating the Foundation’s grants and handles scientific and administrative matters relating to the Foundation’s donations. He also works on further developing the philanthropic area.
Lars has a scientific background having worked in academic research for 16 years on projects ranging from molecular mechanisms in migraine over COPD to sleep disorders and osteoporosis.
Lars holds an MSc in human biology and a PhD in neuroscience, both from University of Copenhagen.
Joined the Foundation in 2017.
Signe is responsible for various areas related to the Foundation’s grants, both in terms of guidelines for applications, review processes and measuring impact. She is also involved in further developing the philanthropic area with new grant making instruments.
Signe has extensive experience in administration and grants. She has previously worked as Senior Grant Manager at the Novo Nordisk Foundation, as Administrative Coordinator at DTU Health Technology and as Project Manager at Innovation Fund Denmark.
Signe holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Danish Language and Literature from University of Copenhagen.
Joined the Foundation in 2022