Research at BMI

The Department's research is translational and placed in the cross-field between basic health research and the clinic/industry. The aim of our research is to generate new knowledge that can be used in the prevention and treatment of diseases, for example diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and cancer.

Many of our research projects combine different approaches in an interdisciplinary setup, which often involve collaboration with other national and international research groups as well as the clinical sector and the industry.

Research themes and groups

The research is conducted within seven research themes which each consists of a number of research groups.

  • Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Exercise Laboratories
  • Heart, Renal and Circulation
  • Inflammation, Metabolism and Oxidation
  • Molecular Cardiology and Membrane Proteins
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Cluster for Molecular Imaging

See research groups in the left hand menu.


The research takes place from ’bench to bedside’ and
from ’bedside to bench’, and the projects cover everything from basic molecular and cell biologic projects to studies of intact animals and humans in both normal and pathophysiological stages.

Interdisciplinary research

Our researchers are committed to a series of inter-organisational research initiatives relevant to the research fields at the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Research centres and networks

Researchers at BMI are part of the following researchcentres and networks:

» Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Metabolic Research
» Nordea Foundation Centre for Healthy Aging
» Center for Medical Research Methodology
» Danish Cardiovascular Research Academy (DaCRA)
» LOM - The UCPH strategic platform for lifestyle, obesity and metabolic research


Researchers at BMI are part of the following 2016-projects and large EU projects.

» Living with Statins (SUND, SAMF, HUM)
» Governing Obesity (SUND, SCIENCE, HUM, JUR)
» Dynamical Systems (SCIENCE, SUND, SAMF)
» Copenhagen Women Study (SUND, SCIENCE, HUM)

EU projects

» AFib TrainNet

Core facilities

Core facilities are facilities with special equipment and competences. They are available for research groups at the University of Copenhagen and researchers from other universities and hospitals. Researchers at BMI are part of the following core facilities:

» Core Facility for Integrated Microscopy (CFIM)