About the center

The ‘LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center’ (SIC) paves the way to a better understanding and treatment of the skin diseases that plague a quarter of the world's population.

Based on a grant from the LEO Foundation of more than 50 million EUR over 10 years the center will bring together leading Danish and international researchers in immunology and skin disease to provide new knowledge to enable better diagnostics and more effective treatments for a wide range of skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.

The ‘LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center’ will identify key questions relating to disease heterogeneity, new pathological mechanisms, and novel therapies of inflammatory skin diseases.

With the ultimate aim of helping people with skin diseases in the best possible way, the center launches a focused effort employing cutting edge technologies to advance biological insights and translate basic discoveries to ‘proof of principle’ and finally to patients.

The center is located on the 12th floor of the Maersk Tower and is anchored at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM) at the University of Copenhagen. The center collaborates closely with Danish and international research environments and hospitals.





Niels Ødum
Executive Director

Director Niels Ødum

Hannah Paludan
Center Coordinator

Hannah Paludan




  • Lead discoveries of mechanisms that cause and maintain skin diseases
  • Be an international center of excellence for barrier tissue immunology research
  • Educate the next generation of research leaders in barrier tissue immunology


To better understand, prevent and treat skin diseases for the benefit of the individual patient.



The center contributes to the progress of translational research within biomedicine and provides fundamental insights which can be used to promote drug discovery and development.

The research page gives you more detailed descriptions.