Research in the Maersk Building Obesity and diabetes Obesity is becoming a major health issue. It results in a large number of complications, for example type 2 diabetes, which again leads to a lot of complications, for example poor circulation in the legs, amputations, blindness, kidney diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and it therefore has serious consequences for the patients, as well as for society at large because of the huge costs involved. What we intend to do is therefore to gain an insight into how our hormone-producing cells cells taste the food and perceive the food we eat. And then we will trick them by giving them some substances, either in the form of food additives or as drugs, that will make these hormone-producing cells produce a large amount of hormone – as if you are eating a lot, while you are actually eating relatively little. Today, the most efficient way of treating obesity, and, in fact, also diabetes, is gastric bypass surgery, where you resect and re-route the small intestine to the reduced stomach pouch. We expect that, in a few years’ time, patients can take a pill instead of having this procedure. We are very much looking forward to moving into the Maersk Building and bringing all staff members together We are currently working at different departments and thus at different locations. In the Maersk Building, we will all be working at the same place. The interior of the building has spiral staircases and openings between the floors, which hugely facilitate everyday communication. We will be in much closer contact.