The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and ever since, it has celebrated its foundation with an annual commemoration.
The Commemoration, at which Prof Cooke was awarded her honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen, took place on 18 November 2010 at the University's Ceremonial Hall in Copenhagen in the presence of the Danish Royal Family. Professor Anne Cooke has a long and outstanding background as an internationally leading scientist in the area of animal models for autoimmune diseases and the interaction between the mammalian immune system and the microbial environment.
The Commemoration made the following reference to Prof Cooke’s scientific career. Professor Cooke is amongst the leaders in the field of basic immunology and autoimmunity. Prof Cooke has made several seminal findings relating to the regulation of the immune response particularly the regulation of autoimmune diseases. A special focus has been on elucidating the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes in animal models and in the interaction of microbes with the autoimmune disease process. Prof Cooke has published more than 185 publications in international journals and many of her studies are published in the very highest ranked journals including Nature, Lancet and Nature Immunology. As well as having a long experience in teaching as a Lecturer and Professor she has given a multitude of lectures at international meetings, workshops and summer schools. It is anticipated that the award of honorary doctorate at the University of Copenhagen will stimulate further collaboration between scientists at the University with Professor Cooke’s laboratory in the Department of Pathology, Cambridge University.