Episode 3 ─ Glucagon: The Overlooked Hormone

Might glucagon help us understand diabetes better? And what are the challenges with studying this largely unexplored hormone?

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the first evidence of glucagon-mediated metabolism. From a research perspective, glucagon has long stood in the shadow of insulin. Until now.

We are on the edge of a paradigm shift towards understanding the biology of glucagon. Diabetes is a bi-hormonal disease affected by both insulin and glucagon. Research on the overlooked hormone is important, as it could hold the key to new treatments.

Listen as an expert in the regulation of pancreatic alpha-cells and a clinician who sees the potential in glucagon biology discuss the emerging importance of glucagon in diabetes research.

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  • Alex Hamilton, a postdoctoral fellow at Lund University in Sweden and guest researcher at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

  • Nicolai Wewer Albrechtsen, clinical researcher and Associate Professor at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet in Denmark.


  • Gretchen Repasky, Communications Director, Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine and University of Helsinki.


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