NRU Staff News November 2017

Welcome back to Sofi who will work part time at NRU for the rest of 2017.




Also welcome to:

Simone Pleinert, stud.psych. She will be working on the EMOTICOM project.



Mathilde Hansen, medical student and volunteer (NP1).

Miran Dinarzehi, stud.pharm. and master student in the experimental lab.

Prof. Jens D. Mikkelsen re-appointed as IRFD council member

Congratulations to NRU senior researcher prof. Jens Damsgaard Mikkelsen who has been re-appointed as Council member of the Independent Research Fund Denmark | Medical sciences (FSS) for another two-year term (2018-2019).

Independent Research Fund Denmark | Medical Sciences supports specific research activities based on the initiatives of researchers, and gives scientific advice within the scientific areas of the Council. The Council covers all aspects of both basic scientific-, clinical- and socio-medical research in relation to human health and disease, and the Council allocates research grants to researchers working within these areas. Furthermore, the Council provides scientific advice in relation to health-scientific issues. Advice is given according to request or on the Council's own initiative.

Gitte Moos Knudsen is the new chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Human Brain Project

Gitte Moos Knudsen has been appointed as chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the European Flagship Programme The Human Brain Project (HBP). The HBP is funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) under the Horizon 2020 framework, an EU Research and Innovation funding programme.

The HBP's total costs are estimated at EUR 1.019 billion, of which EUR 500 million will be provided by the European Commission, EUR 500 million by national, public and private organisations, and EUR 19 million by the Core Project Ramp-Up Phase Partners.

Travel grants from the Lundbeck Foundation to NRU

Congratulations to Agnete Overgaard for receiving 10,550 DKK to support her participation at the 47th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology in Zürich, Vincent Beliveau 11,700 DKK for the MICCAI meeting in Quebec, Louise Møller Jørgensen 28,937 DKK for project collaboration meetings in Boston and finally, Gitte Moos Knudsen 50,000 DKK for the NRU retreat in Oslo.

Lars Pinborg in new half-time position as associate professor

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that NRU senior researcher Lars Pinborg has received money from the Lundbeck Foundation and the University of Copenhagen for a new 5 year half-time position as associate professor in the field of precision medicine. The purpose is to increase the understanding of brain diseases, develop better methods of diagnosis and consequently more targeted treatment. Brain diseases are widely understood, but with special focus on epilepsy.

Visiting NRU as an ECNP research intern

In the period Aug 21st to Sep 1st, NRU had the pleasure to host Spyridon Siafis from the Laboratory of Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece in an ECNP Research Internship. After his stay, Dr. Siafis has provided a very positive feedback which can be read in the attached short report to ECNP.