NRU part of large Lundbeck Foundation collaborative project grant

Congratulations to Gitte Moos Knudsen who together with Prof. Anders A. Jensen (PI of the grant) from University of Copenhagen has received a large Lundbeck Foundation Collaborative Project grant for the project "Exploring the potential of a newly discovered activity component in psychedelics".

The total project grant is worth 39 mio DKK, and NRU will get funding for 5 years of post doc salary and running costs for pig PET studies and other project-related costs, totalling ~6 mio DKK.

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Kristoffer Brendstrup-Brix winner of Sleep Cup 2023

Congratulations to Kristoffer Brendstrup-Brix for being awarded a first place (and 1000 DKK) in Danish Sleep Research Cup for his presentation and abstract entitled "Diffusion along the perivascular space and brain microstructural measures are associated with circadian time and sleep quality". Danish Sleep Research Cup was hosted by the Danish Society for Sleep Medicine and it took place on Jan 9, 2023 at Panum Institute.

Staff News January 2023

Welcome to the many new NRUs:

Student assistants: Helga Appel (Medicine), Stine Olsen (Psychology)
Student assistants, EEG: Holger Lyng and Julius Søgaard (both Medicine & Technology)

New scholarstipend students are: Kirstine Andersen (Medicine), Paw Randrup (Psychology), Victor Neufeld (Medicine)

Volunteer Peter Skov-Andersen (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

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Also a warm welcome to our visiting researchers and guest students:

Postdoctoral Researcher Friederike Holze.
She received her MSc in Pharmacy in 2016 and her PhD in Clinical Research in 2021 from the University of Basel. She conducted her PhD in the Psychopharmacology research lab of Prof. Matthias E. Liechti at the University Hospital Basel.

Her research interests lie in the pharmacology of psychoactive substances, in particular psychedelics. She conducted several Phase I studies investigating the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of LSD and established a dose-effect relationship in doses from 5-200 µg. She described the distinct acute pharmacological effects of LSD, MDMA and d-amphetamine and compared the characteristics of oral LSD and psilocybin administration in healthy participants. In this function, she has accompanied over 200 psychedelic experiences.

From 2017 to 2021, Dr. Peter Gasser and a team of therapists conducted a phase II trial in collaboration with Prof. M. Liechti’s research group at the University Hospital of Basel where Dr. Holze was responsible for regulatory and academic aspects of the study. The study investigated LSD-assisted therapy in patients suffering from anxiety symptoms in severe somatic diseases or in psychiatric anxiety disorders. The team used a double-blind, randomised, 2-period, cross-over design in 40 patients employing well-validated and internationally established questionnaires and tools. This is currently the largest study investigating LSD as therapy in recent times, and it is an outstanding example of successful research collaboration between university know-how and private practice hands-on psychiatric research.

Neuroscience Academy Denmark PhD Fellow Alberte Breum. She will do a 10-week lab rotation at NRU.

Erasmus student Aitana Martínez Velasco (Neuroscience).

Intern and master's student David Reydellet (Biomedical Sciences) who will join NRU for 6 months.


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PhD defence by Sophia Armand, cand.psych., January 20th 2023, 2 pm

On Friday, January 20th 2023, at 2 pm, cand.psych. Sophia Armand will defend her PhD thesis entitled Affective cognition and brain serotonin in healthy individuals.

Venue: The Faculty of Social Sciences (CSS), Gammeltoftsgade 15, 1353 Copenhagen, in auditorium 35.01.06. 

Zoom link:  https://ucph-ku.zoom.us/j/68897325335?pwd=OWNlUEwzNXNkSTQzaFdDT2FOTnFvdz09 
Passcode: 542169

After the defence there will be a reception in the foyer by the auditorium.

For details and summary, click here.

See also: https://psychology.ku.dk/events/sophia-armand-defends-her-phd-thesis/

RH scholarstipend grant

Congratulations to Gitte Moos Knudsen for receiving a scholarstipend grant (60.000 DKK) from RH for stud.med. Kristoffer Brendstrup-Brix and the project 'Neuroimaging of brain pulsations and their impact on brain disease'.

Scholarstipend grant from DPS-Lundbeckfonden for the BrainDrugs-D project

Congratulations to Professor Martin Balslev Jørgensen and Kristian Reveles Jensen for receiving a scholarstipend grant (164.000 DKK) from DPS-Lundbeckfonden for stud.med. Kirstine Howe Andersen working on the project 'Excitation-Inhibition Balance measured by Aperiodic EEG Activity and stressors, symptoms, and SSRI side-effects in MDD' as part of the BrainDrugs-Depression project starting February 2023.

Grant for research in LSD from Brødrene Hartmanns Fond

Congratulations to Patrick Fisher who has received 100.000 DKK from Brødrene Hartmanns Fond for the proposal 'Establishing the pharmacodynamics of LSD at the serotonin 2A receptor in the human brain with multimodal neuroimaging' which is part of the upcoming NRU project called DOCLS.

Funding from Michael J. Fox Foundation

Congratulations to Jens Holm Mikkelsen who together with Enza Lacivita from University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy, and Rosaria Volpini from University of Camerino, Italy, has received funding from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) for the project "Development of a PET tracer for purinergic P2X7 receptor for molecular imaging of neuroinflammation in PD".

The total project grant is worth 240.125 USD, and of these 74.025 USD go to NRU.

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Sapere Aude Starting grant to Dea Stenbæk

Dea S. Stenbæk has been awarded a prestigious Sapere Aude Starting Grant, worth 4.431.907 DKK, from the Independent Research Fund Denmark (IFRD) for her 4-year project "Unlocking the doors of perception: Impact of music on acute and lasting effects of psilocybin in depressed patients". We congratulate Dea with the highly prestigious grant and look very much forward to hosting her project at NRU!

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