The Danish Council for Independent Research - Medical Sciences supports NRU research

Gitte Moos Knudsen has recently received a grant worth 1.844 mio DKK from the The Danish Council for Independent Research - Medical Sciences for the project "In vivo assessment of novel pharmacological interventions in humans: An experimental medicine approach evaluating psilocybin and the serotonin 2A receptor". The project has a direct link to WP2 in NeuroPharm.

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Industrial PhD grant for Cheng Teng Ip from the Innovation Fund Denmark

Congratulations to Cheng Teng Ip who has received an industrial PhD grant from the Innovation Fund Denmark for her project 'EEG and ERP biomarkers for prediction of antidepressant treatment response', which will be carried out together with H. Lundbeck A/S. The company covers 50% of Cheng's salary and she will be employed at the company for three years. The project is tightly connected to the NRU research in NeuroPharm, especially WP1, and Gitte Moos Knudsen will be project supervisor together with Søren Rahn Christensen who is Clinical Pharmacology Scientist at H. Lundbeck A/S.

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NRU funding from EU JPND research

Congratulations to Gitte Moos Knudsen and Matthias Herth who have been part of a successful proposal for the EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND research) entitled "Framework for Innovative Multi-tracer molecular Brain Imaging (IMBI) to enable multi-centre trials and image evaluation in (early) neurodegenerative diseases". The proposal has received 49.900 € in funding for establishing an international working group with key experts from the field of PET imaging in neurodegenerative diseases (ND) with the aims:

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Travel support for NRU congress participation

Congratulations to Vincent, Sofi, Louise, Ling and Hanne for receiving travel support from 'Rigshospitalets Jubilæumsfond' for their participation at the NRM2016 in Boston, Vibeke for the ECNP2016 in Vienna, Patrick for OHBM2016 in Geneva and Liv for SLTBR2016 in New York. Gerda received funding from both Jubilæumsfonden and the Lundbeck Foundation for her participation at the SNMMI in San Diego.

Sofi da Cunha-Bang is the Younger Researcher of 2016

A huge congratulation to NRU PhD student Sofi da Cunha-Bang who has Friday May 19th been honoured as the Younger Researcher of the Year (Årets Yngre Forsker 2016) at this year's poster and presentation competition arranged by the Collaboration of Young Researchers at Rigshospitalet (FYF). Sofi won the title based on her presentation on "High serotonin 1B receptor binding is associated with high trait anger and heightened amygdala and striatal reactiviy to provacations".

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Two NRU grants from Augustinus Foundation

Congratulations to professor Jens D. Mikkelsen and senior researcher Vibe G. Frøkjær who have today received two separate grants totalling DKK 900.000 from the Augustinus Foundation.

Jens has received DKK 500.000 for a project entitled 'Neuromolekylære og kognitive effekter af en human-specifik alpha7 nicotinerg acetylcholin receptor variant' which is aiming at characterizing the expression, regulation and function of the CHRFAM7A gene in the human brain, and which will be run by senior researcher Henrik B. Hansen.

Vibe has received DKK 400.000 for the project 'Affective and Social Processing in Healthy Controls and Patients with Major Depressive Disorder; Implications for Predicting Response to Antidepressant Drug Therapy'. This neuropsychological project has a threefold aim, namely (1) to establish a healthy Danish reference group for the EMOTICOM test battery, (2) to determine the predictive value of EMOTICOM test outcomes in response to a pharmacological intervention in MDD patients and to determine if treatment induced changes in EMOTICOM test outcomes differentiates responders from non-responders, and (3) to identify a set of EMOTICOM test outcomes that best serves as diagnostic tools for differentiating MDD patients from a healthy Danish reference group. The project is tightly linked to the NeuroPharm Work Package 1 project 'Treatment outcome in Major Depressive Disorder'.

NRU receives two NRM 2016 Young Investigator Awards

Congratulations to Hanne and Sofi for having their abstracts being judged to be among the best submitted for the NRM 2016 in Boston and therefore resulting in oral presentations and Young Investigator Awards.

Postdoc grant to NRU from the Lundbeck Foundation

Sebastian Holst who is today postdoctoral scientist at University of Zurich, Switzerland, has recently been awarded a postdoctoral grant of 700.000 DKK from the Lundbeck Foundation for a new 3-year project entitled "Sleep loss, adrenergic inhibition, cognitive performance and cerebral water diffusion in humans" which is to be carried out from January 1st, 2017, in a close collaboration between NRU and Maiken Nedergaard's group at Center of Basic and Translational Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen.

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Brain on fire

Cover page of this year's first issue of Ugeskrift for Læger published Jan 11th, 2016. The beautiful image of a "Brain on fire" is made by PhD student Per Jensen from NRU, and it shows a 3D representation of the brain of a patient with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis imaged with the SPECT tracer [123I]CLINDE. The image supports the recent paper Blaabjerg M, Mærsk-Møller CC, Kondziella D, Somnier F, Celicanin M, Andersen H, Bach FW, Pinborg LH. Workup and treatment of autoimmune encephalitis. Ugeskr Laeger. 2015 Nov 2;177(45) which was co-authored by NRU senior researcher Lars Pinborg.

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