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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Per Jensen will defend his thesis 'Translocator protein imaging with 123I-Clinde SPECT - Method development and clinical research' on September 15, 2017 at 2 pm, Auditorium 93, Rigshospitalet. The Neuroscience Center will host a reception at NRU after the defence. All are welcome. See the invitation for further information and thesis summary.
Congratulations to Sebastian Holst for receiving DKK 200,000 from Toyota-Fonden to cover expenses for an Opto-Acoustic MR compatible noise canceling system that will enable sleep in the MR environment.
Congratulations to Melanie Ganz for receiving travel stipends from the Lundbeck Foundation for her participation at both the PRNI workshop in Toronto in June as well as the Neurohackweek in Seattle in September. Furthermore, she received travel support from Rigshospitalets Jubilæumsfond for the PRNI workshop. Claus Svarer and Martin Nørgaard did also receive travel support from Rigshospitalets Jubilæumsfond, Claus for the recent BrainPET meeting in Berlin and Martin for the OHMB 2017 meeting taking place in Vancouver late June.
Congratulations to NRU junior group leader Mikael Palner who has received 2 years full stipend from the Weimann Foundation for the project "Please Focus! – Dopamine in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder".
The stipend is the so-called "Købmand i Odense Johann og Hanne Weimann født Seedorffs Legat". An abstract from Mikael's project is given below.