Welcome to our ECNP intern Sofi

A warm welcome to our ECNP intern, PhD Sofi Atshemyan

Sofi Atshemyan is a researcher from the Institute of Molecular Biology of the National Academy of Sciences in Armenia (NAS RA)․ Her study interests are mainly focused on the genetic background of Schizophrenia.

During her PhD research, Sofi has studied genetic variants of the regulators of synaptic plasticity in Schizophrenia to reveal new candidate genes for this disease. She will be working with Jens in the period August 2nd-13th.

Sara Marie Larsen awarded with an ECNP Excellence Award

Congratulations to Sara Marie Larsen who has been awarded with the ECNP Excellence Award for her abstract "NREM sleep upregulates human brain pulsation detected by Ultrafast Magnetic Resonance Encephalography".
The award consists of a 100 EUR grant and a certificate as well as a 400 EUR travel grant for the ECNP congress in Lisbon, Portugal.
The ECNP Congress 2021 will be a hybrid congress taking place Oct 2-5.

FSS international postdoc grant for Vibeke Dam

Congratulations to NRU postdoc Vibeke Dam who has received an international postdoc grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark for her project: 'Cognitive contributions to depression - exposing the role of working memory deficits in depressive pathology'. The grant is worth 1.305.000 DKK and includes full postdoc salary for two years. Vibeke will be carrying out some of the research activities in the project at the School of Psychological Science at the University of Bristol under the supervision of professor Marcus Munafò in collaboration with professor Ian Pentok-Voak.

Project abstract: Working memory deficit is a common but often overlooked symptom in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). As a consequence, we know little about its role in the development and maintenance of depressive psychopathology. Using working memory data from established epidemiological cohort studies and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) neuroimaging studies, I here propose to address two fundamental questions about the role of working memory function in MDD: 1) does early-life working memory deficits constitute a risk factor in later development of MDD and 2) what is the involvement of serotonergic neurotransmission in working memory function and does it differ between the healthy and depressed brain? Results from these studies will not only contribute significantly to our understanding of working memory in MDD but could also help identify new treatment targets and perhaps guide future preventative strategies in MDD.

Staff News July 2021

A warm welcome to the new NRU staff members:

Junior faculty member Anjali Sankar, who will be working in BrainDrugs WP3.
Anjali holds a PhD degree in Psychological Medicine from King's College. Her research is dedicated to the study of mood disorders, both major depressive and bipolar disorders. An important focus is on identifying reliable biomarkers that can predict clinical response to treatments as well as negative outcomes such as suicide using multimodal neuroimaging techniques.

Congratulations to Hannah Eichhorn (Physics), who graduated in June and is back as Research Assistant (MoCo project).

  Anjali                                        Hannah

Cyril Pernet new OHBM Fellow

Congratulations to Cyril Pernet who in connection to the OHBM 2021 Annual Meeting received acknowledgement as Fellow of OHBM. With the acknowledgement, the OHBM community wants to appreciate Cyril's continued hard work and dedication which is apparent to the success of OHBM.

New funding from Helsefonden and Jascha Fonden

Dea Stenbæk and Sofi da Cunha-Bang have received funding from Helsefonden: Dea 500.000 DKK for the project 'Musikken som co-terapeut i psykedelisk terapi: hvordan kan vi forstå synergien mellem musik og effekter af psilocybin?' (Music as part of psychedelic therapy - how to understand the synergy between music and effects of psilocybin) and Sofi 300.000 DKK for 'Serotonergic neurotransmission in schizophrenia'. Furthermore, Sofi received 150.000 DKK from Jascha Fonden for the schizophrenia project. Congratulations to both Dea and Sofi.

CAG Brain and Technology

The Clinical Academic Group (CAG) of Brain and Technology has just been selected by the Capital Region of Denmark for a 2-year grant worth 2.3 millon DKK. The CAG Brain and Technology is led by Professor Troels Wesenberg Kjær and holds Louise Møller Jørgensen from NRU as 1 of 21 members representing DTU, UCPH and hospital departments in Region Hovedstaden and Region Sjælland.

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Staff News April 2021

A warm welcome to our new staff member Dr. Cyril Pernet, who will be working as scientific software developer in the OpenNeuroPET Archive project, funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Dr. Pernet obtained a PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the University of Toulouse III in France in 2004. He was then working with Prof. J.F. Demonet and Dr. P. Celsis on neurodevelopmental disorders using MRI, functional MRI and EEG. He next obtained a post-doc fellowship from the Fyssen Foundation to work in Finland with Prof. R. Salmelin on reading using MEG. He moved to UK in 2006, working in Glasgow with Prof. B. Belin as post-doc research assistant, working on auditory (voice) processing using fMRI and EEG. He joined the Brain Research Imaging Center, Edinburgh in 2007, as fMRI lead for SINAPSE (Scottish Imaging Network A Platform for Scientific Excellence) and became Senior Research Fellow & functional imaging scientific leader for Edinburgh Imaging in 2015.
Cf. his website: https://cpernet.github.io/index.html

Grant from the Research Council of Rigshospitalet

Congratulations to Gitte Moos Knudsen for receiving a grant worth 850.000 DKK from the Research Council of Rigshospitalet for the project 'Molecular neuroimaging of synaptic plasticity in the human brain - Pharmacological modulations and stroke'.

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