Grant from DFF to Gitte Moos Knudsen

Congratulations to Gitte Moos for receiving 1.855.308 kr for the project 'Neuroimaging of synaptic density'  from the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Project summary:
Synapses are the points of communication between brain cells and they are subject to adaptations, known as synaptic plasticity. Recently, it has become possible to assess presynaptic density in the living human brain with the synaptic vesicle glycoprotein 2A (SV2A) radioligand, 11C-UCB-J and positron emission tomography (PET). We here propose a project with three aims:
1) to determine if cerebral SV2A density is preserved in healthy ageing across.
2) to investigate if short-term sensory deprivation is associated with a compensatory increase in cerebral SV2A density, and if the ability to induce synaptic plasticity is related to APOE/BDNF genotypes.
3) to uncover if cerebral SV2A density is decreased in hippocampus/entorhinal cortex in elderly people at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Knowledge about development of synaptic plasticity in human brain will critically inform us about not only about neurorehabilitation potential, but also about how and when neurodegeneration emerges.

Large grant to Melanie Ganz from the Elsass Foundation

Congratulations to NRU postdoc Melanie Ganz for receiving nearly 3.9 mio DKK from Elsass Foundation for her new 3-year project "How can you avoid to put children with cerebral palsy in general anesthesia while they are in a brain scanner?" which will be hosted at NRU starting in April 2019.

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Two grants to support joint research with Profs Robbins and Sahakian

We are very delighted that the Lundbeck Foundation has decided to support both professor Trevor Robbins and professor Barbara Sahakian from University of Cambridge, UK, with a substantial international neuroscience programme grant that each will cover a joint research project with NRU. Professors Robbins and Sahakian will during a planned research sabbatical in Copenhagen be visiting NRU for an extended period from May to September 2018, and the two grants, that total more than 5.3 mio DKK, enable an optimal initiation and implementation of both projects. We look very much forward to welcoming both of them at NRU and are thrilled to be able to host the joint cutting edge research projects. More information about the two projects below.

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Funding from RH

Congratulations to Vibe Frøkjær for receiving 879.700 DKK from the Research Council of Rigshospitalet for the 3-year project "Brain architecture of risk and resilience in the context of steroid hormone dynamics and inflammation; window of opportunity for protecting mental health".

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Funding from Augustinus Fonden

Congratulations to Gitte Moos and Martin K. Madsen for having received 500.000 DKK from Augustinus Fonden to perform the project 'Effects of psilocybin on chronic cluster headache: an open-label clinical trial and neuroimaging study targeting a burdensome disease'.

PhD defence: Vincent Beliveau

On Tuesday Feb 27th at 3 pm in Auditorium 93 at Rigshospitalet, Vincent Beliveau, MSc, will defend his PhD thesis entitled "Functional and Molecular Imaging of the Serotonin System in the Human Brain".

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PhD defence: Louise Møller Jørgensen

On Friday March 9th at 3 pm in Auditorium 93 at Rigshospitalet, Louise Møller Jørgensen, MD, will defend her PhD thesis entitled "Pharmacological and DBS-induced changes in cerebral serotonin release".

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Historical EU-funding for NRU post docs

We are extremely proud to announce that two of our post docs, Sebastian Holst and Martin Schain, each has been granted one of the highly competitive Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF-2017) after having received very high ranking in the evaluation process for their respective proposals. Each of the grants contains two years of full salary for the applicant himself as well as a smaller amount for project-related running costs and management. We are looking very much forward to hosting their projects at NRU!

Below is more information about each of the two proposals.

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Two FSS grants to NRU researchers

Congratulations to Sofi da Cunha-Bang for receiving a Clinician Scientist Position grant worth 191.429 DKK for her part-time research project "The role of serotonin 1B receptors in aggressive behavior" and to Vibe G. Frøkjær for receiving a scholar stipend grant worth 103.100 DKK for the project "Inflammation in the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder; does serotonin play a role?", both from the Independent Research Fund Denmark (FSS).