MRI and SPECT scanning in the North Wing

We are happy to announce that we are slowly returning to normal with respect to our neuroimaging studies. This means that we will start recruiting patients and healthy volunteers again and book scans on our new MRI and SPECT-CT scanners in the North Wing of Rigshospitalet.

We have set up a firm procedure for how to bring patients and volunteers safely into the building and to the scanners, and this procedure has been approved by all relevant parties, including the Director of Diagnostic Center, the Head of Department of Neurology, staff from Department of Radiology and a hygiene nurse. We are looking very much forward to being able to continue our interesting research projects.

PhD stipend to Stinne Høgh

Congratulations to cand.scient.san. Stinne Høgh for receiving a 3-year PhD stipend from Rigshospitalet for her project 'Maternal Mental Health Study (MAMA). Prevention of perinatal depression in a high-risk group: effects and mothers’ expectations'. Stinne has worked as a research assistant at NRU since Jan 2019, where she has been involved in the ongoing project 'Psykisk helbred i forbindelse med graviditet og fødsel; spiller kønshormoner og hjernens serotoninsystem en rolle?” Stinne's supervisor will be NRU senior researcher Vibe G. Frøkjær, who is newly appointed associate professor at University of Copenhagen.

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International post doc grant from IRFD

Congratulations to NRU post doc Martin Nørgaard for receiving an international postdoc grant worth 1.459.000 DKK from Independent Research Fund Denmark. As part of the funded project which is entitled 'Reliable Prediction of Brain Dynamics in Depression using Big Neuroimaging Datasets', Martin will be posted for two years at Stanford University, US. The project is briefly summarized below:

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Staff News, March 2020

Welcome to the following new faces who will join NRU in March:

Volunteer/Bachelor's student Ajla Sabitovic (Medicine).

Interns Miriam Demattia and Natasha Christiansen (both Neuroscience & Neuroimaging). Miriam will be working with Mikael in the lab and Natasha with Patrick.


Ajla       Natasha 


Also welcome back to Dorte Zilstorff, MD, who will join us for two months.



Scholarstipend from DSfN

Congratulations to prof. Jens D. Mikkelsen for receiving 140.000 DKK from Danish Society for Neuroscience (DSfN) in a scholarstipend for molecular biomedicine student Clara Madsen, who will be conducting a project entitled 'Synaptic vesicle glycoprotein 2A (SV2A) used as a novel biomarker of synaptogenesis in an animal model of cerebral palsy (CP)'

Funding from Lægefonden to Lene Donovan

Congratulations to Lene Donovan for receiving 45.000 DKK from Lægefonden (A.P. Møller) for the project 'Effects of psilocybin on pig brains'.

Grant from Novo Nordisk Foundation

Congratulations to NRU associate professor Louise Møller Jørgensen who has received from the Novo Nordisk Foundation a Proof of Concept Programme grant worth 952.000 DKK for the project entitled 'Neuroceutical therapy: the fMRI compatible electrical stimulator'.
Louise Møller Jørgensen

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Bias and fairness in medicine

Based on a 2.6 mio DKK DFF-Research Project 1 grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark awarded to Professor Aasa Feragen-Hauberg from DTU Compute, NRU Assistant Professor Melanie Ganz-Benjaminsen will help to develop fair artificial intelligence algorithms that should be able to diagnose and predict health care treatment in an un-biased way. More details about the project is avaiable (in Danish) through either of these two links: FSS News, DTU News. An article about fairness in artificial intelligence can be found here.
Melanie Ganz-Benjaminsen

NRU research in Deadline on DR2

On Dec 9th NRU PhD-student Martin Korsbak Madsen was interviewed in the DR2 program Deadline about NRU's ongoing research projects in psilocybin as well as the psychedelic drug's potential use as a new treatment against depression and Horton's head ache. Martin's interview (starts at 25:15) can be seen here.
Martin Korsbak Madsen

Best master's thesis of the year award to Søren Vinther Larsen

We are delighted to inform that Søren Vinther Larsen has received from The Medical Society of Copenhagen (DMSK) the 2019 award for the best master's thesis of the year. Søren receives the award for his master's thesis entitled '', and with the award follows a price of 15.000 DKK. Congratulations to Søren!