Evidence of a Christmas spirit network in the brain

In a recent functional MRI study, Danish researchers, including NRU-affiliated Ulrich Lindberg, have found out where exactly in the human brain the Christmas spirit resides.

In the study, 10 individuals who celebrated Christmas and 10 who did no, were asked to fill out questionnaires on their feelings toward Christmas and then completed an MRI in which they were asked to look at different images, including Christmas-related imagery. Thereby the group of researchers were able to locate the source of the feelings of Christmas joy or disgust to a number of regions in the brain that may explain reactions to this festive time of year.

The small study has been published in the British Medical Journal's annual Christmas issue, where researchers use tongue-in-cheek scientific methods as a way to bring some humor into the scientific field. Link to the paper here.

A new study has localized the brain areas involved with "the Christmas spirit". The Christmas spirit has been a widespread phenomenon for centuries and is commonly described as feelings of joy and nostalgia mixed with associations to merry feelings, gifts, delightful smells, and good food. When it comes to Christmas spirit, we either embrace it - or give it a big "bah humbug". This holiday season, researchers are using an MRI to find out where exactly the Christmas spirit resides. Danish researchers have identified the parts the brain which light up when subjects see images associated with Christmas, as part of a project to help the millions who suffer "a Christmas spirit deficiency - or the "bah humbug" syndrome". We refer to this as the "bah humbug" syndrome. Sacred Heart http://sacredheartspectrum.com/2015/12/bah-humbug-syndrome-located-in-brain/
A new study has localized the brain areas involved with "the Christmas spirit". The Christmas spirit has been a widespread phenomenon for centuries and is commonly described as feelings of joy and nostalgia mixed with associations to merry feelings, gifts, delightful smells, and good food. When it comes to Christmas spirit, we either embrace it - or give it a big "bah humbug". This holiday season, researchers are using an MRI to find out where exactly the Christmas spirit resides. Danish researchers have identified the parts the brain which light up when subjects see images associated with Christmas, as part of a project to help the millions who suffer "a Christmas spirit deficiency - or the "bah humbug" syndrome". We refer to this as the "bah humbug" syndrome. Sacred Heart http://sacredheartspectrum.com/2015/12/bah-humbug-syndrome-located-in-brain/
A new study has localized the brain areas involved with "the Christmas spirit". The Christmas spirit has been a widespread phenomenon for centuries and is commonly described as feelings of joy and nostalgia mixed with associations to merry feelings, gifts, delightful smells, and good food. When it comes to Christmas spirit, we either embrace it - or give it a big "bah humbug". This holiday season, researchers are using an MRI to find out where exactly the Christmas spirit resides. Danish researchers have identified the parts the brain which light up when subjects see images associated with Christmas, as part of a project to help the millions who suffer "a Christmas spirit deficiency - or the "bah humbug" syndrome". We refer to this as the "bah humbug" syndrome. What the Danish researchers found is that whether we're the impersonation of the Grinch, the in-betweens or we get all hyped about Christmas, doctors can see it. With the help of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the Danish researchers took a look at brain activity related to the Christmas spirit and found some pretty interesting facts. 'Accurate localisation of the Christmas spirit is a paramount first step in being able to help this group of patients, ' they say. Sacred Heart http://sacredheartspectrum.com/2015/12/bah-humbug-syndrome-located-in-brain/
A new study has localized the brain areas involved with "the Christmas spirit". The Christmas spirit has been a widespread phenomenon for centuries and is commonly described as feelings of joy and nostalgia mixed with associations to merry feelings, gifts, delightful smells, and good food. When it comes to Christmas spirit, we either embrace it - or give it a big "bah humbug". This holiday season, researchers are using an MRI to find out where exactly the Christmas spirit resides. Danish researchers have identified the parts the brain which light up when subjects see images associated with Christmas, as part of a project to help the millions who suffer "a Christmas spirit deficiency - or the "bah humbug" syndrome". We refer to this as the "bah humbug" syndrome. Sacred Heart http://sacredheartspectrum.com/2015/12/bah-humbug-syndrome-located-in-brain/

Support from the Migraine Research Foundation

The Migraine Research Foundation has decided to generously support the migraine project with 50.000 USD.

The migraine project is an ongoing PhD project run by Marie Deen Christensen in a joint effort between Neurobiology Research Unit and the Danish Headache Center at Rigshospitalet, Glostrup, as part of the third work package (WP3) in NeuroPharm. In the project brain levels of serotonin are investigated in episodic and chronic migraine patients by [11C]SB207145-PET imaging, with the aim to show a possible association between the level of serotonin in the brain and the severity of migraine.

Recent media appearance by NRU staff

Staff from the Neurobiology Research Unit (NRU) often appear in the media to present the cutting-edge science being conducted at NRU.

In a recent DR3 program called "Kærestesorgens DNA" PhD student Dea S. Stenbæk and psychology student Nanna Hansen performed neuropsychological assessments of three people who have donated their heartbreaks to science to find out what happens to us, from the brain to the heart, when we have lovesickness. The program can be seen here (start at 10:34 min.)

Also recently, medical research year student Annette Johansen and project nurse Lone Freyr participated in "Videnskabsmagasinet" on DR3 in a program about drugs. This program is freely available here (start at 3:39 min.).

Rigshospitalets Jubilæumsfond supports Vibe Frøkjær

Congratulations to Vibe Frøkjær for having received DKK 9,500 from 'Rigshospitalets Jubilæumsfond' to support her participation at the 2nd Biennial Perinatal Mental Health Conference in Chicago.

Lundbeck Foundation supports upcoming NRU project

Former NRU employee Mikael Palner, PhD, has received in total 1.6 mio DKK from the Lundbeck Foundation in support of his 2-year postdoc project entitled Effects of prefrontal dysfunction on neurochemical changes and schizophrenia-like behavior. The project will be carried out at NRU and it will start Dec 1, 2015.

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Radio interviews with NRU staff

NRU senior researcher Vibe Frøkjær has recently been interviewed about her completed sex hormone (GnRH) project in the radio program "Videnskabernes Verden" on DR1 as well as in a program on Nova FM. The DR1 interview (in Danish) is available here.

New grant from Svend Andersen Fonden

Congratulations to Gitte Moos Knudsen for receiving 1 mio. DKK from Svend Andersen Fonden as a contribution to the establishment of a new research MR scanner facility at Rigshospitalet.

Leif Østergaard receives sabbatical stipend

Congratulations to Leif Østergaard who has been granted a sabbatical stipend from the Lundbeck Foundation worth DKK 495.605. The stipend enables Leif to work on joint projects with researchers from NRU and INF, and he will be spending 20% of his time in Copenhagen for the next 1,5 years.