Travel stipend from the Lundbeck Foundation

Congratulations to Hanne D. Hansen for receiving a travel grant from the Lundbeck Foundation (DKK 10,750) for her participation at the ACNP Meeting in Orlando, US (Dec 8-12, 2019).

Melanie Ganz in the BIDS Steering Group

We congratulate assistant professor Melanie Ganz for being elected as member of the BIDS Steering Group.
Melanie Ganz-Benjaminsen
The Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS) is a standard specifying the description of neuroimaging data in a filesystem hierarchy and of the metadata associated with the imaging data. Membership on the BIDS Steering Group is through elections by BIDS Contributors, and BIDS Steering Group terms are 3 years.

The goal of BIDS is to make neuroimaging data more accessible, shareable, and usable by researchers. To achieve this goal, BIDS seeks to develop a simple and intuitive way to organize and describe neuroimaging and associated data. BIDS has three foundational principles:

  1. To minimize complexity and facilitate adoption, reuse existing methods and technologies whenever possible.
  2. Tackle 80% of the most commonly used neuroimaging data, derivatives, and models (inspired by the pareto principle).
  3. Adoption by the global neuroimaging community and their input during the creation of the specification is critical for the success of the project.

University position to Louise Møller Jørgensen

Congratulations to Louise Møller Jørgensen who has been appointed Clinical Associate Professor with function as innovation ambassador at Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen. Louise will begin in this new function November 1 and will be serving in SUND’s Innovation working group, which aim to advance innovations and entrepreneurship set off in the clinics.
Louise Møller Jørgensen

Funding from Parkinsonforeningen

Congratulations to Mikael Palner for receiving 50,000 DKK for the project "Parkinson’s Disease-like pig model for alpha-synuclein PET tracer development".

Funding from Svend Andersen Fonden

Congratulations to Lars Pinborg who has received 500.000 DKK from Svend Andersen Fonden for equipment related to the BrainDrugs projects.

DFF-International Postdoc grant to Dea Stenbæk

Congratulations to NRU post doc Dea Siggaard Stenbæk for receiving an International Postdoc grant worth 1.575.000 DKK from Independent Research Fund Denmark for the project entitled 'Brain dynamics of psychedelic serotonin 2A stimulation and music'.

Project period: 01-01-2020 to 31-12-2021.

Brief scentific summary of project:
Serotonin 2A receptor stimulation with the psychedelic compound psilocybin is emerging as a promising treatment for affective disorders, which includes the use of music as support. Music evokes a wide range of emotions and can change the way we think and feel about ourselves. However, a better understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms by which music interplay with psychoactive effects of psilocybin is needed to inform us about its clinical utility. I propose to evaluate changes in brain connectivity in response to psilocybin and music measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging, and to correlate such changes with cerebral
serotonin 2A receptor binding measured with positron emission tomography. International partners are leading world experts from the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London where I plan to stay for 12 months. Results from the study will contribute significantly to our understanding of the role played by
music in psilocybin-assisted therapy.

Travel grant from the Lundbeck Foundation

Congratulations to PhD student Agata Sainz for receiving a travel grant from the Lundbeck Foundation for her research stay at North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

University position to Junior Group Leader Dea Stenbæk

Congratulations to Junior Group Leader Dea Stenbæk who will begin a 5-year part-time employment as Research Associate Professor at Institute of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, September 15. A core task will be to bridge between the Neurobiology Research Unit and Institute of Psychology through supervision and teaching of PhD and master's students.