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90 million to 18 Talented Researchers

LUNDBECK FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS WORTH DKK 90 MILLION TO 18 TALENTED RESEARCHERS

The Lundbeck Foundation has just completed its assessment of this year’s applicants for research grants in the Ascending Investigators category.

The grant allocation totalled DKK 90,138,130.
This amount will be shared between 18 researchers, and each will receive DKK 5 million on average.

Ascending Investigators grants are awarded to established and talented researchers at Danish universities and hospitals.
The aim of the grants is to give recipients the opportunity to further advance their research careers and enable them to make meaningful scientific contributions to neuroscience and to the treatment of diseases related to the nervous system.

‘We were delighted to receive so many exciting projects, and we’re very pleased that the Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators grants will enable these talented researchers to develop their projects for the benefit of Danish neuroscience research,’ says Jan Egebjerg, Director of Research at the Lundbeck Foundation.

FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

BIRGITTE HOLST

Professor with special responsibilities, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 4,917,497. Her project seeks to develop a new drug for treatment of anorexia in adolescent psychiatry practices.

KONSTANTIN KHODOSEVICH

Associate professor, Biotech Research and Innovation Centre, University of Copenhagen, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 5,050,000. His project studies the causes of neuropsychiatric disorders, including genetic and environmental influences.

BIRGITTE RAHBEK KORNUM

Associate professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 5,096,738. Her project seeks to identify whether poor sleep in teenagers increases the risk of developing psychiatric disorders later in life.

CLAUS JUUL LØLAND

Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 5,000,000. The aim of his project is to design a drug therapy to help cocaine addicts.

THOMAS LAVSTSEN

Associate professor, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 4,996,145. He will use the grant to study biological processes related to malaria.

VANESSA HALL

Associate professor, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 5,000,000. Her project makes use of animal models to study the entorhinal cortex, a region of the brain that is affected when people develop Alzheimer’s.

ABIGAIL MACKEY-SENNELS

Associate professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 4,988,458. Her project focuses on the degree to which consistent physical exercise throughout life helps maintain muscle mass and function in old age.

KENNETH LINDEGAARD MADSEN

Associate professor, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 5,096,580. His project seeks to develop a new drug for treatment of chronic pain.

MARTIN FREDENSBORG RATH

Professor, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 5,000,000. His project focuses on the influence of hormones on the system that controls our circadian rhythm. Disruptions in the circadian system have been linked to diseases such as depression.

FROM AARHUS UNIVERSITY

DITTE DEMONTIS

Associate professor, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 4,904,280. Her project investigates the genetics underlying substance addiction, which in time may form the basis for design of a screening tool.

SØREN DINESEN ØSTERGAARD

Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 5,100,000. His project makes use of artificial intelligence to identify factors that may help explain why people with severe mental illness live an average of 10–20 years less than the rest of the population.

KEISUKE YONEHARA

Associate professor, DANDRITE Aarhus University, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 5,095,870. His project involves studies of the neural network of the retina.

VLADIMIR MATCHKOV

Associate professor, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 5,000,000. His project investigates the molecular factors underlying the impairment of blood circulation in the brain that often follows a stroke.

FROM UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK

HIMANSHU KHANDELIA

Associate professor, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, has been awarded a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 5,093,000 to research into electrical activity in membrane proteins.

JASMIN MECINOVIC

Associate professor, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, has been awarded a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 4,999,500 to study enzymes in the brain that are significant for the function of the nervous system.

FROM HOSPITALS IN THE CAPITAL AREA

TRINE MADSEN

Senior researcher, Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 4,860,000. Her project is investigating key factors underlying the increase in suicide attempts among adolescents, as well as the degree to which – and how – the healthcare system offers young people professional help after a suicide attempt.

BJØRN H. EBDRUP

Associate professor, Mental Health Services in the Capital Region of Denmark, Glostrup, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 4,999,812. His project entails a clinical trial in which a drug used to treat, for example, dementia is given together with antipsychotics. The aim is to identify whether this combination of drugs could improve the psychiatric patient’s level of cognitive function.

CRISTINA LEGIDO-QUIGLEY

Steno Diabetes Center, Copenhagen, has received a Lundbeck Foundation Ascending Investigators research grant worth DKK 4,940,250. She will spend the grant on studies to investigate the dysregulation of fatty acids associated with development of Alzheimer’s disease.

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