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Four scientists from the University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, have been delving into brain scans. The aim is to identify a specific biomarker – a ‘benchmark’ – that could help prevent memory loss, among other things, in psychiatric patients. Mental disorders and cognitive impairment such as memory loss, attention deficiency and learning...
At a new Lundbeck Foundation research centre, under the direction of DNA detective Professor Eske Willerslev, scientists are rolling up their sleeves to make a start. The centre will map the DNA – the genetic material – of thousands of long-dead human beings in order to acquire knowledge about brain disorders. CADASIL – a hereditary...
Copenhagen is opening the world’s first bank for ancient DNA. This new scientific centre – the Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre – will be a repository solely for the DNA of the long-deceased. It will be headed by Professor Eske Willerslev from the University of Copenhagen, an internationally renowned DNA detective, specialising in ancient genetic material....
Seeing an opportunity to hedge against rising inflation, the Lundbeck Foundation has set its sights on Scottish woodlands, not least due to their positive carbon footprint. Over the past six months, the Foundation has made three investments and is now the proud owner of 1,661 hectares of Scottish woodland. A 65-hectare forest area in northern...
She discovered the previously unknown disease CADASIL and has since devoted her entire research career to understanding the disorder and developing better therapies. Her efforts have recently gained her – and three other senior French scientists – the world’s most prestigious brain research prize, The Brain Prize. In this interview, Professor Marie-Germaine Bousser takes stock...
Aiming for treatment they have spent more than 30 years describing, understanding and diagnosing the most common hereditary form of stroke, CADASIL. For this, the four French neuroscientists are now receiving the world’s most valuable prize for brain research – the Lundbeck Foundation Brain Prize, worth 1 million euros. Each year 17 million people worldwide...
Between 1,200 and 3,000 Danes suffer from narcolepsy, as this disorder is called. During the sudden attacks, sufferers experience an extreme craving for sleep. New Danish research indicates that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disorder.  An autoimmune disease is when the body attacks itself, as it does, for instance, in the case of arthritis or psoriasis....
Danish blood donors supplied the samples needed to prove the connection. House cats and other animals in the cat family, including leopards, can spread the infectious disease toxoplasmosis via their droppings. The disease is also known as rabbit fever and pregnant women, in particular, are at risk. If a pregnant woman is infected with the...
The causes of mental disorders may stem from the earliest stages of pregnancy, during foetal neurodevelopment. This is shown in a study published in Nature Neuroscience, conducted by scientists from the Lundbeck Foundation Initiative for Integrative Psychiatric Research. Particular genetic variants in human DNA, which are important for the development of the brain early in...
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen played a key role in the development of a method for tailoring drugs to combat a broad range of diseases. If you need a drug to regulate specific biochemical signals to the body’s cells, you need to know what the cells’ receptors look like – how the cells receive...
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