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Eske Willerslev receives prestigious Norwegian science prize for his Lundbeck Foundation research on brain disorders Professor Eske Willerslev, head of the Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre at the University of Copenhagen, has received the Norwegian Olav Thon Foundation’s International Research Award 2021. This is a personal award – therefore, not earmarked for research – and it...
Down to record depths in the human gut microbiome A large international team of researchers has investigated the extent to which our genes determine bacterial composition in our digestive system. Their results are surprising. Samples taken from Danish children were included in the study. If you take a faecal sample from one person and compare...
LUNDBECK FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS WORTH DKK 57 MILLION TO BOLD PROJECTS WITH THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE NEW KNOWLEDGE IN THE FIELD OF NEUROSCIENCE The brains behind the projects are 29 researchers associated with universities and hospitals in Denmark. They are being funded by the Lundbeck Foundation LF Experiments research programme.   (The 29 researchers who...
Cognitive training helped patients with bipolar disorder This was proven in a study by Danish researchers. The results will be used in efforts to develop new forms of cognitive training to help people affected by mood disorders. Kamilla Miskowiak, professor at the University of Copenhagen and head of the research project, believes that the findings...
A recently published, detailed study of brain disorders in Denmark shows that the direct costs of treating patients suffering from brain disorders amount to at least DKK 39 billion every year. ‘This is a highly significant study, and it emphasises the importance of giving research into brain disorders a boost,’ says Jan Egebjerg, Director of...
Danish researchers provide proof: Caesarean sections can lead to asthma and allergies Delivery by caesarean sections changes the composition of the newborn baby’s gut microbiota. And it turns out that Caesarean sections can also trigger diseases. However, it should largely be possible to prevent these diseases with beneficial bacteria. A team of Danish researchers has...
A Lundbeck Foundation researcher will work with American colleagues on refining a substance to inhibit the narcotic effect of cocaine. The aim is to develop a drug to treat people trapped in addiction to cocaine. Cocaine is an extremely addictive substance, and once you’re addicted, anxiety, depression and, in some cases, psychosis can often follow....
Three researchers from the University of Copenhagen are the first to identify where in the body specific ‘obesity genes’ are active. Why are some people susceptible to obesity while others seem to be able to maintain a so-called normal weight throughout their lives? This question has perplexed scientists the world over, and there are many...
The popular notion of the blonde, Scandinavian-looking Viking has just been knocked for six. It turns out that some Vikings were dark-haired and others decidedly mousey. The Vikings actually had a well-mixed gene pool, and some even had southern European and Asian roots. This is demonstrated in a scientific article in Nature. The article was...
A Lundbeck Foundation researcher has headed a study to map activity in 80,000 different brain cells, which in animal trials have been proven to help control complicated blood sugar processes. This could have implications for treatment of type 2 diabetes in humans. Researchers around the world reacted with amazement in 2016 to an article published...
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