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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...
Lundbeck Foundation researchers are using public education in an attempt to spread the real facts about migraine. This battle poses a number of challenges. Maude was the wife of bank manager Hans Christian Varnæs in the iconic Danish historical drama Matador, and poor Maude often had a rather tormented existence. For many years, she took...
Lundbeck Foundation researchers have analysed 30,000-year-old material excavated from a Mexican mountain cave – where the discovery of stone tools suggests that the first humans arrived in North America at least 15,000 years earlier than thought. The findings have been published in an article in Nature. These DNA analyses will also be used in a...
It is vital for the immune system to kick into gear when the body is under attack, for instance by a pathogenic virus. However, problems can arise if the immune system is overstimulated. 25 researchers from Aarhus University (AU) have examined this very scenario in a scientific report, recently published together with colleagues from Norway,...
Are you a problem drinker? Then, statistically, you’ll also be particularly genetically prone to developing disorders such as depression and insomnia. And to becoming addicted to drugs and tobacco. This is what Danish researchers are helping to prove in a new international study. Scientists have looked at the role genes play when, year after year,...
Danish pathologists have performed the first three of a total of 300 post-mortem examinations. The objective is to provide new information about a wide range of aspects of COVID-19 over the coming months. The Lundbeck Foundation is one of the funding providers. How can we prepare as well as possible for the next pandemic? The...
A new anti-depressant inspired by psychedelics is the backbone of the small Danish pharmaceutical company Lophora. The Lundbeck Foundation provided funding for the research, which is now about to be commercialised. A team of researchers from the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology at the University of Copenhagen is preparing to test an unprecedented type...
Danish researchers are standing by to involve hospitals in all Danish regions in testing. A Japanese drug – camostat mesylate – is on its way to Denmark. According to plan, it will be tested on a total of 180 coronavirus patients at hospitals across the country. If the Danish authorities give the necessary authorisation over...
In studies, Danish researchers have shown that healthy 60–70-year-olds have a much better ability to repair muscle damage and build up muscle than scientists have previously assumed.  Your hair turns grey and wrinkles start to appear. That’s what it’s like to grow old. Full stop. The good news is, however, that the ravages of time...
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Hope that a brain injection could cure type 2 diabetes
7. September 2020
Maude has become the stereotypical migraine patient – but it’s not quite the true picture
31. July 2020
Ancient DNA throws a ‘scientific hand grenade’ into the discussion about the arrival of humans in North America
23. July 2020

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