Research Stories

Delve into the fascinating research we fund

Lundbeck Foundation Research Stories

This is where we gather the many inspiring articles written by our experienced science journalist, Henrik Larsen, for both the Foundation’s website and our printed and social media.

Many of the articles are about brain research – which makes perfect sense, since brain research is the Lundbeck Foundation’s special focus area. Our brain is one of our most important organs, yet it is the organ we know least about. The brain is also the only organ that cannot be replaced by a donor or artificial organ – yet.

However, you can also explore the many other fields of research we fund, and read about subjects as diverse as horse taming, gut bacteria and DNA factors affecting risky behaviour.

In Denmark, there will constantly be between 700 and 900 scientific, Lundbeck Foundation-funded projects on the go, all run by keen and talented scientists at all career levels.

We are always looking for interesting research stories arising from the research funded by the Foundation to convey to anyone who shares our fascination with research and science. Happy reading!

Largest study yet links so-called cat-poo parasite to schizophrenia

Danish blood donors supplied the samples needed to prove the connection. House cats and other animals in the cat family,...

Scientists identify links between psychiatric disorders and events during the foetal stage

The causes of mental disorders may stem from the earliest stages of pregnancy, during foetal neurodevelopment. This is shown in...

New tool makes it easier to decipher the communication system of cells

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen played a key role in the development of a method for tailoring drugs to...

Your willingness to take risks is written in your genes

Do you drive too fast? Have you had a lot of sexual partners? Or do you have a tendency to...

Transparent mice map the brain’s washing machine

Thanks to an ingenious technique – which is able to make tissue transparent – Danish researchers have discovered a ‘plumbing...

New analytical method exposes the body’s policemen

Scientists are now able to pinpoint where in the body our T cells will attack. Among other things, this will...

The world’s only cubed poop can now be scientifically explained

The faeces of the wombat have caused a stir in scientific circles. They are cubic, enabling the wombat to stack...

Genetic sprint – all the way down through the Americas

An international research project, headed by DNA detective Eske Willerslev from the University of Copenhagen, shows in an article in...

Ants give away the secrets of human brain processes

Through their work on the brains of ants, a team of researchers at the University of Copenhagen has identified fundamental...

Poisonous snakes: Scientists identify clever antivenom cocktail

New method paves the way for mass production of snake antivenom without the many side effects of today’s products. Danish...

Salmon and fieldmice to shed light on the enigmatic hologenome

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have received grants totalling 90 million Danish kroner to fund different ways of studying...

DNA detectives expose the little devils responsible for diverticular disease

Why do people develop bulges, or pockets, in the large intestine? Using a Danish analytical technique, scientists have obtained new...

How it can help to give an electric shock  

Danish and British scientists are the first to prove that electric shocks can relieve severe depression. In essence, the reason...

1,000 old skeletons to provide new knowledge about brain disorders

The University of Copenhagen and Lundbeck Foundation are establishing a new research centre to map the interaction between human DNA...

Scientists have found the first Native American

A large international team of scientists has retrieved the entire DNA from an 11,500-year-old skeleton of a child from Alaska....

Scientists figure out the ‘LinkedIn profile’ of cancer cells

With the help of an ingenious calculation method, a Danish-American research project has identified a further 62 human genes which,...