It is the mission of the department to perform top class basic and translational research to advance the understanding of brain functions as well as brain diseases and their treatment. We also take responsibility for educating the next generation of researchers and physicians within neuroscience to ensure optimal understanding and treatment of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases. This bench-to-bedside strategy will reinforce collaborative efforts with clinicians and other scientific disciplines both nationally and internationally.

Neuroscience is a major strategic focus area for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen and as a consequence the Department of Neuroscience, which has its roots from the previous Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, was officially established 1st of September 2017. The purpose was to gather research groups committed to neuroscience with educational activities within neuroscience in one organizational unit.


Ulrik Gether

Head of Department
Professor Ulrik Gether
Room: 07-05-21
Telephone: +45 23840089
E-mail: gether@sund.ku.dk

Head of Administration
Lars Erik Kühl
Room:  07-05-38
Telephone: +45 93565802
E-mail: lars.kuhl@sund.ku.dk

Vice Head of Department (Teaching)
Professor Martin F. Rath
Room: 24-6-06
Telephone: +45 93565394
E-mail: mrath@sund.ku.dk

Vice Head of Department (Research)
Professor ​Ole Kiehn 
Room: 07-04-54
Telephone: +45 93565963
E-mail: ole.kiehn@sund.ku.dk



Associate Professor Claire Meehan

Head ​of the Faculty Board

​Room: 24-4-42
Phone: +45 2860 4207
E-mail: claire@sund.ku.dk

Professor Martin F. Rath

Deputy Head ​of the Faculty Board

Room: 24-6-06
Phone: +45 9356 5394
E-mail: mrath@sund.ku.dk

Profe​​s​sor Ulrik Gether

Room: 07-5-21
Phone: +45 2384 0089
E-mail: gether@sund.ku.dk

Professor Ole Kiehn

​Room: 07-4-54
Phone: +45 9356 5963
E-mail: ole.kiehn@sund.ku.dk

Lars Erik Kühl

​Room: 07-5-38
Phone: +45 9356 5802
E-mail: lars.kuhl@sund.ku.dk

Assistant Profe​​s​sor Barbara Lind

Room: 07-4-24
Phone: +45 6177 7970
E-mail: barbarall@sund.ku.dk

Profe​​s​sor Claus Løland

Room: 07-5-32
Phone: +45 2875 6407
E-mail: cllo@sund.ku.dk

Assistant Profe​​s​sor Peter Petersen

Room: 33-3-52
Phone: +45 4241 4004
E-mail: petersen.peter@sund.ku.dk






Lars Erik Kühl

Head of Administration
Lars Erik Kühl
Room:  07-05-38 + 33-3-10 (Tuesdays+Thursdays)
Telephone: +45 9356 5802
E-mail: lars.kuhl@sund.ku.dk

Anette Studsgård

Department secretary
Anette Studsgård
Room: 07-05-40 + 33-3-08 (Tuesdays+Thursdays)
Telephone: +45 3533 7870
E-mail: studsgaard@sund.ku.dk

Lars Michler

Lars Michler  
Room: 33-3-06 + 07-5-65
Telephone: +45 3532 7228
E-mail: lars.michler@sund.ku.dk 

Nicolai Høtoft Jensen

Finance officer
Nicolai Høtoft Jensen
Room: 33-3-06 + 07-5-65
Telephone: +45 3533 0747
E-mail: hotoft@sund.ku.dk

HR officer
Louise Borum Bech
Room: 09-2-11E
Telephone: +45 3532 6961
E-mail: louise.bbech@sund.ku.dk 

Fulya Nur Kilic

Project controller
Fulya Nur Kilic
Room: 33-5
Telephone: +45 3532 2264
E-mail: fulya.kilic@sund.ku.dk
Supports the following labs: Gether, Kjærulff, Løland, Madsen, Rasmussen, Toft Sørensen

Annie Wendell

Project controller
Annie Wendell
Room: 33-5-65
Telephone: +45 3532 7636
E-mail: anniewe@sund.ku.dk
Supports the following labs: Christensen, Imig, Krarup, Lorentzen, Nielsen, Roland, Sørensen, Walter

Project controller
Pinar Dogan
Room: 33-5-
Telephone: +45 3533 4461
E-mail: pinar.dogan@sund.ku.dk 
Supports the following labs: Allodi, Cai, Kermen, Kiehn, Lind, Meehan, Perrier

Sa Thi Mai

Project controller
Sa Thi Mai
Room: 33-5-71
Telephone: +45 5269 3722
E-mail: sa.thi.mai@sund.ku.dk
Supports the following labs: Berg, Kornum, Lauritzen, MacAulay, NAD, Rath, Rekling








Our vision is to establish Department of Neuroscience (Institut for Neurovidenskab, IN) at University of Copenhagen as an internationally recognized hub for basic and translational research aimed at advancing the understanding of brain functions and brain diseases


It is the mission of the department to perform top class basic and translational research to advance our understanding of brain functions as well as brain diseases and their treatment. We expect our bench-to-bedside strategy to reinforce collaborative efforts not only with clinicians but also with other scientific disciplines both nationally and internationally. We also take responsibility for educating the next generation of researchers and physicians within neuroscience to ensure optimal understanding and treatment of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases.

Goals and actions

The department has set 4 overall strategic goals with action plans for 2023 – 2026.


To deliver top-class basic and translational research in neuroscience

  • Recruitment of young talented group leaders and/or senior scientists with strong funding opportunities from outside of IN.
  • Career development of scientific staff
  • Strengthening the funding opportunities of IN researchers through intensified collaboration and support.
  • Providing laboratory space and modern infrastructure including core facility solutions to conduct innovative research.


To deliver state-of-the-art teaching and implement new educations in neuroscience

  • Improvement, reorganization and development of the presently taught neuroscience curriculum.
  • Consolidation of the two-year M.Sc. program in neuroscience.
  • Consolidation of the Master education in neurorehabilitation.
  • Maintaining a strong and internationally attractive PhD program in neuroscience and implement a PhD academy for excellent interdisciplinary research training in neuroscience - the Neuroscience Academy Denmark
  • Activity based division of teaching and administrative tasks


To become an attractive and visible collaboration partner and knowledge center for neuroscience, which takes responsibility for sustainable development

  • Stimulate interaction and interdisciplinary collaboration with partners inside and outside the department.
  • Enhance the visibility of IN through stimulation of external communication and outreach activities.
  • Enhance the translational outlook through increased interaction with clinicians involving new research projects, seminar series, workshops, social events, etc.
  • Stimulate innovation, patenting – and if relevant - formation of spin-out companies and seek industrial collaboration
  • Take responsibility for sustainable development.


To stimulate an excellent and inclusive work environment with professional administrative and technical support

  • Continued focus on work environment to create commitment and well-being for all
  • Increased level of informal and formal communication through joint meetings, activities, and an updated intranet.
  • Provision of efficient and competent administrative and technical support.
  • Improve equality of opportunity and diversity.





The Department of Neuroscience consists of approximately 150 full and part-time employees and 100 associated researchers and students divided into 22 research groups and an administration. The organization is visualized in the chart below. The red boxes represent the current line management, while blue boxes represent councils and committees. The scientific groups are placed directly under the management structure with no additional subdivision or section structure; in the figure below, they are shown according to their physical location. The overall approach to governance at IN is based on a flat organizational structure with a high level of involvement from group leaders and staff. Collaboration committees and scientific/educational councils support an engaging and collaborative culture.




  • Molecular and cellular neuroscience
  • Motor control and neuronal circuits
  • Neurotransmitter receptors and transporters
  • Cerebral fluid and blood flow
  • Autonomic systems and circadian rhythm
  • Neurological, psychiatric diseases and trauma

Educational Focus

  • Excitable cells
  • CNS structure and function
  • Cellular neuroscience
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Human neurobiology
  • Neuronal signaling
  • Tissue & movement biomechanics
  • Advanced cell biology
  • Pharmacology and toxicology