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.
Associate Professor Claire Meehan
Head of the Faculty Board
Professor Martin F. Rath
Deputy Head of the Faculty Board
Professor Ulrik Gether
Professor Ole Kiehn
Lars Erik Kühl
Assistant Professor Barbara Lind
Professor Claus Løland
Assistant Professor Peter Petersen
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.
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
- Excitable cells
- CNS structure and function
- Cellular neuroscience
- Human neurobiology
- Neuronal signaling
- Tissue & movement biomechanics
- Advanced cell biology
- Pharmacology and toxicology