About Us – University of Copenhagen


Our mission and vision

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. 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. Thus, our vision is to establish Department of Neuroscience as an internationally recognized epicenter for brain research and education to the future benefit of patients and society. 


Professor Ulrik Gether heads the department together with a steering group consisting of Professors Jakob Balslev Sørensen, Ole Kiehn, Jens Bo Nielsen, Associate Professor Nanna MacAulay and Department Administrator Lars Erik Kühl.

The Department consists of several research groups working within different areas of neuroscience.

The Department is responsible for teaching of medical students, odontology students, human biology students and molecular biomedicine students in the areas of neuroscience and pharmacology.

The Department manages the University of Copenhagen PhD program in Neuroscience.