The Department of Neuroscience (IN) is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen and is physically located in the Panum Building and at the Maersk Tower in central Copenhagen.

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 for Teaching
Associate Professor Jens C. Rekling
Room: 24-4
Telephone: +45 31526540
E-mail: jrekling@sund.ku.dk

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

Professor Jakob Balslev Sørensen
Room: 07-04-56
Telephone: +45 51680499
E-mail: jakobbs@sund.ku.dk

Birgitte Kornum

Associate Professor Birgitte Rahbek Kornum
Room: 24-4
Telephone: +45 50511511
E-mail: kornum@sund.ku.dk 

Jens Bo Nielsen

Professor Jens Bo Nielsen
Room: 33-3-50
Telephone: +45 35327450
E-mail: jbnielsen@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 

HR Partner
Louise Natalie Daugaard
Room: 09-2-10C
Telephone: +45 3532 6480
E-mail: louise.daugaard@sund.ku.dk

Annette Bue Brandi

Project controller
Annette Bue Brandi
Room: 33-5-63
Telephone: +45 3532 7714
E-mail: abr@sund.ku.dk
Supports the following labs: Gether, Imig, Kjærulff, Løland, Madsen, Rasmussen, Sørensen, Toft Sørensen, Walter

Annie Wendell

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

Gabriella Staalgaard

Project controller
Gabriella Staalgaard
Room: 33-5-84
Telephone: +45 3533 3926
E-mail: gabriella.staalgaard@sund.ku.dk
Supports the following labs: Kirkeby

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 as an internationally recognized epicenter for brain research and education to the future benefit of patients and society.


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 2018 – 2023.


To deliver top-class basic and translational research in neuroscience

  • Active recruitment of talented group leaders
  • Strengthen funding opportunities for IN researchers
  • Provide space and infrastructure solutions for expansions of lab activities


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

  • Establish M.Sc. program in neuroscience
  • Establish one-year master programs
  • Ensure high quality neuroscience courses and PhD program


To become an attractive and visible collaboration partner and knowledge center for neuroscience with responsibility for sustainable development

  • Enhance visibility to the surroundings
  • Enhance collaboration and translational outlook
  • More innovation initiatives


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

  • Improve work environment
  • Improve internal and external communication







Facts about the department

  • 150 scientific and administrative staff members are employed at the Department (2020). IN has a revenue of DKK 80 million (2017) of which the majority, 61%, is funding from private partners.
  • The Department consists of 25 research groups (2020) 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.