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.
Professor Ulrik Gether heads the department together with a steering group consisting of Professor Jakob Balslev Sørensen, Professor Ole Kiehn, Associate Professor Jens C. Rekling, Associate Professor Nanna MacAulay and Head of Administration Lars Erik Kühl.
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.
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.