Name: Ulrik Gether
Born: 1963.07.27 in Aalborg, Denmark.
Position: Professor of Neuropharmacology, Head of Department.
1990: Doctor of Medicine, University of Copenhagen.
2000: Dr. Med. Sc., University of Copenhagen. Thesis published as review in Endocrine Rev. (~900 citations according to Web of Science)
Appointments and Training
2017-: Professor of Neuropharmacology, Head of Department (from September 1st), Department of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2015-2017 Professor of Neuropharmacology and Section Head, Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2001-2015 Professor of Neuropharmacology, Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
1996-2001: Ole Rømer Associate Research Professor, Division of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Department of Medical Physiology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
1993-1996: Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University Medical School, California, U.S.A. (laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Prof. Brian Kobilka)
1991-1993: Research Fellow, Lab. of Mol. Endocrinology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
1990: Internship at Department of Medicine, Hvidovre Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
1985-1990: Student in Dr. Thue W. Schwartz's laboratory, Laboratory of Molecular Endocrinology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Selected Positions of Trust and Editorial Work
1996-: Ad hoc reviewer of manuscripts for Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Communication, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. J. Neuroscience etc.
1999-present: Numerous evaluation committees (PhDs, Drs. of Medical Sciences, Professorships) at Univ. of Copenhagen, Aarhus Univ., Karolinska, Oslo Univ., Linköping Univ.)
2000-2006: Board member, Danish Society for Pharmacology and Toxicology
2001-2008: Scientific Advisory Board member, Novasite Pharmaceuticals, San Diego
2003-: Executive Committee Member, ‘Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology’
2006-: Editorial Board Member, ‘Molecular Pharmacology’
2006-2012: Research Strategic Committee (‘Forskningsudvalget’), University of Copenhagen
2006-2010: Elected as Vice chair and Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on ‘Membrane Transport Proteins in 2008 and 2010, respectively
2008: Chairman of AERES Evaluation Committee responsible for review of and site-visit at CNRS/INSERM laboratory at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
2008-2011: Associate Editor ‘Pharmacology and Therapeutics’
2011-: Board member and Chairman (2015-2016), Weimann Foundation
2012-2017: Editorial Board, ‘Journal of Biological Chemistry’
2013-: Member of Danish Council for Independent Research | Medical Sciences (Det Frie Forskningsråd: Sundhed og Sygdom), Vice Chair from 2015, Chair from 2017.
2015-: Member of Program Committee for FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) Forum 2016, July 2016, Copenhagen
Selected Awards and Honors
1993: Fulbright Senior Scholarship
1998: Anna Bochardt’s Memorial Award
1998: Scientific Honorary Medal, Danish Society for Theoretical and Applied Therapy
2002: Elected Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.
2012: Recipient of ’Kirsten og Freddy Johansens Lægevidenskabelige Forskerpris 2012’.
Selected Other Scientific and Academic Activities
1993-: Invited speaker at ~70 international scientific meetings. Recent examples include:
- 10th Annual SFB35 Symposium on Transmembrane Transporters, Vienna, September 5-8, 2017
- ISN Brain in Flux Satellite Meeting, Maintenon, France, August 25-28, 2017
- BioMedical Transporters, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 6-10, 2017
- Dopamine 2016, Vienna, Austria, September 5-8, 2016
- Gordon Research Seminar and Conference on Membrane Transport Proteins, Il Ciocco, Italy, June 11-17, 2016 (key note speaker and invited speaker)
- Neuroscience Day, Aarhus University, May 4, 2016 (key note speaker)
- American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Hollywood, Florida, Dec 6-10, 2015
- ISN Brain in Flux Satellite Meeting, Cairns, Australia, August 20-23, 2015
- Nordic Neuroscience 2015, Trondheim, Norway, June 10-12, 2015
- 81st Annual Congress of the German Society for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Kiel, Germany, March 10-12, 2015
- 48th Winter Conference on Brain Research, Big Sky, Montana, Jan 24-29, 2015
1992-: >60 guest lectures at universities and pharmaceutical companies
1999-2016: Partner in program project funded by the National Institute of Drugs Abuse under the NIH, U.S.A. (collaborators at Columbia, Vanderbilt and Cornell Universities)
2002-: Ad hoc reviewer of grants for Israeli Science Foundation, National Science Foundation, U.S.A., Austrian Science Foundation, NIH and Human Frontiers Science Program
2004: Co-organizer of Benzon Symposium No. 51 entitled: ‘Neurotransmitter transporters: Basal function and drug targets’.
2013: Co-organizer of Benzon Symposium No. 61 entitled: ‘Membrane proteins: structure, function and dynamics’, August 19-22 2013
2015: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science - Invitation Fellowship (invited 15 days trip with visit to six universities and research institutes)
Leadership and Research Administration
1996-: In charge of Molecular Neuropharmacology and Genetics Lab. counting 25-30 people (3 Associate Prof., 4 post docs, 7 PhD students, 3 RAs, 8 Master’s students and 4 techs). Supported by Danish Research Councils, NIH U.S.A., Lundbeck Foundation, Univ. of Copenhagen and the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
2004-2009: Director of ‘Center for Pharmacogenomics’ DKK 25 mio from Danish Research Councils
2008-2013: Principal Investigator, UCPH Program of Excellence (‘Stjerneprogram’) on ‘Biomolecular Scaffolding of Neurotransmitter Receptors and Transporters’ (DKK 25 mio)
2008-2013: Co-PI (one of four) on UNIK Center of Excellence grant entitled ‘Synthetic Biology’ and awarded DKK 120 mio from 2009-2014 (Director Prof. B. Lindberg Møller).
2010-2015: Director of ‘Lundbeck Foundation Center for Biomembranes in Nanomedicine’ (together with Dr. Dimitrios Stamou) awarded DKK 34 mio from 2010-2015.
2013-: Director, UCPH KU2016 Program of Excellence ‘Attention to Dopamine…’, - DKK 19 mio
2016 -: PI for "Larger biomedical Project", Lundbeck Foundation, DKK 10 mio
Teaching and Supervision
1996-: Since 1996 main supervisor for 24 post docs, 27 PhD student and 33 Master’s students
1998- : Ad hoc lecturer at PhD courses (KU, Linköping, Karolinska Institutet, Aarhus University)
1996- : Pregraduate teaching in physiology and pharmacology (medical and human biology students), including >1000 hours of lectures/class teaching plus preparation/evaluation of written exams, course responsibility and organization of laboratory
Research Interests and Expertise
Neurotransmitter transporters and receptors with focus on the dopamine system, molecular pharmacology, addiction (cocaine/amphetamine), psychiatric diseases (schizophrenia, depression, ADHD, autism), Parkinson’s disease, neuronal cell biology, molecular genetics, genetic mouse models
161 publications in peer-reviewed journals (Feb 2018). Several contributions to high impact journals (2 Nature, 1 Nature Neuroscience, 3 Nature Comm., 1 Neuron, 1 Nature Chem Biol, 1 Nature Methods, 4 PNAS, 1 PloS Biology, 3 EMBO J, 1 Current Biology, 1 Elife, 39 J Biol Chem). 16 papers published as conference proceedings/book chapters. Co-inventor on two patents. Google Scholar: ~13,600 citations, H-index = 58 (Feb 2018) (ORCID ID 0000-0002-0020-3807).