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The Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
The Department's research spans from Molecular Pharmacology and Cellular Studies of nerve tissue to the study of the nervous system's higher functions and diseases.
Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
Protein Laboratory's researchers examine the basal molecular and cellular processes which are the foundation of brain function, e.g. the structure and function molecular cell adhesion, functional characterization of glycoproteins, functional characterization of ion channels, electrophysical characterization of neurons and synaptic transmission, synaptic plasticity and motor function and sensory neuron networks.
Research is conducted in the function and development of complex neurobiological systems within motor contol, biomechanics, sleep and circadian rhythm regulation and rehabiliation, as well as regulation of autonomous processes and affective disorders, the serotonergic nervous system, blood-brain barrier transport systems, aging processes in the nervous system and interaction between synaptic activity and brain metabolism. There is also general research in the nervous system's ontogenetic and fylogenetic development.
Neurobiological and Pathological processes in neurological and psychiatric illnesses
Research is conducted in genetic, molecular, and cellular pathological processes and possible treatments for neurological and psychiatric illnesses such as epilepsy, apoplexy, neuro-degenerative diseases, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, schizophrenia, and affective diseases. There is also research in neuro-oncology.
Research is conducted in eye pathology, ocular oncology and immunology, experimental pathology and special histopathological methods. The Department develops pathological diagnostical services for eye doctors and eye departments.
Reseach is conducted in molecular and genetic basis for effectiveness of pharmaceuticals, as well and pharmaceutical treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases, for example in the characterization of the molecular mechanisms behind the activation and inactivation of G protein linking receptors, structure and function of chemokine receptors, cellular regulation and receptor targeting and signaling, the relationship between human genes and pharmaceutical effects (pharmacogenomics) and structure and function of neurotransmitting transporters.
Graduate School of Neuroscience
The Department collaborates and coordinates its activities with the Graduate School of Neuroscience, which is an integrated part of the NeuroCluster. The Graduate School of Neuroscience is financed by the Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation and handles Ph.D. students who are enrolled at the Faculty of Health Sciences and have a project within Neuroscience. Three basic Ph.D. courses are offered in neurobiology and a number of advanced courses are offered with international guest lecturers. The School has a board and the chair is Professor Morten Møller, MD (email). Click here to access the Graduate School's webpage