Neurobiology Research Unit
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Copenhagen University has a local network of different laboratories that are involved with clinical and experimental neuroscience research as well as brain imaging with PET, SPECT, and MRI. The university hospitals Rigshospitalet and Hvidovre Hospital have two high-resolution PET-scanners (GE, Advance, Advance/CT), a GE4096, two 1.5 T and one 3T MR-scanner. Funding for an experimental PET-scanner is currently applied for.
Research areas include image analysis (coregistration, region-of-interest delineation, partial volume correction, kinetics), radiochemistry, neurodegenerative diseases, neuropsychiatric disorders (mood disorders, Tourettes syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder).
NRU bridges between basic research and clinical neurobiology, focussing on basic pathophysiological and physiological aspect of, in particular, neurotransmission. NRU is a part of the Department of Neurology, the Neuroscience Center, and has close interactions with the PET- and Cyclotron Unit at Rigshospitalet, Hvidovre MR-department, and the Department of psychiatry, H. Lundbeck A/S, and NeuroSearch. Furthermore, NRU has close collaborations with international research groups (EU-Groups involved in the two European funded programs: NCI-MCI and PVEout; furthermore: National Cardiovascular Center Research Institute, Osaka, and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego).