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31 May 2016

Niels Bohr professorship brings renowned researcher to SUND

NIELS BOHR PROFESSORSHIP

The Danish National Research Foundation has just awarded seven Niels Bohr professorships, with the aim of enriching the Danish research environments. Professor Alexei Verkhrantsky is one of the international researchers, who have been awarded this distinguished recognition. Over the coming years, in collaboration with Professor Maiken Nedergaard, he will conduct research on neuroglia in the ageing brain.

First-class international researchers will become part of the Danish research environment. This is the thought behind the Danish National Research Foundation’s Niels Bohr programme. The foundation has just awarded seven international researchers a professorship, and over the next five years, they will spend between 50% and 100% of their time collaborating with Danish research environments. One of the chosen researchers is the highly renowned Professor Alexei Verkhratsky, who will be affiliated with the Center for Basic and Translational Neuroscience. His host will be Professor Maiken Nedergaard and they will collaborate on research on neuroglia in the ageing brain.

“Cognitive ageing and the affiliated neurological diseases are some of the greatest challenges currently facing modern human beings and modern medical sciences. With our research, we aim to develop the first and unique in-depth analyses of neuroglia in connection with physical ageing and age-related neurological diseases. Examining neuroglia is an important focus area at the Center for Basic and Translational Neuroscience, and we aim to provide world-class glia-research,” says Professor Alexei Verkhratsky.

The proper basis for future discoveries

Professor Liselotte Højgaard, chairperson of the Danish National Research Foundation’s board, stresses that the Niels Bohr professorships help further international collaborations while also providing the scientific basis from which future discoveries and technologies can take their point of departure. A view shared by Dean Ulla Wewer.

“I’m very pleased that the Niels Bohr programme provides us with the opportunity to strengthen our international research collaborations, which can enrich medical research at the University of Copenhagen with new perspectives and methods. With Alexei Verhkratsky’s professorship, we welcome a highly renowned international researcher who, in close collaboration with Professor Maiken Nedergaard, will generate new results on research into cognitive ageing in Copenhagen,” says Dean Ulla Wewer.

The Danish National Research Foundation was established in 1991, as an independent foundation, which works to strengthen Danish research in every field through larger and long-term investments. Read more about the Niels Bohr professorships here.