Our nervous system runs through all parts of our body and is the basis for being. We want to understand its fundamental mechanisms and how dysfunctions lead to diseases.

What We Do

We use advanced technologies that allow us to unravel how changes to molecules impact on nerve cell functions and affects behavior and disease progression. Examples are pain, visual disturbances, depression, Parkinson’s disease and dementia – noting that inflammatory states and stressful environmental conditions have emerged as able to modulate brain functions.

Who We Are

Our theme hosts more than 25 specialised research groups with Danish as well as international research leaders. The research groups collaborate with both clinicians and the pharmaceutical sector.

Meet Associate Professor
Mai Marie Holm

Portrait of Mai Marie Holm

What are the molecular mechanisms underlying normal and diseased brain functions – and how can we control them? These are fundamental questions for Mai Marie Holm.

Meet Professor
Marco Capogna

Portrait of Marco Capogna

Learning more about the different types of nerve cells that make the human brain work. This is the overarching aim for professor in Neuroscience Marco Capogna.

Meet Poul Henning Jensen,
Research Theme Coordinator

Research Theme Contact

Meet all of us



Yonehara Group - Spatially Asymmetric Neural Circuits in Visual System

Research Centres

Research Centre Promemo

Synthesis of new proteins in the synapses while a memory is being formed is critical for making the memory last, but what the proteins entail and how they act remains poorly understood. PROMEMO aims to identify and understand the function of memory-associated proteins that determines the persistence of a memory.


DANDRITE is the Danish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. Our research focus is molecular mechanisms that explain physiological manifestations of cellular communication networks in brain circuitries, and how these are affected in neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Research Centre Dagmar

A number of facilities and research groups in Denmark collaborate in the Danish Genetically Modified Animal Resource DAGMAR to enable the creation and phenotypic characterization of transgenic animals.

Illustration: a brain, Photo: Colourbox