The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE) is the Danish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. DANDRITE was established by the Lundbeck Foundation and Aarhus University in 2013 and performs basic and translational research in brain and the nervous system.

DANDRITE is an interdisciplinary research centre affiliated with two faculties at Aarhus University, the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Science and Technology. The centre has ties to Aarhus University Hospital.

The director of DANDRITE is Professor Poul Nissen, who together with Professor Anders Nykjær and Professor Poul Henning Jensen represents the core research groups. In accordance with the EMBL tradition, DANDRITE have recruited five group leaders from across the globe to establishing a thriving, cutting-edge research environment that brings in a unique range of neuroscience research ideas and methodologies. DANDRITE also hosts visiting scientists and collaborates with the to the Danish research community through associate research programs.

The focus of DANDRITE research is molecular mechanisms that explain physiological manifestations of cellular communication networks in brain circuitries, and how these are affected in neurological and psychiatric disorders. Furthermore, translational research aiming for new strategies in diagnostic and clinical practice, drug discovery and spin-out activities will be encouraged. For further information, see Research aims & groups.

The main features of DANDRITE are:

  • Cutting-edge molecular and translational neuroscience in an open and international research environment
  • Membership in the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine with nodes in Oslo, Umeå, Helsinki and Aarhus
  • Talent development through the advancement of outstanding young group leaders and training of PhD students and postdocs
  • Close collaboration with clinical research and the pharmaceutical industry and stimulation of new biotech companies