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The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE) was established by Lundbeckfonden and Aarhus University in 2013 and performs basic and translational research in brain and the nervous system.

DANDRITE is an interdisciplinary research institute hosted by Aarhus University, organizationally placed at two departments: Department of Biomedicine (Faculty of Health) and Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (Faculty of Natural Sciences). DANDRITE also has ties to Aarhus University Hospital.

For further information, see Organization

DANDRITE is the Danish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, which facilitates collaborative research, access to scientific infrastructure, and fosters outstanding international research talent. The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is the leading European institution in molecular life sciences.

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DANDRITE is embedded in the vibrant NeuroCampus research community at Aarhus University. NeuroCampus Aarhus is a crosscutting research cluster within neuroscience and cognition at Aarhus University (AU) and Aarhus University Hospital (AUH).

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DANDRITE is established with support from Lundbeckfonden, which is one of Denmark’s largest commercial foundations, and the largest financial contributor to Danish public brain research. Lundbeckfonden has an ambition for Denmark to be the world’s leading brain research nation. At the same time, Lundbeckfonden focuses on raising public awareness of the brain and brain disorders.

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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 has 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 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