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Congratulations to Professor Gitte Moos Knudsen who has been awarded the Niels A. Lassen prize 2011!

The prize consists of a medal and DKK 25.000. The award ceremony will take place Wednesday, December 7. The ceremony starts at 16:30, where Gitte Moos Knudsen will give a lecture entitled "Imaging studies of brain receptor systems".

Venue: Auditoriet, Uddannelsescenteret, Bispebjerg Hospital, indgang 50, Tuborgvej 235, 2400 København NV.


The prize is awarded by Niels A. Lassen Foundation, which was established in 1999 in memory of professor, MD, DMSc. Niels A. Lassen (1926-1997), who was one of the 20th century's most significant brain and circulation researchers in Denmark. Niels A. Lassen was associated with Bispebjerg Hospital, and the prize will be awarded at the hospital's "forskningsdag", this year on 7 December, which is Niels A. Lassen's birthday.


Today, Gitte Moos Knudsen is consultant and Head of the Neurobiology Research Unit, Neuroscience Centre, Rigshospitalet, and professor at the University of Copenhagen. In 1994, she became DMSc. and specialist in neurology. In the age of 39, Gitte Moos Knudsen was in 1999 appointed as professor in a 5-year professorship in clinical neurobiology and in 2004 in a permanent ordinary, newly created professorship in clinical neurobiology at the University of Copenhagen. At the same time, she was appointed as consultant at Rigshospitalet and in 2004 she took over the leadership of the Neurobiology Research Unit. Gitte Moos Knudsen is also chairman of the Danish Society for Neuroscience.

Gitte Moos Knudsen's research has been characterized by great originality. The early research dealt with the brain's blood circulation and blood-brain barrier (thesis 1994). Since 1999, the research field has been molecular imaging of the brain. The research group now includes about 40 employees. The research ranges from basic neuroscience to the study of healthy subjects and patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. The studies have specifically referred to the serotonergic system, which is involved in depression, memory disorders, biological rhythms and obesity. Gitte Moos Knudsen is also Head of "Center for Integrated Molecular Brain Mapping" (CIMBI), which has been established through a grant from the Lundbeck Foundation of DKK 80 mio. over 10 years.