The Lundbeck Foundation Center for Neurovascular Signaling (LUCENS) is a research center based at The Research Park of Glostrup Hospital and affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
It is dedicated to the study of neurovascular signaling.
By this we mean all processes and mechanisms that couple neuronal activity and blood vessels in health and disease.
The center was funded by a 5-year grant from The Lundbeck Foundation and began its activities January 1st, 2006.
It unites 6 different research groups within the same academic institution (University of Copenhagen) and within the center for brain diseases at Glostrup Hospital.
These research groups each focus on separate aspects of neurovascular signaling, but also have a large common ground, where collaboration and exchange of information enhances originality and productivity. Another important aspect of LUCENS is the strong translational focus made possible by the existence of experimental laboratories and clinical research activities on the same campus.
LUCENS partners occupy a large part of the newly constructed Research Park at Glostrup Hospital with its excellent laboratory facilities. Each of the basic research groups there are also associated with clinical research in the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, and Clinical Neurophysiology. An important core function is the Center for Neuroimaging associated with the departments of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. Thus, the activities of LUCENS include very basic studies of the relation between electrical activity, metabolism and blood flow in assemblies of neurons, biochemical and pharmacological studies of cells and tissues and basic studies of new MR methods for studying the relation between cerebral function and blood flow as well as studies of the mechanism of migraine, stroke, schizophrenia and retinal disorders in human patients.