About us

Focus areas

To develop new treatment algorithms, the National Center for Brain Tumor Research consists of 20 research groups covering different aspects of
five focus areas:

  • Tumor heterogeneity
  • Dispersal mechanisms and tumor environment
  • Treatment resistance
  • Local control
  • Targeted drug treatment

Organisation

The Research Center is a member of DCCC and supported by The Danish Cancer Society.

The Steering Group include Principal Investigators from each 20 research groups, which have been formed with expertise in surgery, radiation therapy, medical treatment, pathology, imaging and basic research.

The Principal Investigators and their co-Principal Investigators each representing a Working Package, in all the 20 Working Packages are represented in a Steering Group (see the figure 1).

The Steering Group will together with the secretariat overlook the scientific progress in the Working Package, coordinating data sharing, coordinating the economy, and the scientific and public dissemination of new knowledge.

The Steering Group will also coordinate scientific PhD courses. The Steering Group is led by Ulrik Lassen as Director and Hans Skovgaard Poulsen as co-Director. Anne-Marie Bach is Director of the Secretariat.

A patient representative (former Lawyer, Anja Cordes) and a representative from The Brain Tumor Association (Chair Karin Risgaard), are members of The Steering Group.

For taking part in annual meetings and the evaluation reports regarding each Working Package, an International Scientific Advisory Board is involved.

2021
The year we established the research center
20
Mio. in funding from the Danish Cancer Society
11
Partnerships with national research centers
The International Scientific Advisory Board
Webster Cavenee
Professor, Dr. Director of Strategic Alliances in Central Nervous System Cancers, Distinguished Professor, Chair NFCR Scientific Advisory Board Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of California San Diego, US
Michael Weller
Professor, Dr. Med., Chair the Dept. of Neurology University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
Manfred Westphal
Professor, Dr. Director of the department Neurosurgery University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf (UCHE) in Hamburg, Germany
Board of Directors
Morten Høyer
Professor, Danish Centre for Particle Therapy, Aarhus University Hospital
Bjarne Winther Kristensen
MD, PhD Dept of Pathology, ​Professor of Pathology, Consultant, Copenhagen University Hospital
Ulrik Lassen
Chair, Professor, Physician in Chief, Director of the DCCC Brain Tumor Center, Head of Dept. for Cancer Treatment, Copenhagen University Hospital
René Johannes Laursen
MD & Consultant, Dept. of Neuro-surgery, Aalborg University Hospital, Head of DNOG
Hans Skovgaard Poulsen
MD, DMSc, Chief Physician and Co-Director, The DCCC Brain Tumor Center
Joachim Weischenfeldt
PhD, assoc professor, Biotech Research & Innovation Center (BRIC), Copenhagen University

The Steering Group

Steering Group MemberTitleAffiliation
(Anne) Dorte Schou Nørøxe MD, PhDDCCC Brain Tumor Center, Dept. of Cancer Treatment, Copenhagen University Hospital
Adam Espe HansenClinical Professor,PhD, PET/MR physicistDept.of Clinical Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital
Anders KorshøjMD, PhD, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Associate ProfessorDept. of Clinical Medicine, Dept of Neurosurgery, Aarhus University Hospital
Andreas KjærMD, PhD, DMSc, MBA, Professor, Chief PhysicianHead of Cluster for Molecular Imaging, Copenhagen University & Copenhagen University Hospital
Anja CordesFormer lawyer
Anouk TripMD PhD, Chief Physician, Radiation OncologistDanish Center for Particle Therapy, Aarhus University Hospital
Bjarne Winther KristensenMD, PhD, ​Professor of Pathology, ConsultantDept. of Pathology, Copenhagen University Hospital
Bo HalleAssociate Professor,Dept. of Neurosurgery, Odense University Hospital
Christian Rønn HansenMD, PhD studentRadiophysical Lab & DCPT Oncology, Odense University Hospital
Frantz Rom PoulsenProfessorDept. of Neurosurgery, Odense University Hospital
Gorm von ÖttingenPhysician in ChiefDept. of Neuro-surgery, Aarhus University Hospital
Hans Skovgaard PoulsenMD, DMSc, Associate Research Professorco-Director of the DCCC Brain Tumor Center, Dept. of Cancer Treatment, Copenhagen University Hospital
Helle Sørensen von EssenNurse, MSc, PhD studentDept of Neurosurgery, Odense University Hospital
Jane Skjøth-RasmussenPhD Neurosurgery, Chief PhysicianDept of The Neuroscience Center, Copenhagen University Hospital
Janine Terra ErlerProfessor, Group Leader tumour microenvironmentBiotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), Copenhagen University
Jesper KallehaugePhDDanish Center for Particle Therapy, Aarhus University Hospital
Joachim WeischenfeldtPhD, assoc professorBiotech Research & Innovation Center (BRIC), Copenhagen University
Karen RisgaardDanish Brain Tumor Association, chairHjernetumorForeningen
Krister WennerbergProfessorBiotech Research & Innovation Center (BRIC), Copenhagen University
Lars Henning EngelholmAssociate ProfessorThe Engelholm Group (Histology Core Unit at the Finsen Laboratory) BRIC, Copenhagen University
Marco CapognaPhD, ProfessorNeuroscience, the Faculty of Health, Dept. of Biomedicine
Morten HøyerProfessorDanish Centre for Particle Therapy, Aarhus University Hospital
Niels BehrendtD.Sc., PhD, Section Head, ProfessorThe Finsen Laboratory,  Copenhagen University Hospital & BRIC & Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen
Rene Johannes LaursenConsultant & MDDept. of Neuro-surgery, Aalborg University Hospital, Head of DNOG
Signe Regner MichaelsenPostdocThe Bartholin Institute, Dept. of Pathology, Copenhagen University Hospital
Slávka LukacovaMD, PhDDept. of Clinical Medicine, Dept. of Experimental Clinical Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital
Ulrik LassenProfessor, Physician in ChiefDirector of the DCCC Brain Tumor Center, Head of Dept. of Cancer Treatment, Copenhagen University Hospital
Vibeke Andrée LarsenPhD, Chief PhysicianDiagnostic Radiology, Dept.of Centre of Diagnostic Investigations, Copenhagen University Hospital