Cellectricon has appointed Dr. Christian Vægter, Associate Professor and research group leader at Aarhus University, to its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Vægter brings extensive expertise in glia-neuron in the context of chronic pain to the advisory board.

Dr. Vægter obtained his PhD in Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Copenhagen. He is currently holding a position at Aarhus University as associate professor and group leader. Dr. Vægter has also performed research at the Rowett Research Institute, UC San Francisco, Yale Medical School and Columbia University. His current research focus is the glial cells of the peripheral nervous system, particularly the satellite glial cells and the Schwann cells, and how these cells interact with neurons to modulate their functions in health and disease. Dr. Vægter is also affiliated DANDRITE, the Nordic-EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, and is a course leader and passionate teacher in Biochemistry and Neuroscience, engaged in inspiring the next generation of researchers and medical doctors.

“We are very pleased to welcome Christian to our Scientific Advisory Board, where he will bring extensive disease area knowledge which nicely complements the skill sets of our other board members” said Cellectricon’s Head of Drug Discovery, Dr. Paul Karila. “With his knowledge of neuron-glia interactions and how these processes can be disturbed in chronic pain conditions, Dr. Vægter will bring key insights for the continued broadening of Cellectricon’s pain research offering where we aim to understand how we may restore this delicate balance” he added.

“Cellectricon has a proven competence in developing in vitro assays for pain that includes screening assays to detect the effect of drugs on neuronal excitability” said Dr. Vægter. “I am excited that they have broadened their preclinical research services to also encompass glial-neuron interactions and inflammatory mechanisms in pain, and I am glad to be able to contribute with my expertise by serving on the advisory board.”