Professional and academic career
2012- Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia
2007/08 Visiting professor at University of Rochester Medical Research Centre, New York
2002-04 A/prof, Medical Physiology, University of Copenhagen
2000-02 Post. doc. Prince of Wales Medical Research Institut, Sydney Australia
1999 Post. doc. Physiologishes Institut Kiel University, Germany
1999 Phd in Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen
1995 MSc Human Physiology, University of Copenhagen
1990 BSc Sport Science, University of Copenhagen
1988/89 Visiting student Université Lyon I France
Honors and awards
2001 Paxinos-Watson Prize
General administrative and organisational experience
2013 Scientific committee for the Grete Lundbeck Brain Prize Hindsgavl meeting
2012 Board member of The Danish Society for Neuroscience
2008-11 Initiator and organizer of Midsummer Lectures at The Elsass Centre, Copenhagen
2005 Brain and Mind Forum, University of Copenhagen
2003-14 Initiator and organizer of the Copenhagen Neurodag
2003-06 Co-organizer Neuroscience seminars at The Panum Institute, Copenhagen
2003 Organizer Copenhagen Motor Control symposium
2001-02 Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute Motor Control Seminars, Sydney
2001 Local organizer of IUPS satelite symposium Cairns, Australia
1999 Co-organizer The Copenhagen International Summerschool
Understanding the complex brain functions underlying the control of movement.
The neuronal and neuro-glia interactions in the motor cortex and closely connected cortical areas involved in neural plasticity in relation to physical activity.
I study these processes at a cellular level in mice and at an integrated level in awake humans using laser imaging techniques, behavioural approaches and electrophysiology.
- Petersen, NC, Taylor JL, Murray NPS, Gandevia SC, Butler JE. (2011) Differential effects of low-intensity motor cortical stimulation on the inspiratory activity in scalene muscles during voluntary and involuntary breathing. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology 175:265–271.
- Jian K, Ning K, Petersen NC, Guo-Feng T, Nedergaard M. (2010) Sulforhodamine 101 induces long-tem potentiation of internal excitability and synaptic efficacy in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons. Neuroscience. 69(4) :1601-9
- Rasmussen P, Nielsen J, Overgaard M, Krogh-Madsen R, Gjedde A, Secher NH, Petersen NC (2010) Reduced muscle activation during exercise related to brain oxygenation and metabolism in humans. Journal of Physiology 588(11) :1985-95
- Seifert T, Petersen NC (2010) Changes in Cortical activity during fatiguing muscle contraction in man. Acta Physiologica (Oxford, England) 199(3) :317-26
- Petersen NC, Butler JE, Taylor JL, Gandevia SC (2010) Probing the corticospinal link between the motor cortex and motoneurones: some neglected aspects of human motor cortical function. Acta Physiologica (Oxford, England) 198(4) :403-16
- Butler JE, Larsen TS, Gandevia SC, Petersen NT (2007) The Nature of Corticospinal Paths Driving Human Motoneurones During Voluntary Contractions. Journal of Physiology 584(2) :651-9
- Rasmussen P, Secher NH, Petersen NT (2007) Understanding central fatigue, where to go? Journal of Experimental Physiology 92(2) :369-70
- Petersen NT, Butler JE, Carpenter MG, Cresswell AG (2007) Ia-afferent input to motoneurones during shortening and lengthening muscle contractions in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology 102(1) :144-8
- Petersen NT, Taylor JL, Butler JE, Gandevia SC (2003) Depression of activity in the corticospinal pathway during human motor behavior after strong voluntary contractions. Journal of Neuroscience 23 (22) : 7974-7980.
- Petersen NT, Pyndt HS and Nielsen JB (2003) Investigating human motor control by transcranial magnetic stimulation. Experimental Brain Research 152 (1) :1-16.