Team and collaborators

​NEAD Group is led by Kamilla Miskowiak, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry

The team consists of the following researchers


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Kamilla Miskowiak,  Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry


I have a degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Copenhagen with my dissertation on multidisciplinary research on depression, which received the university gold medal (2006), and an MSc (with Distinction) (2004) and a DPhil (PhD) (2008) from University of Oxford in Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry.

I lead a number of clinical and experimental studies in patients with affective disorders using clinical ratings, neurocognitive testing and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Alongside my research I have received training in and worked with cognitive behavioural therapy of patients with depression or bipolar disorder and qualified as clinical psychologist in 2011.​


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​Julian Macoveanu,
PhD

Senior researcher and lecturer. The current research focus aims to identify neurobiological changes underlying the cognitive improvements observed with treatment of affective disorders. The methodological expertise includes extensive experience with functional MRI study design, image acquisition and analysis, structural and diffusion MRI, and computational modeling of neurophysiological data.




Søren F.V. Nielsen, 
PhD

Research Assistant, Ph.d. from Technical University of Denmark pending confirmation. I conduct machine learning analyses of fMRI data, trying to both develop new biomarkers for affective disorders and relate neural responses to treatment outcomes. I will be working on data from the NEAD, EPO, BIO and PRETEC studies. I have an M.Sc. in Engineering from DTU with mathematical modeling and computation as the primary focus area.



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​Lone Hørlyck
PhD

Postdoctoral researcher, PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London (UCL) in 2017. I am interested in how hippocampal functions and episodic memory are altered in affective disorders and by negative emotion, and how these alterations can contribute to the development and maintenance of psychiatric disorders. In the NEAD group, I work with analysis of fMRI data and on the AVRA project, where we investigate novel methods to assess hippocampal function, memory, and executive functions in patients with affective disorders. During my PhD, I investigated the effects of post-encoding processing on episodic memory and memory intrusions for traumatic material using behavioural methods and fMRI. I also hold an MSc (with distinction) in Clinical Neuroscience from UCL and an MSc in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen.



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​Iselin Meluken,
MD, PhD student

Medical doctor and PhD student (University of Copenhagen). I work on the NEAD twin project investigating putative imaging and neurocognitive endophenotypes for affective disorders in a nationwide sample of monozygotic twins. My key research interest is the biological background of affective disorders and how to use this knowledge to improve diagnostics and treatment.​


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​Ninja Meinhard,
MD, PhD student

Medical doctor and PhD student (University of Copenhagen). I work on the NEAD project focusing on the biological biomarkers in affective disorders. I graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Copenhagen in 2012 with my thesis about the role of estrogen in bipolar disorder. My research interest is primarily the biological underpinnings of affective disorders.​


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​Lejla Sjanic Schmidt,
MD, PhD student

Medical doctor and PhD student (University of Copenhagen). I am working on the EPO-T study which aims to investigate wether short-term add-on treatment with erythropoietin (EPO) can counteract the cognitive side-effects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). My key research interest is the neurobiological etiology of the cognitive dysfunction in patients with depression. My overall passion is creating better treatment strategies for patients with depression. 


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​Hanne Lie Kjærstad,
Psychologist, PhD student

Psychologist and PhD student (University of Copenhagen). I am working on the BIO-3 study that aims to investigate neurocognitive, brain-based biomarkers in newly diagnosed patients with bipolar disorder and their unaffected relatives. Before working as a research assistant at the Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, I completed my BSc at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, followed by an MSc in clinical- and neuropsychology at University of Copenhagen.​


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Caroline Vintergaard Ott, Psychologist, PhD student

Psychologist (University of Copenhagen) and PhD student. I obtained my MSc in Psychology in 2016, majoring in neuropsychology and clinical psychology. My main research interests are novel treatments targeting cognition and functional capacity across affective disorders, and the identification of biomarkers of cognitive impairment. I am involved in the PRETEC-ABC study, where I am assessing the effect of a new psychological treatment for objective cognitive impairment in patients with bipolar disorder.

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​Jeff Zarp Petersen,
Psychologist, PhD student

Psychologist (University of Copenhagen) and PhD student. I obtained my MSc with specialisation in clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology in 2017. As a PhD student in the NEAD Group, I am involved in the PRETEC-EPO and the EPO-T studies. My research interests are cognitive deficits in mood disorders, the underlying neuropathophysiology and the relationship between psychological and neurobiological perspectives in understanding and treating affective disorders.​

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​Anne Juul Bjertrup,
Psychologist, PhD student

Psychologist (University of Copenhagen) and PhD student. I work on several studies in the NEAD group including the recent validation studies of novel screening tools for cognitive dysfunction in depression. My research interests lie in the field of neuropsychology and psychiatry.​


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​Katrine Cramer,
research nurse

I work on the PRETEC-EPO and EPO-T studies. In these studies, I assist with administrative tasks in relation to conducting these randomised controlled trials, blood tests, infusions of the study medication and ECGs etc. I have previously worked as a clinical nurse helping patients with affective disorders and find it very interesting and relevant to help these patients with their cognitive issues in the present trials. I have also worked giving patients ECT and therefore know how clinically relevant it would be for the patients if we can counteract the cognitive side-effects of this intervention.


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Cecilia Søbye Petersen, 
BSc

Postgraduate student of psychology (University of Copenhagen) and research assistant in NEAD Group. I am involved in the BIO-3 as well as the PRETEC-marker project. My main research interests are in the field of neuropsychology and psychiatry.


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​​Ida Seeberg,
BSc

Postgraduate student of Psychology with specialisation in clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology (University of Copenhagen) and research assistant in the NEAD Group. I am assisting on the BIO-3 study and the PRETEC Marker project, where I do clinical interviews, neuropsychological testing and fMRI scans of the participants. I am also working on the METAB project, where I examine the possible effect of metacognitive therapy to patients with bipolar disorder and comorbid anxiety. My research interest is primarily in the clinical- and neuropsychological underpinnings of affective disorders, and I especially find it interesting how treatment for affective disorders can be improved.


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​Andreas Elleby Jespersen,
BSc student

Undergraduate student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in the NEAD Group. I am involved in the BIO-3 and the PRETEC-marker project where I assist with neurocognitive testing and ratings of the participants. My main research interests lie within neuropsychology, psychiatry and the improvement of treatment strategies for affective disorders. 


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Nellie Friis,
BSc student

Undergraduate student of psychology at University of Copenhagen, and research assistant in NEAD Group. Here, I assist with neuropsychological testing of participants in the PRETEC Marker and BIO-3 studies. My main interests are in the fields of neuropsychology, cognitive psychology and psychiatry.


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​Nanna Aagaard Petersen,
BSc

Studying medicine at Copenhagen University. I work in the NEAD group where my primary research interest is fMRI investigation of improvement of social cognition in EPO treated patients with bipolar disorder.

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Karen Damgaard,
BSc student

Undergraduate student of psychology at University of Copenhagen and research assistent in the NEAD group. I am involved in the SCIP-NORM project about optimising screening for cognitive dysfunction in bipolar disorder, where I assist with neuropsychological testning. 
Currently my main research interests are social cognition, stress and affective disorders.


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​Mette Bagge Jensen,
BSc student

I am an undergraduate student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen and a research assistant in the NEAD Group. Currently, I assist with neuropsychological testing and rating of participants in the HEAPAD study, which examines the interaction between neurocognitive function in pregnant women with affective disorders, their hormone levels and pre-natal attachment. I also call in participants for the BIO-1 study and from spring 2018 I will be involved in the BIO-3 study. My research interests are within the field of neuropsychology and psychiatry.


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​Caroline Kamp Jørgensen,
BSc student

Undergraduate student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen. As a research assistent in NEAD Group, I am involved in the BIO-3 study and the PRETEC-ABC study where I assist with neurocognitive testing and ratings of participants. My research interests are mainly focused on neuropsychology, cognitive psychology and psychiatry.



​Astrid Chenoufi Hasselbalch,
BSc

I am a postgraduate student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in NEAD group. I am involved in the BIO-3 study and the PRETEC Marker project, where I assist with neurocognitive testing, ratings and fMRI of the participants. Currently my main research interests lie in the field of neuropsychology, cognitive psychology and psychiatry. 



​Kia Obenhausen,
BSc

Postgraduate psychology student at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in the NEAD Group. I am currently involved in the BIO-3 study and the SCIP-NORM project where I assist with recruiting, ratings and neurocognitive testing of participants. My research interests are within the fields of neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry. I am particularly interested in how both neuropsychological screening tools and treatments of affective disorders can be improved. 
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