Research projects conducted at CNDR aim to improve treatment of affective disorders. Below are descriptions of current and upcoming projects.  

​The Danish ECT/MRI project

The project examines the therapetic effect, side effects and risk of recurrence in patients with depression who are being treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The project makes use of the latest MRI techniques and blood tests and aims to develop a method that predicts how individual patients respond to treatment in regards to both favourable and adverse effects. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Researcher: Krzysztof Gbyl
Supervisor: Poul Videbech

"Healthy Brain" – training of cognitive disorders after depression

This PhD project is in collaboration with the company Brain+, who have developed an application for smartphones and tablets that enables training of the cognitive deficits, that many formerly depressed patients suffer from. This is done in an intelligent, user-friendly and efficient way. The projects objective is a scientific evaluation of the application’s potential.
Resarcher: Mette Marie Støttrup
Supervisor: Poul Videbech

National Clinical Guideline (NCG) on difficult treatable depression
The mental health service in the Capital Region of Denmark and the Danish Psychiatric Society have been granted money from the National Board of Health for the preparation of an NCG regarding. difficult treatable depression.
Chairman: Professor Poul Videbech
Project manager: Psychologist Stine Bjerrum Møller

​Study on the prevalence of dementia after Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT)

This registry study is made in collaboration with psychiatrist PhD Simon Hjerrild from Dept. Q at Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby. The project also examines whether ECT increases the frequency of other serious physical diseases.

Resarcher: Simon Hjerrild
Supervisor: Poul Videbech

A study of postpartum depression in the Faroe Islands

PhD student Anna Sofia Fjallheim from the University of the Faroe Islands examines the occurrence of postpartum depression in the Faroe Islands and the validity of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.
Researcher: Anne Sofia Fjallheim
Supervisor: Poul Videbech

​Metabolic and transcriptomic profiling of women with postpartum depression

The PhD project is carried out in collaboration with Statens Serum Institut and examines genetic, hormonal and metabolic markers of the development of postpartum depression.
Researcher:  Marie-Louise Hee Rasmussen
Supervisor: Poul Videbech

Neurobiological effects of work-related adjustment disorder

The purpose of this project is to identify neurobiological changes in the dopaminergic binding potential of the human brain's reward system and their possible correlation with the psychological symptom anhedonia, defined as a common symptom of depression, anxiety and stress. The study population is patients from the Department of Occupational Health, Odense University Hospital.
Researcher: Saga Steinmann
Supervisor: Poul Videbech

Sleep quality and effects of ball blankets on insomnia due to depression in ambulant psychiatry

The purpose of this PhD project (PhD in Business) is to study if a Protac Ball BlanketTM is helpful as an innovative non-pharmacological alternative to the medical treatment of insomnia among out-patients with depression psychiatry.
Researcher: Sanne Toft Kristiansen
Supervisor: Poul Videbech

​Inflammation and Neuroprogression in Anorexia Nervosa

In this PhD project we want to study increased inflammation and clinical signs of neuroprogression such as impaired social cognition and loss of emotional regulation capacity in patients with anorexia. Inflammation is also associated with neurodegeneration in schizophrenia and Mood Disorders.
Researcher: Ingrid Roome
Supervisor: Poul Videbech

Olfaction in depressed patients undergoing wake-therapy

Many studies have shown that depressed patients have reduced sense of smell. This is a Sino-Danish collaboration with the purpose to study olfactory function in depressed patients undergoing wake-therapy by clinical interview and Magneto-Encephalography (MEG). The PhD student is working part time in China and part time in Denmark.
Researcher: Carsten Gleesborg
Supervisor: Poul Videbech

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