​​CNDR’s research projects concern the affective disorders and their treatment. You can read about our current projects below. We expect to start more projects during 2017.

The Danish ECT/MRI project
The project examines the 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 2019.

Researcher: Krzysztof Gbyl
Supervisor: Poul Videbech

Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) for treating depression
In collaboration with a number of mental health centers in Denmark this study tests a new treatment method for treatment-resistant depressions. PEMF is a gentle method of treatment and consists of placing a treatment helmet on the head of the patient, which creates a pulsating magnetic field. Daily PEMF treatment is expected to reduce depressive symptoms. 
The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2017.

Researcher: Bille Borck
Supervisor: Poul VIdebech 

The link between depression, heart failure and coronary thrombosis   
The aim of the project is to examine how depression affects the prognosis of these severe heart diseases in order to reduce the mortality rate. The project began in 2014 in collaboration with Aarhus University Hospital Skejby, and is supervised by Professor Henrik Toft Sørensen, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Professor Hans Erik Bøtker, Cardiac Unit and Professor Poul Videbech, CNDR. The project is carried out by Ph.D. students Kasper Adelborg and Jens Sundbøll.

Wake and light therapy for hospitalized patients with depression - treatment effect, predictors and patient experience
The project aims to study the effect of using wake therapy and light therapy, as well as stabilization of circadian rhythm, as a supplement to usual treatment of hospitalized patients with depression. The project started in 2013 in collaboration with Aarhus University Hospital Risskov, Dept. Q and is carried out by Ph.D. student and Nurse Mette Kragh (cand.scient.san.). (PROJECT FINISHED, SPRING 2017).

Study on the prevalence of dementia after Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT)
This registry study is made in collaboration with physician and Ph.D. Simon Hjerrild from Dept. Q at Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov. In addition to the prevalence of dementia after ECT the project examines whether ECT increases the frequency of other serious physical diseases.

A study of postnatal depression in the Faroe Islands
Ph.D. student Anna Sofia Fjallheim from the University of the Faroe Islands examines the occurrence of postnatal depression in the Faroe Islands and the validity of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. The project started in 2014.

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