About us

The overall scientific objective of the Copenhagen Affective Disorder research Center is to study genetic and environmental risk factors for the onset of affective disorders, the psychopathology, behavior, cognition and biology of affective disorders, the course and long-term outcome of affective disorders and the effect of treatments on affective disorders.

The Copenhagen Affective Disorder research Center (CADIC) consists of

  • Chair: Lars Vedel Kessing, full professor, MD, DMSc.
  • Secretary to professor: Helen Gerdrup Nielsen.
  • Martin Balslev Jørgensen, research professor, MD, DMSc., chair of the Depression biology group.
  • Secretary to professor:  Allan Hansen.
  • Senior researchers: associate research professor, MD, PhD, DMSc, Maj Vinberg, associate professor, PhD, psychologist Kamilla Miskowiak (leader of the NEAD group), associate research professor, MD, PhD, DMSc, Klaus Martiny, associate research professor, MD, PhD Ulla Knorr, senior consultant Ida Hageman, senior consultant  Henrik Dam
  • Post doc researchers: senior consultant Klaus Munkholm, DMSc; senior consultant Jens Bukh, PhD; MD Maria Faurholt-Jepsen
  • Ph.D. students: MD Iselin Meluken, MD Ninja Meinhard, MD Klara Coello, psychologist Hanne Lie Kjærstad, MD Sharleny Stanislaus, MD Morten Lindbjerg Tønning, MD Sigurd Arne Melbye, MD Kristin Forsberg, MD Lejla Sharic, MD Ida Kim Kvium Andersen, psychologist Caroline Vintergaard Ott, psychologist Jeff Zarp Petersen, psychologist Anne Juul Bjertrup
  • Research assistants: Anne Præstegaard, lab assistant, Signe Dunker Svendsen, MHS, Carlo Volf, MAA, PhD, Philip Løventoft M.Sc., Lasse Nørregaard M.Sc., study nurses Bente Nørgaard Støyer, Rikke Møller Jensen and Annette Rothenborg   
  • Associated researchers: MD Anders Jørgensen, PhD, MD Vibe Frøkjær, PhD
  • Medical students: Helga Thorarinsdottir

The Copenhagen Affective disorder clinic has a staff of 14 full time clinicians who are trained and skilled in clinical research (medical doctors, clinical psychologists, nurses and social advisor). Executive chair: senior consultant Ellen Margrethe Christensen

External chair, responsible for research and development: Professor Lars Vedel Kessing

The Clinic treats more than 400 patients with affective disorders each year including patients recently diagnosed with a single manic episode or bipolar disorder as well as pregnant women.


Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, department O, has for decades been internationally well known within clinical, educational and research based activities in affective disorders (depressive and bipolar disorders).

Research has for decades been translational in nature combining basic research in animal models conducted at the Laboratory of Neuropsychiatry with clinical studies on humans at the department.

The Copenhagen Affective Disorder research Center was established in 2000 (entitled the Affective disorder research unit) and has a close collaboration with the Copenhagen Affective disorder clinic, which was established in 2002.