Our BrainDrugs Early-Career Forum (ECF) has been established with the aim of creating a professional and social network for junior BrainDrugs researchers, spanning the individual work packages (WP1-WP7) as well as the geographically distributed labs. The members of the BrainDrugs ECF are:


WP1: National Registries:

 

 

 

Helene Charlotte Rytgaard, cand. scient., PhD
Section of Biostatistics, University of Copenhagen

Seniority: Assistant Professor
PhD-year: 2019
Education: M.Sc. in Statistics

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since February 1st 2020. Statistical analyses and modeling for WP1.

Scientific interests:
My research is concerned with methods for drawing causal conclusions based on time-varying observational data such as encountered in registry-based studies. I focus on developing methods that integrate flexible machine learning methods while still providing formal statistical inference.

 

 


Simon Christoffer Ziersen, cand. scient.       
Section of Biostatistics, University of Copenhagen

Seniority: Research Assistant
PhD-year: N/A
Education: M.Sc. in Statistics

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since February 1st 2020. Statistical analyses and modeling for WP1.

Scientific interests:
My research interest includes, but is not limited to, stochastic processes and their use in the modeling of biological phenomena, for example:  multi-state models describing disease processes, survival analysis in general, or population genetics.

 

 

 

Julie Werenberg Dreier, PhD       
National Centre for Register-based Research, Aarhus University

Seniority: Senior researcher
PhD-year: 2017
Education: M.Sc. in Public Health

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since August 1st 2019. Co-supervisor for WP1 PhD student Eva Bølling-Ladegaard.

Scientific interests:
My main research interests are within the field of register-based epidemiology. I work on a series of projects within the intersection of neurology (especially seizure disorders) and psychiatry. I have a special interest in epidemiological methods and causal inference.

 

 

 

Eva Bølling-Ladegaard, cand. med, PhD candidate       
National Centre for Register-based Research, Aarhus University

Seniority: PhD student
PhD-year: N/A
Education: M.Sc. in Medicine

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since February 1st 2020. WP1 PhD project entitled “Epilepsy and co-morbidity with depression”.

Scientific interests:
My main focus of interest lies within Neurology, in particular the field of epilepsy. I have finished the first year of training to specialize as a neurologist. This is the first research project I am involved in, but I have pursued my interest in neurology throughout my medical education.


WP2: Electronic Patient Data: Text mining and Machine Learning

 

 

 

Isabella Friis Jørgensen, MSc.Eng., PhD
Novo Nordisk Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen

Seniority: Post doc
PhD-year: 2019
Education: MSc.Eng., Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since April 1st 2020. Postdoc in WP2. Electronic Patient Data: Text Mining and Machine Learning.

Scientific interests:
I have a great interest in the use of computational analyses to understand human biology, disease pathophysiology and especially in the translational aspect to improve disease outcomes and treatments for patients. My main focus is patient stratification and disease comorbidity statistics using national patient registries and electronic patient records.

 

 

 

Mareike Hartmann, MA, PhD
Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen

Seniority: Post doc
PhD-year: 2020
Education: MA, Computational Linguistics

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since February 1st 2020. Postdoc in WP2. Natural Language Processing for electronic patient records.

Scientific interests:
My main focus of interest is Natural Language Processing, in particular transfer learning between texts in different languages or from different domains, when few resources for supervision are available. For the BrainDrugs project, I am applying transfer learning methods for Information Extraction from clinical text.

 

 

 

Sebastian Werge, cand. med
Novo Nordisk Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen

Seniority: Research Assistant
PhD-year: N/A
Education: M.Sc. in Medicine

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since July 1st 2020. Identifying associations between text-mined adverse events and antiepileptic treatment.

Scientific interests:
To assess the feasibility of text-mining as a method to identify adverse events registered in electronic health records and to discover associations between adverse events and pharmacological antiepileptic treatment.


WP3: Deep Phenotyping Data from Established Research Cohorts

 

 

 

Vibeke Dam, cand. psych, PhD       
Neurobiology Research Unit, Rigshospitalet

Seniority: Post doc
PhD-year: 2020
Education: M.Sc. in Psychology

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since April 1st 2020. Long-term follow-up of healthy controls from the Cimbi Database in relation to register outcomes and short-term follow-up of a newer cohort of patients with MDD with a view to predictors of prognosis after 12 weeks of treatment of a depressive episode.

Scientific interests:
My main focus of interest is affective and social cognition in both normal and clinical populations. In particular, I am interested in how these cognitive processes can be used as tools to elucidate the mechanisms involved in psychopathology and how they relate to neurobiological systems in the healthy human brain such as serotonergic transmission and oxytocin release.

 

 

 

Brice Ozenne, cand. scient., PhD   
Section of Biostatistics, University of Copenhagen

Seniority: Post doc
PhD-year: 2015
Education: M.Sc. in Biostatistics

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since April 1st 2020. Statistical analyses and modeling for WP3.

Scientific interests:
I am interested in the development of Latent Variable Models for complex data, predictive models and dimension reduction methods. I am applying these methods on neuroscience data to investigate the relationship between the brain response and depression and in cardiovascular diseases to predict the risk of cardiovascular events.

 

 

 

Simon Christoffer Ziersen, cand. scient.       
Section of Biostatistics, University of Copenhagen

Seniority: Research Assistant
PhD-year: N/A
Education: M.Sc. in Statistics

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since February 1st 2020. Statistical analyses and modeling for WP3.

Scientific interests:
My research interest includes, but is not limited to, stochastic processes and their use in the modeling of biological phenomena, for example:  multi-state models describing disease processes, survival analysis in general, or population genetics.


WP4: Deep Phenotyping Data from New Research Cohorts

 

 

 

Vibeke Dam, cand. psych, PhD       
Neurobiology Research Unit, Rigshospitalet

Seniority: Post doc
PhD-year: 2020
Education: M.Sc. in Psychology

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since April 1st 2020. Responsible for writing WP4 study protocol.

Scientific interests:
My main focus of interest is affective and social cognition in both normal and clinical populations. In particular, I am interested in how these cognitive processes can be used as tools to elucidate the mechanisms involved in psychopathology and how they relate to neurobiological systems in the healthy human brain such as serotonergic transmission and oxytocin release.

 

 

 

Kristian Høj Reveless Jensen, MD, MSc Psychiatry       
Neurobiology Research Unit, Rigshospitalet

Seniority: Research Assistant
PhD-year: N/A
Education: M.Sc. in Medicine and Psychology

BrainDrugs involvement:
Since May 1st 2020. Candidate for PhD on WP4-MDD component.

Scientific interests:
My main focus is on the pharmacogenetics of affective and social cognition and reward learning in affective disorders. I am particularly interested in how these processes involved in psychopathology, how they can be modulated by therapy and pharmacology, and how they relate to neurobiological systems in the healthy human brain, such as serotonergic and dopaminergic transmission.