Organisation profile

Aims and objectives

The overall aim of the research is to provide a scientific basis for a precise treatment of psychiatric patients.

Psykiatrisk Center Glostrup (PCG) hosts Center for Neuropsychiatric Schizophrenia Research, CNSR, Center for Neuropsychiatric Depression Research, CNDR and The Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health Care (CARMEN). In addition, CNSR houses a Lundbeck Foundation Centre of Excellence, Center for Clinical Intervention and Neuropsychiatric Schizophrenia Research, CINS. 

 

Focus areas

 

CNSR

The Center for Neuropsychiatric Schizophrenia Research (CNSR) is a multidisciplinary research center. The center, headed by Professor Bjørn Ebdrup, primarily focuses on research into schizophrenia and psychosis, but also other mental disorders, including ADHD. CNSR also houses a Lundbeck Foundation Center of Excellence for Clinical Intervention and Neuropsychiatric Schizophrenia Research (CINS). The overall purpose of the research in CNSR and CINS is to develop a scientific basis for improved and individualized treatment of patients suffering from diseases within the schizophrenic spectrum - and to be able to prevent progressive loss of functions in patients. The unit also houses an outpatient clinic for the treatment of patients included in some of the studies. CNSR collaborates extensively with several other Danish and international research groups. The closest partners are also included in CINS.

 

CNDR

CNDR is headed by Professor Poul Videbech. It was founded in 2015. The first studies have been initiated in 2016. The focus is on the pathophysiology of affective disorders and an optimization and further development of treatments for depression including ECT. Additional focus areas are on the boundaries between psychiatric and somatic disorders, on pregnant women with depression and on communication of research. Examples of ongoing projects:

 

  1. The Danish neuropsychological study of ECT's side effect (DANSECT)
  2. ECT and depression - understanding treatment response and blood-brain-barrier change
  3. Mechanisms behind the antidepressant effect of ECT – a multimodal MRI study
  4. Infanticide – a forensic psychiatric investigation 1992-2016

 

The center also attaches great importance to research communication, and Professor Poul Videbech often participates in the public debate, in popular science media and gives lectures at e.g. the Danish People's University

 

CARMEN

The Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health Care (CARMEN) is headed by Professor Julie Midtgaard. CARMEN was founded in autumn 2021. The overall purpose is to conduct and promote practice/clinic-related health professional research for the benefit of supporting evidence-based practice in the care of people with mental illness. The center’s activities include development, testing and implementation of interventions and recommendations targeted at health promotion and recovery-oriented practice – preferably in partnership with patients/citizens, relatives, volunteers, students and employees in hospital and social psychiatry.

 

Disciplines, methods and tools

The studies in CNSR, CINS, CNDR and CARMEN comprise a large number of methods including (diagnostic) interviews, in vivo pharmacology, electrophysiology, cognition, and in close collaboration with other brain research groups also structural, functional and neurochemical brain imaging. We have advanced electrophysiological and cognitive laboratories at PCG.

 

Useful links

Center for Neuropsychiatric Schizophrenia Research, CNSR

Center for Clinical Intervention and Neuropsychiatric Schizophrenia Research, CINS

Center for Neuropsychiatric Depression Research, CNDR

Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health Care, CARMEN

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