Mental disorders are complex and for the most cases their etiology is largely unknown. Therefore, treatment remains suboptimal and the prognosis of many mental disorders is rather poor. There is however considerable agreement in the field that these challenges may be overcome by translational psychiatric research, i.e. by studies that cover the full pathway from discovery in the lab, bench to bedside, bedside to clinical applications, and from clinical applications to healthcare and global health. During his Fellowship at AIAS, Søren Dinesen Østergaard will continue his translational psychiatric research, which involves studies of genes, animals, humans and the entire Danish population.
Søren Dinesen Østergaard is a medical doctor with an interest in psychiatric research – in its broadest sense. He obtained his PhD from Aarhus University researching psychotic depression – a severe subtype of depression with accompanying delusions or hallucinations. Apart from his affiliation with the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies from 2017-2018, he holds a full professorship at the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University.
Translational studies of mental disorder
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01 Oct 2017 – 30 Sep 2018