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AIAS Seminar: Søren Dinesen Østergaard, Former AIAS Fellow and Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira, AIAS Associate Fellow

Predictors of the development and course of mental disorders

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Monday 22 November 2021,  at 14:15 - 15:30


The AIAS Auditorium

Joint talk by AIAS Former Fellow Søren Dinesen Østergaard, Prof at the Dept. of Clinical Medicine; and AIAS Associate Fellow Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira, Prof at the Translational Neuropsychiatry Unit, Aarhus University


Cocaine use disorder (CUD) has adverse effects on brain structure/function. Several epidemiological studies have shown that experiencing childhood maltreatment increases the risk for CUD later in life. The lecture by Dr. Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira will address this topic informed by results stemming from the COCCAINE project, a population-based (epi)genetic study on the relationship between early life stress and cocaine use disorder (CUD). Subsequently, Dr. Søren Dinesen Østergaard will present results and perspectives from The PSYchiatric Clinical Outcome Prediction (PSYCOP) cohort study, which aims at leveraging the potential of electronic health records in the treatment of mental disorders – via application of machine learning. 

Short bio

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.

See Søren Dinesen Østergaard's project at AIAS

Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira is a medical doctor with background including studies investigating how early life stress derails the course of neurodevelopment, increasing the risk for neuropsychiatric disorders in adulthood. Part of his research efforts is dedicated to comprehend the neurobiological pathways associated with cognitive and behavior impairments in the context of reward system and addictions. He is associate fellow of the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, International Associate Professor at the Brain Institute of PUCRS (Brazil) and Associate Professor at the Translational Neuropsychiatry Unit of the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University.

Read more about Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira here

What is an AIAS Seminar?

The AIAS Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English.