Vibe G. Frokjaer: Birth date: 29th April 1972

Academic degrees

2008: 11th June: PhD (Medicine), Faculty of Health Sciences Cph. Uni.

2000: MD, Cph. Uni.

Postgraduate appointments

2013: April (present position): Senior researcher and group leader, Dept. of Neurology, Cph. Uni. Hosp., and from March 2014 under clinical training in psychiatry at Mental Health Services, Cph. From December 2016 planned appointment 50% / 50% split of research and clinical time. Maternity leave #4 (1. Jan 2016 – 30. Nov 2016)

2010, June to 2013, March: 3 y post doc grant (FSS), investigating neuropsychobiological effects of hormone downregulation in healthy women. Maternity leave #3 (1. Aug 2009 – 29. May 2010).

2009, May – July 2009: Post doc at Center for Integrated Molecular Imaging (Cimbi), and at
the Neurobiological Research Unit (NRU), Cph. Uni. Hosp.

2008, May to 2009, May: Resident psychiatrist, Cph. Uni. Hosp.

2008, January to 2008, May: Cimbi, NRU, and Dept. of Neurology studied associations between steroid hormone biology and post and presynaptic markers of in vivo serotonin signalling.

2002, March to 2007, December: Research fellow at NRU (maternity leave #1 (16Oct 2002-31July 2003) and #2 (23Jun 2006-3May 2007). PhD-project (2003-2007): Relating cerebral serotonin 2A receptor and serotonin transporter binding to personality and familial risk for mood disorder. Tool development and clinical work (2002 – 2003): SPECT scanner implementation for cerebral blood flow imaging for diagnosing neurodegenerative disorders and localize foci of epilepsy.

2000-2002: 18 months internship in Hillerød.

2000: 6 months clinical appointment at the Dept. of Neurology, Cph. Uni. Hosp.

Maternity leaves: #4: 2016 (birth 17th Feb). #3: 2009 (birth 12th Sep). #2: 2006 (birth 23th June). #1: 2002 (birth 16th Oct).

Teaching and supervision

2017: Coordinator of postgraduate MDs in training, clinical psychiatry.

2017: Clinical psychiatry, for Stud. Med, Cph. Uni., Rigshospitalet.

2014: Neurobiology of mood disorders, Human Biology, Cph. Uni.

2011 – ongoing: 2 courses for postgraduate neuropsychologists on structural and molecular brain imaging and neurochemistry.

2008 – 2012: ”Psychiatry and psychopharmacology”, School of Midwifery, Cph.
Ongoing: I supervise in average 1-2 MD students in research years per year and as section leader and research group leader supervise and co-supervise Phd student and post doc research group members.

Grants, awards, and positions of trust

2017: Project 1 grant, The Danish Council for Independent Research (DKK kr. 1.852.566)
2017: Desirée Niels Yde foundation project grant (DKK 300.000)
2017: Associate professorship assessment: “highly qualified as associate professor of personalized medicine at University of Copenhagen”.
2017: Appointed member of Neuroimaging network of European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
2016: Augustinusfonden (DKK 400.000)
2015- ongoing: Senior researcher, section leader NeuroPharm, supervision of PhD and post docs.
2011-2015: Senior research member of Council of Investigators for Center for Integrated Molecular Brain Imaging, Section leader of “Mood and Emotions”, supervision of PhD and post docs.
2012: Scleroseforeningen, joint grant (DKK 100.000)
2011: 1/5 project participation in Cimbi-II 5 year Center Grant Lundbeckfonden (DKK 40.000.000) 2011: Jeppe Juhl and wife ́s grant (DKK 150.000)
2011: Appointed member of The Young Academy of DK as the first MD.
2011: Women in Natural Science Award. L’oreal DK, UNESCO and Royal Danish Academy of Sciences (DKK 100.000).
2010: Cimbi grant “Region Hovedstadens Forskningsfond til Sundhedsforskning” (DKK 1.800.000). 2009: 3 years post doc grant The Danish Council for Independent Research, (DKK 1.923.491). 2007-2008: Dagmar Marshalls Fond (DKK 150.000). Emmy Lange f. Kramps Legat (DKK 40.000). Ongoing: I am invited as a referee including to top ranked journals JAMA Psy, Mol Psy, Biol Psy, NPP, PNE, and take on referee duties of about 8-10 articles per year.


67 peer-reviewed article publications (12 first and 12 senior), 1 peer-reviewed book chapter publication. H-index: 25 (since 2012: 19).

Link to Publications:  PubMed

Link to citations:  Google Scholar

Invited scientific presentations.

European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), September 2017, accepted symposium. 9th Copenhagen Workshop on endocrine disrupters (COW), May 2017. 9th International Meeting Steroids and Nervous System, February 2017. Scientific seminar at Center for Models of Life, Niels Bohr Institute (2016). Perinatal Mental Health conference 2015. Society for Biological Society (SOBP) 2014. ECNP 2013. ECNP 2011. Selected speaker at EANM (2004) Marie Curie Award (1 of 5 from a total of 1300).

International research activities.

I collaborate with international experts in mental health, neuroimaging and endocrinology and molecular genetics in scientific projects including with Elisabeth Binder (Max Planck Inst., München, Germany) on a project identifying gene transcript and epigenetic profiles of sex-hormone manipulation and associations to brain imaging markers, Liisa Galea (Uni. of British Columbia, Canada) with whom I run a joint project with a post doc affiliated in both our labs (funded by FSS), Julia Sacher (Max Planck Inst., Leipzig, Germany), and Inger Sundstrøm (Uppsala Uni., Sweden).

Communication of scientific results to the general public

2015: October: P1, Danish National Radio, on “Sex-hormones, brain biology and mental health”, press attention on Biol Psy 2015 and NPP 2016#1 publication.
2014: Danish television (TV2) on “New imaging tool reflect brain serotonin levels”, press attention on Mol Psy 2014 publication.2012: Danish Royal Academy of Science, public lecture “Sex-hormones and brain function”.
2011: Danish television (TV2) on women in science, women in natural science award.
2010: Danish national television (DR1) on “Gene by environment interactions in depression”, press attention on Biol Psy 2010 publication.
2008: Danish television (TV2) on ”Stress is heritable”, press attention on Biol Psy 2008 publication.

Research line

My main interest is brain architecture of risk for neuropsychiatric disorders. I have developed an independent line of research in experimental and clinical neuropsychoendocrinology, serotonergic brain biology, and molecular and functional human brain imaging.