Vibe G. Frokjaer
Birth date: 29th April 1972
Academic degrees and specialization
2020, from September 1st appointed Adjunct Professor at Dept of Psychology Copenhagen University, Denmark.
2019, from 27th November authorized as specialist in psychiatry, qualified from July 1st 2019.
2008, 11th June: PhD (Medicine), supervisor prof. Gitte M Knudsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
2000: MD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Current postgraduate appointment
From 2020, January: Clinical research associate professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
From 2019, August: Senior consultant at Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Outpatient Clinic (50%).
From 2013, April: Group leader, Neurobiology Research Unit, Rigshospitalet, Denmark.
#4: 2016 (birth 17th Feb). #3: 2009 (birth 12th Sep). #2: 2006 (birth 23th June). #1: 2002 (birth 16th Oct).
Teaching and supervision
Ongoing: I supervise in average 2-3 MD students in research years and master theses per year. As section leader and research group leader I supervise and co-supervise 3-4 PhD students and 1-2 post doc research group members. Coordinator for PhD students in Mental Health services Capital Region DK per fall 2020.
Chair of MD exams in neurology and psychiatry per fall 2020.
2020: Invited lecture at Campus course at ESHRE (European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology), “Hormones and the Brain: Hormonal treatment for assisted reproduction”.
2018 and 2019: Teaching neuroscience winter and summer school at Univ. of Tübingen and Leipzig, Germany
2017: PhD course lecture on biomarkers in psychiatry.
2017: Coordinator of postgraduate MDs in training, clinical psychiatry.
2017: Clinical psychiatry for medical students, University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet.
2014: Neurobiology of mood disorders, Human Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
2011 – ongoing: 2 courses for postgraduate neuropsychologists on structural and molecular brain imaging and neurochemistry.
2008 – 2012: ”Psychiatry and psychopharmacology”, School of Midwifery, Copenhagen.
Experienced in research project and research group management through section leaderships and PI-roles since 2010. I have headed several research projects and clinical trials.
2020: Co-PI H2020 EU Innovative Training Network grant for 15 PhD-students (contract under negotiation)
2020: PI Rigshospitalet grant for midwife PhD position (DKK 1.700.000)
2020: PI Project 1 grant, Independent Research Fund DK (DKK 2.051.690)
2019: PI Research grant from Mental health services in the Capital Region of Denmark (DKK 895.000)
2019: Co-PI in the strategic alliance BrainDrugs grant Lundbeck foundation, responsible for a clinical cohort of depressed patients and Big Data PET population work (DKK 40 mio).
2018: PI Running costs grant for database and biobank, Rigshospitalet (DKK 879.000)
2017: PI Sapere Aude, Starting Grant, Independent Research Fund Denmark (DKK 4.225.921)
2017: PI Project 1 grant, Independent Research Fund Denmark (DKK 1.852.566)
2017: PI Desirée Niels Yde foundation project grant (DKK 300.000)
2016: PI Augustinusfonden (DKK 400.000)
2012: Co-PI Scleroseforeningen grant (DKK 100.000)
2011: Co-PI in Cimbi-II 5 year Center Grant Lundbeckfonden (DKK 40 mio)
2011: PI Jeppe Juhl and wife´s grant (DKK 150.000)
2010: Co-PI Cimbi grant “Region Hovedstadens Forskningsfond til Sundhedsforskning” (DKK 1.800.000).
2009: PI 3 years post doc grant The Danish Council for Independent Research, (DKK 1.923.491).
Awards and positions of trust
2019: Appointed Danish representative in the management committee for the EU-based Riseup-Post Partum Depression (PPD) COST Action.
2017: Appointed member of Neuroimaging network of European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
2011-2015: Senior member of Council of Investigators for Center for Integrated Molecular Brain Imaging, Section leader of “Mood and Emotions”, supervision of PhD and post docs.
2011: Women in Natural Science Award. Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, L’oreal, UNESCO (DKK 100.000).
2011: Appointed member of The Young Academy of Denmark, i.e., a junior member of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters from 2011-16.
85 peer-reviewed article publications (13 first and 21 senior), 1 peer-reviewed book chapter publication. H-index: 31 (Since 2015: 23), google scholar with the author ID: Vibe G. Frokjaer. Link to full publication list: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=frokjaer+vg+OR+frokjaer+v+OR+froekjaer+v+OR+frokjaer+vg+OR+Frokjaer+VM&cmd=DetailsSearch
Invited scientific presentations
Invited speaker at inauguration for Centre for Women’s Mental Health During the Reproductive years (WoMHeR), Uppsala, Sweden 2020. Stresskonferencen, Institut for Psykologi, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 2020. WFSBP Congress Vancouver, Canada 2019, IAWMH conference on Women’s Mental Health 2019 Paris, France, ESPE neurobiology of gender conference, UCL, Tavistock London, October 2018. Key note lecture “Hormones and the Brain”, Tübingen, Germany, 2018. Danish Society for Medical Sciences, CPH “Precision medicine for brain disorders; perspectives for depression”, October 2018. European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), 2017. 9th Copenhagen Workshop on endocrine disrupters (COW) 2017. 9th International Meeting Steroids and Nervous System, Torino, Italy 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. 2012: Danish Royal Academy of Science, lecture “Sex-hormones and brain function”. 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, endocrinology and molecular genetics in scientific projects including with Elisabeth Binder (Max Planck Inst., München, Germany), (Liisa Galea (Univ. of British Columbia, Canada), Julia Sacher (Max Planck Inst., Leipzig, Germany), and Inger Sundstrøm (Uppsala Univ., Sweden).
Scientific focus area
My main interest is brain architecture of risk for psychiatric disorders and how such risk biomarker and/or mechanistic insights can guide prevention and treatment. I have developed an independent line of research in experimental and clinical psychoneuroendocrinology, serotonergic brain biology, and molecular and functional human brain imaging. My projects and my research teams are cross-disciplinary.