It is a pleasure to announce that NWO has decided to award Veerle Bergink a Veni grant Posted by Admin on July 2015
Etiology and outcome of affective psychosis triggered by childbirth
This grant (250k Euro) will provide Veerle with the opportunity to further develop her research in the field of postpartum psychosis (see summary below).
The overall aim of the proposal is to investigate the pathophysiology of postpartum psychosis (PP), and identify predictors of longitudinal outcome. The first objective will be focused on the etiology of PP, for which the primary hypothesis is that the autoimmune pathophysiology of PP may result in white matter abnormalities. To address this question, a detailed investigation of neuroimaging during the acute and remitted states of PP will be performed. The second objective will focus on which women experiencing a first-onset PP will progress to BD versus those women for whom their risk is elevated only during the postpartum period in order to identify predictors for the disease course. The Danish population-based birth cohort registry will be utilized in which long-term follow-up is available in over 900 women with first-onset PP.