Congratulations to cand.scient.san. Stinne Høgh for receiving a 3-year PhD stipend from Rigshospitalet for her project 'Maternal Mental Health Study (MAMA). Prevention of perinatal depression in a high-risk group: effects and mothers’ expectations'. Stinne has worked as a research assistant at NRU since Jan 2019, where she has been involved in the ongoing project 'Psykisk helbred i forbindelse med graviditet og fødsel; spiller kønshormoner og hjernens serotoninsystem en rolle?” Stinne's supervisor will be NRU senior researcher Vibe G. Frøkjær, who is newly appointed associate professor at University of Copenhagen.

The aims of the PhD project are:
  • To evaluate if short-term estradiol patch administration in the immediate postpartum period (day 1 to day 22) prevents depressive episodes (primary outcome) in women at high-risk and to evaluate if this preventive strategy affects early maternal care capacity (secondary outcome) through a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial including 220 pregnant women at high risk of PND.
  • To explore the high-risk women’s perceptions and expectations to preventive personalized medicine in relation to PND based on in-depth qualitative interviews with 15-20 women.