Visiting Scientists and Associated Researchers


Brenda Elivira Munck Mc Mahon
Dept. Neurology and Neurobiology Research Unit,
Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet,
Building 6931,
Blegdamsvej 9, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

Curriculum vitae

Scientific interests:

My scientific activities include the study of circadian rhythms in the serotonin system with emphasis on how factors such as gender and genotype shape risk and resilience to psychiatric disorders. During the last six year I have worked with an array of PET radio tracers including 11C-DASB, 11C-SB207145 and 11C-CIMBI-36 across different scientific projects including studies of clinical cohorts, intervention studies and radio-tracer development. I have done clinical training in psychiatry and I am currently training in neurology. My goal is to become a behavioural neurologist and to practice my profession in the cross field of research and clinical medicine.


2016 - Clinical training in Neurology, Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet
2015 - 2016 Clinical training in Psychiatry, Psychiatric Center Copenhagen
2013 - 2016 PhD student, Neurobiology Research Unit and Center for Integrated Molecular Imaging
2011 Maternity leave #2
2010 Clinical research assistant, Neurobiology Research Unit
2009 Maternity leave #1
2007 - 2010 Basic medical and surgical training, Gentofte Hospital
2007 Medical Graduate, University of Copenhagen

Selected publications:

  • Mc Mahon B, Andersen SB, Madsen MK, Hjordt LV, Hageman I, Dam H, et al. (2016): Seasonal difference in brain serotonin transporter binding predicts symptom severity in patients with seasonal affective disorder. Brain : a journal of neurology. 139:1605-1614
  • Fisher PM, Madsen MK, Mc Mahon B, Holst KK, Andersen SB, Laursen HR, et al. (2014): Three-week bright-light intervention has dose-related effects on threat-related corticolimbic reactivity and functional coupling. Biological psychiatry. 76:332-339
  • Haahr ME, Fisher PM, Jensen CG, Frokjaer VG, Mc Mahon B, Madsen K, et al. (2014): Central 5-HT4 receptor binding as biomarker of serotonergic tonus in humans: a [11C]SB207145 PET study. Molecular psychiatry. 19:427-432
  • Madsen MK, Mc Mahon B, Andersen SB, Siebner HR, Knudsen GM, Fisher PM (2015): Threat-related amygdala functional connectivity is associated with 5-HTTLPR genotype and neuroticism. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience
  • da Cunha-Bang S, Mc Mahon B, Fisher PM, Jensen PS, Svarer C, Knudsen GM (2016): High trait aggression in men is associated with low 5-HT levels, as indexed by 5-HT4 receptor binding. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience. 11:548-555