Research Assistant: Neuroimaging Brain Abnormalities in Mood DisordersSummer Course

Major Discipline(s)
Biology, Neuroscience, Pre-Medicine / Health Science
Location: Copenhagen
Labs, Research, & Practicums Session

Research topic:  Affective disorders such as bipolar disorders are associated with changes in brain structure and function. In our research group we have investigated with MRI large groups of patients with affective disorders, their unaffected relatives, and healthy controls in order to map gray and white matter changes and abnormal neural responses during cognitive tasks.

What you will work with: The research project will involve visual assessment of the quality of structural and functional MRI brain scans of patients and healthy control participants. The project may further involve contribution to the statistical analysis of the imaging data, explore recent neuroimaging literature, and aid in the writing of a scientific publication.

Research Assistantship Hours 

You will spend 180 hours directly engaged in research, together with 20 hours in co-curricular activities, during your RAship.   

Field Studies: Culture & Language 

As a co-curricular complement to your summer research, you will meet every Wednesday, together with faculty from the DIS European Humanities program, for a 6-week introduction to culture and language in Copenhagen.  


Select Mentor Publications

  • Macoveanu, J., Stougaard, M. E., Kjærstad, H. L., Knudsen, G. M., Vinberg, M., Kessing, L. V., & Miskowiak, K. W. (2022). Trajectory of aberrant reward processing in patients with bipolar disorder – A longitudinal fMRI study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 312, 235–244.
  • Macoveanu, J., Kjærstad, H. L., Vinberg, M., Harmer, C., Fisher, P. M., Knudsen, G. M., Kessing, L. V., & Miskowiak, K. W. (2021). Affective episodes in recently diagnosed patients with bipolar disorder associated with altered working memory-related prefrontal cortex activity: A longitudinal fMRI study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 295, 647–656.


Julian Macoveanu

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Medical Sciences (Neuroscience), Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 2006). Ph.D. Licentiate of Engineering (Computational Biology), University of Linköping, Sweden, 2005) MSc. (Biochemistry, Stockholm University, 2002). Postdoctoral Research Associate, Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre. With DIS since 2014.