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Simon Cervenka

Senior lecturer, Chief physician

Organisational affiliation

CPF GU KS

Department

Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS), K8

Visiting address : Centrum För Psykiatriforskning, Norra Stationsgatan 69 113 64 Stockholm, Sweden
Postal address : Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS), K8, CPF GU KS, Centrum För Psykiatriforskning, Norra Stationsgatan 69 113 64 Stockholm, Sweden
Delivery address : Centrum För Psykiatriforskning, Norra Stationsgatan 69 113 64 Stockholm, Sweden

About me

Associate professor and senior clinical lecturer. Head of the psychosis research area in the PET group. Consultant in Psychiatry at Psykiatri Nordväst. Visiting researcher affiliation at deparment of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge.

Education

Medical degree, Uppsala University, 1999

Licence to practice medicine, 2002

PhD, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2008

Specialist in General Psychiatry, 2009

Research description

The main objective of my research is to use Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to find brain biomarkers for psychiatric disorders. Currently, the main focus is the assessment of neuroinflammation and brain neurotransmission in patients with early stage schizophrenia. This work also includes preclinical studies using small animal PET as well as collaborative clinical studies combining PET and fMRI. Another line of research is to identify biochemical correlates to personality and social behaviour, aiming to disentangle the relationship between trait and state in related anxiety disorders. Ongoing projects also include methodological developments in PET data quantification.

Teaching portfolio

Responsible for psychiatry course at Solna for medical students. 

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