Prof. Veerle Bergink
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
|Talk||Prevention of mental disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period|
|Date||Friday, September 17th, 2021|
|Time||18:15 - 19:00|
|Round Table||4. Psychotic disorders|
Dr Veerle Bergink is Professor at the department of Psychiatry and the department of Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is internationally recognized as an expert in the treatment of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period with a specific interest in bipolar disorder. She established a prospective postpartum psychosis study, currently the largest first-onset postpartum psychosis and mania cohort in the world. She has defined a highly effective clinical treatment algorithm for treatment of the acute phase and also for the prevention of postpartum relapse. Moreover, her research has provided intriguing evidence for an underlying immunological pathophysiology of postpartum depression, mania and psychosis. She is actively involved in epidemiological studies at the institute of registered based research in Denmark, examining intergenerational psychopathology and medication use during pregnancy. She has been the principle investigator on multiple research project including studies on lithium and antidepressant use during pregnancy, neuroimaging of new mothers and their offspring and the longitudinal course of severe perinatal mood disorders. Her work has been funded by various sources such as NIMH, the European Union, the Dutch Government and private foundations, she won prestigious prices and she has published extensively in top-tier journals.