Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2017
    Tenure track in Molecular Psychiatry, Dept. of Neuroscience, Uppsala University

  • 2016 – 2018
    Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Career Grant fellowship, Medical University of Vienna

  • 2014 – 2015
    Researcher, Dept. of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University

  • 2014
    Postdoc, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna

  • 2010 – 2017
    Researcher, Dept. of Neuroscience, Uppsala University

  • 2007 – 2010
    Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Västerås Center for Clinical Research, Uppsala University

  • 2001 – 2006
    M.Sc. cum laude in Pharmacy, University of Pavia

Selected publications

  • Gu X, Dubol M, Stiernman L, Wikström J, Hahn A, Lanzenberger R, Epperson CN, Bixo M, Sundström-Poromaa I, Comasco E. White matter microstructure and volume correlates of premenstrual dysphoric disorder. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2022 Feb 23;47(1):E67-E76. doi: 10.1503/jpn.210143. PMID: 35197364.

  • Comasco E, Kopp Kallner H, Bixo M, Hirschberg AL, Nyback S, de Grauw H, Epperson CN, Sundström-Poromaa I. Ulipristal Acetate for Treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: A Proof-of-Concept Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Psychiatry. 2021 Mar 1;178(3):256-265. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2020.20030286. Epub 2020 Dec 10. PMID: 33297719.

  • Vrettou M, Nilsson KW, Tuvblad C, Rehn M, Åslund C, Andershed AK, Wallén- Mackenzie Å, Andershed H, Hodgins S, Nylander I, Comasco E. VGLUT2 rs2290045 genotype moderates environmental sensitivity to alcohol-related problems in three samples of youths. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2019 Oct;28(10):1329-1340. doi: 10.1007/s00787-019-01293-w. Epub 2019 Feb 25. PMID: 30805764; PMCID: PMC6785645.

  • Skalkidou A, Poromaa IS, Iliadis SI, Huizink AC, Hellgren C, Freyhult E, Comasco E. Stress-related genetic polymorphisms in association with peripartum depression symptoms and stress hormones: A longitudinal population-based study. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 May;103:296-305. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.02.002. Epub 2019 Feb 7. PMID: 30776573.

  • Nylander I, Todkar A, Granholm L, Vrettou M, Bendre M, Boon W, Andershed H, Tuvblad C, Nilsson KW, Comasco E. Evidence for a Link Between Fkbp5/FKBP5, Early Life Social Relations and Alcohol Drinking in Young Adult Rats and Humans. Mol Neurobiol. 2017 Oct;54(8):6225-6234. doi: 10.1007/s12035-016-0157-z. Epub 2016 Oct 5. PMID: 27709495; PMCID: PMC5583263

  • Comasco E, Hellgren C, Olivier J, Skalkidou A, Sundström Poromaa I. Supraphysiological hormonal status, anxiety disorders, and COMT Val/Val genotype are associated with reduced sensorimotor gating in women. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2015 Oct;60:217-23. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.06.019. Epub 2015 Jul 2. PMID: 26189199.

  • Comasco E, Hahn A, Ganger S, Gingnell M, Bannbers E, Oreland L, Wikström J, Epperson CN, Lanzenberger R, Sundström-Poromaa I. Emotional fronto-cingulate cortex activation and brain derived neurotrophic factor polymorphism in premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Hum Brain Mapp. 2014 Sep;35(9):4450-8. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22486. Epub 2014 Feb 25. PMID: 24615932; PMCID: PMC4107029.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Brain Sex Hormones (BSH)

  • Emotions and Serotonin in relation to Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (EmSeP)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer panel member for the Swedish Research Council, since 2022

  • Editorial Board member of ‘British Journal of Psychiatry’ (Cambridge), since 2021

  • Editorial Board member of ‘Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science’ (Society of Biological Psychiatry), since 2021

  • Management board member of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health during the Reproductive Lifespan, WoMHeR, Uppsala University, since 2020

  • Associate Editor of ‘Substance Use and Misuse’ (Taylor & Francis), since 2017

  • Ad-hoc member of examining committee of doctoral students half-time report and defense thesis, since 2016

  • Reviewer panel member for the European Foundation for Alcohol Research (ERAB), 2014

  • Reviewer Editor of ‘Frontiers in Public Mental Health’ journal (Frontiers), since 2013

  • Board member of Svenska Föreningen för Alkohol- och Drogforskning (SAD), 2011 – 2016

Media coverage

  • "Study that explores promising new approach for treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder", article on, December 2022

  • "Promising treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder, PMDD", article on, December 2022


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