Department of Economics and Business Economics

Preben Bo Mortensen

Head, Professor, DrMedSc, Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Curriculum vitae for Preben Bo Mortensen


Medical Doctor Aarhus University 1986.

Doctoral thesis in medicine at the University of Aarhus, 1995: The Epidemiology of Cancer in Schizophrenic Patients.


  • 1999-present Adjunct professor, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Department of Mental Health.
  • 2000-present Professor and head of the National Centre for Register-based Research, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
  • 2012-present Director of  the interdisciplinary research centre CIRRAU (Centre for Integrated Register-based Research Aarhus University)
  • 2012-present Scientific Director of iPSYCH (the Lundbeck Foundation Initiative for Integrative Psychiatric Research)

Professional Activities

  • 1988 WHO-fellowship including studies at Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Department of Mental Hygiene, National Institute of Mental Health, and Columbia University, New York Institute of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program.
  • 1990-1996 Member of the Danish Psychiatric Association Research Committee
  • 1997-1998 Appointed member of the National Board of Health Group regarding Proposals to strategies in the prevention of suicide and suicide attempts in Denmark.
  • 2000-2001 Member of the ministerial task force on register-based research
  • 2002-present Member of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation National Coordinating Body Regarding Register-based Research


  • 1986 Awarded the Aarhus University gold medal for research on the relation between schizophrenia and cancer.
  • 1995 Doctoral thesis in medicine at the University of Aarhus: The Epidemiology of Cancer in Schizophrenic Patients
  • 2000 The Kurt Schneider Scientific Award.
  • 2004 The Danish August Krogh Award
  • 2005 Thomson Scientific Award for the most cited Danish researcher in psychiatry and psychology based on publications from 1990 to 2004.
  • 2010 Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog
  • 2012 Danish Medical Doctors’ Insurance Society Honorary Award (Codan prisen)

I am the founding director of the National Centre for Register-based Research (NCRR) at Aarhus University, Denmark and Scientific Director of the Lundbeck Foundation Initiative for Integrative Psychiatric Research, iPSYCH. I am an MD and DrMedSc. My clinical training has been in psychiatry and neurology. For almost three decades, I have worked with register-based psychiatric epidemiology. I am the author of app. 600 scientific papers, H-index 84, primarily in the area of epidemiological studies of schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders, as well as studies on suicide. My main scientific interest is to understand the genetic and environmental underpinnings of mental disorders and other developmental trajectories, and to develop unique Danish register and biobank data for these purposes.

Selected publications

  1. Mortensen PB, Pedersen CB, Westergaard T, Wohlfahrt J, Ewald H, Mors O, Andersen PK, Melbye M. Effects of family history and place and season of birth of the risk of schizophrenia. N Engl J Med 1999; 340:603-8.
  2. Eaton WW, Byrne M, Ewald H, Mors O, Chen CY, Agerbo E, Mortensen PB. Association of schizophrenia and autoimmune diseases: linkage of Danish national registers. Am J Psychiatry. 2006 Mar;163(3):521-8. 
  3. McGrath JJ, Eyles DW, Pedersen CB, Anderson C, Ko P, Burne TH, Nøgaard-Pedersen B, Hougaard DM, Mortensen PB. Neonatal vitamin D status and risk of schizophrenia. A population-based case-control study. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2010: 67(9): 889-894.
  4. Børglum AD, Demontis D, Grove J, Pallesen J, Hollegaard MV, Pedersen CB, Hedemand A, Mattheisen M; GROUP investigators, Uitterlinden A, Nyegaard M, Orntoft T, Wiuf C, Didriksen M, Nordentoft M, Nöthen MM, Rietschel M, Ophoff RA, Cichon S, Yolken RH, Hougaard DM, Mortensen PB, Mors O. Genome-wide study of association and interaction with maternal cytomegalovirus infection suggests new schizophrenia loci. Mol Psychiatry. 2014; 19(3): 325-333. PMCID:PMC3932405
  5. Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. Biological insights from 108 schizophrenia-associated genetic loci. Nature. 2014;511(7510):421-7. PMCID:PMC4112379

My complete list of publications can be found at:

Total number = app 600, H-index 84