Department of Economics and Business Economics

Preben Bo Mortensen


Curriculum Vitae


Curriculum vitae for Preben Bo Mortensen



Medical Doctor Aarhus University 1986.



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. 450 scientific papers, H-index 54, 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.



10 selected publications



Pedersen MG, Mortensen PB, Norgaard-Pedersen B, Postolache TT. Toxoplasma gondii Infection and Self-directed Violence in MothersToxoplasma Gondii and Self-directed Violence. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2012; 69(11): 1123-1130


Eaton WW, Alexandre P, Kessler RC, Martins SS, Mortensen PB, Rebok GW, Storr CL, Roth K. The Population Dynamics of Mental Disorders. I: Public Mental Health. Eaton WW (editor). New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012: 125-150.


Benros ME, Waltoft BL, Nordentoft M, Ostergaard SD, Eaton WW, Krogh J, Mortensen PB. Autoimmune diseases and severe infections as risk factors for mood disorders: a nationwide study. JAMA Psychiatry 2013; 70(8): 812-20.


Ripke S. et al. Genome-wide association analysis identifies 13 new risk loci for schizophrenia. Nat Genet 2013; 45(10): 1150-9


Giovanoli S, Engler H, Engler A, Richetto J, Voget M, Willi R, Winter C, Riva MA, Mortensen PB, Schedlowski M, Meyer U. Stress in puberty unmasks latent neuropathological consequences of prenatal immune activation in mice. Science 2013; 339(6123): 1095-9.


Terwisscha van Scheltinga AF, Bakker SC, van Haren NE, Derks EM, Buizer-Voskamp JE, Boos HB, Cahn W, Hulshoff Pol HE, Ripke S, Ophoff RA, Kahn RS; Psychiatric Genome-wide Association Study Consortium. Genetic schizophrenia risk variants jointly modulate total brain and white matter volume. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Mar 15;73(6):525-31.


Østergaard SD, Waltoft BL, Mortensen PB, Mors O. Environmental and familial risk factors for psychotic and non-psychotic severe depression. J Affect Disord. 2013; 147(1-3):232-40


Benrós ME, Pedersen MG, Rasmussen H, Eaton WW, Nordentoft M, Mortensen PB. A Nationwide Study on the Risk of Autoimmune Diseases in Individuals With a Personal or a Family History of Schizophrenia and Related Psychosis. Am J Psychiatry 2014;171(2):218-226


McGrath JJ, Petersen L, Agerbo E, Mors O, Mortensen PB, Pedersen CB. Comprehensive Assessment of Parental Age and Psychiatric Disorders. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online January 22, 2014.


Pedersen CB, Mors O, Bertelsen A, Waltoft BL, Agerbo E, McGrath J, Mortensen PB, Eaton WW. A Comprehensive Nationwide Study of the Incidence Rate and Lifetime Risk for Treated Mental Disorders. JAMA Psychiatry doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.16 Published online March 26, 2014





Total number = 446, total number of citations 7,392, avg. number of citations 23,77, H-index 54