Erika Comasco

SciLifeLab Fellow, Uppsala University

Key publications

Differential grey matter structure in women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder: evidence from brain morphometry and data-driven classification
Dubol M, Stiernman L, Wikström J, Lanzenberger R, Epperson CN, Sundström Poromaa I, Bixo M, Comasco E
Translation Psychiatry 2022 In press

Ulipristal Acetate for Treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: A Proof-of-Concept Randomized Controlled Trial.

Comasco E, Kopp Kallner H, Bixo M, Hirschberg AL, Nyback S, de Grauw H, Epperson CN, Sundström-Poromaa I.
Am J Psychiatry. 2021 Mar 1;178(3):256-265

Evidence for a Link Between Fkbp5/FKBP5, Early Life Social Relations and Alcohol Drinking in Young Adult Rats and Humans.
Nylander I, Todkar A, Granholm L, Vrettou M, Bendre M, Boon W, Andershed H, Tuvblad C, Nilsson KW, Comasco E.
Molecular Neurobiology. 2017 Oct;54(8):6225-6234.

Supraphysiological Hormonal Status, Anxiety Disorders, and COMT Val/Val Genotype are Associated with Reduced Sensorimotor Gating in Women.
Comasco E, Hellgren C, Olivier J, Skalkidou A, Sundström Poromaa I.
Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2015 Oct; 60:217-23.

Emotional Fronto-Cingulate Cortex Activation and Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Polymorphism in Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.
Comasco E, Hahn A, Ganger S, Gingnell M, Bannbers E, Oreland L, Wikström J, Epperson CN, Lanzenberger R, Sundström-Poromaa I.
Human Brain Mapping. 2014 Sep;35(9):4450-8.

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Research interests

Focusing on psychoneurobiology, activities of the group include:

  • research on the molecular underpinnings of gonadal hormones´ influence on women’s behaviour and mental health; by employing genetic, endocrine, pharmacological, neurophysiological and neuroimaging measures, we aim to characterize diagnosis- and treatment-related biomarkers of sex-specific disorders.
  • research on the effects of early-life stress and alcohol exposure on brain and behaviour; (epi)gene-environment interactions are investigated in rodents as well as human population-based samples, with special focus on adolescence, to identify biomarkers of vulnerability to alcohol use and misuse.

Group members

Erika Comasco, Associate professor
Manon Dubol, postdoc
Maria Vrettou, postdoc
Xuan Gu, postdoc
Julia Breedh, PhD student
Jana Immenschuh, PhD student
Elisavet Kaltsouni, PhD student
Felix Schmidt, PhD student



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