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Moment-to-moment brain signal variability reliably predicts psychiatric treatment outcome
Honorable Mention from Biological Psychiatry's Somerfeld-Ziskind Research Award
We are very honored to be short-listed for the 2023 Somerfeld-Ziskind Research Award. Thanks!
Månsson, K. N. T., Waschke, L., Manzouri, A., Furmark, T., Fischer, H., & Garrett, D. D. (2022). Moment-to-moment brain signal variability reliably predicts psychiatric treatment outcome. Biological Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2021.09.026
Investigate rapid brain plasticity using structural magnetic resonance imaging
Olivo, G., Lövdén, M., Manzouri, A., Terlau, L., Jenner, B., Jafari, A., Petersson, S., Li, T.-Q., Fischer, H., & Månsson, K. N. T. (2022). Estimated Gray Matter Volume Rapidly Changes after a Short Motor Task. Cerebral Cortex. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhab488
Månsson, K. N. T., Cortes, D. S., Manzouri, A., Li, T.-Q., Hau, S., & Fischer, H. (2020). Viewing Pictures Triggers Rapid Morphological Enlargement in the Human Visual Cortex. Cerebral Cortex , 30(3), 851–857. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhz131
The illustration was featured as a cover image in Cerebral Cortex, march 2020. Illustration by Staffan Lager.
Cellular protection and biological aging in social anxiety disordered patients receiving cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
Månsson, K. N. T., et al. (2019). Translational Psychiatry, 9, 340. doi.org/10.1038/s41398-019-0668-2
Image obtained from Daniel Lindqvist et al., Neurosci Biobehav Rev doi.org/10.1016/J.NEUBIOREV.2015.05.007
Latest news from the lab
Funding from the Swedish Research Council
2023.11.06: New grant. The Swedish Research Council awarded Dr Månsson and collaborators (Professor Tor Wager, Mats Lekander and Dr Joar Gusterstam) with 6 MSEK for a project entitled "Placebo responsiveness and cognitive behavior therapy outcomes: Investigating expectations and neural variability in anxious individuals". Exciting project coming up!
Large European grant to investigate children and adolescents in Romania
2023.08.21: New grant with Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania. More exciting times ahead! Dr Månsson received €1.300.000 from the European Union and the Romanian Government to investigate anxiety and depression in children and adolecents. More information to come!
New grant from the Swedish Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden)
2022.07.04: New grant. Dr Månsson received 600.000 SEK from the Swedish Brain Foundation for a project entitled "Placebo response in cognitive behavior therapy: An experimental study on expectations in social anxiety disorder". Thanks to Hjärnfonden!
2.4 MSEK to investigate psychiatric patients' neural variability
2022.06.27: New grant. Dr Månsson was awarded 2.400.000 SEK for a study aiming at "Predicting cognitive behavior therapy outcome with patients’ expectations and neural variability". We look forward to continue our collaborative efforts with Region Stockholm health care and Internetpsykiatri at campus Flemingsbergs. Thanks to CIMED and Region Stockholm!
Associate Professor (Docent)
2022.05.24: Docent. After external review and decision by Docentutskottet at Karolinska Institutet, Kristoffer Månsson is appointed as Docent (Associate Professor).
Prize at StratNeuro Retreat
2022.04.22: KIRI Fellow. Dr Månsson is a KIRI Fellow 2022. Karolinska Institutet's Research Incubator (KIRI) is a research forum in which a new generation of researchers can collaborate and develop joint interdisciplinary research projects in a unique interdisciplinary environment. Click here to read more!
Gray matter volume changes after 2 minutes of finger tapping?
Assistant Professor in medical science
2021.02.18: New grant and academic position. Exciting times ahead! Dr Månsson is awarded a position as Assistant Professor in medical science at Karolinska Institutet (starting 2022). The position includes research funding for 6 years, click here for more information.
Kristoffer N T Månsson, PhD
Principal investigator, Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet
Previous academic positions
Nikolay Popov, MSc
Nikolay completed a BSc in Economics at Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, and a MSc in Engineering at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan, before joining the lab as a PhD student. Methodologically, Nikolay will focus on brain signal variability and extracting dynamic brain states from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data to investigate the brain of patients with social anxiety disorder and/or major depressive disorder. Nikolay will also closely work on experimental designs involving naturalistic fMRI tasks.
Tuğçe Yıldız, MSc
Tuğçe completed a BSc in psychology in Turkey, and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology at Padova University, Italy, before joining the lab as a PhD student. Tuğçe will use a variety of scientific methods and analytic techniques to investigate the brain of patients with social anxiety disorder, including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and magnetoencephalography (MEG). For instance, Tuğçe will investigate brain signal variability and signal complexity, as well as gray matter volume in patients with social anxiety disorder.
Amir Manzouri, MSc
Amir studied medical imaging at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and has been working with neuroimaging methods as a research engineer since 2010. Amir has been involved in research on Alzheimer’s disease, gender identity, emotion, stress and anxiety disorders. Amir has extensive experience with data collection (e.g., magnetic resonance imaging, MRI scanning), and expertise in data pre- and post-processing, higher level statistical analyses on functional MRI data, e.g., psycho-physiological interactions (PPI), partial least squares (PLS), support vector machines (SVM), and independent component analysis (ICA). Moreover, Amir also has extensive expertise in structural MRI data analysis, e.g., FreeSurfer, AFNI, BrainVoyager, and voxel based morphometry (VBM), and tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS).
Sylvia Edwards, MSc
Sylvia studied Art and Psychology in the UK before completing an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Netherlands. Sylvia will work as a research assistant on multiple projects, including collecting MRI data for a large twin study on stress responses (PI Professor Fredrik Åhs). Sylvia will also analyse fMRI and sleepiness data from individuals experiencing sleep deprivation.
Elise is a student at Psykologprogrammet (Master of Psychology), Stockholm University and a research assistant in the lab. Specifically, Elise is supporting the TreVar research project by coordinating information and participants recruited from a psychiatric clinic within Region Stockholm. Elise interview and schedule participants, assist other staff at the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, as well as setting up a computerized experiment for our participants.
Marion is a student at Psykologprogrammet (Master of Psychology), Stockholm University and a research assistant in the lab. Specifically, Marion is supporting the TreVar research project by coordinating information and participants recruited from a psychiatric clinic within Region Stockholm. Marion interview and schedule participants, assist other staff at the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, as well as setting up a computerized experiment for our participants.
Hjalmar is currently studying his third year at the Natural Science Program, Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium, Odenplan. Hjalmar is supporting the lab with fMRI signal denoising and behavioral data management.
Internships and Bachelor or Master level theses
Extended network and collaborations
A selection of ongoing collaborations with principal investigators
of selected publications
We are grateful for the generous support provided by
Swedish Research Council
Funding provided 2023 (2024-2027).
Funding provided by the European Union (2023-2026).
Center for Innovative Medicine (CIMED)
Swedish Brain Foundation
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