Betina Elfving is a pharmacist and completed her Ph.D. degree ̋Characterization of Serotonin Transporter Ligands in Relation to Emission Tomography̏ at Neurobiology Research Unit (NRU), Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark, in January 2003. The Ph.D. study was conducted in collaboration with H. Lundbeck A/S, Valby, Denmark and the thesis sought to explore possible properties of compounds governing their usefulness as emission tomography ligands. The Ph.D. thesis combined in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo studies and techniques in different species. The Ph.D. study and her following postdoc period at NRU matured Elfving to an outstanding research scientist with a broad expertise. By the end of 2003, Elfving became a Postdoc at Centre for Psychiatric Research, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov, Denmark as new molecular techniques were required to elaborate questions emerged during her Ph.D. degree and postdoc period at NRU. In 2005, Elfving started to focus on some of the complex cellular cascades involved in neuroplasticity. The last 4-5 years, she has successfully established, validated, and optimized new methods in the laboratory to investigate cellular cascades related to neuroplasticity at the mRNA and protein levels in the brain and in the blood. Elfving is involved in a number of clinically and preclinically studies investigating changes in cellular and molecular neuroplasticity focusing mainly on stress and depression.
Biography Updated on 23 September 2012