Claudia Barth

Bilde av Claudia Barth
Besøksadresse Diakonhjemmet
Postadresse Enhet Voksenpsykiatri Postboks 85 Vinderen 0319 Oslo

Academic interests

I am a biologist by training who majored in neurobiology. During my PhD studies, I started exploring the effects of hormonal transition periods on human brain health through neuroimaging. I focused on the linkages between sex hormones, neuroplasticity and mood disorders, such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder, by using the menstrual cycle as a natural model.

In my current role as a postdoctoral researcher in the Imaging Psychosis Research Group, I work in the Ungdoms-TOP study, which investigates the pathophysiological basis of early onset psychosis (EOP) during adolescence, and serve as Co-Chair of the ENIGMA - EOP working group to foster global research collaborations. My postdoctoral portfolio also includes a range of projects particularly related to women’s health, such as exploring the impact of pregnancy, menopause and hormone therapy on brain aging trajectories and depressive phenotypes. My academic interests are driven by the aim to understand how naturally occurring brain dynamics across hormonal transition periods contribute to disease, as this knowledge provides the potential to improve therapeutic approaches and promote mental health.

  • Women’s Brain Health
  • Depression
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Adolescence
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Sex Hormones
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Neuroimaging


  • PhD in Neuroscience, 2017
    University of Leipzig & Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Science, Germany
  • Master of Science Biology, Major Neurobiology & Behavior, 2012
    University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Bachelor of Science Biology, 2010
    Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany


Work overview:



  • Schindler, Louise S.; Subramaniapillai, Sivaniya; Barth, Claudia; van der Meer, Dennis; Pedersen, Mads Lund & Kaufmann, Tobias [Vis alle 18 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2022). Associations between abdominal adipose tissue, reproductive span, and brain characteristics in post-menopausal women. NeuroImage: Clinical. ISSN 2213-1582.
  • Koebele, Stephanie V.; Herrera, Alexandra Ycaza; Taylor, Caitlin M.; Barth, Claudia & Schwarz, Jaclyn (2022). Editorial: Sex Hormone Fluctuations Across the Female Lifespan: Mechanisms of Action on Brain Structure, Function, and Behavior. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. ISSN 1662-5153. 16. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2022.964740.
  • Nerland, Stener; Stokkan, Therese Sørheim; Jørgensen, Kjetil Nordbø; Wortinger, Laura Anne ; Richard, Geneviève & Beck, Dani [Vis alle 11 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2022). A comparison of intracranial volume estimation methods and their cross-sectional and longitudinal associations with age. Human Brain Mapping. ISSN 1065-9471. doi: 10.1002/hbm.25978. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Subramaniapillai, Sivaniya; Suri, Sana; Barth, Claudia; Maximov, Ivan; Voldsbekk, Irene & van der Meer, Dennis [Vis alle 13 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2022). Sex- and age-specific associations between cardiometabolic risk and white matter brain age in the UK Biobank cohort. Human Brain Mapping. ISSN 1065-9471. 43, s. 3759–3774. doi: 10.1002/hbm.25882. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Mørch-Johnsen, Lynn Egeland; Smelror, Runar; Andreou, Dimitrios; Barth, Claudia; Johannessen, Cecilie Haggag & Wedervang-Resell, Kirsten [Vis alle 15 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2022). Negative Symptom Domains Are Associated With Verbal Learning in Adolescents With Early Onset Psychosis. Frontiers in Psychiatry. ISSN 1664-0640. 12. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.825681. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Barth, Claudia; Blokland, Gabriella A. M. & Riecher-Rössler, Anita (2022). Editorial: Sex and the Suffering Brain - A Call for Sex-Stratified Analyses in Psychiatric Research. Frontiers in Psychiatry. ISSN 1664-0640. 13. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.849009.
  • Wortinger, Laura Anne ; Barth, Claudia; Nerland, Stener; Jørgensen, Kjetil Nordbø; Shadrin, Alexey & Szabo, Attila [Vis alle 11 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2021). Association of Birth Asphyxia With Regional White Matter Abnormalities Among Patients With Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders. JAMA Network Open. ISSN 2574-3805. 4(12). doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.39759. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Hilland, Eva; Johannessen, Cecilie Haggag; Jonassen, Rune; Alnæs, Dag; Jørgensen, Kjetil Nordbø & Barth, Claudia [Vis alle 17 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2021). Aberrant default mode connectivity in adolescents with early-onset psychosis: A resting state fMRI study. NeuroImage: Clinical. ISSN 2213-1582. 33. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2021.102881. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Voldsbekk, Irene; Barth, Claudia; Maximov, Ivan I.; Kaufmann, Tobias; Beck, Dani & Richard, Genevive [Vis alle 9 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2021). A history of previous childbirths is linked to women's white matter brain age in midlife and older age. Human Brain Mapping. ISSN 1065-9471. s. 1–15. doi: 10.1002/hbm.25553. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Smelror, Runar; Johannessen, Cecilie Haggag; Wedervang-Resell, Kirsten; Jørgensen, Kjetil Nordbø; Barth, Claudia & Andreou, Dimitrios [Vis alle 11 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2021). Cognitive Impairment Profile in Adolescent Early-Onset Psychosis Usingthe MATRICS Battery: Age and Sex Effects. Neuropsychology. ISSN 0894-4105. 35(3), s. 300–309. doi: 10.1037/neu0000723.
  • Wortinger, Laura Anne; Jørgensen, Kjetil Nordbø; Barth, Claudia; Nerland, Stener; Smelror, Runar Elle & Vaskinn, Anja [Vis alle 9 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2021). Significant association between intracranial volume and verbal intellectual abilities in patients with schizophrenia and a history of birth asphyxia. Psychological Medicine. ISSN 0033-2917. s. 1–10. doi: 10.1017/S0033291721000489. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Barth, Claudia; Nerland, Stener; de Lange, Ann-Marie Glasø; Wortinger, Laura Anne ; Hilland, Eva & Andreassen, Ole Andreas [Vis alle 8 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2021). In Vivo Amygdala Nuclei Volumes in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders. Schizophrenia Bulletin. ISSN 0586-7614. 47(5), s. 1431–1441. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbaa192. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Bakke, Laura A Wortinger; Engen, Kristine; Barth, Claudia; Andreassen, Ole Andreas; Jørgensen, Kjetil Nordbø & Agartz, Ingrid (2020). Asphyxia at birth affects brain structure in patients on the schizophrenia-bipolar disorder spectrum and healthy participants. Psychological Medicine. ISSN 0033-2917. doi: 10.1017/S0033291720002779. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Gurholt, Tiril Pedersen; Lonning, Vera Louise Hiorth; Nerland, Stener; Jørgensen, Kjetil Nordbø; Haukvik, Unn Kristin H. & Alloza, Clara [Vis alle 41 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2020). Intracranial and subcortical volumes in adolescents with early‐onset psychosis: A multisite mega‐analysis from the ENIGMA consortium. Human Brain Mapping. ISSN 1065-9471. s. 373–384. doi: 10.1002/hbm.25212. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Ambrase, Aiste; Lewis, Carolin; Barth, Claudia & Derntl, Birgit (2020). Influence of ovarian hormones on value-based decision-making systems: contribution to sexual dimorphisms in mental disorders. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology (FIN). ISSN 0091-3022. 60:100873, s. 1–18. doi: 10.1016/j.yfrne.2020.100873.
  • Barth, Claudia & de Lange, Ann-Marie Glasø (2020). Towards an understanding of women's brain aging: the immunology of pregnancy and menopause. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology (FIN). ISSN 0091-3022. 58:100850, s. 1–11. doi: 10.1016/j.yfrne.2020.100850. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • de Lange, Ann-Marie Glasø; Barth, Claudia; Kaufmann, Tobias; Maximov, Ivan; van der Meer, Dennis & Agartz, Ingrid [Vis alle 7 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2020). Women's brain aging: effects of sex-hormone exposure, pregnancies, and genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease. Human Brain Mapping. ISSN 1065-9471. s. 1–10. doi: 10.1002/hbm.25180. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Barth, Claudia; Lonning, Vera Louise Hiorth; Gurholt, Tiril Pedersen; Andreassen, Ole Andreas; Myhre, Anne Margrethe & Agartz, Ingrid (2020). Exploring white matter microstructure and the impact of antipsychotics in adolescent-onset psychosis. PLOS ONE. ISSN 1932-6203. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0233684. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Barth, Claudia; Jørgensen, Kjetil Nordbø; Wortinger, Laura Anne ; Nerland, Stener; Jönsson, Erik Gunnar & Agartz, Ingrid (2020). Trajectories of brain volume change over 13 years in chronic schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research. ISSN 0920-9964. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2020.05.014.
  • de Lange, Ann-Marie Glasø; Barth, Claudia; Kaufmann, Tobias; Anatürk, Melis; Suri, Sana & Ebmeier, Klaus [Vis alle 7 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2020). The maternal brain: region-specific patterns of brain aging are traceable decades after childbirth. Human Brain Mapping. ISSN 1065-9471. doi: 10.1002/hbm.25152. Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Barth, Claudia; Steele, Christopher J.; Mueller, Karsten; Rekkas, Vivien P; Arelin, Katrin & Pampel, Andre [Vis alle 10 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2016). In-vivo Dynamics of the Human Hippocampus across the Menstrual Cycle. Scientific Reports. ISSN 2045-2322. doi: 10.1038/srep32833.
  • Arelin, Katrin; Mueller, Karsten; Barth, Claudia; Rekkas, Vivien P; Kratzsch, Jürgen & Burmann, Inga [Vis alle 8 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2015). Progesterone mediates brain functional connectivity changes during the menstrual cycle - a pilot resting state MRI study. Frontiers in Neuroscience. ISSN 1662-4548. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2015.00044.
  • Barth, Claudia; Villringer, Arno & Sacher, Julia (2015). Sex hormones affect neurotransmitters and shape the adult female brain during hormonal transition periods. . Frontiers in Neuroscience. ISSN 1662-4548. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2015.00037.
  • Schaefer, Alexander; Burmann, Inga; Regenthal, Ralf; Arelin, Katrin; Barth, Claudia & Pampel, Andre [Vis alle 9 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2014). Serotonergic modulation of intrinsic functional connectivity. Current Biology. ISSN 0960-9822. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.08.024.

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  • Sacher, Julia; Hesse, Swen; Zsido, Rachel; Barth, Claudia; Zientek, Franziska & Rullmann, Michael [Vis alle 13 forfattere av denne artikkelen] (2020). Increase in Serotonin Transporter Binding Across the Menstrual Cycle in Patients With Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: A Case-Control Longitudinal Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Study. Neuropsychopharmacology. ISSN 0893-133X. doi: 10.1038/s41386-020-00890-7.

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Publisert 8. jan. 2021 14:06 - Sist endret 28. okt. 2022 09:18