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:



  • Barth, Claudia; Nerland, Stener; de Lange, Ann-Marie Glasø; Wortinger, Laura Anne; Hilland, Eva; Andreassen, Ole Andreas; Jørgensen, Kjetil Nordbø & Agartz, Ingrid (2021). In Vivo Amygdala Nuclei Volumes in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders. Schizophrenia Bulletin.  ISSN 0586-7614. . doi:
  • Wortinger, Laura Anne; Jørgensen, Kjetil Nordbø; Barth, Claudia; Nerland, Stener; Smelror, Runar; Vaskinn, Anja; Ueland, Torill; Andreassen, Ole Andreas & Agartz, Ingrid (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. . doi:
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • de Lange, Ann-Marie Glasø; Barth, Claudia; Kaufmann, Tobias; Anatürk, Melis; Suri, Sana; Ebmeier, Klaus & Westlye, Lars Tjelta (2020). The maternal brain: region-specific patterns of brain aging are traceable decades after childbirth. Human Brain Mapping.  ISSN 1065-9471. . doi: Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.
  • de Lange, Ann-Marie Glasø; Barth, Claudia; Kaufmann, Tobias; Maximov, Ivan; van der Meer, Dennis; Agartz, Ingrid & Westlye, Lars Tjelta (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.
  • Gurholt, Tiril Pedersen; Lonning, Vera Louise Hiorth; Nerland, Stener; Jørgensen, Kjetil Nordbø; Haukvik, Unn Kristin H.; Alloza, Clara; Arango, Celso; Barth, Claudia; Bearden, Carrie E.; Berk, Michael; Bohman, Hannes; Dandash, Orwa; Diaz-Caneja, Covadonga M.; Edbom, Carl T.; van Erp, Theo G.M.; Fett, Anne-Kathrin J.; Frangou, Sophia; Goldstein, Benjamin I; Grigorian, Anahit; Jahanshad, Neda; James, Anthony C.; Janssen, Joost; Johannessen, Cecilie Haggag; Karlsgodt, Katherine H. ; Kempton, Matthew J.; Kochunov, Peter; Krabbendam, Lydia; Kyriakopoulos, Marinos; Lundberg, Mathias; MacIntosh, Bradley J.; Rund, Bjørn Rishovd; Smelror, Runar; Sultan, Alysha; Tamnes, Christian Krog; Thomopoulos, Sophia I.; Vajdi, Ariana; Wedervang-Resell, Kirsten; Myhre, Anne Margrethe; Andreassen, Ole Andreas; Thompson, Paul M. & Agartz, Ingrid (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 1- 12 . doi: 10.1002/hbm.25212 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.
  • Barth, Claudia; Steele, Christopher J.; Mueller, Karsten; Rekkas, Vivien P; Arelin, Katrin; Pampel, Andre; Burmann, Inga; Kratzsch, Jürgen; Villringer, Arno & Sacher, Julia (2016). In-vivo Dynamics of the Human Hippocampus across the Menstrual Cycle. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322. . doi:
  • Arelin, Katrin; Mueller, Karsten; Barth, Claudia; Rekkas, Vivien P; Kratzsch, Jürgen; Burmann, Inga; Villringer, Arno & Sacher, Julia (2015). Progesterone mediates brain functional connectivity changes during the menstrual cycle - a pilot resting state MRI study. Frontiers in Neuroscience.  ISSN 1662-4548. . doi:
  • 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:
  • Schaefer, Alexander; Burmann, Inga; Regenthal, Ralf; Arelin, Katrin; Barth, Claudia; Pampel, Andre; Villringer, Arno; Margulies, Daniel S & Sacher, Julia (2014). Serotonergic modulation of intrinsic functional connectivity. Current Biology.  ISSN 0960-9822. . doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.08.024
  • Sacher, Julia; Hesse, Swen; Zsido, Rachel; Barth, Claudia; Zientek, Franziska; Rullmann, Michael; Patt, Marianne; Becker, Georg A.; Luthardt, Julia; Regenthal, Ralf; Jank, Alexander; Villringer, Arno & Sabri, Osama (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:
Publisert 8. jan. 2021 14:06 - Sist endret 27. feb. 2021 13:48