Bergen Epilepsy Research Group (BERG)
The SCAN-AED research team

Jakob Christensen, MD PhD

Jakob Christensen is an MD, with a PhD and Dr. Med. Sci. from Aarhus University. He is a certified specialist in Clinical Pharmacology and Neurology. He works as consultant neurologist at the Department of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital. He is associate professor at Aarhus University Hospital, and visiting Professor in University College Dublin. Research areas include epilepsy, pharmacology, clinical trials, genetics and epidemiology.

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Research areas:

Epilepsy, pharmacology, clinical trials, genetics and epidemiology.


List of publications here

Selected publications:

Christensen J, Reimers A. Management of pregnant women with epilepsy who use lamotrigine. Epilepsy Res. 2018 Feb;140:198. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2018.01.009. Epub 2018 Jan 31.

Rytter D, Vestergaard CH, Vestergaard M, Christensen J, Bech BH. Use of primary healthcare for persons with epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2018 Mar;80:285-290. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2018.01.014. Epub 2018 Feb 5.

Gasse C, Danielsen AA, Pedersen MG, Pedersen CB, Mors O, Christensen J. Positive predictive value of a register-based algorithm using the Danish National Registries to identify suicidal events. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2018 Apr 17. doi: 10.1002/pds.4433

Reimers A, Helde G, Becser Andersen N, Aurlien D, Surlien Navjord E, Haggag K, Christensen J, Lillestølen KM, Nakken KO, Brodtkorb E. Zonisamide serum concentrations during pregnancy. Epilepsy Res. 2018 Aug;144:25-29. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2018.05.002. Epub 2018 May 4.

Fann JR, Ribe AR, Pedersen HS, Fenger-Grøn M, Christensen J, Benros ME, Vestergaard M. Long-term risk of dementia among people with traumatic brain injury in Denmark: a population-based observational cohort study, The Lancet Psychiatry D-17-00622 S2215-0366(18)30065-8

Dreier JW, Petersen L, Pedersen CB, Christensen J. Parental age and risk of epilepsy: A nationwide register-based study. Epilepsia. 2018 Jun 13. doi: 10.1111/epi.14453.

Mao Y, Ahrenfeldt LJ, Christensen K, Wu C, Christensen J, Olsen J, Sun Y. Risk of epilepsy in opposite-sex and same-sex twins: a twin cohort study. Biol Sex Differ. 2018 Jun 4;9(1):21. doi: 10.1186/s13293-018-0179-5.

Christensen J, Vestergaard C, Hammer Bech B. Maternal death in women with epilepsy. Neurology. 2018 Sep 26. pii: doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000006426. [Epub ahead of print]

Schendel D, Christensen J, Rai D. A ’biology first’ approach in perinatal pharmacoepidemiology of autism – potential and pitfalls. JAMA Psychiatry, in press.

Johannesen KM, Gardella E, Linnankivi T, Courage C, de Saint Martin A, Lehesjoki AE, Mignot C, Afenjar A, Lesca G, Abi-Warde MT, Chelly J, Piton A, Merritt JL 2nd, Rodan LH, Tan WH, Bird LM, Nespeca M, Gleeson JG, Yoo Y, Choi M, Chae JH, Czapansky-Beilman D, Reichert SC, Pendziwiat M, Verhoeven JS, Schelhaas HJ, Devinsky O, Christensen J, Specchio N, Trivisano M, Weber YG, Nava C, Keren B, Doummar D, Schaefer E, Hopkins S, Dubbs H, Shaw JE, Pisani L, Myers CT, Tang S, Tang S, Pal DK, Millichap JJ, Carvill GL, Helbig KL, Mecarelli O, Striano P, Helbig I, Rubboli G, Mefford HC, Møller RS. Defining the phenotypic spectrum of SLC6A1 mutations. Epilepsia. 2018 Feb;59(2):389-402

Nygaard C, Jensen H, Christensen J, Vedsted P. Health care use before a diagnosis of primary intracranial tumor: a Danish nationwide register study.  Clin Epidemiol. 2018 Jul 12;10:809-829.

Christensen J, Pedersen LH, Sun Y, Dreier JW, Brikell I, Dalsgaard S. Association of Prenatal Exposure to Valproate and Other Antiepileptic Drugs With Risk for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Offspring. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Jan 4;2(1):e186606. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.6606.

Ahlers FS, Benros ME, Dreier JW, Christensen J. Infections and risk of epilepsy in children and young adults: A nationwide study. Epilepsia. 2018 Dec 21. doi: 10.1111/epi.14626. [Epub ahead of print]

Schendel D, Christensen J, Rai D. A Biology-First Approach in Perinatal Pharmacoepidemiology of Autism: Potential and Pitfalls. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Dec 1;75(12):1213-1214. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.2725.

Andersen KM, Petersen LV, Vestergaard M, Pedersen CB, Christensen J. Premature mortality in persons with epilepsy and schizophrenia: A population-based nationwide cohort study. Epilepsia. 2019 Jun;60(6):1200-1208. doi: 10.1111/epi.15158. Epub 2019 May 11.

Zelano J, Klecki J, Christensen J, Tomson T, Malmgren K; ESBACE consortium Collaborators.The provision of epilepsy care across Europe 2017: A 17-year follow-up survey. Epilepsia Open. 2019 Feb 15;4(1):144-152. doi: 10.1002/epi4.12306.