Published: 2020-11-18 10:47 | Updated: 2020-11-18 10:48

Guest professor Unnur Valdimarsdóttir receives project grant from NordForsk to study the mental health impact of the ongoing pandemic

Portrait of Guest Professor Unnur Valdimarsdóttir
Guest Professor Unnur Valdimarsdóttir Photo: Gunilla Sonnebring

Unnur Valdimarsdóttir has been granted at 10 million NOK Nordic grants in the announcement "Nordic Health Data Research Projects on COVID-19" from NordForsk. The COVIDMENT consortium is a collaboration between researchers in Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Estonia.

Karolinska Institutet Guest Professor Unnur Valdimarsdóttir's project is entitled "Mental morbidity trajectories in COVID-19 across risk populations of five nations (COVIDMENT)" and aims to provide novel insights into the role of psychiatric factors in COVID-19 etiology and health consequences.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented influence on the global economy and population health but there is a lack of large-scale studies. The COVIDMENT consortium plans a project with complete, long-term follow-up of high risk groups including COVID-19 patients, their families and frontline workers for a comprehensive understanding of the mental health impact of the pandemic. 

Unnur Valdimardóttir, based at the University of Iceland, will collaborate with researchers at Karolinska Institutet, as well as in Denmark, Norway and Estonia. As a comment, Unnur says that “We are all tired of the pandemic, but we are ready to work to get new insights into the role of psychiatric factors in COVID-19 etiology and health consequences. We need state-of-the-art studies of population mental health to identify vulnerable populations so the Nordic healthcare systems can adjust to changes in the healthcare needs".