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Dr. Claudia Barth is a biologist by training who majored in neurobiology. During her PhD studies at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science in Leipzig (Germany), she started exploring the effects of hormonal transition periods on human brain health through neuroimaging. She 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 her current role as a postdoctoral fellow in the Imaging Psychosis Research Group at the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research, University of Oslo, she works in the Ungdoms-TOP study, which investigates the pathophysiological basis of early onset psychosis (EOP) during adolescence, and serves as Co-Chair of the Enhancing NeuroImaging Genetics Through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) EOP working group to foster global research collaborations. Her postdoctoral portfolio also includes a range of projects particularly related to women’s health, such as exploring the impact of pregnancy and menopause on brain aging trajectories and depressive phenotypes. Her 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.