School of Health Sciences
I focus on the molecular link between androgen excess and the development of reproductive disorders, obesity, and type-2 diabetes in females. Our overall aim is to investigate new treatments and identify the underlying mechanisms that improves or protect against the development of diabetes and infertility.
My line of research has evolved from more than 10 years of experience in whole-animal physiology studies involving endocrinology, metabolism and reproduction. In 2010, I returned to the University of Gothenburg after a postdoc at the Garvan Institute for Medical Research, financed by the Swedish Research Council. In 2015, I started up my own lab and line of research at the University of Skövde. I am currently co-supervising PhD students and my lab is regularly taking on undergraduate students to be involved in our projects.
Mice exposed to maternal androgen excess and diet-induced obesity have altered phosphorylation of catechol-O-methyltransferase in the placenta and fetal liverFornes Romina, Manti Maria, Qi Xiaojuan et al.International Journal of Obesity, 2019.
A Single Bout of Electroacupuncture Remodels Epigenetic and Transcriptional Changes in Adipose Tissue in Polycystic Ovary SyndromeKokosar Milana, Benrick Anna, Perfilyev Alexander et al.Scientific Reports, 2018, 8.
Stener-Victorin Elisabet, Benrick Anna, Fornes Romina et al.Infertility in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Pathogenesis and Management (227-245). Springer, 2018.
Maternal androgen excess and obesity induce sexually dimorphic anxiety-like behavior in the offspring
Manti Maria, Fornes Romina, Qi Xiaojuan et al.The FASEB Journal, 2018, 32(8), 4158-4171.
Transcriptional and Epigenetic Changes Influencing Skeletal Muscle Metabolism in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Nilsson Emma, Benrick Anna, Kokosar Milana et al.Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2018, 103(12), 4465-4477.
Acupuncture does not ameliorate metabolic disturbances in the P450 aromatase inhibitor-induced rat model of polycystic ovary syndromeMaliqueo Manuel, Benrick Anna, Rodrigues Marcondes Rodrigo et al.Experimental Physiology, 2017, 102(1), 113-127.
Adiponectin protects against development of metabolic disturbances in a PCOS mouse model
Benrick Anna, Chanclón Belén, Micallef Peter et al.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2017, 114(34), E7187-E7196.
Autonomic nervous system activation mediates the increase in whole-body glucose uptake in response to electroacupuncture
Benrick Anna, Kokosar Milana, Hu Min et al.The FASEB Journal, 2017, 31(8), 3288-3297.
Exercise differentially affects metabolic functions and white adipose tissue in female letrozole-and dihydrotestosterone-induced mouse models of polycystic ovary syndrome
Marcondes Rodrigo R., Maliqueo Manuel, Fornes Romina et al.Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, 2017, 448, 66-76.
The effect of androgen excess on maternal metabolism, placental function and fetal growth in obese dams
Fornes Romina, Maliqueo Manuel, Hu Min et al.Scientific Reports, 2017, 7.