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Eva Kočovská is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, UK and a Research Associate at the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre, studying the role of vitamin D in the ESSENCE syndromes. She received a PhD in Psychology from the University of Glasgow (2014), holds a Certificate in Counselling Skills, COSCA, also from the University of Glasgow (2006) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition from the Roehampton University, UK (2016). Her PhD thesis: ‘Gene-Environment Interaction in Autism: A Population Study of Risk Factors - vitamin D and methylmercury - for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Faroe Islands’ was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Thesis Award’. Eva first studied chemistry at Charles University, Prague, received her doctorate in 1986, and then worked in pharmaceutical research on the synthesis of the anti-cancer antibiotics Daunomycin and Adriamycin. Eva has a wide ranging experience of working for a number of years with children and young adults with developmental impairments and delays, autism, behavioural and communication disorders, acquired brain injury (ABI), history of severe maltreatment and also with mothers and their babies, both in research and clinical settings. Eva is based in the UK and regularly visits Gothenburg. Her research is focused on the involvement of vitamin D, the immune system and microbiome in autism, ADHD and schizophrenia.

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Kočovská, E., Mickunas, M., Ramien, C., Bonner, J., Milleit, B., Smesney, S., ... Meier, U. C. (2018). The role of inflammation and hypovitaminosis-D in multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and autism. 14th Psychoimmunology Expert Meeting. Neuoinflammation in Psychiatry – from basic research to psychopathology. Neurology, Psychiatry and Brain Research, 29,14-15.


Gillberg, C., Fernell, E., Kočovská, E., Minnis, H., Bourgeron, T., Thompson, L., & Allely, C.S. (2017). The role of cholesterol metabolism and various steroid abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders: A hypothesis paper. Autism Research, (Epub ahead of print).

Kočovská, E., Gaughran, F., Krivoy, A., & Meier, U.C. (2017). Vitamin-D Deficiency As a Potential Environmental Risk Factor in Multiple Sclerosis, Schizophrenia, and Autism. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8, 47.


Kočovská, E. (2014). A Population Study of Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Faroe Islands. (Avhandling), University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

Kočovská, E., Andorsdóttir, G., Weihe, P., Halling, J., Fernell, E., Stórá, T., ... Gillberg, C. (2014). Vitamin D in the General Population of Young Adults with Autism in the Faroe Islands. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 2996-3005.


Allely, C.S., Johnson, P.C.D., Marwick, H., Lidstone, E., Kocovská, E., Puckering, C., ... Wilson, P. (2013). Prediction of 7-year psychopathology from mother-infant joint attention behaviours: a nested case--control study. BMC Pediatrics, 13, 147.

Cuddihy, C., Dorris, L., Minnis, H., & Kocovska, E. (2013). Sleep disturbance in adopted children with a history of maltreatment. Adoption & Fostering, 37, 404-411.

Kočovská, E., Wilson, P., Young, D., Wallace, A.M., Gorski, C., Follan, M., ... Minnis, H. (2013). Cortisol secretion in children with symptoms of reactive attachment disorder. Psychiatry Research, 209, 74-77.

Kočovská, E., Billstedt, E., Ellefsen, A., Kampmann, H., Gillberg, I.C., Biskupstø, R., ... Gillberg, C. (2013). Autism in the Faroe Islands: diagnostic stability from childhood to early adult life. Scientific World Journal, 2013, 592371.


Kočovská, E., Fernell, E., Billstedt, E., Minnis, H., & Gillberg, C. (2012). Vitamin D and autism: clinical review. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33, 1541-1550.

Kočovská, E., Biskupstø, R., Carina Gillberg, I., Ellefsen, A., Kampmann, H., Stórá, T., … Gillberg, C. (2012). The rising prevalence of autism: a prospective longitudinal study in the faroe islands. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 1959-1966.

Kočovská, E., Puckering, C., Follan, M., Smillie, M., Gorski, C., Barnes, J., … Minnis, H. (2012). Neurodevelopmental problems in maltreated children referred with indiscriminate friendliness. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33, 1560-1565.



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