Ottos Portrait! Behavioral
Psychiatric Neuroscience
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Hippocampus related limbic atrophy in the elderly
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Neuropsychiatric research in our lab aims at unraveling the neuronal underpinnings of psychiatric disease (or, at least, contributing a bit...).
Current research focuses on forensic neuroscience, schizophrenia, and aging/dementia. For this purpose we take an integrative approach, applying complementary techniques such as non-invasive imaging, electrophysiological measures, and behavioral data as well as immunological and metabolic information.
Our neuropsychiatric research lab is an integrative part of the Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences (CBBS) that operates in conjunction with the Leibniz Institute of Neurobiology (IfN) the first 7T MRI whole body scanner in Europe. Thus we are in the fortunate position to have access to the most advanced MR imaging technology and to cooperate with experienced physicists. Also, we are able to perform patient studies in an EEG/MEG scanner. A close collaboration with the SASLab (J. Steiner, MD) in our department allows for the assessment of advanced immunological and metabolic parameters in our research.  Thus we put emphasis on examining exactly characterized neuropsychiatric disorders using a multimodal approach.
Integration of functional and structural brain imaging results allows for the identification of brain metabolites, brain structural deficits, and related functional neuronal impairments, thereby permitting a completely new level of insight in the pathophysiological fundamentals of psychiatric disease.

As we target at the neuroscientific and pathophysiological characterization of neuropsychiatric diseases our team encompasses medical doctors as well as neurobiologically trained members.
We hope to provide you with stimulating information on these pages and, in case you are interested in neuropsychiatric research, invite you to contact us for further information.

Kolja Schiltz, MD