Translational Neuroimaging in Schizophrenia Group

(Group leader: Dr. Robert Bittner)

Our group investigates the neurophysiological basis of schizophrenia using functional neuroimaging. We employ functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) to understand how abnormal neural coordination gives rise to the cognitive deficits and clinical symptoms of the disorder. We focus on the neural systems for working memory and attention and their disturbance in schizophrenia. Our goals is to identify potential new treatment strategies for cognitive dysfunction. This research is complemented by studies investigating how schizophrenia risk genes influence these cognitive processes on both the behavioural and neurophysiological level.

Group members:

Alessandro Cunto (MD student), Alina Frey (MD student), Meike Hettwer (Master student), Tobias Lehmann (MD student), Kilian Lommer (MD student), Deliah Macht (MD student), Katharina Müller (Master student), Christina Raab (MD student), Hannah Schroeder (MD student), Leonie Winkler-Lauble (MD student).

Alumni: Lara Rösler (Dept. of Psychology, University of Würzburg, Germany). 

Collaborations:

  • Prof. Hannelore Ehrenreich (MPI for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen, Germany)
  • Prof. Rainer Goebel (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
  • Dr. Corinna Haenschel (City University, London, UK)
  • Prof. David Linden (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)

Selected Publications: