Experimental Psychiatry

Our research focusses on studying the developmental course of psychiatric disorders along with exploring preventive interventions.

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We use environmental, genetic, pharmacological and neurodevelopmental animal models of psychopathologies  (schizophrenia, alcohol addiction, repetitive disorders) to unravel risk profiles on different levels of neurobiological integration, i.e. behavior, oscillatory activity and electrophysilogical connectivity, neurotransmission and protein expression. We use neuromodulation strategies (mainly invasive and non-invasive brain stimulation) in a mechanistic approach to test on behavior-neurobiology associations and in a therapeutic approach to develop targeted therapeutic and preventive interventions. Our work is integrated in several national and international research consortia (AERIAL, GCBS, KFO247, RD-aDBS, DBS_F20rat) and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG Project Details of Prof. Dr. Christine Winter; DFG Project Details of Dr. Ravit Hadar) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (AERIAL, GCBS).


Prof. Dr. med. Christine Winter

Medical specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy; Head of Division of Experimental and Molecular Psychiatry; Head of research group Experimental Psychiatry; Head of the Centre for Translational Neuromodulation


Dr. rer. nat. Ravit Hadar

Postdoctoral research fellow; Research Group Experimental Psychiatry

Dr. Franziska Wieske
Dipl.-Biol. Jennifer Altschüler
Dipl.-Biol. Aileen Hakus
Dipl.-Biol. Franca Eltner