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Grant for medical Junior Scientists awarded to Dr. Léon Franzen

We congratulate Dr. Léon Franzen on his recent success in being selected as awardee of the junior scientist grant 2024 by the medical faculty of the University of Lübeck. His project entitled “Tailoring early detection, intervention, and prediction of mental disorders to adolescents after preterm birth” will receive substantial financial support for a period of …

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Prof. Borgwardt selected as Highly Cited Researcher in 2023 once again

We congratulate Professor Stefan Borgwardt on being named a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher for the sixth year in a row. This renewed selection is a tremendous achievement and underlines the importance of his scientific work and the high standing of his Translational Psychiatry lab in the field. This award comes at no surprise, as his …

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Lübeck proud to host the Early Career Hallucination Research Network’s Meeting 2023

On November 2nd-3rd, we were proud to host the annual international meeting of the Early Career Hallucination Network (ECHR) themed around predictive processes in hallucinations.  The ECHR group provides a stage for early career scientists investigating hallucinations from all possible angles including empirical investigations, case studies, and insights from medical professionals. Young scientists from 8 …

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Translational Psychiatry Retreat 2023

Cutting-edge science in translational psychiatry is only possible within a coherent team. For this reason, the Translational Psychiatry lab of professors Stefan Borgwardt and Christina Andreou met outside Lübeck to discuss their innovative scientific avenues and endeavours.    The lab’s focus on seamlessly integrating research with its application in its own early detection service, the …

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Basal-Forebrain Cholinergic Nuclei Alterations are Associated With Medication and Cognitive Deficits Across the Schizophrenia Spectrum

Basal-Forebrain Cholinergic Nuclei Alterations are Associated With Medication and Cognitive Deficits Across the Schizophrenia Spectrum Julia Schulz, … Stefan Borgwardt … & Mihai Avram   DOI: 10.1093/schbul/sbad118 Abstract Background and Hypothesis The cholinergic system is altered in schizophrenia. Particularly, patients’ volumes of basal-forebrain cholinergic nuclei (BFCN) are lower and correlated with attentional deficits. It is unclear, however, …

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Effective-connectivity of thalamocortical interactions following d-amphetamine, LSD, and MDMA administration

Effective-connectivity of thalamocortical interactions following d-amphetamine, LSD, and MDMA administration Mihai Avram … Helena Rogg, Alexandra Korda … & Stefan Borgwardt 2023, Biological Psychiatry DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.bpsc.2023.07.010 Abstract Background While the exploration of serotonergic psychedelics as psychiatric medicines deepens, so does the pressure to better understand how these compounds act on the brain. Methods We used …

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NDR radio interview with Prof. Borgwardt on our early detection service BEATS

In a recent radio interview with the NDR Stefan Borgwardt highlighted the wide-ranging support the Baltic Early Treatment Service (BEATS) Lübeck offers to help-seeking adolescents and adults aged 15-35. Referrals can be made by professionals but BEATS also considers self-referrals by help-seeking individuals. For more information on BEATS, please visit our subpage. More information on the …

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The serotonin hypothesis in depression – interview with Prof. Borgwardt

A recent article in The Zeit explores the evidence for the serotonin hypothesis of depression including an interview with Stefan Borgwardt. Specifically, it critically examines the evidence provided by a recent overview article questioning serotonin as a crucial neurotransmitter in the etiology of depression. However, as professor Borgwardt stated, for complex disorders such as depression, …

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GISS Early Career Award

Picture source: https://www.giss2023.org GISS Early Career Award Congratulations to Sofia Eickhoff! Her work on resting-state functional hypoconnectivity of posterior-lateral subdivisions of the basal forebrain cholinergic nuclei in patients with schizophrenia received the prestigious award by the Robert Sommer Research Society at this excellent international conference. The meeting was held in Gießen, Germany, 20-22 April 2023.  …

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