Education 2004 – 2008 Diploma in Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) 2008 – 2010 MSc, Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotheraphy, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) 2011 – 2014 PhD in Human Biology, Institute of Medical Psychology, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich (Germany)
Professional Experience 2014 – 2020 Postdoctoral Researcher, Departments of Nuclear Medicine, Neuroradiology, and Psychiatry, Technical University Munich, School of Medicine (Germany) 2020 – present Senior Researcher (Postdoctoral Researcher), Translational Psychiatry, University of Lübeck (Germany)
Mihai Avram’s research focuses on the effects of psychedelics on human brain function and the potential utility of LSD for the treatment of mental disorders. Additionally, he is interested in the neural and molecular basis of distinct symptoms of psychotic disorders.
Avram M, Müller F, Rogg H, Korda A, Andreou C, Holze F, Vizeli P, Ley L, Liechti ME, Borgwardt S (2022). Characterizing thalamocortical (dys) connectivity following d-amphetamine, LSD, and MDMA administration. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, in press
Avram M, Rogg H, Korda A, et al. (2021). Bridging the Gap? Altered Thalamocortical Connectivity in Psychotic and Psychedelic States. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12:706017. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.706017. PMID: 34721097; PMCID: PMC8548726.
Avram M, Brandl F, Knolle F, et al. (2020). Aberrant striatal dopamine links topographically with cortico-thalamic dysconnectivity in schizophrenia. Brain, Dec;143(11):3495-3505. doi: 10.1093/brain/awaa296. PMID: 33155047.
Avram M, Brandl F, Cabello J, et al. (2019). Reduced striatal dopamine synthesis capacity in patients with schizophrenia during remission of positive symptoms. Brain, Jun;142(6):1813-1826. doi: 10.1093/brain/awz093. PMID: 31135051.
Avram M, Brandl F, Bäuml J, Sorg C. (2018). Cortico-thalamic hypo- and hyperconnectivity extend consistently to basal ganglia in schizophrenia. Neuropsychopharmacology, Oct;43(11):2239-2248. doi: 10.1038/s41386-018-0059-z. PMID: 29899404; PMCID: PMC6135808
Grants FAPESP/BAYLAT Travel Grant: Multimodal approaches in experimental psychology and clinical neuroscience and psychiatry, São Paulo, Brasilien (Nov. 2018)
DAAD Travel Grant: 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, San Diego, USA (May 2017)
Scholarships PhD Scholarship Bavarian Research Foundation (Bayerische Forschungsstiftung; 2011 – 2014)