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The International Research Training Group “Brain-behavior relationship of emotion and social cognition in schizophrenia and autism” (IRTG 1328) is formed by German and American scientists of the RWTH Aachen University with the University Hospital Aachen, the Research Center Jülich (all within the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance, JARA) and the University of Pennsylvania and is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; DFG). The major aims of the German-American IRTG are interdisciplinary and international scientific co-operation and the support of young scientists with aspiration to cutting-edge research. Three basic principles shape the profile of the IRTG: excellence, innovation and international co-operation. To make allowance for the various aspects of the complex clinical disorders of schizophrenia and autism, scientists from a widespread area of disciplines are involved, including medicine, psychology, biology, physics and computer science, among them some of the world’s leading experts in the respective fields. The excellence of faculty and trainees and the international character of the enterprise combine to provide a uniquely inspiring research environment. The IRTG offers a study program that structures an internationally collaborative doctoral process under joint mentorship of a German and an American supervisor. The participants of the IRTG apply advanced brain imaging techniques, including structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), magnetoencephalography (MEG), computational modeling of brain dysfunction, receptor distribution and microstructural, architectonic brain mapping, to study the neurobiological basis of emotion processing in schizophrenia and autism.

The IRTG 1328 represents the only structured doctoral program in Germany that is explicitly focused to the neural basis of two clinically and socio-economically highly relevant psychiatric disorders, schizophrenia and autism.

 
The 9th final Winter School of IRTG
Monday, 01 December 2014 13:12

Dear students and colleagues,

A warm welcome to the 9th and final annual Winter School of the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 'Brain-behavior relationship of emotion and social cognition in schizophrenia and autism' in Aachen. We are delighted to once again see you all at the Winter School – the final Winter School of this IRTG.


Program Overview

Monday, January 26

2.30 pm – 4.45 pm IRTG board meeting / Student thesis committee meetings

5.00 pm – 5.30 pm Opening Session

5.30 pm – 6.45 pm Alumni Session

7.00 pm Welcome reception and dinner

Tuesday, January 27

9.15 am – 10.15 am Session 1: Anatomy & Neuropsychopharmacology

10.15 am – 10.30 am Coffee break

10.30 am – 11.30 am Session 2: Stress & Aggression

11.30 am – 12.00 am Coffee break

12.00 am – 12.45 pm Session 3: Language & Social Cognition

12.45 pm – 1.00 pm Start Up Grant: Martin Klasen

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch break

2.00 pm – 2.15 pm Photo session

2.15 pm – 3.00 pm Session 4: Visual & Motor System

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Keynote lecture: Ted Abel, Klaus Mathiak

4.15 pm – 5.45 pm Student thesis committee meetings

6.00 pm – 7.00 pm Supervisors meeting

7.00 pm Supervisors dinner / Students evening

Wednesday, January 28

9.00 am – 10.00 am Session 1: Neurophysiology

10.15 am – 10.30 am Coffee break

10.15 am – 11.15 am Session 2: Olfaction

11.30 am – 12.00 pm Coffee break

12.00 pm – 1.00 pm Session 3: Methods & Neurofeedback

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch break

2.00 pm – 4.15 pm Student thesis committee meetings

4.15 pm – 5.15 pm Keynote lecture: Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg

5.15 pm – 5.30 pm Synopsis

5.30 pm Departure to Stolberg Castle

6.15 pm Farewell dinner

 

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Conrad Baumann has got the poster award
Monday, 06 October 2014 13:52

Conrad Baumann has got the poster award at the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Biologische Psychiatrie (http://www.dgbp.eu/jahreskongress-2014.html) conference in Aachen. The title of the poster was 'Human hippocampal activity during conflict processing'. Congratulation Conrad!!!

 
Vishalini Sivarajan has got the poster award
Monday, 06 October 2014 13:36

Vishalini Sivarajan has got the poster award in the category 'Connectivity and Networks' at the Neurovision conference (www.neurovisionen.org) on Friday Sept 26th. Congratulation Vishalini!!!!

 
Juliane Mühlhaus received her Ph.D
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:06

Juliane Mühlhaus received her Ph.D on 4 September 2014.

The title of her project was ""Why the leash constrains the dog: Investigating the impact of semantic associations and distractor modalities on sentence production with fMRI"". The supervisors of this study were Prof Ute Habel and Prof. Anjan Chatterjee

Congratulations, Juliane!

 
Caren Weidenfeld received her PhD
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:51

Caren Weidenfeld received her Ph.D on 14 July 2014.

The title of her project was "The Glucagon-modulated Influence of Blood Glucose on Mood". The supervisors of this study were Prof Ute Habel, Prof Wolfram Karges and Prof Kerstin Konrad.

Congratulations, Caren!

 
Claudia Barz received her PhD
Friday, 11 July 2014 09:48

Claudia Barz received her Ph.D on 30th June 2014.

The title of her project was "Neuronal correlates of repetitive whisker stimulation in the Neuregulin 1 mouse model of schizophrenia.".
The defense took place at Maastricht University on 30 June 2014. The supervisors  of this study were Dirk Feldmeyer (RWTH Aachen, Research Centre Juelich), Ted Abel (UPenn), Diego Contreras (UPenn) and Peter De Weerd (Maastricht).

Congratulations, Claudia!

 
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