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.

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!

Dr. Katharina Sophia Goerlich-Dobre receives START grant from the UK Aachen
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:05

IRTG PostDoc Dr. Katharina Sophia Goerlich-Dobre received funding from the UK Aachen START program for a project with the title: 'Effects of Musical Mood Induction on Emotion Regulation in Borderline Personality Disorder: Neural Correlates'. Congratulations!!!!

Olga Wudarczyk received Travel Award for the AChemS 36th Annual Meeting
Friday, 28 March 2014 10:27

IRTG student Olga Wudarczyk have been selected to receive a Travel Award for the 36th Annual Meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences in Florida, USA. Congratulations Olga!

Lydia Kogler received Travel Award for the 2014 OHBM Annual Meeting
Friday, 14 March 2014 13:03

IRTG student Lydia Kogler have been selected to receive a Trainee Abstract Travel Award for the 2014 OHBM Annual Meeting in Hamburg, Germany. The title of submitted abstract is "Psychosocial vs. physiological ? an ALE meta-analysis on the neural correlates of stress reactions". Congratulations Lydia!

Christina Regenbogen got an DAAD stipend
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 12:34

Our alumni and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Christina Regenbogen got an DAAD stipend for her stay at the Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden). Congratulation Christina!!!


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