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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.

 
Public IRTG Talk: The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Neuronal Function

The IRTG would like to invite to a public IRTG talk.

20th of July, 4pm

Ted Abel, PhD
Brush Family Professor of Biology
Director, Biological Basis of Behavior Program
University of Pennsylvania

The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Neuronal Function

The talk will be held in the Library of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

 
Public IRTG Talk: Neuroaesthetics: pitfalls and promise

The IRTG would like to invite to a public IRTG talk.

10th of May, 4pm

Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania

Neuroaesthetics: pitfalls and promis.

The talk will be held in the Library of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

 

 
Call for START-UP Grants

With the new funding period of the International Research Training Group: Brain-behavior relationship emotion and social cognition in schizophrenia and autism (IRTG 1328; funded by the German Research Foundation [DFG]) the IRTG is now able to issue calls for start-up grants for former and current IRTG members.
Details

 
The EXBODIED MIND: Motion in Communication and Cognition Research

We would like to draw your attention to an upcoming event in the framework of JARA Brain and supported by the IRTG 1328:

The EXBODIED MIND: Motion in Communication and Cognition Research
RWTH Aachen University, Germany: April 8-9, 2011 (Fri-Sat)

We cordially invite students, postdocs, faculty, and other researchers in the area of action and language/communication to pre-register for the Exbodied Mind Workshop.
The theory of the embodied mind is based on the premise that general and linguistic cognition are grounded in the bodily interaction with the physical and social environment. This small interdisciplinary workshop turns these premises inside-out and focuses on how patterns of physical motion and multimodal integration, for instance of speech and gesture, may give insights into the "exbodied" mind and brain.

For more information please visit the website of the event:
http://www.humtec.rwth-aachen.de/index.php?article_id=601&clang=0

 
Four members of the IRTG 1328 selected to attend the 61th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau

Four members of the IRTG 1328 were selected from 7000 applicants from 80 nations to attend the 61th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau (Germany) from June 26th to July 1st. This annual meeting is a forum for transfer of knowledge between 500 young researchers from all over the world and 25 Nobel Laureates like the two Laureates in medicine Harald zur Hausen (2008) and Elizabeth Balckbum (2009). Dipl.-Biol. Kerstin Klook (Research Center Jülich), Dipl.-Psych. Carolin Mößnang, Dr. Katja Spreckelmeyer and Dr. Katharina Saß (RWTH Aachen University) will participate in a comprehensive programme including lectures by Nobel Laureates from the field of medicine and physiology and rounds of discussions to establish international networks of scientific excellence.

 

 
Gender-lifebalance workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On January, 19th we had an interesting workshop on ‘Career… and what else?!’ with Maike Süthoff from going (www.going-aachen.de) and Doris Klee, equal opportunity commissioner at RWTH Aachen. Five women of IRTG 1328 and seven female colleagues from the psychiatry discussed issues of combining family and career and having a satisfying work-life balance. We got motivating insights on possibilities at RWTH Aachen for early day care and other family services. Further, we were encouraged to think about our aims in life and did group work on our personal profiles and what having a career really means. The workshop gave good ideas for how to combine career and personal plans and we also shortly discussed the notion of a future workshop involving men and their perception of the topic.

 
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