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 final Winter School of the IRTG 1328
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:59

The final Winter School of the IRTG 1328 took place from the 26th to the 28th of January, 2015. The Winter School always has been a time of inspirational talks and highlighting scientific achievements. But this time it had a special program with special guests. The rector of the RWTH Aachen University Prof. Ernst Schmachtenberg and Sabina Mönkemöller, a representative of the DFG, opened the Winter School. IRTG speakers Prof. Frank Schneider, Prof. Ruben Gur and Prof. Ute Habel then gave an impressive and moving summary of the highlights and most outstanding scientific achievements of the IRTG across the 9 years of its existence, which had led to numerous international collaborations, the publication of more than 200 scientific papers in cutting edge journals, and hopefully life-long friendships. Alumni from the first IRTG generation then commenced the Winter School by giving an insight into their scientific development from their first year in the IRTG to their current work at research centers across the world.

The next two days were characterized by an intensive international research program and delightful social activities. We had keynote lectures from the members of IRTG Dr. Martin Klasen, Prof. Klaus Mathiak and Prof. Ted Abel, and the quality of the student presentations was as high as ever. Prof. Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg from the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, a world-renowned expert in schizophrenia and autism, gave us the honor of the final keynote speech. Prof. Frank Schneider, Prof. Ruben Gur, und Prof. Ute Habel then closed the scientific part of the Winter School, with a melancholic tear in one eye but a proud smile in the other.

In the evening of the last day, we braved the storm, snow, and rain to celebrate the journey of the IRTG in Stolberg’s beautiful medieval castle. Here we celebrated the success of IRTG program by enjoying medieval cuisine, drinks, and a fire show, naturally clothed in original medieval costumes.

Thank you all for joining this special event and celebrating with us the final Winter School of the IRTG. We were very happy to see you all in Aachen and hope to see you all again soon.

Vanessa Pütz received her PhD
Monday, 19 January 2015 12:44

Vanessa Pütz received her PhD. The title of her dissertation was „Neural correlates of social rejection in children in care“.

Congratulations, Vanessa!!!

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!


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