I have studied medicine in Würzburg, Germany and after graduation also completed my specialist training in adult psychiatry at the University Hospital Würzburg. After that, I was a leading consultant and later vice director of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine at the University Hospital Frankfurt. In 2019, I was called on a Professor position for Developmental Psychiatry and as vice director in the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of Würzburg. Since June 2020, I am Professor and Chair of Psychiatry of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science at the University College Cork.
My research aims are to establish multimodal biomarkers for the prediction of treatment response, disease course and differential diagnosis in ADHD and mood disorders, especially in peripartum period and young adulthood. Furthermore, my research focuses on disentangling genetic from environmental risk factors and establishing preventive interventions, also taking the gut brain axis into account, to decrease onset and transgenerational transmission of mental disorders. Methodologically, my group uses deep phenotyping and -omic approaches as well as human derived cell models.
Theme – Gut Brain Microbe Axis
SDG’s: SDG 3 – Good health and wellbeing
Key research words: mood disorders, bipolar disorder, major depression, ADHD, peripartum, human-derived cell models, biomarkers, gut brain axis