I am Professor of Experimental Neuropsychiatry at the RWTH Aachen University and Deputy Director of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at the University Hospital Aachen.

I studied medicine from 1983 to 1989 at the University of Cologne and received my doctoral degree (M.D.) in 1990 at the University of Heidelberg. From 1989 to 1993 I was a medical resident/research assistant at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Mainz. From 1993 to 1994 I was a resident at the Neurology Department of the Brüderkrankenhaus Trier, before I returned to the University of Mainz as a specialist in psychiatry.

I spent the year 1995, supported by a training grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG), at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. In the Department of Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine, I learned – under the guidance of Dean F. Wong – the application of positron emission tomography in neuroscience, especially in psychiatry.

After my return to Germany in 1996 I became a senior physician/attending at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Mainz. Here I got my habilitation in 2001. On March 1st, 2004, I moved to the RWTH Aachen University, where I became Deputy Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, and initially took the vacant Chair of Social Psychiatry. In December 2004, I was appointed to the Chair of Experimental Neuropsychiatry.

I am member of several scientific societies (American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, ACNP; Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Neuropsychopharmakologie und Pharmakopsychiatrie AGNP; Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum CINP; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Biologische Psychiatrie DGBP; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Nervenheilkunde DGPPN; European College of Neuropsychopharmacology ECNP; Society for Neuroscience (USA) SfN; Society of Nuclear Medicine (USA) SNM). I am the chairman of the Divison “Psychopharmacology” of the DGPPN and chairman of the Task Force “Therapeutic Drug Monitoring” of the AGNP.

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