Mission and Vision

Neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases of adulthood such as depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and motor neuron disease are highly disabling diseases that place an immense burden on individuals, their families and society.

The mission of the research training group (RTG) is to further the development of prevention and treatment strategies for these diseases through a deeper understanding of the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms. To fulfill this mission, basic and clinical neuroscientists will combine forces to research the novel key concept that neurodevelopment constitutes a major determinant for the individual’s vulnerability to neuropsychiatric and -degenerative disease in later life. Equally important, the RTG addresses the need to train the next generation of neuroscientists in this important emerging pathophysiological concept.

The members of the RTG envision that the intensive training and research activities will significantly impact on the development of new perspectives for disease prevention and treatment.


“GRK meets MDs” Seminar

The GRK2162 invites all medical students and physicians to join the “GRK meets MDs” seminar on 30th of May 2017 which will be held by Prof. Dr. med. Lie (Institute of Biochemistry), Prof. Dr. med. Winkler (Department of Molecular Neurology), Dr. med. Regensburger (Deparment of Neurology, holder of the MD rotation position offered by the GRK) and Christian Fiebig (who received a stipend from the GRK to perform his medical thesis). Aim is to start a lively discussion about career options as a “clinician scientist” to promote translational research in future.

If you are interested in performing a medical thesis in the exciting field of neuroscience or if you want to find out more about how to combine a scientific career with the duties of a physician, you are very welcome to join the seminar!

Most important facts: 30th May 2017, 17:00-19:00, Hörsaal of the Institute of Pyhsiology and Pathophysiology (Universtitätsstr. 17, 91054 ER), Butterbrezen 🙂


Open positions

1 PhD position

The GRK2162 offers a PhD position in the working group of Prof. Linker in the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Erlangen.

You would be able to investigate the role of the neurodevelopmental transcription factors Sox8 and Sox10 in susceptibility and repair in demyelinating diseases. Please find more information about the project here.

Start: as soon as possible

Submit your application (in a single pdf file) via email to grk2162@fau.de. We need (1) a letter of motivation, (2) your CV, (3) your transcript of records, (4) a summary of your research experience and master project and (5) a list of your publications.

We are looking forward to your application!


3 MD thesis positions

Are you a highly motivated medical student interested in performing your thesis in one of the GRK2162 labs?

Then find your favorite working group (“research projects“), ask for an open position and apply with your future supervisor for one of the three 7 months stipends which are available in 2017.

Please submit (1) a letter of motivation, (2) your CV, (3) a project description (approx. 1 page), (4) your transcript of records and (5) a list of your publications (if you have any) in a single pdf file via email to grk2162@fau.de.