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.



To our latest graduates M.-T. Wittmann and K. Simmnacher, who successfully defended their thesis and completed the programme. Find all graduates here.



One open PhD position – apply now!

We offer one phD student position for a highly motivated, talented student in the group of Prof. Reis at the Institute of Human Genetics. Please open the pdf for more Information.

We are looking forward to your application! 

Participants will be intensively guided by an interdisciplinary team of experts in basic, clinical and translational neuroscience. The curriculum is tailored to train young researchers in innovative concepts and key scientific skills to prepare them for their career.

More Information about the application process under “application and selection“.


MD thesis stipends – apply now!

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

Then find your favorite working group (“research projects“), ask for an open position and apply with your future supervisor for a 8 months stipend.

More Information about the application process under “application and selection“.

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