Research at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry
The main goal of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry is to uphold a uniquely close interaction between basic science, clinical research and clinical services in order to gain knowledge about and understanding of the causes of psychiatric disorders. This knowledge can then be applied in the development of novel diagnostic possibilities as well as therapeutic and preventive approaches. Stress-related disorders, such as major depression and anxiety disorders, are our main research and clinical focus.
Our collective long-term goal is to elucidate the pathways and mechanisms by which stress is perceived, processed, and transduced into neuroendocrine and behavioral responses under healthy and pathological conditions.
Neuronal migration is a fundamental step in the development of the central nervous system. We aim at understanding the biological mechanisms and therefore identifying potential therapies for cortical malformations.
We like to deconvolute how the combination of many genetic and epigenetic alterations can lead to onset and progression of psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia by identifying molecular and macroscopic phentoypes in disease relevant cell populations.
We want to contribute to the development of innovative and truly interactive experimental paradigms within social neuroscience, which allow for the investigation of the neural mechanisms of real-time social interaction.