Prof. Dr. Dr. Danilo Bzdok Awarded 2016 DGPPN Prize

The 2016 DGPPN prize for research into psychiatric disorders recognizes the highly innovative nature of the work undertaken by Prof. Dr. Dr. Bzdok’s group and the outstanding methodological quality.

Research Minister Wanka Visits JARA-BRAIN at University Hospital Aachen on her Summer Tour

German Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka paid a visit to University Hospital Aachen on 28 July, making RWTH Aachen University the first stop of her summer tour. As part of her visit, minister Wanka therefore spoke in particular with the young scientists involved in the research alliance. In three separate sessions, the minister learned about current research being conducted.

Human Brain Projekt stellt europäische Forschungsinfrastruktur vor

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is developing a shared European research infrastructure with the aim of examining the organization of the brain using detailed analyses and simulations and thus combating neurological and psychiatric disorders.

JARA Passes Next Milestone

Aachen/Jülich. On 1 April, the SuperC building of RWTH Aachen University hosted an event for the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA). The new JARA institutes, in which scientists from Aachen and Jülich will work on pressing issues of our time, were presented to an audience of about 90. At the same time, the directors of the collegially managed institutes were appointed JARA professors. Excellent early-career scientists were also honoured by JARA prizes for young researchers: JARA Best Master and JARA Excellent Junior.

Meta-Analysis Revises Current Research Opinion on Schizophrenia

The results of a meta-analysis conducted by JARA-BRAIN scientist Prof. Dr. Thomas Nickl-Jockschat and Dr. Claudia Eickhoff show: A COMT gene variant does not necessarily influence brain performance in people with schizophrenia. Past imaging studies indicated a correlation between this gene defect and brain activity patterns.

Intensive Training Course on Neuroanatomy and Functions

University Hospital Aachen will host an intensive training course on neuroanatomy and functions from 28 September to 1 October 2015. The course in German language targets mainly early-career scientists, but also experienced medical clinicians and researchers and will offer theoretical and practical information on the structural bases of psychiatric disorders.

Hope for people suffering from schizophrenia

Around 800,000 people in Germany suffer from schizophrenia. Nevertheless, this mental illness is not as well researched as depression or dementia. A new, large-scale research project is set to change this. On 12 May 2015 at the specialized clinic for psychiatry and psychotherapy “LVR-Klinik” in Düren, Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Rachel together with representatives of the brain research alliance JARA-BRAIN officially launched the research project “APIC – Antipsychotic-induced structural and functional changes in the brain”. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing APIC with funding worth € 4 million.
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Human Brain Project
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JARA FIT Annual Report
You can download the new JARA-FIT Annual Report 2014 from here. Our last year's scientific progress and our achievements are documented there.