Bipolar Disorder – lets talk about it!

On top of the world, or in the depths of despair – normal mood swings or pathological? Nadja is going to talk about bipolar disorder, the different aspects and new approaches in her hometown. The talk will be at the Katholisches Pfarrzentrum in Weiher (Pfarrer Vogel Str. 8) next Thursday, 8th of February at 7.30 pm. Come on and join the discussion.Sample Mood Swings


Cognition out of Balance

That was the interesting topic of Nadjas course this semester. This Friday her students are going to present their topics on beautiful posters from 2 – 4 pm (ZKF1, E.144). Feel free to join the discussion. Guests are welcome!

The poster on Alzheimer's won the poster prize. Congrats Alex, Milena and Sophie!

The poster on Alzheimer’s won the poster prize. Congrats Alex, Milena and Sophie!

New review about bipolar disorder!

BD(2)_reviewDespite the rising need for adequate animal models of bipolar disorder, there are just a few models covering both episodes, mania and depression, as well as the switch between. In their newest review Animal models for bipolar disorder: from bedside to the cage published in the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders Dominik and Nadja recapitulate the state of the art models. Specifically, they focuse on the immune system, circadian rhythm, environmental stressors and neurotransmitters. As a new aspect they compare findings from bipolar patients with existing bipolar animal models.

Congrats Dominik & Nadja to your new review!

Brain Day at RUB!

A day all about Bochum’s neuroscience with lectures, information stands and activities – Brain Day at RUB! On the 13th of September Nadja is going to give an interesting talk about “On top of the world, or in the depths of despair – What we know about bipolar disorder” as one of the speakers at the Brain Day. Fell free to join her talk at 14:15 about the disorder, possible causes and treating options as well as animal models in research.

It’s all about Communication!

The German Society for Bipolar Disorder (DGBS) aims to bring together patients, relatives of patients and scientist all associated to Bipolar Disorder. To join the very important discussion and to emphazise the ongoing research in this field, Nadja and Dominik will be at the next meeting in Munich from the 7th – the 9th of september.

Internal workshop on programming

workshopLast week our lab was having an internal workshop given by our supervisor Nadja. With hands on projects we improved our skills in programming and basic electronics. Thereby we set the starting point for building our own setups for behavioral testing. Thanks Nadja for all the input and the toys!

Welcome to Bochum Dominik!

Dominik Beyer, MSc

Dominik Beyer, MSc

Dominik received his great Master of Science Certificate. In his Masterthesis he investigated the molecular mechanisms following dopamine D1 receptor manipulation via positron emission tomography in cooperation with Dr. Kristina Herfert and her team at the Department of Preclinical Imaging and Radiopharmacy in Tübingen. Dominik now started  his PhD in our lab here in Bochum. He is going to further investigate the mechanisms of our rat model for bipolar disorder. Congratulations and welcome to our team!

All the best, Master Mezö!

MSc Charlotte Mezö

MSc Charlotte Mezö


Charlotte just attained her very good Master of Science Certificate from the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and already started her PhD in Freiburg! We are very happy for you and wish you all the best for your future (career)!