New lab members!

We are very fortunate to have four new wonderful lab members.
Elham Makkawi and Annina Widmann are both doing their medical doctoral thesis. Stefanie Rommel is a psychology student working on her bachelor thesis and Annika Mattukat will write her bachelor thesis in biology in our lab. Welcome ladies!

Off to london she goes

For the next four months Anna is going to be a visiting researcher at the Developmental Psychopathology Lab at King’s College in London. During her visit she is going to work on the consequences of early life stress in human samples, connecting her animal research with human data. The project abroad is supported by the Ruhr-University Research School PLUS. We wish you all the best and good luck, Anna. Take care!

DGBP meeting 2018

Dominik being awarded for his poster at DGBP 2018

Dominik being awarded the poster prize at DGBP 2018

This year our labs’ participation at the DGBP meeting in Heidelberg was very broad. With two posters, a workshop and a symposium Nadja, Anna and Dominik were able to connect with other researchers and interested young scientist. We are happy about the huge interest in our work and the fruitful disussions at the meeting. On top of it, Dominik was awarded with a poster prize! Congrats Dominik! Keep going!

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.