Nadja Freund


Ruhr-University/LWL University Hospital
Experimental and Molecular Psychiatry
Zentrum für klinische Forschung (ZKF) 1,  2.050
Phone: +49 (0) 234-32-28035


short CV

since 2016: Juniorprofessorin (assistant professor)
Experimental and Molecular Psychiatry, Ruhr-University / LWL Hospital, Bochum, Germany

2014-2017: akademische Mitarbeiterin (research fellow)
Department of Psychiatry, Karl Eberhards University, Tübingen,  Germany

2010-2014: research fellow
Laboratory of Developmental Neuropharmacology, McLean Hospital, Belmont, USA

2010-2014: research fellow in psychiatry
Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

2009-2010: visiting scientist
Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

2005-2009: PhD in Biopsychology
Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

2000-2005: Diplom (M.Sc.) in Biochemistry
Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany


Lukkes JL, Sonntag KC, Freund N , Thompson BS, Meda S, Andersen, SL
Preventative treatment in an animal model of ADHD: Behavioral and biochemical effects of methylphenidate and its interactions with ovarian hormones in female rats.
European Neuropsychopharmacology, 2016; 26(9): 1496-1506

Freund N, Thompson BS, Sonntag K, Medea S, Andersen SL
When the party is over: depressive-like states following termination of cortical D1 receptor overexpression.
Psychopharmacology 2016; 233(7):1191-1201

Lukkes JL, Thompson BS, Freund N, Andersen SL
The developmental inter-relationships between activity, novelty preferences, and delay disounting in male and female rats.
Dev Psychobiol. 2016; 58(2): 231-242

Freund N*, Valencia-Alfonso CE*, Kirsch J, Brodmann K, Manns M, Güntürkün O
Asymmetric top-down modulation of ascending visual pathways in pigeons.
Neuropsychologia 2016; 38:37-47

Freund N, Thompson BS, Norman KJ, Einhorn P, Andersen SL
Developmental emergence of an obsessive-compulsive phenotype and binge behavior in rats.
Psychopharmacology 2015; 232 (17), 3173-3181

Freund, N, MacGillivray HT, Thompson BS, Lukkes JL, Stanis JJ, Brenhousen HC,
Andersen SL
Sex-dependent changes in ADHD-like behaviors in juvenile rats following cortical dopamine depletion.
Behavioural brain research 2014; 270, 357-363

Puig MV, Rose J, Schmidt R, Freund N
Dopamine modulation of learning and memory in the prefrontal cortex: insights from studies in primates, rodents, and birds.
Front Neural Circuits 2014; 8:93

Sonntag KC, Brenhouse HC, Freund N, Thompson BS, Puhl M, Andersen SL
Viral over-expression of D1 dopamine receptors in the prefrontal cortex increase high-risk behaviors in adults: comparison with adolescents.
Psychopharmacology 2014; 231(8):1615-26.

N Freund, BS Thompson, J Denormandie, K Vaccarro, SL Andersen
Windows of vulnerability: maternal separation, age, and fluoxetine on adolescent depressive-like behavior in rats
Neuroscience 2013; 249, 88-97

Ströckens F*, Freund N*, Manns M, Ocklenburg S, Güntürkün O
Visual asymmetries and the ascending thalamofugal pathway in pigeons.
Brain Struct Funct. 2013; 218:1197-1209

Leussis MP, Freund N, Brenhouse HC, Thompson BS, Andersen
Depressive-like behavior in adolescent rats after maternal separation: Sex differences and controllability.
Dev Neurosci. 2012; 34(2-3):210-217

Hirnstein M, Freund N, Hausmann M
Sex differences in gender stereotype threat? Stereotype threat paradoxically enhances verbal fluency performance in men.
Z Psychol. 2012; 220: 70-77

Freund N, Manns M, Rose J
A method for the evaluation of intracranial tetrodotoxin injections.
J Neurosci Methods. 2010; 186:25-28

Manns M, Freund N, Güntürkün O
Breaking the balance: Ocular BDNF-Injections Induce Visual Asymmetry in Pigeons.
Dev Neurobiol. 2008, 68: 1123-1134

Manns M, Freund N, Güntürkün O
Development of the Diencephalic Relay Structures of the Thalamofugal System in Pigeons.
Brain Res Bull. 2008, 75: 424-427

Manns M, Freund N, Patzke N, Güntürkün O
Organization of telencephalotectal projections in pigeons: Impact for lateralized top-down control.
Neuroscience. 2007 ; 144(2):645-53

Kalenscher T, Ohmann T, Windmann S, Freund N, Güntürkün O
Single forebrain neurons represent interval timing and reward amount during response scheduling.
Eur J Neurosci. 2006; 24(10):2923-31