Animal Models of affective disorders

Development, Modifications, Treatment

29th March 2019, Bochum

9 am – 4 pm


Organisation Team

Organization Team

How can animal models help to understand affective disorders? Learn more about the development of affective disorders, pharmacological treatment validation, and modifications. Take the chance to discuss recent findings and different models with leading experts.

Where: Veranstaltungszentrum Ruhr-University Bochum
Program and time schedule can be seen here soon!
Registration is open until 22th of March  2019. Please register here


Jennifer Honeycutt, Ph.D., Northeastern University, Boston, US
Dr. Jennifer Honeycutt is a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Heather Brenhouse’s developmental Neuropsychobiology Lab, where she is exploring the role of early life stress/ adversity on acute and long-term neural and behavioral consequences. Therefore, she is also utilizing a novel and ethologically relevant/translational auditory model of acute anxiety induction. more info on Jenn, more info on the Brenhouse Lab

Luisa Pinto, Ph.D., Life and Health Science Research Institute, (ICVS), Braga, Portugal
Dr. Luisa Pinto, an assistant researcher, focusses her research on changes in the brain due to depression. Therefore, she is very familiar with animal models of depression and possible resulting neuroanatomical changes. She is leader in multiple projects, focusing on the role of neuroplasticity and neuron-astrocyte interaction in the pathophysiology of depression. more info

Prof. Colleen McClung, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA
Dr. Colleen McClung, professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, USA, is identifying molecular mechanisms of bipolar disorder and depression in rodents. She focuses on the link between affective disorders and the circadian clock. By combining molecular, pharmacological and behavioral approaches her research group investigates how circadian rhythms and individual circadian genes regulate mood. more info

Prof. Sophie Erhardt, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Schweden
Dr. Sophie Erhardt, professor of experimental psychiatry at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, aims to gain a better understanding of the immunological mechanisms involved in depression’s and bipolar disorder’s pathophysiology. Her group contributes to the development of new and more effective drugs. She uses a broad range of animal models as well as performs research with patients with a diversity of molecular and imaging methods. more info

Present your research with a poster!

Deadline extended! Register now and submit your abstract until 16th of March 2019.
Abstracts should clearly indicate the model and disorder you are investigating as well as the main methods. The text should not exceed 250 words. Posters will be presented in guided poster sessions within small groups. Best posters will be awarded a poster prize!


The conference is funded by DFG GSC 98/3.