University Hospital Würzburg UKW
Division of Molecular Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy ZEP
Fuechsleinstrasse 15
97080 Würzburg

Project leader

Prof. Klaus-Peter Lesch, M.D.
  • Phone:+49 (0) 931 201 776 00
  • Fax:+49 (0) 931 201 776 20
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Project staff

Olga Rivero-Martin, PhD
  • Phone: +49 (0) 931 201 773 50
  • Fax: +49 (0) 931 201 773 09
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Institute presentation

The Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy of the University Hospital of Würzburg has eight inpatient and two day clinic wards as well as specialized outpatient clinics. The clinical and scientific focus of the Department lies on neurodevelopmental disorders including adult ADHD, affective disorders (especially bipolar disorder) and schizophrenia. The Department is founding member of the German Center of Developmental Psychiatry (D-ZEP). 

The Department of Psychiatry with its sub-divisions (Molecular Psychiatry and Psychiatric Neurobiology) is dedicated to in-depth research on the interdependent relationship between molecular and neurobiological mechanisms related to neurodevelopmental and life-spanning psychiatric disorders using interdisciplinary and translational research strategies and has an extensive track record of excellence in GxE research.

Translational research encompasses in-depth multi-level phenotyping of animal models as well as genomic imaging and genomic neuropsychology in order to characterize molecular mechanisms underlying behavioral traits. To do so, it accommodates core competences with unique methodological portfolios complementary to participating collaborators. The Department is part of an established translational research initiative at the University of Würzburg, aimed at investigating the epigenetic basis of psychiatric disorders.

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