Our Team and Partners

The following organizations represent an amazing array of medical research departments throughout Europe which are participating in our five-year Eat2BeNice project (9/1/17-8/31/22) to study and publish, for the benefit of both health professionals and the public, on the connections among brain health, nutrition, healthy lifestyle, and mental health.  We will be sharing information on nutrition facts, lifestyle diet, mental illness, compulsive behavior and impulsive behavior, among many other fascinating topics. Click the Links here to scroll to the organization details below.

Location: Groningen The Netherlands

1. Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen (UMCG)

The University Medical Center Groningen is affiliated with the University of Groningen which was founded in 1614 in the Netherlands.  The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) was established in 2005 as a joint activity of the University of Groningen and the Academic Hospital Groningen (AZG). At present, the UMCG is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the Northern Netherlands. More than 10,000 employees provide patient care, are involved in medical education and perform cutting-edge scientific research, focused on ‘healthy and active ageing’.  Research on the relation between Food and Health forms an important contribution to the understanding of our Health span, the time in our life that we spent in good health. The influence of nutrition on our genes, on the diseases we will develop during life and thus on our health span, starts already before conception by the food that our mothers consume. Therefore research on the relation between Food and Health is comprehensive and needs a multidisciplinary approach. In Groningen, several aspects of the relation between Food and Health are studied. Website:  https://www.umcg.nl/EN/corporate/Paginas/default.aspx

UCMG Staff

Dr. Catharina A Hartman University of Groningen | RUG Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Andrea Dietrich University of Groningen | Matrics Project Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Lizanne J. Schweren Postdoctoral Research Associate Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network

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Location: Middlesex England

2. ADD Information Services (ADDISS)

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Location: Madrid Spain

3. Centro De Investigacion Biomedica En Red (CIBER)

The Consorcio Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red, M.P. (CIBER) is a consortium that depends on Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad). Its obesity and nutrition subject area (CIBEROBN), consisting of 33 national work groups who have proven a scientific track record, focuses its research work on the study of obesity, nutrition and physical exercise for the purpose of generating useful knowledge for clinical practice, the food industry and society as a whole. CIBERobn’s mission is to promote the understanding of mechanisms contributing to the development of obesity in order to reduce its occurrence and prevalence as well as its complications, in addition to nutrition-related diseases. It also conducts multi-centre studies on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, the prevention of metabolic disorders, childhood and adolescent obesity and the relation between obesity and cancer. Through multidisciplinary work, CIBERobn is able to pool our efforts, optimize resources and take maximum advantage of generated knowledge to transfer it to clinical practice and, ultimately, to offer it to patients and to society as a whole. Location: Madrid, Spain Website: http://www.ciberobn.es/


Dr. Fernando Fernández-Aranda Project Leader Bellvitge University Hospital-Eating Disorders Unit

Dr. Jordi Salas-Salvadó Project Leader Universitat_Rovira_i_Virgili Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Rafael de la Torre Fornell Director del Programa de Neurociencias Instituto Hospital del Mar de Investigaciones Médicas

Professor Mònica Bulló Universitat Rovira I Virgili – Human Nutrition Unit

Prof. Dr. Dolores Corella University of Valencia Department of Preventive Medicine

Prof. Dr. Oscar Coltell Universitat Jaume I Department of Computer Languages and Systems

Dr. José Vicente Sorlí University of Valencia Department of Preventive Medicine

Ms. Rebeca Fernández University of Valencia Department of Preventive Medicine

Dr. Carolina Ortega University of Valencia Department of Preventive Medicine

Dr. Eva María Asensio University of Valencia Department of Preventive Medicine

Trevor Steward, MSc Bellvitge University Hospital-Eating Disorders Unit

Emili Corbella Biostatistician Bellvitge University Hospital –Vascular Risk Unit

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Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany

4. Concentris

Concentris is a team of project managers with longstanding experience in the management of research projects in the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes of the EU and in Horizon 2020. Together with the Coordinator, concentris leads the Project Management of RECAP.  They carry out the non-scientific tasks of EU projects and provide support and consultancy services for scientists and researchers at universities, in businesses and research institutes from the first project idea to the successful completion. As the project office, concentris is the central point of reference of LifeCycle. With know-how, concentration and dedication, they support their partners with the following services: Proposal writing and project planning – Intentionally increasing opportunities; Project management – Safe and professional from one source; Financial management – Minimising risks; Conference services – Helping to achieve more real results; Dissemination and project marketing – Making results visible; Training organisation – Improving research quality in Europe. Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany Website:  http://concentris.de/en/home-2/

Concentris Staff

Dr. Ameli Schwalber CEO, Project Manager

Juliane Dittrich Project Manager

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Location: Barcelona, Spain

5. Fundacio Hospital Universitari Vall D’Hebron – Institut De Recerca (VHIR)

Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) is a public sector institution that promotes and develops innovative biomedical research, with more than 740 publications in 2015 (Total Impact Factor: 4059), at the University Hospital Vall d’Hebron. The Department of Psychiatry and the Psychiatric Genetics Unit are part of Neuroscience Area, a section that is leading the translational research at our institution and is becoming one of the most important clusters of research on neurological and psychiatric disorders across Europe. The Department of Psychiatry, which is integrated by psychiatrists, geneticists and statisticians, is a Spanish reference center for ADHD. The group has extensively expertise in clinical evaluation and patient recruitment, has excellent laboratory facilities for genetic studies as well as access to common services at the institution including the Support Unit for Biomedical Research Methodology (USMIB), the Scientific Unit technical Support (UCTS), which houses genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatics facilities, and the Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (BSU) that give us support for high-throughput data analysis in the context of different research projects. This multidisciplinary working and learning environment, as well as the diversity of scientific expertise that includes psychiatry, human genetics, statistical genetics and computational biology, gives support to multiple research projects.  The VHIR will co-coordinate epigenetic modification profiles for impulsivity and compulsivity and participate in different tasks in nutritional interventions, effects of physical activity and exercise in interaction with diet, and intestinal microbiota as a mechanistic link between nutrition/lifestyle and impulsivity and compulsivity. Location: Barcelona, Spain Website: http://en.vhir.org/portal1/homepage.asp?

VHIR Staff

Prof, Josep Antoni Ramos-Quiroga MD, PhD, MSc, Project Leader

Marta Ribasés Haro PhD Project Leader

Vanesa Richarte Fernández MD

Cristina Sánchez-Mora MD, PhD

Pol Ibañez Jimenez Biologist

Mariano Adrian Bellini MD

Montse Corrales PhD Psychologist

Karina Rosales Ortiz PhD student Clinical Dietician, MSc

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Location: Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

6. Johann Wolfgang Goethe – Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (GUF)

The Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of Frankfurt (Head: Prof. Dr. A. Reif) is uniquely and ideally suited to carry out translational research in psychiatry. Key research questions revolve around developmental psychiatry (in close collaboration with the Department for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Head: Prof. Dr. C.M. Freitag, and as evidenced by the recent foundation of the German Center for Developmental Psychiatry D-ZEP), precision medicine approaches in psychiatry including biomarker discovery, and translational psychiatry with focus on the pathophysiology of ADHD, bipolar disorder, and major depression. On the one hand, there is access to large patient samples, as the Department features >150 inpatient beds, room for 30 day-patients, and large outpatient facilities specialised for patients suffering from ADHD and affective disorders. Beyond treatment as usual, there is an extensive and elaborate clinical research framework including early recognition of psychiatric disorders, cognitive remediation, long-term follow-up of patients including neuropsychological /-imaging examinations and ambulatory assessment as performed in two multicentre clinical trials. Website: https://www.kgu.de/index.php?id=1375&L=3

GUF Staff

Prof. Andreas Reif, MD Project Leader

Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Silke Matura Senior Researcher

Dr. Oliver Grimm

Prof. Dr. Michael Plichta

Dipl.-Psych. Nele Goldbach

Dipl.-Psych. Rebecca Horstmann

Anne Siegl, PhD

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Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

7. Karlsruher Institut Fur Technologie (KIT)

The Mental mHealth Lab / The Chair of Applied Psychology is characterized by its methodological focus on ambulatory assessment. Phenomena of interest are studied in everyday life (real-life) in real-time using psychophysiological methods (objective) and time-sensitive analysis (dynamics).  We focus on: A multimodal operationalization of phenomena of interest in everyday life using subjective self-reports (e-diaries), peripheral physiological signals (ECG, EDA, …), behavioral (accelereometry, GPS) Real-time analysis of psychophysiological parameters to trigger electronic diary assessments (interactive monitoring) Analysis of dynamic processes (affective instability) Lab-Field comparisons Integrating experimental manipulation and intervention strategies into ambulatory assessment methodology We use ambulatory assessment technology to study mental symptoms in healthy individuals (stress or procrastination among students) and patients (borderline personality disorder, depression, ADHD, epilepsy). Website: http://www.sport.kit.edu/Forschung_Psychologie.php

KIT Staff

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer Project Leader

Elena Koch Junior Researcher

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Location: Madrid, Spain

LID Business Media (Consultants)

LID Business Media specializes in working with business authors and organisations to help them develop content to promote their brand, message and expertise.  Founded in 1993, LID has over 3,000 authors and continues to add approximately 125 new titles each year, around one-third in English and the rest in Spanish. LID also publishes academic and professional journals like Dialogue or Edge.  LID books have been translated into over a dozen languages and distributed worldwide. LID employs 70 people in eight offices in seven countries: United States, United Kingdom, China, Spain, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. LID is a founding member of Business Publishers Roundtable.  LID Dictionaries offers multilingual and thematic dictionaries specialized in business, medicine and gastronomy for translators and professionals, providing quality content for marketing and positioning purposes.  LID Speakers promotes a network of over 100 speakers specialising in business topics while LIDlearning offers online educational and training courses.  LID ranks number one in the world in business history and business dictionaries and is the leading publisher of business books in the Spanish-speaking countries. LID will be promoting the Eat2BeNice project via social media strategy and posting. Website: http://lidbusinessmedia.com

LID Staff

Jeanne Bracken General Manager

Jonathan Marx, MBA Media Director

Carlos Asensio Marketing Manager

Beatriz Raso Social Media Specialist

Laura Diez Social Media Specialist

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Location: Örebro, Sweden

8. Orebro University (ORU)

Orebro University Information Coming Soon

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Location:, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

9. Radboud University Medical Center (RUMC)

Radboud University Medical Center is a broad, internationally oriented research university. Our academic expertise is closely related to important societal issues, both in the public and in the private domain. Within the Developmental Psychobiology lab (DPBlab) we focus on early influences on development. Our lab’s research includes three lines: first, influences of prenatal and postnatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioural development; second, development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in children, the body’s most important stress system, and its relation to behavioural and emotional regulation and physical health. And third, the development of the intestinal microbiota and its relation to children’s health, behavioural and emotion regulation, and HPA axis. The DPBlab is part of the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) of Radboud University. A unique feature of BSI is its integrative approach to human behaviour that transcends the traditional disciplinary boundaries of psychology and education. Website: https://dpblab.org/

RUMC Staff

Dr. Alejandro Arias Vasquez Project Leader for  Eat2BeNice

Prof. dr. Carolina de Weerth Project Leader for RUMC

Dr. Roseriet Beijers

Julia Rucklidge, PhD

Yvonne Willemsen MSc.

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Location: Dusseldorf, Germany

Sebastian Lege, Celebrity Chef & Lutz Spendig (Consultants)

Sebastian Lege is a German TV food expert. He is part at a lot of famous tv cook and “science of cooking” shows. He is also developer of food products for the biggest companies in Europe and for supermarket retailers.  He has a deep understanding of any kind of food, e.g. Cultivation, breeding, nutritional values, preparation. Lutz Spendig is a marketing and communication expert and the assistant of Sebastian. The two will be creating multi-media content for Eat2BeNice, including cooking videos and recipes which illustrate the findings of our research, and teach people how to improve their lifestyle and mental health with healthy foods, prepared in a healthy manner. Website: www.sebastianlege.de

Lege & Lutz Staff

Sebastian Lege Chef, TV Personality Project Leader

Lutz Spendig Assistant Marketing Expert

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Location: Budapest, Hungary

10. Semmelweis Egyetem (SU)

Semmelweis University is the largest organization in the area of medical and health care sciences in Hungary, a leading health care provider in the Central European region and a home for cutting-edge and diverse scientific research activities. The Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy is a clinical unit of the Faculty of General Medicine. Established in 1882, it has a massive tradition in mental health care and medical education. Today the department is a home of 8 inpatient units, outpatient care in all areas of adult psychiatry, and serves a catchment area inhabited by 300.000 citizens. Research activities focus on clinical electrophysiology measurements and brain imaging in schizophrenia and adult ADHD, the genetics of schizophrenia, personality disorders and ADHD, as well as the investigation of health-care provision in forensic psychiatry and psychotherapy Website: http://www.psych.sote.hu

SU Staff

Dr. János Réthelyi Project Leader

Dr. István Bitter

Tünde Kilencz

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Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

11. Stichting Buro ECNP (ECNP)

ECNP is an independent scientific association dedicated to the science and treatment of disorders of the brain. It is the largest non-institutional supporter of applied and translational neuroscience research and education in Europe. ECNP organises a wide range of scientific and educational activities, programmes and events across Europe, promoting the exchange of high-quality experimental and clinical research in applied and translational neuroscience and fostering young scientists and clinicians. The annual ECNP Congress is Europe’s premier scientific meeting for disease-oriented brain research, annually attracting between 4,000 and 6,000 neuroscientists, psychiatrists, neurologists and psychologists from around the world. Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands Website: http://www.ecnp.eu

ECNP Staff

Alexander Schubert Executive Director

Ligia Bohn Senior Project Manager Communications

Thomas Parkhill Press Officer

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Location: Nijmegen, The Netherlands

12. Stichting Karakter (KAR)

Karakter is one of the top 5 largest child and adolescent psychiatric hospitals in The Netherlands; the largest branch is located in Nijmegen. Karakter has a large clinical in- and outpatient program for children with neurodevelopmental disorders with about 800 new patients per year.  Karakter is the only Dutch psychiatric hospital recognized as a leading expert in psychiatric care for children aged 0-6 years. Karakter is the largest center in The Netherlands for training and supervision of psychiatrists and closely collaborates with the Radboud University Medical Center, the University Medical Center Groningen and The Donders Center for Neuroimaging. RUMC and Karakter are two separate and independent legal entities, each with a different Board of Directors. They work closely together and have an ongoing signed collaboration agreement. The Team has extensive experience in running clinical trials and will oversee nutritional interventions and the elimination diet study.  They will also represent Data Safety Monitoring Board that will monitor the methodological and statistical aspects of the clinical trials. Website: https://www.karakter.com

KAR Staff

Nanda Rommelse, PhD Project Leader

Jolanda van der Meer, PhD

Niki Kamphuis, MSc

Annick Bosch, MSc .

Margreet Bierens, MSc

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Location: Tartu, Estonia

13. Tartu Ulikool (UT)

The University of Tartu is experienced in conducting interdisciplinary translational research aimed at identifying neurochemical underpinnings of affect-related behavioural traits, and developing original approaches to modelling animal and human behaviour and psychiatric disorders. We also have extensive experience in exercise and metabolism studies. Besides having received numerous national grants for basic and applied research, this research group has previously participated in the FP6 integrated project NEWMOOD, has been funded by the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (U.S.A.), and is currently included in the FP7 Consortium Aggressotype and the Horizon 2020 Consortium CoCA. It is operating in modern facilities of the brand new biomedical and natural science campus of the University of Tartu and has technical resources for all modern biomarker analyses. UT is responsible for conducting the Estonian Children Personality Behaviour and Health Study (ECPBHS) that provides a unique resource for the current proposal in terms of extensive and detailed longitudinal data on impulsivity, nutrition, physical activity, fitness, etc. In addition to ECPBHS, we are conducting the Estonian Psychobiological Study of Traffic Behaviour, another unique investigation of impulsive traits and realistic anti-social behaviour, with a biobank and validation by cross-linking the database with police registry and traffic insurance registry. We operate locally within a larger network of the Estonian Centre of Behavioural and Health Sciences that supports multidisciplinary approach and provides technologically diverse competence from molecular biology to epidemiology and sophisticated data analysis. Our main tasks in Eat2BeNice will include examining how diet is associated with the development of impulsive and compulsive behaviour in longitudinal and familial aggregation analysis, taking into consideration both genetic and environmental factors and how changes in nutrition and other aspects of lifestyle are reflected in alterations of epigenetic profiles. Website: http://www.ut.ee/en

UT Staff

Prof. Jaanus Harro, MD, PhD Project Leader

Dr. Kariina Laas, PhD

Dr. Jarek Mäestu, PhD

Dr. Mariliis Vaht, PhD

Dr. Inga Villa, MD, PhD

Mrs Katrin Tomson-Johanson MA

Ms Urmeli Joost, MSN

Ms Liisa Haabpiht MA

Ms Katre Sakala MA

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Location:Barcelona, Spain

14. Universitat De Barcelona (UB)

The University of Barcelona hosts 5,532 Professors and Researchers and 63,000 students, 10,000 of which are enrolled in Master or PhD Programmes. It is the strongest University in Catalonia in terms of scientific production, with more than 5,000 SCI publications during 2016, an output of 750 PhD Theses and several FP7/H2020/ERC grants. The Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics hosts the Neurogenetics Research Group, coordinated by Dr. Bru Cormand, and has excellent equipment and laboratory facilities for genetic, animal, cellular and protein studies. The Department is part of the Barcelona Knowledge Campus, which houses proteomics, genomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics facilities, and one of the top Next Generation Sequencing centres in Europe (the National Centre for Genomic Analysis, CNAG). Website: http://www.ub.edu/genetica/humanaen/cormand.htm

UB Staff

Prof. Bru Cormand Project Leader

Dr. Noèlia Fernàndez

Judit Cabana

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Location: Wurzburg, Germany

15. Universitatsklinikum Wurzburg, Klinikum Der Bayerischen (UW)

The Division of Molecular Psychiatry with the Research Unit on Disorders of Neurodevelopment and Cognition in conjunction with the Laboratory of Translational Neuroscience as part of the Center of Mental Health at the UKWürzburg (UKW) is leading in its field with an outstanding track record in psychiatric neuroscience research at the boundary between molecular genetics, cellular neurobiology and behaviour. Interdisciplinary and translational research strategies are employed to elucidate the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental and a wide spectrum of life-spanning psychiatric disorders, ranging from depression and anxiety, psychotic (schizophrenia spectrum) and neurodegenerative disorders, to attention-deficit/hyperactivity, autism spectrum and substance use disorders (Kiser et al. 2015). Finally, mechanisms of pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatments are studied.  Each approach to pathophysiological mechanisms is using cutting edge and innovative methodology. Moreover, there is an increasingly successful track record in the search for functionally relevant common and rare variation in risk genes for psychiatric disorders by conducting genome-wide association studies and whole-exome/ genome sequencing in large cohorts and multiplex families segregating various unique neurodevelopmental disorders and psychiatric syndromes. Finally, the areas of convergence between the fields of neuropsychology, psycho- and neurobiology as well as child, adolescent and adult psychiatry are strengthening the connections between the individual disciplines by establishing and maintaining research groups, who are investigating mutual topics. In that, a unique environment for the study of the molecular and neural foundations in the etiopathogenesis and long-term course of neuropsychiatric disease has been put into practice. The overarching aim is to find pathways to “precision medicine” for psychiatry through understanding molecular and neuronal pathomechanisms of common disorders.  Specifically, the goal comprises 1) a translational axis for endophenotypic profiling of neurodevelopmental/ psychiatric disease in behavioural, (epi)genetic and neurophysiologic terms, and 2) a platform for the elucidation of pathogenetic brain mechanisms and thereby the development of personalised therapies for neurodevelopmental/ psychiatric disease and their comorbidities. Website: http://www.molecularpsychiatry.ukw.de

UW Staff

Prof. K.P. Lesch Project Leader

Evgeniy Svirin PhD student

Andrea Forero PhD student

Hsing Ping Ku PhD student

Charline Jansch PhD student

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Location: Bergen, Norway

16. Universitet I Bergen (UiB)

The University of Bergen (UiB) is a young, modern university with about 14 300 students and 3,500 faculty and staff. Six faculties cover most of the traditional university disciplines. Within the faculties are included 60 different specialized departments, multi-disciplinary research centres and institutes. Website: http://www.uib.no/en/biomedisin

UiB Staff

Professor Jan Haavik, MD PhD Project Leader

Professor Stephen V. Faraone, PhD

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Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

17. Wageningen University (WU)

Research and education within the Microbial Ecology Group aims at understanding and exploring the functioning of microorganisms in natural and man-made ecosystems, including interdependencies with their living and non-living environments. Key research issues include: 1) microbiota associated with body surfaces (gut, skin, mouth) in humans, livestock, rodent-animal models, companion animals and wildlife 2) Microbial communities in environmental biotechnology and 3) Microbes and their cellular biomarkers as proxies for ecosystem life history and environmental change, embracing a OneHealth perspective. Activities focus on innovative cultivation-based and molecular approaches aimed at understanding microbial composition and functionality at the system level, including the application of next-generation sequencing. Website: http://www.mib.wur.nl

WU Staff

Clara Belzer, PhD Assistant Professor

Prokopis Konstanti

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Location: Mannheim, Germany

18. Zentralinstitut Fur Seelische Gesundheit (CIMH)

The Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) in Mannheim, Germany is a globally recognized center of mental health and neuroscience delivering outstanding science, research and teaching in partnership with institutions at home and abroad. The CAP Department, headed by Prof. Tobias Banaschewski, MD, PhD, at the CIMH is specialized in top-level psychiatric treatment and research in neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., ADHD, Conduct Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, Autism). Research on efficacy and safety of treatment for psychiatric disorders in youths is a main focus of the department’s research agenda. The CAP is equipped with 52 inpatient beds distributed in 4 units/wards plus an outpatient facility. The department’s outpatient clinic has about 400 new child and adolescent ADHD patients per year. The clinical and research teams include a total of 18 child and adolescent psychiatrists, and 12 senior psychologists, 5 post-docs. CAP CIMH has been involved in several international collaborations including various multisite treatment trials. T. Banaschewski has been the principle investigators in several research projects. The CAP CIMH also has solid experience in the management (WP leadership, country coordinator responsibilities) and implementation of earlier EU FP projects. e.g., the IMAGEN, PERS, STOP, ADDUCE, TACTICS, MATRICS, AGGRESSOTYPE projects and the Innovative Medicines Initiative EU-funded EU-AIMS project and participates in an ongoing multicenter neurofeedback RCT. In this Project, CIMH will mainly be involved in the clinical study where they will take the leading role of one of the clinical trials. Website: http://www.zi-mannheim.de

CIMH Staff

Prof. Dr. Tobias Banaschewski MD, PhD Project Leader

Dr. Alexander Häge, MD

Dr. Konstantin Mechler, MD

Ruth Berg, MSc Study Coordinator

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