Institute of Molecular Psychiatry

  • Director: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Zimmer
  • University of Bonn
  • Venusberg-Campus 1, Bldg. 76
  • 53127 Bonn

Welcome to the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry. Our research aims to help solving one of the greatest challenges of biomedical research: understanding how the brain works and how psychiatric illnesses develop.

At the focus of our research are molecules that modulate the interaction between the different cells of the central nervous system, which include neurons, glial and immune cells. Most brain disorders are caused by disturbances in brain cell communication or a loss of neurons. Both processes are often intertwined.

Colleagues, patients and other interested visitors will find more information on this website on our research program and our research team. You will also find a list of our publications and the corresponding PDF files, if we are permitted to post them.

Students will find an overview of our general teaching program and information about specific courses. You will also find information if you are considering us for your bachelor or master thesis as well as dissertation.

I am glad to hear from you, if you have any questions or suggestions.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Zimmer
Director, Institute of Molecular Psychiatry

Prof. Dr. rer. nat
Andreas Zimmer

Research Highlights

2011/06/21: Cannabinoid receptor activity on inhibitory neurons protects against aging Brain aging is associated with cognitive decline that is accompanied by progressive inflammation processes in the brain.

2011/07/14: Antioxidant treatment alleviates cognitive deficits in a mouse model of schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a devastating mental disorder with a complex symptomatology that among others comprises hallucinations and delusions (so-called positive symptoms), emotional blunting, poverty of speech, asociality and listlessness (negative symptoms) as well as cognitive dysfunctions.

2012/03/07: Hope through research: Chemokine receptor 4 controls disease severity in a mouse model for Multiple Sclerosis Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the human central nervous system (CNS).