Central Institute of Mental Health
Phone:+49 621 1703 2001
Fax:+49 621 1703 2005
Phone:+49 621 1703 6508
The Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) is one of Europe’s leading research institutions dedicated to mental health. Its wide-ranging research activities are based on a combination of extensive in- and outpatient programmes with full access to research dedicated, state-of the art magnetic resonance imaging facilities (MRI) of 1.5 and 3 Tesla as well as high-throughput facilities for genotyping and molecular biology. The department of psychiatry and psychotherapy and its 17 research groups focus on the characterization of risk mechanisms for psychiatric illnesses and their translation into novel therapeutic and diagnostic approaches, using structural and functional brain abnormalities and their genetic and environmental determinants as a main approach. CIMH’s Department of Genetic Epidemiology in Psychiatry focuses on identifying genetic and environmental causal factors for mental disorders, with a particular focus on affective, schizophrenia-spectrum, and addiction disorders. The department conducts detailed phenotype characterization of large, internationally collected samples of patients. Genotyping of the DNA of these patients and their relatives is performed in the Department’s fully equipped molecular genetics laboratory.