Benutzerspezifische Werkzeuge

Neuromarker


Dr. Laura Schäfer and her team spent a great time investigating neural markers of mental health. They apply psychophysical methods as well as functional and structural imaging techniques in order to get to the bottom of the sound mind. So far, their research showed for instance, that the so called primitive senses – the sense of smell and the sense of affective touch – are important sensory channels for interpersonal interactions and convey important information for interactions between parents and children, between peers and – of course - for sexual occasions. However, in multiple mental disorders, those sensations are dramatically altered. Some examples of their work include the reduced olfactory function and structure in depression, the distorted affective touch processing in posttraumatic stress disorder or the reduced mother-child interaction in mothers with postnatal depression. The work is generously supported by public funding.

Interested persons who are not timid about answering intimate questions, smelling body odors or being stroked by robots are welcome to participate any time!

 

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Head of research group

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Dr. rer. medic. Laura Schäfer

Head of research group

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Laura Schäfer studied psychology in Leipzig and Dresden, is currently training to become a psychological psychotherapist and has been working as a research assistant at Dresden University Hospital since November 2016. She is interested in the relationship between odour perception, neural correlates and psychological variables. As part of her doctorate thesis, she investigated the influence of body odours on parent-child bonding. She is currently working on a collaborative project with the University of Erlangen on the chemosensory profile analysis of children's body odours.

Team

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Prof. Dr. habil. Ilona Croy


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Ilona Croy studied psychology and completed her training in psychodynamic psychotherapy in Dresden, where she also did her doctoral degree. Afterwards, Ilona spent three years as a post-doc  in Gothenburg and continued working as Associate Senior Lecturer in Linköping, Sweden. However, as Dresden is a wonderful place to live and work, she returned to the department of psychosomatic medicine where she now leads the research union. Her research focuses on neural markers of psychological disorders and she is fascinated by the human brain as well as by large data sets. 2017, she has been awarded for outstanding Support of PhD students. Ilona Croy has become head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in April 2021. But she remains a committed member of our Neuromarker research group.


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Dr. rer. nat. Denise Kreßner-Kiel

Scientist

 

Denise Kreßner-Kiel studied Applied Natural Science in Freiberg and did her doctoral degree in physics. As she also studied psychology and aside from that, is interested in imaging techniques, she finally came to join the researchers in the neuromarker group. She now mainly cares for special data that are routinely collected from the patients in the clinic.


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M. Sc. Sarah Beutler

 PhD student

After training as a medical-technical assistant for function diagnostics and studying psychology at the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg until 2016, Sarah found the opportunity to combine the contents and methods of both areas in the Neuromarker Research Group at the University Hospital in Dresden. Since April 2018, Sarah's doctoral thesis has therefore been dealing with the question of whether there are physiologically detectable markers for posttraumatic dissociations. The Heinrich Böll Foundation enables her in doing so with a doctoral scholarship.

  


Katharina Hierl

Student Assistent

Katharina Hierl has been studying psychology at the Technische Universität Dresden since 2017 and has been part of the Neuromarker research group since 2019. Since then, she has been involved in research on body odours: On the one hand, their methodical implementation and, on the other hand, the development of body odours during adolescence.  


Lydia Richter

Student Assistent

Lydia Richter has been studying psychology at TU Dresden since 2018. Fascinated by the elective “Neurology and psychosomatics” she joined the PSO as a student assistant in march 2021 in the area of teaching. She supports the implementation of digital (video) formats for online teaching in all disciplines.  


Carina Koeppel

Doctoral candidate

After spending some time as an aupair in New Zealand and studying two semesters of psychology in Regensburg, Carina Koeppel found her way to Dresden and into medical school in 2014. Looking for new challenges she paused her studies in order to start working on her doctoral thesis. In cooperation with doctoral candidates from the clinic of neuroradiology and the departement of rhinology she is doing an fMRI study to find out more about the neuronal olfactory-emotional interaction in major depressed.


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M.Sc. Antonie Bierling

Doctoral candidate

Antonie studied “Psychology - Cognitive Affective Neuroscience” at the Technical University of Dresden. Fascinated by a lecture on the relation between olfaction and depression Antonie joined the Neuromarker team in early 2018 to write her Bachelor thesis. Since then she is interested in the mechanisms, how odors can influence emotional reactions and supported the team as a student assistant. She started her Doctorate on the topic of “Perceptronics” in June 2020 in a collaboration with the Chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology and the Smell and Taste Center, Dresden.  In her spare time she is a passionate photographer, enjoys cooking and travelling or dedicates her time working on the student newspaper “Psycho-Path”.


Nicolas Wilzok

Doctoral candidate

After passing the first state examination in human medicine at the Mannheim Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University, Nicolas Wilzok moved to Dresden in October 2018. Since then he has been in the clinical phase of his medical studies at the Carl Gustav Carus Medical Faculty of the TU Dresden. In October 2019, Nicolas found his way to the neuromarker team. As a doctoral student, he is working on the development of a test procedure to measure the ability to perceive internal bodily signals, the Interoception. 


Sarah Schwerdtfeger

Doctoral candidate

Sarah Schwerdtfeger is studying medicine since 2016, she has started doing so in Kiel but is now continuiing her studies at the TU Dresden. Right now, topics related to neurolgy and pediatrics have caught her interest. While being a part of this resarch group, she is working on her doctoral thesis, relating the perception of infant odor to different kind of people, depending on their state of lifecourse


Isabella Püschel

Doctoral candidate

Isabella Püschel has been studying medicine in Dresden and has been part of the Neuromarker research group since 2019. Previously, two years of studying psychology raised her curiosity for interpersonal relationships and their physiological correlates. As part of her doctoral studies, she is now investigating the autonomic and behavioral response of preterm born infants to their mothers‘ gentle, caressing touch.


Paul Ruser

Physician

Paul Ruser graduated successfully from medical school at the University of Dresden in November 2016 and invests this newly acquired freedom into his doctoral degree. In it, he focuses on the influence of the smelling sense on different cortical systems through functional MRI imaging. Furthermore, he is intrigued by the functioning and failing of human interactions as well as the principles of holistic medicine. In his spare time he enjoys engaging in physical activity and is very enthusiastic about arts and culture in all its forms.


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Patricia Wienert

Doctoral candidate

Patricia comes from the beautiful Upper Franconia, Bayreuth and has Hungarian roots. After the Federal Voluntary Service with training as a paramedic, alternative practitioner and work and travel Patricia Wienert is now studying human medicine at the Medical Faculty of Dresden. In psychosomatics she is doing her doctorate with the topic "the uniform recording of individual patient benefits (EIPA)" by evaluating a questionnaire in the clinics: ENT, dermatology, psychosomatics and orthopaedics.


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Anne Cornelia Friedrich

Doctoral candidate

Anne Cornelia Friedrich graduated from medical school at the University of Dresden in 2015 and works as a resident in a joint general practice since. She is very passionate about Psychosomatic Medicine and exploring human action and reaction. This is why she is motivated to pursue a specialization in this field.


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Dipl.-Psych. Luise Pabel

Doctoral candidate

Luise Pabel graduated in Psychology from the University of Potsdam and – after a small detour to New Zealand – ended up in Dresden in June 2013, where she pursues her training in Psychotherapy at the AAP. She became infected with Ilona Croy’s enthusiasm towards biomarkers of psychological diseases and works on a study investigating the influence of a smelling training on depressive disorders since. In her spare time she is interested in and devoted to aid to refugees and all kinds of culture, especially Music.


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Paulina Suhle

Doctoral candidate

Paulina Suhle studies Medicine in Dresden and was intrigued by the lectures in Psychosomatic. Since then, she is interested in the body-soul relation. In her doctoral thesis, she examined the potential impact of pheromones on female behavior.


Alumni

Alumni

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Dr. med. Theresa Mohr

Alumni


Dr. rer. medic. Dipl.-Psych. Fabian Rottstädt

Alumni

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Supreet Saluja, PhD

Alumni

 


Johanna Bendas, PhD

Alumni

 


Dr. med. Timmy Strauß

Alumni

 


Dr. med. dent. Elisabeth Sennhenn

Alumni

 


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Dr. med. dent. Anika Bytomski

Alumni