Günter Schumann is Chair in Biological Psychiatry at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (MRC) and Honorary Consultant at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Before joining the IoP in 2005, he trained (postgraduate) and worked at Harvard University, at the University of Freiburg and at the Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His research interests are in etiological and diagnostic stratification of psychiatric patients to identify neurobehavioral phenotypes, which allow the development of predictive and prognostic biomarkers. Günter’s group works on the identification of neurobehavioral mechanisms of psychiatric disorders, including addictions. They pursue an interdisciplinary approach, using neuroimaging, functional genetic and epigenetic methods as well as molecular biological and bioinformatics techniques. He is coordinating recruitment and assessment of several longitudinal cohorts, including IMAGEN, a longitudinal, multi-center functional and structural genetic-neuroimaging study of a cohort of 2000+ 14 year old adolescents, which investigates the neurobiological and genetic basis of individual differences in brain responses to reward, punishment and emotional cues in adolescents, as well as c-VEDA an accelerated longitudinal cohort of 10.000 participants from India, which are presently recruited to investigate environmental and genetic influences on brain structure and function and the development of externalizing disorders in adolescents. Work emerging from the IMAGEN group has significantly influenced this research area. Since late 2010 the group has published 50+ papers, including in Nature (2), Science (1), Nature Genetics (2), Nature Neurosciences (1), PNAS (2), Molecular Psychiatry (6), American Journal of Psychiatry (4), JAMA Psychiatry (4), Biological Psychiatry (2) and other high ranking journals (average impact factor >10). IMAGEN was initially funded by the European Commission as an FP6-Integrated Project and has subsequently attracted grants from various funding agencies, including the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research in the UK, the Swedish Research Council FORMAS, the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the US.

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