Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry

Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Anti-stress compound reduces obesity and diabetes

December 12, 2017

FKBP51-protein inhibitors could be used for treating diabetes [more]

Combination of CACNA1C-gene and stress increases risk for disorder

July 21, 2017

Genes and environmental factors together can affect mental health [more]

Prenatal stress programmes binge eating

June 12, 2017

A balanced diet can prevent eating disorders [more]

Better prediction for effectiveness of paroxetine

April 12, 2017

Researchers identify pathways in neural brain cells which are decisive in treatment response with antidepressant paroxetine [more]

Research publications 2016

Urocortin-3: a signaling molecule for making friends

July 18, 2016

Molecular messenger helps mice find new friends [more]

Stress affects performance

June 01, 2016

Hormone causes decline in cognition after social stress [more]

Researchers start to understand how the environment impacts state of mind

January 19, 2016

New molecular insights link environmental challenges, such as stress or trauma, to increased susceptibility to anxiety [more]

Research publications 2015

Lifetime stress accelerates epigenetic aging

December 21, 2015

Cumulative exposure to stress hormones affects the regulation of genes associated with aging and age-related diseases [more]


Understanding social impairments in autism

December 18, 2015

Scientists explain social impairments across the autistic spectrum using computational modelling



Mitochondria, an exciting new target for the treatment of anxiety disorders

December 16, 2015

An antioxidant that works on mitochondria is shown to alleviate anxiety [more]


Understanding a missing link in how antidepressants work

November 24, 2015

Scientists discover a new way in which antidepressants work via the well-known stress protein FKBP51 [more]

Holocaust survivors pass on trauma to their children’s genes

August 25, 2015

Pre-conception trauma results in transmission of epigenetic changes from the exposed parents to their children [more]


Memory does not require permanent synapses in the hippocampus

June 23, 2015

Scientists study how new impressions are transferred in long-term memory [more]


One gene hampers learning

April 01, 2015

Learning disabilities commonly found in Wiedemann-Steiner Syndrome can now be investigated in the lab [more]


Plant extract fights brain tumour

February 10, 2015

Silibinin from milk thistle seeds as novel, non-invasive treatment strategy for Cushing Disease [more]


Lucid dreams and metacognition: Awareness of thinking – awareness of dreaming

January 20, 2015

Brain researchers discover similarities between dreaming and wakefulness [more]

Research publications 2014

Tailor-made pharmaceuticals as basis for novel antidepressants

December 02, 2014

SAFit-ligands provide the foundation for a mechanistically novel treatment of stress-related psychiatric disorders [more]

Molecular profiling of Ketamine’s rapid antidepressant effect

November 11, 2014

Ketamine impacts major energy metabolism pathways in brain cells with several metabolites qualifying as biomarkers for the Ketamine drug response [more]


A stress protein is essential for antidepressant action

November 11, 2014

Scientists discover an unexpected link between the well-known stress protein FKBP51, autophagy and the effectiveness of antidepressants [more]


Coping with stress

November 05, 2014

MicroRNA molecule modulates behavioural response to stress [more]


A glimpse into the genetic basis of schizophrenia

July 23, 2014

Novel genetic associations might enlighten underlying molecular mechanisms of schizophrenia and provide biomarkers for future diagnosis [more]


Tiny molecules boost mood

June 23, 2014

Small molecules may lead to the development of more effective treatments and/or biomarkers in mood disorders [more]


Does the moon affect our sleep?

June 16, 2014

Max Planck scientists find no correlation between moon phases and human sleep [more]


Biomarkers for early detection of postpartum depression

February 05, 2014

On the basis of molecule levels in the blood, researchers can predict the risk of developing postpartum depression at an early stage [more]

Research publications 2013

Homer prevents stress-induced cognitive deficits

February 26, 2013

A lack of Homer-1 in the brain causes learning problems in mice [more]

Research publications 2012

Childhood trauma leaves mark on DNA of some victims

December 02, 2012

Gene-environment interaction causes lifelong dysregulation of stress hormones [more]


Learning requires rhythmical activity of neurons

September 25, 2012

Memory-forming signal transmission in the hippocampus elucidated [more]


The seat of meta-consciousness in the brain

July 27, 2012

Studies of lucid dreamers visualise which centres of the brain become active when we become aware of ourselves [more]


Nose spray for panic attacks?

March 02, 2012

Current study on mice documents the anxiety-reducing effect of intranasally administered neuropeptide S [more]


Pictures of food create feelings of hunger

January 19, 2012

External stimuli control the hormonal regulation of our eating behaviour [more]

Research publications 2011

Scientists measure dream content for the first time

October 28, 2011

Dreams activate the brain in a similar way to real actions [more]


Control of fear in the brain decoded

September 06, 2011

Emotional balance is regulated by molecular factors behind stress response [more]

Stress may increase risk for Alzheimer’s disease

May 26, 2011

Stress hormones lead to Alzheimer-like protein modifications [more]


New target structure for antidepressants on the horizon?

April 27, 2011

Max Planck scientists uncover surprising genetic links [more]

Research publications 2010

When does stress cause illness?

December 22, 2010

The molecular composition of a glutamate-binding site in the brain determines vulnerability to stress [more]

Research publications 2009

New mechanisms of action found for drugs used to treat anxiety disorders

June 23, 2009

An anti-anxiety agent which causes no fatigue nor displays any dependence potential [more]

Research publications 2004

Cannabinoids spell relief in colon inflammation

May 06, 2004

Max Planck researchers and collaborators from the University in Munich identify the body’s own cannabinoid receptor as a protective system against colon inflammation [more]

Research publications 2003

Keeping the brain's activity under control

October 22, 2003

Max Planck Researcher team identifies an important self-defence mechanism in the brain on the basis of cannabinoid receptors [more]

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