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Prof. Dr. Tilo Kircher  

Philipps-Universität Marburg,Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie

Rudolf-Bultmann-Straße 8, 35039 Marburg

Phone: +49 6421 – 5866218/5866219, Fax: +49 6421 – 5868939

Email: kircher@med.uni-marburg.de



Research focus
The ultimate goal is to elucidate the origins of mental disorders, in particular psychosis and affective disorders. Systems neuroscience, as one approach to it, is a multidisciplinary field of research that encompasses molecular and cognitive neuroscience. Its goal is to further our understanding of the relationship between cognitive phenomena and the brain. Using a combination of genetics, behavioral testing and advanced brain imaging, our cognitive neuroscience research endeavors to elucidate how high-level functions, such as psychopathological phenomena, language, social and cultural behaviour, expectations and motivational states relate to specific neural networks in the brain. We focus on the vast space that exists between molecular and cellular approaches to the brain and the study of high-level mental functions. The ability to synthesize cross-disciplinary areas of investigation in fields such as cognitive neuroscience is a direct result of the unique research environment at the University of Marburg.


-    Neuroimaging, MRI

-    Imaging Genetics

-    Experimental Psychology

-    Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Anxiety Disorders

-    Communication, language and the brain

-    Cultural and Social Neuroscience

-    Neurobiology of Psychotherapy

Publications (10 selected Publications since 2007)

1. Whitney C, Grossmann, Kircher T. The influence of multiple primes on bottom-up and top-down regulation during meaning retrieval: evidence for two distinct neural networks. Cerebral Cortex 2009, 19:2548-2560. (IF 6.979)

2. Whitney C, Jefferies B, Kircher T. Heterogeneity of the left temporal lobe in semantic representation and control: Priming multiple vs. single meanings of ambiguous words. Cerebral Cortex 2011, 21:831-844. (IF 6.544)

3. Kircher T, Sass K, Sachs O, Krach S. Priming words with pictures: Neural correlates of semantic associations in a cross-modal priming task using fMRI. Human Brain Mapping 2009, 30:4116-4128. (IF 6.256)

4. Green A, Straube B, Weis S, Jansen A, Willmes K, Konrad K, Kircher T. Neural integration of iconic and unrelated coverbal gestures: A functional MRI study. Human Brain Mapping 2009, 30:3309-3324. (IF 6.256)

5. Kircher T, Krug A, Markov V, Whitney C, Krach S, Zerres K, Eggermann T, Stöcker T, Shah NJ, Treutlein J, Nöthen MM, Becker T, Rietschel M. Genetic variation in the schizophrenia-risk gene neuregulin 1 correlates with brain activation and impaired speech  production in a verbal fluency task in healthy individuals. Neuroimage 2009, 30:3406-3416. (IF 6.256)

6. Krug A, Nieratschker V, Markov V, Krach S, Jansen A, Zerres K, Eggermann T, Stöcker T, Shah NJ, Treutlein J, Mühleisen TW, Kircher T. Effect of CACNA1C rs1006737 on neural correlates of verbal fluency in healthy individuals. NeuroImage 2010, 49:1831-1836. (IF 5.937)

7. Jansen A, Krach S, Krug A, Markov V, Thimm M, Paulus F, Zerres K, Stöcker T, Shah J, Nöthen MM, Treutlein J, Rietschel M, Kircher T. The effect of G72 genotype on neural correlates of memory encoding and retrieval. NeuroImage 2010, 53:1001-1006. (IF 5.937)

8. Krug A, Markov V, Krach S, Jansen A, Zerres K, Eggermann T, Stöcker T, Shah NJ, Nöthen MM, Treutlein J, Rietschel M, Kircher T. The effect of Neuregulin1 on neural correlates of episodic memory encoding and retrieval. NeuroImage 2010, 53:985-991. (IF 5.937)

9. Rietschel M, Beckmann L, Strohmaier J, Georgi A, Karpushova A, Schirmbeck F, Boesshenz K, Schmäl C, Bürger C, Abou Jamra R, Schumacher J, Höfels S, Kumsta R, Entringer S, Krug A, Markov V, Propping P, Wüst S, Kircher T, Nöthen M, Cichon S, Schulze T. G72 is associated with both major depression and neuroticism in large population-based samples from Germany. American Journal of Psychiatry 2008, 165:753-762. (IF 10.545)

10. Kircher T, Arolt V, Jansen A, Pyka M, Reinhardt I, Kellermann T, Konrad C, Lueken U, Gloster AT, Gerlach AL, Ströhle A, Wittmann A, Pfleiderer B, Wittchen HU, Straube B. Effect of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy on Neural Correlates of Fear Conditioning in Panic Disorder. Biological Psychiatry 2012, [Epub ahead of print]. (IF 8.283).




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