PRONIA
  • The European Union has awarded PRONIA with 6 Million Euro within the 7th Framework Programme.

    The European Union has awarded PRONIA with 6 Million Euro within the 7th Framework Programme.

  • 1700 study participants are being recruited for PRONIA in six European centres and one in Australia.

    1700 study participants are being recruited for PRONIA in six European centres and one in Australia.

  • Psychoses typically commence in the most productive and critical period of life – late adolescence and early adulthood.

    Psychoses typically commence in the most productive and critical period of life – late adolescence and early adulthood.

PRONIA

Partner 3 - University Hospital Cologne

Stephan Ruhrmann University of Cologne

Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Ruhrmann

Principal Investigator

Phone: +49 221 478 4005

Fax: +49-221 478 87139

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Early Recognition and Intervention Center for mental crisis (FETZ) at the
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
University Hospital of Cologne

Kerpener Str. 62

50937 Cologne

Germany

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PRONIA Team Cologne

Nathalie Kaiser, M.Sc.-Psych.

Researcher / Local project management

Phone: +49 221 478 4041

Fax: +49 221 478 1428840

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Marlene Rosen, M.Sc.

Researcher

Phone: +49 221 478 4041

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Dr. med. Theresa Haidl

Researcher / Recruitment

Phone: +49 221 478 7421

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Mauro Seves, M.Sc.

Researcher / Local project management

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Dr. med. Thorsten Lichtenstein

Radiologist

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PRONIA Team Cologne

Institute presentation

The Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Cologne (head: Joachim Klosterkötter) is one of the internationally leading centers in psychiatric prediction and prevention research. Stephan Ruhrmann (PI, WP01 Project Leader) is head of the Cologne Early Recognition and Detection Centre for Mental Crisis, the FETZ, which was founded by Joachim Klosterkötter in 1997 as the second of its kind world-wide. The FETZ staff includes psychiatrists and psychologists, who are highly specialized particularly in the detection of persons at risk of psychoses. The center is regularly visited by national and international clinicians and researchers, who are interested in learning the assessments and adapting of the FETZ procedures for their own centers. Projects coordinated by Cologne comprise the multi-center prevention studies of the German Research Network on Schizophrenia, the European Prediction of Psychosis Study, funded within the 5th European Framework Programme as the first trans-European multi-centre project in this area, and PREVENT, a large German multi-center study on prevention funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Cologne takes part in the European Gene-Environment study (EU-GEI), funded within EU-FP7. Based on another funding of the DFG, Cologne developed the 'Schizophrenia Proneness Instrument – Adult version', (SPI-A), which has meanwhile been translated into several other languages. Cologne's prediction and prevention research resulted in a large number of publications in high ranking international journals. These included the first introduction of a prognostic score (the 'EPOS prognostic index') into psychiatric prediction research (Ruhrmann et al., Archives of General Psychiatry 2010), an approach meanwhile adapted by several other studies. Cologne also demonstrated for the first time the prediction of psychosis by an event related potential, the Mismatch Negativity (Bodatsch & Ruhrmann et al., Biological Psychiatry 2011).

 

Further research includes neurobiological topics (event-related potentials, eye tracking and MRI) as well as neurocognition and social cognition. Cologne has research labs for neuropsychology and cognitive neurophysiology (CCNL; head: Stephan Ruhrmann). The department is part of the University Hospital ('Uniklinik Köln') and has large inpatient and outpatient units, a highly experienced clinical staff and an excellent reputation in the area of psychotic disorders.

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