Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology
+49 201 723 4501
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The Institute of Medical Psychology was founded in 1978 and is one of the pre-clinical Departments of the Essen University Hospital. Since October 1997, Prof. Dr. Manfred Schedlowski is the Director of the Institute. In 2007, the Institute was renamed to Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology. The research focus of the Institute are the areas of Psychoneuroimmunology, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Pain Research and the Neurobiology and Clinical Applicability of the Placebo Response.

Research projects and funding

Placebo effects in the immune functions; The role of learning processes and conditioning

Stress and negative emotions in acute and chronic visceral pain

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The Institute offers various courses for medical students attending the preclinical semesters, including seminars and lectures on topics including the fundamentals of medical psychology and sociology, research methods, patient-doctor-relationship, and stress & behaviour.

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Latest News

Steady nerves

Neurological and mental illnesses are on the rise worldwide. The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is therefore combining its research activities into the new focus "Translational Neuro and Behavioral Sciences". Read the article

Teaching award "best lecturer sommer session 2017"

The evaluation results of the sommer session 2017 (Medical Faculty, University of Duisburg-Essen) revealed that Prof. Sven Benson was personally chosen by the students in the first section of medical studies as best lecturer.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Schedlowski appointed "Adjunct Professor of Psychoneuroimmunology" at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

[05.10.2017] Prof. Dr. med. Manfred Schedlowski has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Psychoneuroimmunology at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience by the prestigious Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. The professorship is comparable to an APL professorship in Germany.

Collaborative Research Center
SFB 1280

We are glad to announce that the German Research Foundation (DFG) is supporting three subprojects at our institute for four years within the Collaborative Research Center SFB 1280:
TP A10 "From Pavlov to pain: extinction learning in visceral pain" (principal investigator: S. Elsenbruch)
TP A12 "The impact of inflammation on the extinction of pain-related fear" (principal investigators: H. Engler and S. Elsenbruch)
TP A18 "Extinction and reconsolidation of behaviorally-controlled anti-proliferative and anti-metabolic effects: mechanisms and potential clinical relevance" (principal investigators: M. Schedlowski and M. Hadamitzky)

Repetitorium zur Vorbereitung auf den 1. Abschnitt der Ärztlichen Prüfung (Physikum)

Auch in diesem Semester werden wir Ihnen ein Repetitorium Medizinische Psychologie und Medizinische Soziologie zur Vorbereitung auf das Physikum  anbieten.

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Probanden gesucht

Wir suchen ab sofort gesunde Probandinnen und Probanden für unser Projekt zur Erforschung der Frage ob Schmerz-assoziierte Lernprozesse durch eine akute Entzündungsreaktion beeinflusst werden.

Wir suchen gesunde weibliche Studienteilnehmerinnen im Alter von 18 – 40 Jahren für ein Studie zur Auswirkung des körpereigenen Stresshormons Cortisol auf die Wahrnehmung von Reizen aus dem Enddarm verglichen mit Hitzereizen auf der Haut.


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Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology
Essen University Hospital
Hufelandstr. 55
45122 Essen

Phone: +49 201 723 4501
Fax: +49 201 723 5948

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