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

2. TNBS Symposium

The date for the 2nd TNBS Symposium is now fixed: Thursday, 16 May 2019 from 2 to 7 pm. We are delighted to invite you for the second time to the Deichmann-Auditorium of the University Hospital Essen. Please save the date in advance. We will announce the program on the website:

Teaching Award 2018

The best-rated courses in the first study section are the seminar "Integrated Emergency Medicine" and the seminar "Medical Psychology and Sociology" by Prof. Dr. med. Manfred Schedlowski, Prof. Dr. Sven Benson and Anna Lena Kahl. The prize money of 1,000 € each will benefit teaching and seminar of the award winners. Prof. dr. Sven Benson was awarded as one of the best lecturers. Read more

BBC filmed documentary at Essen University Hospital

Manfred Schedlowski, director of the Institute of Medical Psychology, has been filmed and interview by the BBC. Read more

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

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Probanden gesucht

Wir suchen ab sofort gesunde Probanden für unsere Studie zur Untersuchung der Auswirkung psychologischer Faktoren auf die Wirkmechanismen von Everolimus.

Wir suchen ab sofort gesunde Probandinnen und Probanden für das Projekt „Effekte von negativer Stimmung und systemischer Entzündung auf die viszerale Schmerzwahrnehmung und Schmerzverarbeitung: Eine fMRT-Studie“.


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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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