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Rene Hurlemann, M.Sc., M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor



René Hurlemann (*17/09/1973 in Cologne) graduated from University of Bonn Medical School, where he received his M.D. degree in 2001 for his thesis «Timing of intracranial memory-related event-related potentials in temporal lobe epilepsy». In 2006, he completed a postgraduate M.Sc. program in Affective Neuroscience at the Universities of Maastricht and Florence. In 2007, he obtained his Ph.D. from Maastricht University for his thesis «The costs and benefits of emotional memory formation». In 2008, he received the Board Certificate in Psychiatry and became attending physician at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Bonn. In 2009, he was promoted to Associate Director of the International Master in Affective Neuroscience program at the Universities of Maastricht and Florence. In 2010, he achieved the venia docendi (Habilitation) in Psychiatry for his thesis «Neurobiological markers of increased vulnerability to psychosis: Evidence from structural and functional imaging». In 2013, he was appointed Associate Professor and currently serves as Chief of the Medical Psychology Division, co-head of the outpatient clinic and head of a 16-bed private inpatient unit at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Bonn. In addition, he has been appointed 2013/2014 Helen C. Levitt Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa College of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry) and Visiting Associate in the Humanities (Psychology) at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Academic honors include an outstanding cum laude from Maastricht University for his Ph.D. thesis and the Gerd-Huber-Award 2008 for his contribution to radioligand PET studies in patients with early psychosis. His research is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and an Independent Researcher Grant jointly provided by the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research, and Technology of the German State of North-Rhine Westfalia (MIWFT) and the University of Bonn. He has lectured on the neurobiology of anxiety, depression and schizophrenia as well as on various social neuroscience topics. He serves as Reviewing Editor for Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience and as ad-hoc referee for >10 international public funding agencies (including DFG, ERC, and MRC) and >45 international peer-reviewed journals (including Biological Psychiatry, Current Biology, JAMA Psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry, PNAS, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and The Lancet Psychiatry). He is member of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), German Association of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN), German Society of Biological Psychiatry (DGBP), Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Society for Social Neuroscience (S4SN), Society of Biological Psychiatry (SoBP), and associate member of the Faculty of 1000 Post-Publication Peer Review Board of Psychiatry. 


Related links and articles of interest:

  • Medical Psychology Division, University of Bonn, 53105 Bonn, Germany (content in German) Link 
  • Department of Psychiatry, University of Bonn, 53105 Bonn, Germany (content in German) Link
  • International Master in Affective Neuroscience Program Link 
  • News Focus: The promise and perils of oxytocin. Science (2013) 339: 267 - 269 PDF 
  • Eckstein M & Hurlemann R (2013) Oxytocin - Evidence for a therapeutic potential of the social neuromodulator. Der Nervenarzt 84: 1321 - 1328 (article in German) (IF 0.862) PDF 
  • Google Scholar Citations Profile Link 
  • ORCID Identifier: 0000-0003-2628-565X Link
  • ResearcherID Identifier: G-4164-2012 Link


Representative publications as first or senior author


  • Hurlemann R, Hawellek B, Matusch A, Kolsch H, Wollersen H, Madea B, Vogeley K, Maier W, Dolan RJ (2005) Noradrenergic modulation of emotion-induced forgetting and remembering. The Journal of Neuroscience 25: 6343 - 6349 [IF 7.506] PDF 
  • Kukolja J, Schlaepfer TE, Keysers C, Klingmüller, Maier W, Fink GR, Hurlemann R  (2008) Modeling a negative response bias in the human amygdala by noradrenergic–glucocorticoid interactions. The Journal of Neuroscience 28: 12868 - 12876 [IF 7.452] PDF Supporting Information Link 
  • Onur OA, Schlaepfer TE, Kukolja J, Bauer A, Jeung H, Patin A, Otte DM, Shah NJ, Maier W, Kendrick KM, Fink GR, Hurlemann R (2010) The NMDA receptor co-agonist D-cycloserine facilitates declarative learning and hippocampal activity in humans. Biological Psychiatry 67: 1205 - 1211 [IF 8.674] PDF Supporting Information Link
  • Hurlemann R, Patin A, Onur OA, Cohen MX, Baumgartner T, Metzler S, Dziobek I, Gallinat J, Wagner M, Maier W, Kendrick KM (2010) Oxytocin enhances amygdala-dependent, socially reinforced learning and emotional empathy in humans. The Journal of Neuroscience 30: 4999 - 5007 [IF 7.271] PDF Supporting Information Link
    • Research Highlight: Nature (2010) 464: 1107 PDF 
    • Journal Club Feature: The Journal of Neuroscience (2010) 30: 9347 - 9348 PDF & PDF 
    • Research in Germany - Land of Ideas PDF 
  • Striepens N, Kendrick KM, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2011) Prosocial effects of oxytocin and clinical evidence for its therapeutic potential. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology 32: 426 - 450 [IF 11.429] PDF
  • Becker B, Mihov Y, Scheele D, Kendrick KM, Feinstein JS, Matusch A, Aydin M, Reich H, Urbach H, Oros-Peusquens AM, Shah NJ, Kunz WS, Schlaepfer TE, Zilles K, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2012) Fear processing and social networking in the absence of a functional amygdala. Biological Psychiatry 72: 70 - 77 [IF 9.247] PDF Supporting Information PDF 
    • Cover art based on this article Link 
  • Scheele D, Mihov Y, Kendrick KM, Feinstein JS, Reich H, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2012) Amygdala lesion profoundly alters altruistic punishment. Biological Psychiatry 72: e5 - e7 [IF 9.247] PDF
  • Striepens N, Scheele D, Kendrick KM, Becker B, Schaefer L, Schwalba K, Reul J, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2012) Oxytocin facilitates protective responses to aversive social stimuli in males. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS) 109: 18144 - 18149 [IF 9.737] PDF Supporting Information PDF 
  • Scheele D, Striepens E, Güntürkün O, Deutschländer S, Maier W, Kendrick KM, Hurlemann R (2012) Oxytocin modulates social distance between males and females. The Journal of Neuroscience 32: 16074 - 16079 [IF 6.901; AS 151] PDF 
    • Research Highlight: Nature (2012) 492: 157 PDF 
    • News Focus: Science (2013) 339: 267 - 269 PDF 
    • Society for Neuroscience (SfN) press release PDF 
    • Research in Germany - Land of Ideas PDF
  • Mihov Y, Kendrick KM, Becker B, Zschernack J, Reich H, Maier W, Keysers C, Hurlemann R (2013) Mirroring fear in the absence of a functional amygdala. Biological Psychiatry 73: e9 - e11 [IF 9.472] PDF
  • Becker B, Scheele D, Moessner R, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2013) Deciphering the neural signature of conversion blindness. The American Journal of Psychiatry 170: 121 - 122 [IF 13.559] PDF
  • *Feinstein JS, *Buzza C, *Hurlemann R, Dahdaleh NS, Follmer RL, Coryell WH, Welsh MJ, Tranel D, Wemmie JA (2013) Fear and panic in humans with bilateral amygdala damage. Nature Neuroscience 16: 270 - 272 [IF 14.976; AS 243] (*co-lead authors) PDF 
  • Scheele D, Wille A, Kendrick KM, Stoffel-Wagner B, Becker B, Güntürkün O, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2013) Oxytocin enhances brain reward system responses in men viewing the face of their female partner. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS) 110: 20308 - 20313 [IF 9.809; AS 904] PDF 
    • News Focus in Science Link 
    • Research Highlight: Nature (2013) 504: 11 PDF 
    • Research in Germany - Land of Ideas Link 
  • Scheele D, Kendrick KM, Khouri C, Kretzer E, Stoffel-Wagner B, Güntürkün O, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2014) An oxytocin-induced facilitation of neural and emotional responses to social touch correlates inversely with autism traits. Neuropsychopharmacology 39: 2078 - 2085 [IF 7.833] PDF
  • Eckstein M, Becker B, Scheele D, Scholz C, Preckel K, Schlaepfer TE, Grinevich V, Kendrick KM, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2014) Oxytocin facilitates the extinction of conditioned fear in humans. Biological Psychiatry (in press) [IF 9.472]

Abbreviations: AS, Article Altmetric Score; IF, Journal Impact Factor