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


Rene Hurlemann completed his M.D. at the University of Bonn, Germany, in 2001, with a thesis on the timing of intracranial memory-related ERPs in temporal lobe epilepsy. Later, he focused on stress-induced emotion-memory interactions and received his M.Sc. (2006) and Ph.D. (2007) from Maastricht University. Since completing his residency in 2008, he has served as senior physician for the Dept. of Psychiatry at the University Hospital Bonn and carried on full-time clinical responsibilities running inpatient and outpatient Psychiatry clinics as well as 24/7 emergency call and resident teaching duties. In 2013, he was appointed to head the Medical Psychology Division at the University Hospital Bonn. Since 2015, he has served as Vice Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry. As clinician scientist, he is committed to research in the field of psychiatric neuroscience, with a methodological emphasis on pharmacological fMRI and connectivity-guided TMS. He is principle investigator of the “Neuromodulation of Emotion (NEMO)“ research group, for which he had obtained a 1.4 million Euro starting grant by the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research, and Technology of the German State of North-Rhine Westfalia (MIWFT) in 2010. His current research is focused on developing cutting-edge experimental therapies along three research trajectories: (i) Clinical translation of oxytocin neuroscience, (ii) brain stimulation for depression, and (iii) schizophrenia early recognition and intervention. He has won several awards and stipends including the 2008 Gerd-Huber Award for PET studies in prodromal psychosis and the 2013 Helen C. Levitt Endowed Annual Visiting Professorship at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Furthermore, he is Visiting Associate in Psychology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In 2010, he became co-director of the Master in Affective Neuroscience joint degree program from the Universities of Maastricht & Florence. Currently, he serves as ad-hoc referee for >20 international public funding agencies and >80 peer-reviewed journals, and is member of >10 professional societies including the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). Due to his interest in promoting precision medicine in Psychiatry, he has joined several committees including the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) section on Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry and the steering boards of Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry (Elsevier) and Der Nervenarzt (Springer Nature). In 2019, Rene Hurlemann was appointed to chair the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oldenburg Medical Campus. Therefore, the NEMO research group will be moving in September 2019, accepting applications by postdoctoral researchers and Ph.D. students through the University of Oldenburg.


Related links:

  • Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Oldenburg Medical Campus, Germany (content in German) Link & Link
  • Medical Psychology Division, University of Bonn, Germany (content in German) Link 
  • Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Bonn, Germany (content in German) Link
  • Bonn Schizophrenia Early Diagnosis & Treatment Center (FEP) (content in German) Link
  • Summer School on Affective Neuroscience Program Link 
  • Google Scholar Citations Profile Link 
  • ORCiD ID: 0000-0003-2628-565X Link
  • One-page CV: German & English


Representative publications 

  • Hurlemann R, Scheele D, Kinfe TM, Berger R, Philipsen A, Voncken M, Kuypers KPC, Schruers K (2019) Increased temporal discounting in social anxiety disorder normalizes after oxytocin treatment. Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics 88: 55 - 57 [IF 13.7] PDF
  • Scheele D, Lieberz J, Patin A, Engels C, Schneider L, Stoffel-Wagner B, Becker B, Hurlemann R (2019) Trauma disclosure moderates the effects of oxytocin on intrusions and neural responses to fear. Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics 88: 61 - 63 [IF 13.7] PDF 
  • Mutz J, Vipulananthan V, Carter B, Hurlemann R, Fu CHY, Young AH (2019) Comparative efficacy and acceptability of non-surgical brain stimulation for the acute treatment of major depressive episodes in adults: systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ - British Medical Journal 364: l1079 [IF 27.6] PDF
  • Hasan MT, Althammer F, Silva da Gouveia M, Goyon S, Eliava M, Lefevre A, Kerspern D, Schimmer J, Raftogianni A, Wahis J, Knobloch-Bollmann HS, Tang Y, Liu X, Jain A,  Chavant V, Goumon Y, Weislogel J-M, Hurlemann R, Herpertz SC, Pitzer C, Darbon P, Dogbevia GK, Bertocchi I, Larkum ME, Sprengel R, Bading H, Charlet A, Grinevich V (2019) A fear memory engram and its plasticity in the hypothalamic oxytocin system. Neuron 103: 133 - 146 [IF 14.4] PDF
  • Hurlemann R & Marsh N (2019) Unraveling the role of oxytocin in the motivational structure of conflict. Behavioral & Brain Sciences (BBS) (in press) [IF 17.2] Link
  • Maier AM, Gieling C, Heinen-Ludwig L, Stefan V, Schultz J, Güntürkün O, Stoffel-Wagner B, Becker B, Hurlemann R, Scheele D (2019) Association of childhood maltreatment with interpersonal distance and social touch preferences in adulthood. The American Journal of Psychiatry (in press) [IF 13.7] Link
  • Schultz J, Willems T, Gädeke M, Chakkour G, Franke A, Weber B, Hurlemann R (2019) Neural mechanisms underlying individual differences in social approach and avoidance. eLife (in press) [IF 7.6] Link 
  • Scheele D, Zimbal S, Feinstein JS, Delis A, Neumann C, Mielacher C, Philipsen A, Hurlemann R (2019) Treatment-resistant depression and ketamine response in a patient with bilateral amygdala damage. The American Journal of Psychiatry (in press) [IF 13.7] 

Abbreviations: IF, Journal Impact Factor 


Latest book

  • Hurlemann R & Grinevich V (2018) Behavioral Pharmacology of Neuropeptides: Oxytocin (Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, Volume 35) Springer [978-3319637389] Link