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


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 Department of Psychiatry at the University of 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 of Bonn. Since 2015, he has served as Vice Chair of the Department 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) 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), where he studies the causes and consequences of human amygdala dysfunction. In 2010, he was named 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 has become 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 editorial boards of Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry (Elsevier) and Der Nervenarzt (Springer Nature). 


Related links:

  • 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
  • Bonn Schizophrenia Early Diagnosis and Treatment Center (FEP) (content in German) Link
  • International Master in Affective Neuroscience Program Link 
  • Google Scholar Citations Profile Link 
  • ORCiD ID: 0000-0003-2628-565X Link
  • One-page CV: German & English


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 7.5] PDF 
  • Kukolja J, Schlaepfer TE, Keysers C, Klingmüller D, 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 7.5] 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 8.7] PDF 
  • 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 7.3] PDF Supporting Information Link 
    • Research in Germany - Land of Ideas PDF
    • Research Highlight: Nature (2010) 464: 1107 PDF 
    • Hurlemann & Kendrick (2010) The Journal of Neuroscience. Response to Journal Club Feature PDF [IF 7.3]
  • 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 11.4] 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 9.3] PDF Supporting Information PDF 
  • 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 9.3] 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 9.7] 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 6.9; AS 151] PDF 
    • Research in Germany - Land of Ideas PDF
    • Research Highlight: Nature (2012) 492: 157 PDF 
    • News Focus: Science (2013) 339: 267 - 269 PDF 
    • Society for Neuroscience (SfN) press release 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 9.5] 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 13.6] 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 15.0; 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 9.8; AS 904] PDF 
    • News Focus in Science Link 
    • Research Highlight: Nature (2013) 504: 11 PDF 
  • 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 7.1] PDF
  • Eckstein M, Becker B, Scheele D, Scholz C, Preckel K, Schlaepfer TE, Grinevich V, Kendrick KM, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2015) Oxytocin facilitates the extinction of conditioned fear in humans. Biological Psychiatry 78: 194 - 202 [IF 11.2] PDF
    • Featured by Scientific American Link
    • Commentary: Biological Psychiatry (2015) 78: 154 - 155 PDF
  • Hurlemann R & Scheele D (2016) Dissecting the role of oxytocin in the formation and loss of social relationships. Biological Psychiatry 79: 185 - 193 [IF 11.4] PDF
  • Eckstein M, Scheele D, Patin A, Preckel K, Becker B, Walther A, Domschke K, Grinevich V, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2016) Feature article: Oxytocin facilitates Pavlovian fear learning in males. Neuropsychopharmacology 41: 932 - 939 [IF 6.4] PDF
  • Marsh N, Scheele D, Gerhardt H, Strang S, Enax L, Weber B, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2015) The neuropeptide oxytocin induces a social altruism bias. The Journal of Neuroscience 35: 15696 - 15701 [IF 6.0; AS 188] PDF 
  • Hurlemann R, Maier W, Scheele D (2016) Interactions of noradrenaline and cortisol and the induction of indelible memories. Behavioral & Brain Sciences (BBS) 39: e213 [IF 14.2] PDF
  • Khalsa S, Feinstein JS, Li W, Feusner J, Adolphs R, Hurlemann R (2016) Feature article: Panic anxiety in humans with bilateral amygdala lesions: pharmacological induction via cardiorespiratory interoceptive pathways. The Journal of Neuroscience 36: 3559 – 3566 [IF 6.0] PDF Editor's choice PDF
  • Hurlemann R (2017) Oxytocin-augmented psychotherapy: Beware of context. Neuropsychopharmacology 42: 377 [IF 6.4] PDF
  • Hurlemann R, Scheele D, Maier W, Schultz J (2017) Oxytocin drives prosocial biases in favor of attractive people. Behavioral & Brain Sciences (BBS) 40: e30 [IF 15.1] PDF
  • Spengler FB, Schultz J, Scheele D, Essel M, Maier W, Heinrichs H, Hurlemann R (2017) Kinetics and dose-dependency of intranasal oxytocin effects on amygdala reactivity. Biological Psychiatry 82: 885 - 894 [IF 12.0] PDF Comment in Biological Psychiatry PDF
  • Marsh N, Scheele D, Feinstein JS, Gerhardt H, Strang S, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2017) Oxytocin-enforced norm compliance reduces xenophobic outgroup rejection. 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS) 114: 9314 - 9319 [IF 9.5; AS 1018] PDF
  • Hurlemann R, Marsh N, Schultz J, Scheele D (2017) Oxytocin shapes the priorities and neural representations of attitudes and values. Behavioral & Brain Sciences (BBS) 40: e241 [IF 15.1] PDF 
  • Maier A, Scheele D, Spengler F, Menba T, Mohr F, Güntürkün O, Stoffel-Wagner B, Kinfe T, Maier W, Khalsa S, Hurlemann R (2018) Oxytocin reduces a chemosensory-induced stress bias in social perception. Neuropsychopharmacology (in press) [IF 6.5]
  • Hurlemann R & Grinevich V (2018) Behavioral Pharmacology of Neuropeptides: Oxytocin (Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, Volume 35) Springer [978-3319637389] Link 
  • Schultz J & Hurlemann R (2018) Characterizing variations in perceptual decision-making. Behavioral & Brain Sciences (BBS) (in press) [IF 15.1]
  • 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 (in press) [IF 13.1]
  • 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 (in press) [IF 13.1]

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