The overall goal of the CRC TRR58 is to gain a better understanding of the basics of fear, anxiety, and related disorders. The CRC is divided into the following three research areas and a central cohort project.
Experimental animal studies
The aim of the animal studies is to identify mechanisms of interaction between predisposing and environmental factors that are associated with anxiety disorders. This is intended to provide a solid basis for the interpretation of data from human studies, and to generate ideas for complementary human studies.
Preclinical studies in humans
In preclinical human studies, we investigate mechanisms involved in the regulation and dynamics of fear. We work with fear conditioning paradigms: before an otherwise neutral event, participants are exposed to unpleasant stimuli that induce fear. For example, this could be a very loud noise when looking at a certain image. We use tools such as virtual reality, stress system modifications, or fright reflex modulation. For example, the increased eyelid closure in anxiety is assessed as a physiological indicator of emotional processing. In addition, we use methods such as functional MRI, EEG, or MEG. The studies aim to determine the neurobiological basis of anxiety, taking genetic, epigenetic, environmental, and life history perspectives into account.
Clinical translation and intervention
This project area is dedicated to the investigation of genetic, epigenetic, neuronal, and psychophysiological basics of anxiety disorders in order to identify biomarkers for the effectiveness of different therapeutic methods. In addition, we investigate novel interventions such as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for their potential to complement standard therapies for anxiety disorders.
Functional genomics and gene-environment interactions
In this central project, we recruit volunteers for the subprojects "Preclinical Studies" and "Clinical Translation and Intervention". These volunteers are included in a psychophysiological fear conditioning, and fear generalization study to identify the influence of psychological, genetic, and epigenetic factors on both learned and generalized anxiety.
Detailed information on all subprojects can be found on the website of the CRC TRR58 and in the documentary film "When fear makes you ill – Anatomy of a feeling" (in German).
Anmeldung zur ambulanten Behandlung in der Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie für Psychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie (PPP)
+49 931 201-77800
Anmeldung in der Hochschulambulanz
+ 49 931 3182839
Anmeldung zur ambulanten Behandlung im Klinik und Poliklinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie (KJPPP)
+49 931 201-79600
Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Angsterkrankungen | Universitätsklinikum Würzburg | Magarete-Höppel-Platz 1 | 97078 Würzburg | Deutschland