Functional Neuroanatomy

We are endeavouring to learn more about the pathophysiology of anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD and neurodegenerative disorders and their respective treatment with the help of animal models and human post mortem tissue.



Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Angelika G. Schmitt-Böhrer

Phone: +49 931 201 76402

Fax.: +49 931 201 77220

E-Mail: Schmitt_A3@

PhD/MD students


Research focus

  • Molecular mechanisms of emotionality, e.g. epigenetic programming, gene x environment interaction (SFB TRR58 TP A01/A05)
  • Neurobiological basis of behavior with focus on the serotonergic, dopaminergic and glutamatergic system and their influence on learning & memory, attention and impulsivity
  • neuronal plasticity with focus on the role of adult hippocampal neurogenesis and neuromorphology in various limbic brain regions in animal models of anxiety (SFB TRR58 TP A01), depression and neurodegenerative disorders


Within the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, a particularly close cooperation exists with the Division of Molecular Psychiatry – Prof. Klaus-Peter Lesch's group, but also with Dr. Dr. Matthias Fischer's group and Dr. Bodo Warrings' group.

On the University level:

  • Prof. Esther Asan: Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Wuerzburg, Koellikerstr. 6, 97070, Würzburg, Germany
  • Dr. Camelia Monoranu: Department of Neuropathology, Institute of Pathology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Prof. Erhard Wischmeyer and PD Dr. Frank Döring: Institute of Physiology, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany.
  • PD Dr. Theo Pelzer: Department of Internal Medicine I, Cardiology, University Hospital Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany; Comprehensive Heart failure Center, University Hospital Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Prof. Peter Jakob and Dr. Markus Hildenbrand: Department of Experimental Physics 5, University of Wuerzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Wuerzburg and Fraunhofer Development Center X-Ray Technology EZRT, Department of Magnetic Resonance and X-Ray Imaging, Am Hubland, D-97074 Wuerzburg, Germany

Nationally and internationally our research group is furthermore linked to several other research groups:

  • Daniel van den Hove, Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNS), Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Melita Salkovic-Petrisic: Department of Pharmacology and Croatian Institute for Brain Research, University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Prof. Andrea Schmitt: Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Nußbaumstr. 7, D-80336 Munich
  • Prof. Qian Hua: School of Preclinical Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, 11 Bei San Huan Dong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029, China.
  • Prof. Dr. Edna Grünblatt: University Clinics of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Zurich, Wagistrasse 12, 8952, Schlieren, Switzerland
  • Dr. Johannes Fuss: Institute for Sex Research and Forensic Psychiatry, Center for Psychosocial Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.

Our research activities are embedded in several research networks: the Collaborative Research Center RTG 2660, the Research training group GK emotions and the Graduate School of Life Sciences GSLS.


Publications of the working group can be found on pubmed or in the list of publications of our hospital.

Head of Hospital

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Angelika Schmitt-Böhrer

Head of the functional neuroanatomy laboratory

+49 931 201-76402