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Psychiatry and Psychology: Psychic Potentials and Limits in Old Age (Research Training Group 429)Research Programme


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Members of the FU Graduiertenkolleg on the "Neuropsychiatry and Psychology of Ageing" study the diversity of old age and processes of ageing. This Graduiertenkolleg, funded by the DFG (429/1 and 429/2), was established in 1998 and is now in a second phase of 3-year funding (October 2001-2004). After the retirement of Prof. Hanfried Helmchen in April 2001, the Graduiertenkolleg is now led by Prof. Isabella Heuser (Psychiatry) and Prof. Paul B. Baltes (Psychology). Four research groups are involved in the programme: Free University Berlin - Psychology, Psychiatry, and Universtiy Hospital Benjamin Franklin, ENT, together with Max Planck Institute for Human Development, centre for Lifespan Psychology. The Graduiertenkolleg is also associated with the Max-Delbruck-Centre for Molecular Mediciane (Berlin-Buch) and the Neurological Clinic of the Charitie, Humbolt University Berlin. Together these groups seek to intergrate medical, psychiatirc, and psychological research on ageing and very old age.

17 doctoral fellows belonged to the programme in the period from 1998-2001. A new count of 8 began in October 2001 and a further cohort will commence in october 2002. Dissertation projects address questions about pathological, normal, and successful ageing from multiple perspectives. Members of the Graduiertenkolleg have the opportunity to work on the extensive longtidinal data bank of the multidisciplinary Berlin Ageing Study ( Projects planned in the Graduiertenkolleg during the next years will focus on topics of ageing in the following areas:

- Neuroimaging and Electrophysiology
- Molecular mechanisms in neuro- and synaptogenesis
- Sleep research
- Health behaviour and ageing
- Cognitive Ageing
- Life-management strategies in old age
- Predictors of longevity and mortality

The Graduiertenkolleg strives for high quality innovative research that can be published in top international journals. Funding is available for members of the Graduiertenkolleg to attend international congresses to present their research. Furthermore, we hope that the Graduierten will successfully continue their careers in fields of ageing research.

Management contact

Sabine Monkemoller
Kennedyallee 40
53175 Bonn

Scientific contact

Isabella Heuser
+49 (30) 8445-8255
Freie Universitat Berlin
Eschenallee 3
14050 Berlin

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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Kennedyallee 40
53175 Bonn

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