Andreas Reif - Biography#

Andreas Reif studied Medicine from 1993 to 2000 at the University of Würzburg. Having decided that he wanted to work in the field of clinical neuroscience, he obtained his doctorate at the Department of Pharmacology (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. H.H.H.W. Schmidt), working on the catalytic mechanism of nitric oxide synthase type I (NOS1). He subsequently specialized in psychiatry, where - from early on - he complemented clinical work with research projects.

During his clinical education at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Würzburg, he joined the research group of Prof. Klaus-Peter Lesch, where he initially focused on the genetic underpinnings of emotions and studied those in animal models. From 2003 onwards, he shifted his focus to adult ADHD, which is still one of his major areas of interest and expertise. In the last 15 years, he has intensively studied the neurobiological basis of this disorders. In doing so, he became a member of a tight network of researchers from many parts of the world, collaborating in the IMpACT consortium and the ECNP Network ADHD across the Lifespan, both of which he co-founded and co-leads.

His second phenotype of interest are mood and anxiety disorders - especially bipolar disorder, depression, and panic disorders. During his work at the University of Würzburg, he got promoted several times up to the level of Vice Chair. In 2014, he moved to Frankfurt am Main, where he took over the Chair position of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy and established sections on Translational and Experimental Psychiatry. He serves in important positions on the boards of several societies, the most important ones being the DGPPN and ENCP. In addition to his position of co-cair in the IMpACT consortium and the ECNP Network ADHD across the Lifespan, he currently coordinates the EU-funded CoCA consortium and is a work package leader in several additional EU-funded consortia.

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