Short CV/Education and training

Education and employment:

  • 1989 – 1996
    Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Medical Faculty, Halle, Germany; Studies of medicine, degree: "Medizinisches Staatsexamen", medical approbation (MD)

  • 1993 – 1995
    Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Section of Linguistics, Sports and Musical Sciences; Degree: diploma in scientific translation (English)

  • 1995 – 1996
    Trinity College and University College Dublin, Ireland; Medical studies/internship (Psychiatry, Surgery, Internal Medicine)

  • 1996 – 2001
    University of Leipzig and University Hospitals, Leipzig, Germany, Department of Psychiatry; Medical residency, specialist training in psychiatry and psychotherapy

  • 2001 – 2004
    Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society; Postdoc research fellow

  • 1997 – 2001
    Interdisciplinary Center of Clinical Research Leipzig, Germany (IZKF); Clinical researcher

  • 1999
    Medical dissertation (Dr. med.)

  • 2005 – 2006
    University of Leipzig and University Hospitals, Leipzig, Germany, Department of Psychiatry, Interdisciplinary Center of Clinical Research Leipzig (IZKF); Attending physician (Oberärztin) at the memory clinic, researcher, project leader

  • 2006
    Habilitation (Dr. med. habil.)/ Venia docendi et legendi for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Leipzig University, Medical Faculty

  • 2007 – 2012
    University of Zurich, Switzerland, Division of Psychiatry Research and Hospital of Psychogeriatric Medicine; Attending physician (Oberärztin), lecturer, project leader

  • Since 2012
    German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, DZNE e.V., Bonn, Germany; Group leader Psychiatric Epidemiology

Selected publications

  • Visser PJ, Wolf H, Frisoni G, Gertz HJ (2012) Disclosure of Alzheimer's disease biomarker status in subjects with mild cognitive impairment. Biomark Med. 6(4):365-8. (IF 3.2, cited by 2)

  • van de Pol L, Gertz HJ, Scheltens P, Wolf H (2011) Hippocampal atrophy in subcortical vascular dementia. Neurodegenerative Diseases 8: 465-469

  • Kendziorra K, Wolf H, Meyer PM, Barthel H, Hesse S, Becker GA, Luthardt J, Schildan A, Patt M, Sorger D, Seese A, Gertz HJ, Sabri O (2011) Decreased cerebral ?4?2* nicotinic acetylcholine receptor availability in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease assessed with positron emission tomography. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 38(3): 515-25.

  • Wolf H, Hensel A, Kivipelto M, Arendt T, Winblad B, Gertz H J (2004) Serum lipids and hippocampal atrophy. The link to Alzheimer´s disease? Ann. Neurol. 56: 745-749.

  • Wolf H, Julin P, Gertz HJ, Winblad B, Wahlund LO (2004) Intracranial volume in mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Evidence for brain reserve? Int. J. Geriatr. Psychiatry 19: 995-1007.

  • Wolf H, Hensel A, Kruggel F, Arendt T, Wahlund LO, Gertz HJ (2004) Structural correlates of mild cognitive impairment. Neurobiol. Aging 25(7): 913-924. Erratum in: Neurobiol Aging (2005) 26(5): 777-778.

  • Wolf H, Kruggel F, Hensel A, Wahlund LO, Arendt T, Gertz HJ (2003) The relationship between head volume and intracranial volume in elderly subjects. Brain Res. 973(1): 74-80.

  • Wolf H, Grunwald M, Kruggel F, Riedel-Heller SG, Angerhöfer S, Hojjatoleslami A, Hensel A, Arendt T, Gertz HJ (2001) Hippocampal volume discriminates between normal cognition, questionable and mild dementia in the elderly. Neurobiol. Aging 22(2): 177-186.

  • Wolf H, Ecke G M, Bettin S, Dietrich J, Gertz HJ (2000) Do white matter changes contribute to the subsequent development of dementia in patients with mild cognitive impairment? A longitudinal study. Int. J. Geriatr. Psychiatry 15: 803-812

  • Wolf H, Grunwald M, Ecke GM, Bettin S, Zedlick D, Dannenberg C, Dietrich J, Eschrich K, Arendt T, Gertz HJ (1998) The prognosis of mild cognitive impairment in the elderly. J. Neural. Transm. Suppl. 54:31-49.

Selected projects

Current Projects:

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Membership in Scientific Associations:

  • DGPPN (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde)

  • SGAP (Schweizer Gesellschaft für Alterspsychiatrie)

  • Swiss Alzheimer Society

  • EADC (European Alzheimer Disease Consortium)

Editorial Board Member in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Neurobiology of Lipids

Ad-hoc Peer Reviewer:

  • Annals of Neurology, Neurobiology of Aging, Journal of Alzheimer Disease, Neuroimage, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, Journal of Internal Medicine, Neurodegenerative Diseases and others


  • Nominated WHO expert for ICD-11 "Neurocognitive disorders", Since 2011

  • Organization of the Leipzig-Amsterdam Symposium at the University of Leipzig, 2006

  • Local Organizing Committee, International Conference "AD from Basic Research to Clinical Applications", Leipzig June 1997, 1996 – 1997

Additional qualifications

  • Clinical Specialty Focus "Old-Age Psychiatry and Psychotherapy", FMH Switzerland, 2011

  • Certified Tutor for problem-oriented learning (Munich Harvard Alliance), 2005

  • Specialist in Psychiatry/Psychotherapy (Ärztin für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Sächsische Landesärztekammer), 2001

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • fly fishing, photography, cultural history and nature of Switzerland


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