Short CV/Education and training

  • 1987
    Completed studies in biology and animal physiology at the University of Leipzig, Germany; title of my Diplom thesis: "Oxytocin release in the limbic system in response to physiological stimuli"

  • 1991
    PhD University of Leipzig, summa cum laude, Institute of Cell Biology

  • 1992 – 1994
    Postdoctoral studies at the University of Calgary, Canada

  • 1994 – 1997
    Head researcher, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany

  • 1996
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) and venia legendi (authorisation to teach), Department of Zoology at LMU Munich, Germany

  • 1997 – 2001
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • 2001
    Professor of animal physiology and neurobiology, University of Regensburg, C4 position, head of an institution

  • Since 2006
    Spokesperson and Director of the Elite Master Programme "Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences"

Selected publications

  • Neumann, I. et al.: The CRF system mediates increased passive stress-coping behavior following the loss of a bonded partner in a monogamous rodent. In: Neuropsychopharmakology 34, 2009. pp.1406-1415.

  • Neumann, I. et al.: Prolactin activates MAP kinase signaling and corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) transcription in rat hypothalamic neurons. In: Endocrinology 150(4), 2009. pp. 1841-1849.

  • Neumann, I.: Prolactin prevents chronic stress-induced decrease of hippocampal neurogenesis and promotes neuronal fate. In: J Neuroscience 29(6), 2009. pp. 1826-1833.

  • Bosch O., Neumann, I.: Brain vasopressin is an important regulator of maternal behavior independent of dams' trait anxiety. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 105, 2008. pp. 17139-17144.

  • Neumann, I.: Brain Oxytocin: A key regulator of emotional and social behaviours in both females and males. In: J. Neuroendocrinol 20(6), 2008. pp. 858-865.

  • Neumann, I. et al.: Early life stress enhances the vulnerability to chronic psychosocial stress and experimental colitis in adult mice. In: Endocrinology 149(6), 2008. pp. 2727-2736.

  • Slattery, D., Neumann, I.: No stress please! Mechanisms of stress hyporesponsiveness of the maternal brain. In: J Physiol 586(2), 2008. pp. 377-385.

  • Waldherr, M., Neumann, I.: Centrally released oxytocin mediates mating-induced anxiolysis in male rats. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104(42), 2007. pp. 16681-16684.

  • Neumann, I.: Adrenal insufficiency and colonic inflammation after a novel chronic psycho-social stress paradigm in mice: implications and mechanisms. In: Endocrinology 148(2), 2007. pp. 670-682.

  • Neumann, I.: Low inborn anxiety correlates with high intermale aggression: Link to ACTH response and neuronal activation of the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus. In: Horm. Behav. 51(1), 2007. pp. 11-19.

  • Neumann, I.: Opposing effects of prenatal stress on HPA axis activity and maternal care in lactating female offspring: implications for postpartum mood disorders. In: Psychoneuroendocrinology 32, 2007. pp. 267-278.


Selected projects

  • Behavioural and physiological consequences of discrete neuropeptide release in the brain: Oxytocin, Vasopressin and Neuropeptide S in anxiety, depression and social behaviours

  • Neuronal and molecular effects of neuropeptide actions

  • Adaptations and plasticity of the maternal brain: stress responsiveness, maternal behaviour and neurogenesis

  • Complex immunological, behavioural and neuroendocrine consequences of chronic psychosocial stress in animal models: adverse early life experiences and stress in adulthood. Gene X Environment interactions

  • Regulation of normal and abnormal intermale aggression: anxiety and neuropeptide, German Research Foundation (DFG), 2009 – 2010

  • The role of the emotional network and neuropeptidergic modulation in normal and impaired social cognition, BFBW, 2008 – 2011

  • Chronic stress effects in pregnancy on neuronal, neuroendocrine and behavioural adaptations peripartum, DFG, 2008 – 2010

  • Effects on psychosocial stress on inflammatory bowel diseases, DFG, 2006 – 2009

  • Effects of pre- and postnatal environmental factors on cognitive functions, hippocampal neurogenesis and emotionality: vulnerability to early life events in dependence on the inborn level of anxiety, Volkswagen Foundation, 2002 – 2007

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Memberships on scientific editorial boards:

  • Stress

  • Hormones and Behaviour

  • J Neuroendocrinology

  • Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience

Additional qualifications

  • Committee of the Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology, 2007 – 2009

  • Director and organiser of the 7th World Congress on Neurohypophyseal Hormones, Regensburg, Germany, 2007

  • Director of the Elite Master Programme "Experimental Clinical Neurosciences", Regensburg, 2006 – 2011

  • Organisation of 15 symposia at international meetings (FENS, CINP, ECNP, WCNH, SFG etc.), 2004 – 2008

  • Organisation of the first World Congress on Women's Mental Health, Berlin, 2000 – 2001


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