Short CV/Education and training

  • 1976 – 1977
    Studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Tübingen and the University of Konstanz, Germany

  • 1977 – 1984
    Studied human medicine at Marburg University, Germany

  • 1984
    Licence to practise medicine

  • 1984 – 1987
    Junior doctor (part-time) at Marburg University Hospital's surgical clinic

  • 1986
    Parental leave

  • 1987
    "Doctors for the Third World": volunteer physician in Cali, Columbia

  • 1988
    Doctorate: Medicine, Marburg University, under Prof. W. Slenczka

  • 1988 – 1991
    Research associate in the Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Bonn, Germany, under Prof. Propping

  • 1991 – 1995
    Medical training in psychiatry, Psychiatric Clinic, University of Bonn, Director: Prof. Dr. H.-J. Möller; Neurology Clinic, University of Bonn, Director: Prof. Dr. F. Jerusalem

  • 1995
    Senior consultant at the Psychiatric Clinic at the University of Bonn

  • 1995
    Director of the research group "Genetic epidemiology in psychiatry"

  • 1995
    Specialist in psychiatry

  • 1996
    Additional specialisation: Medical genetics

  • 1998
    Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy

  • 2000
    "Habilitation" (postdoctoral qualification): Psychiatry and psychotherapy, University of Bonn, under Prof. W. Maier

  • 2002
    Appointed C3 professor of "Genetic epidemiology in psychiatry" at the Central Institute of Mental Health at Heidelberg University

  • 2002
    W3 professor for the section "Genetic epidemiology in psychiatry" at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Heidelberg University

Selected publications

  • Rietschel M, Mattheisen M, Degenhardt F; GROUP Investigators; Genetic Risk and Outcome in Psychosis (GROUP Investigators), Kahn RS, Linszen DH, Os JV, Wiersma D, Bruggeman R, Cahn W, de Haan L, Krabbendam L, Myin-Germeys I, Mühleisen TW, Kirsch P, Esslinger C, Herms S, Demontis D, Steffens M, Strohmaier J, Haenisch B, Breuer R, Czerski PM, Giegling I, Strengman E, Schmael C, Mors O, Mortensen PB, Hougaard DM, Orntoft T, Kapelski P, Priebe L, Basmanav FB, Forstner AJ, Hoffmann P, Meier S, Nikitopoulos J, Moebus S, Alexander M, Mössner R, Wichmann HE, Schreiber S, Rivandeneira F, Hofman A, Uitterlinden AG, Wienker TF, Schumacher J, Hauser J, Maier W, Cantor RM, Erk S, Schulze TG; SGENE-plus Consortium; (Only those persons responsible for the samples of Replication 2 are listed), Stefansson H, Steinberg S, Gustafsson O, Sigurdsson E, Petursson H, Kong A, Stefansson K, Pietiläinen OP, Tuulio-Henriksson A, Paunio T, Lonnqvist J, Suvisaari J, Peltonen L, Ruggeri M, Tosato S, Walshe M, Murray R, Collier DA, Clair DS, Hansen T, Ingason A, Jakobsen KD, Duong L, Werge T, Melle I, Andreassen OA, Djurovic S, Bitter I, Réthelyi JM, Abramova L, Kaleda V, Golimbet V, Jönsson EG, Terenius L, Agartz I, Winkel RV, Kenis G, Hert MD, Veldink J, Wiuf C, Didriksen M, Craddock N, Owen MJ, O'Donovan MC, Børglum AD, Rujescu D, Walter H, Meyer-Lindenberg A, Nöthen MM, Ophoff RA, Cichon S (2011) Assocoiation between genetic variation in a region on chromosome 11 and schizophrenia in large samples from Europe. Mol Psychiatry, epub ahead of print

  • McMahon FJ, Akula N, Schulze TG, Muglia P, Tozzi F, Detera-Wadleigh SD, Steele CJ, Breuer R, Strohmaier J, Wendland JR, Mattheisen M, Mühleisen TW, Maier W, Nöthen MM, Cichon S, Farmer A, Vincent JB, Holsboer F, Preisig M, Rietschel M; Bipolar Disorder Genome Study (BiGS) Consortium (2010) Meta-analysis of genome-wide association data identifies a risk locus for major mood disorders on 3p21.1. Nat Genet 42:128-131

  • Treutlein J, Cichon S, Ridinger M, Wodarz N, Soyka M, Zill P, Maier W, Moessner R, Gaebel W, Dahmen N, Fehr C, Scherbaum N, Steffens M, Ludwig KU, Frank J, Wichmann H-J, Schreiber S, Dragano N, Sommer W, Leonardi-Essmann F, Lourdusamy A, Gebicke-Haerter P, Wienker TF, Sullivan PF, Noethen MM, Kiefer F, Spanagel R, Mann K & Rietschel M. (2009). Genome-wide association study of alcohol dependence. Arch Gen Psychiatry 66:773-784

  • Rietschel M, Mattheisen M, Frank J, Treutlein J, Degenhardt F, Breuer R, Steffens M, Mier D, Esslinger C, Walter H, Kirsch P, Erk S, Schnell K, Herms S, Wichmann HE, Schreiber S, Jöckel KH, Strohmaier J, Roeske D, Haenisch B, Gross M, Hoefels S, Lucae S, Binder EB, Wienker TF, Schulze TG, Schmäl C, Zimmer A, Juraeva D, Brors B, Bettecken T, Meyer-Lindenberg A, Müller-Myhsok B, Maier W, Nöthen MM, Cichon S (2010) Genome-wide association-, replication-, and neuroimaging study implicates HOMER1 in the etiology of major depression. Biol Psychiatry 68:578-585


Selected projects

  • NGFN-plus (National Genome Research Network): Systematic Investigation of the Molecular Causes of Major Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia; NGFN-plus: Genetics of Alcohol Addiction

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 636: Learning, memory and brain plasticity: Implications for psychopathology; Projects Z4: Molecular Genetics Core Facility, and B7: Experimental induction of prefrontal cortical plasticity in the human: functional correlates, neurochemical mechanisms, and genomic variation

  • IMAGEN: Reinforcement-related behaviour in normal brain function and psychopathology

  • ADAMS: Genomic variations underlying common behaviour diseases and cognition traits in human populations

  • CRESTAR: Pharmacogenomic biomarkers as clinical decision making tools for clozapine treatment of schizophrenia

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the board of directors of TMF, the technology and method platform for networked medical research in Germany

  • Member of the board of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG)

  • Member of the German Society of Human Genetics

  • Member of the German Academy for Ethics in Medicine (AEM)

  • Steering group member of the Public Health Genomic European Network

Additional qualifications

  • Additional specialisation: medical genetics

  • Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2 children


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