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Claus Normann

Prof. Dr.
Principal Investigator

Medical Center – University of Freiburg
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Hauptstraße 5
79104 Freiburg


1989-1996 Medical studies in Freiburg (University of Freiburg) and London (Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine)
1996 Dissertation in Medicine, University of Freiburg (Institute of Physiology, Prof. Greger)
1996-1997 Internship at the Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Freiburg
1997-1998 Postdoc at the Physiological Institute, University of Freiburg, Prof. Jonas
Since 1998 Head of Patch-Clamp Laboratory, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Freiburg
1998-2003 Resident at the Dept. of Psychiatry, Dept. of Neurology, Dept. of Neurosurgery
2003-2010 Consultant (Oberarzt), Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Freiburg
2009 Habilitation in Psychiatry
Since 2010 Managing Director, Dept. of Psychiatry; University of Freiburg

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Focus of research

  • Cellular electrophysiology: pathophysiology of affective disorders, mechanism of action of antidepressants, modulation of synaptic plasticity. Patch-clamp recordings, fluorescence imaging, animal models of depression, behavioural research in rodents
  • Innovative treatment of depression: clinical applications and mechanisms. Non-invasive brain stimulation (rTMS, tDCS, ECT), correlates of synaptic plasticity in humans, ketamine, augmentation of psychotherapy, neuroenhancement