New impulses for research and treatment of mentally ill patients 2

New impulses for research and treatment of mentally ill patients

27.08.2019 15:48

New impulses for research and treatment of mentally ill patients

Professor Martin Walter takes over as Professor of Psychiatry and Management at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Jena University Hospital.

A small university town in the River Valley – Martin Walter is familiar with the setting. The new psychiatry professor is coming from Tübingen to Jena University Hospital. With the professor, he takes over the management of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Philosophenweg. Professor Walter in Tübingen worked as a senior consultant at a psychiatric university clinic, and as a professor of biomedical image analysis he also conducted research at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

Measurement and presentation of functional brain changes in neuropsychiatric disorders has been the focus of Martin Walter's research. It uses different imaging techniques, such as EEG and MRI. He also has extensive experience in pharmacotherapy in clinical research, especially in depression where proven drugs do not help. For example, he was involved in the first studies on the use of ketamine in depression-resistant therapy, which is now increasingly used.

Synthesis of pharmacotherapy, biological treatment and psychotherapy

It is important for Martin Walter to take into account all the mental, physical and social aspects of the patient in the treatment of mentally ill patients and to use different forms of therapy in such a way that they not only complement each other but also strengthen them. One such approach describes biological augmentation: "By electrical or feedback stimulation techniques, together with pharmacological treatment, we can improve the brain's learning ability. This can increase the effect of psychotherapy treatment."

After studying medicine and philosophy at the universities of Magdeburg and Lyon, Martin Walter also completed specialist training as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Magdeburg. Here, he led his own group in neuropsychiatry at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology and was habilitated by a neurophysiological study of impaired processing of positive stimuli into depression. Staying abroad in Stanford, Harvard and as an associate at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing promoted the establishment of his own scientific network. Four years ago, Martin Walter moved to Tübingen.

Martin Walter emphasizes the translational approach of his research, which always requires the clinical relevance of scientific issues. This affinity for mentally ill patients is also reflected in the purpose to which they strive for teaching. He wants to provide students with a basic understanding of psychiatry so that they can respond as cardiologists, trauma surgeons or family physicians to suit patients with psychiatric disorders.

With his scientific focus on imaging and treatment of neurodegenerative and affective diseases, Martin Walter fits very well into the research profile of University Hospital. It aims to further extend the visibility of the traditional Jena Clinic as a site of psychiatric science across the country.

Scientific contact:

Prof. Martin Walter
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Jena University Hospital
Philosopher's Way 3
Tel .: 03641 9390101

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