The Centre for Psychosocial Medicine includes eleven departments of which the following seven are represented by researchers of the MH-TRN. Our ‘task force’ and infrastructure provide an optimal, highly cooperative basis for research on serious, chronic and complex mental health problems.
The Centre for Experimental Medicine in total comprises 16 Department/ Institutes in total, covering diverse research topics and bridging these topics and the interdisciplinary researchers translationally (e.g., Biometry, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Cardiovascular Research, etc.). This centre contributes to MH-TRN with researchers from two departments.
The Centre of Molecular Neurobiology includes 5 departments, of which the Dept. of Developmental Neurophysiology is directly involved in the MH-TRN. It is specialized in understanding neural network development in health and disease with a particular focus on miswiring/miscoupling in psychiatric disorders. Optogenetics and chemogenetics (both in vivo and in vitro), electrophysiological stimulation/ recording, neuroanatomy (axonal tracing, electron microscopy), rodent behaviour, and according laboratory equipment as well as advanced analysis methods are integral part of the Department.
The Centre for Obstetrics and Pediatrics consists of 5 departments of which the Laboratory for Experimental Feto-Maternal Medicine contributes to the MH-TRN with infrastructure and data related to the PRINCE cohort. Infrastructure includes a laboratory for immunological analyses, membership of MH-TRN researcher P. Arck in the Hamburg Centre for Translational Immunology, a yet virtual institute for which 45 million € have recently been awarded to build a state-of-the-art research building on campus, which will be completed in 2023.
The Faculty of Psychology and Movement Sciences currently has 15 psychological professorships and one junior professorship. The Institute of Psychology recently established the novel study system for direct acquisition of a degree in psychotherapy (Master).
With more than 25 chairs (professors) and 8 junior professors, the Faculty of Business Administration, including Hamburg Business School has an excellent education portfolio in general (top-ranked within the CHE Ranking of German universities), and cooperates intensively with national and international scientists, businesses, industry, and nonprofit organizations.
The MPIB is the only external partner of our network, located in Berlin. The researchers there will contribute their expertise in healthy lifespan development including methodological expertise in study design and multivariate data analysis. The MPIB comprises four research centres and the Lise Meitner Group for Environmental Neurosciences (led by Kühn, who is also a Heisenberg Professor at the Centre for Psychosocial Medicine at UKE).
The CHCR is an institution of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and the University of Hamburg (UHH). It is the task of the CHCR to promote and support health care research at the UKE and the University of Hamburg.
In Hamburg, the CHCR brings together numerous institutions that are successful in the field of health services research and competently cover relevant topics and methodological areas of internationally competitive health services research.
These include special epidemiological, meta-analytical and health economic research methods, regional, supraregional and international networking with research-related cooperation partners (practices, clinics, health insurance companies, pension insurance companies, research institutions and many more) and established organizational structures that have made the successful development of the CHCR possible.
In addition, the young CHCR (yCHCR ) was founded in 2016, an interdisciplinary network that represents the young scientists within the CHCR and offers them a platform for networking and cooperation.
The HCHE is a joint institution of the UKE and the UHH integrating economic and social science competencies as well as comprehensive medical expertise. Over 60 researchers and scientists at HCHE work on solutions for actual and future questions in the field of healthcare and health economics to cope successfully with challenges of any kind in this sector.
The HCHE focuses on six main fields of research: financing health care, economic evaluations, outpatient and inpatient care, pharmaceutical markets, population health and Big Data & Digital Health.
A unique feature of the center is its highly interdisciplinary set-up, a result of the integration of physicians and economists. Founded in 2010, HCHE has already become one of the largest centers for health economics research in Europe. The center receives support from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for its further expansion.
In 2016, the Centre for Health Care Research (CHCR) at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and the University of Hamburg, with the support of numerous partners in the region, received BMBF funding for structural development in health care research. As a result, the CHCR invites all institutions in the Hamburg region that are involved and interested in health care research to participate in the newly founded Hamburg Network for Health Care Research (HAM-NET).
The portal psychenet.de was developed within the project psychenet – Hamburg Network for Mental Health (2011 to 2015) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). psychenet. de offers scientifically based information on common mental illnesses as well as other topics related to mental health.
The information is produced by project staff, taking into account current treatment guidelines (i.e. systematic compilations designed to help practitioners and patients make decisions about appropriate treatment) and current literature. They are regularly updated and reflect the latest scientific findings. psychenet.de also offers information on the German mental health care system. Self-tests for common mental health problems offer a possibility to get a first assessment of whether a mental illness might be present in case of existing mental complaints. A diagnosis is then made by a doctor or psychotherapist. Materials for education about mental illness, which were developed in the course of the project’s media campaign, are also made available. The portal psychenet.de is coordinated, maintained and further developed by the Institute and Polyclinic for Medical Psychology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.