Dietmar Schmitz is Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Neuroscience Research Center at Charité and Spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. Since 2011, he has been spokesperson of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Berlin.
His research questions include how the central nervous system encodes experience and information in synapses and neuronal networks.
In close collaboration with clinical colleagues, he also focuses on the analysis of neuropsychiatric diseases.

Research Interests: Neurological and psychiatric diseases, information processing in synapses and neuronal networks.
Dietmar Schmitz is a German medical scientist and brain researcher. He is dedicated to the question of how the central nervous system encodes experience and information in synapses and neuronal networks. In close collaboration with clinical colleagues, he is also dedicated to the analysis of neuropsychiatric disorders.
Dietmar Schmitz researches how brain cells communicate with each other and how information is stored in the brain. While the focus used to be on the individual nerve cell, modern technologies now make it possible to look at larger networks and entire regions in the brain as a whole. But no organ is as complex as the brain. Many brain researchers have therefore recognized how important it is to collaborate with other working groups in large research networks.

Bio: Dietmar Schmitz, born in 1968 in Lennestadt, studied medicine at the University of Cologne and received his doctorate in 1997. As a postdoctoral fellow, he conducted research at the Institute of Neurophysiology at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin from 1997 to 1999, then at the University of California (San Francisco/CA, USA) until 2002, and returned to Charité as a junior group leader, funded by the Emmy Noether program. Since 2005, he has been Professor of Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology and Director of the Neuroscience Research Center at Charité. He was speaker of the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure (2007-2012). Since 2011, he has been spokesperson of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). In the same year, he was appointed as the first Einstein Professor, funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin. He was a member of the Young Academy of the BBAW and the Leopoldina (2004-2009). Among the numerous prizes and honors that have recognized his achievements are the award of the Bernard Katz Lecture 2005/2006 and the Schilling Research Prize of the German Neuroscience Society (2005).

 

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