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Another great success for Andrea Pfennig and Michael Bauer, speakers of the transCampus Research Training Group on Affective Disorders: the German Research Foundation DFG is supporting the new research consortium SFB/Transregio 393 “Forms of Affective Disorders: Cognitive-Emotional Mechanisms of Symptom Change.” The consortium is a co-operation with Philipps University Marburg and the University of M√ľnster. Colleagues from King’s College London are also part of the team, with Allan Young and Carmine Pariante from the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience involved as PIs.

Starting on July 1, 2024, interdisciplinary research groups will investigate the courses and mechanisms of affective disorders. The goal is to develop innovative treatment approaches that improve the long-term course of these conditions. By combining the latest technologies and interdisciplinary research, the understanding and treatment of affective disorders are expected to be revolutionized.

Globally, about 20-30% of people suffer from affective disorders such as depression and bipolar disorders at some point in their lives. These conditions significantly impair quality of life and present a major challenge for health policy. Therefore, the funding of this initiative is of great societal importance. A total of nearly 14 million euros will be provided, with 3.7 million euros allocated to Dresden.

This new consortium will further strengthen the excellent research network on affective disorders within the transCampus, which already laid the foundation for successful long-term collaboration in 2022 with the launch of the International Research Training Group 2773.


  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Pfennig, TU Dresden
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael Bauer, TU Dresden
  • Prof. Dr. Tilo Kircher, Philipps University Marburg