Thomas Dierks is presently Director Teaching and Research at the Universitäre Psychiatrische Dienste (UPD) Bern and Co-Head of the Division of Systems Neuroscience of Psychopathology as well as Head of the the Division of Clinical Research Support at the University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Bern, Switzerland. He was born in Stockholm and studied medicine in Erlangen, Germany where he also received his MD. In 1985 he started as a Research Scientist at the Department of Neurophysiology at the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Würzburg, Germany. In 1993 he was appointed head of the Brain-Mapping Laboratory at the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Here he continued his work on the pathophysiology on mental diseases focusing on the application of electrophysiological and magnetic resonance imaging techniques especially in schizophrenia and cognitive disorders like Alzheimer dementia. In 1999 he was appointed full professor and head of the department of Psychiatric Neurophysiology at the University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland. He was visiting Professor at the Alzheimer Research Center at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm Sweden. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging and in the executive board of several neuroimaging related international societies. He has published about 200 original articles in international journals and books. Presently his research group is focusing on establishing a neurophysiological model of mental disorders with the aim to improve diagnosis, prevention, therapy and prognosis for patients using a translational approach.