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The Universitäre Psychiatrische Dienste (UPD) provides all aspects of secondary and tertiary treatment in psychiatry across the life span and is responsible for the academic teaching of all psychiatric disciplines at the University. The UPD is committed to progress in the understanding, treatment, and prevention in psychiatry by clinical translational research. In three separate hospitals, the Department covers psychiatric, psychological and caregiving aspects in childhood, adolescence, young to old age adults.

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Schizophrenia Bulletin paper

"Single Session Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Ameliorates Hand Gesture Deficits in Schizophrenia"
is the title of a novel and original paper of Prof. Dr. Sebastian Walther et.al.,
In this article the effect of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on hand gesture performance in Schizophrenia is nicely demonstrated.


Inaugural lecture of PD Katharina Stegmayer

The inaugural lecture of PD Dr. med. Katharina Stegmayer.will take place on August, 23 2019 at 16:30
at the "Auditorium Wölfli" University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,
Universitäre Psychiatrische Dienste Bern, Bolligenstrasse 111.


Outstanding paper on Lancet Psychiatry by Prof. Sebastian Walther et al.

"Structure and neural mechanism of catatonia" by S. Walther, K. Stegmayer, E. Wilson and S. Heckers
is the title of the remarkable paper in Lancet Psychiatry, Vol 6, Issue 7, July 2019, pages 610-619.
In this paper the syndrome of Catatonia is discussed in light of novel evidence from brain imaging studies.


Dr. Jessica Peter receives funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has awarded a project grant of 551’830 SFr to Dr. Jessica Peter. The project will investigate the influence of reward on prospective memory (i.e., the ability to remember to carry out intentions with a certain delay) in elderly individuals with a special focus on the underlying neural correlates.

Large NIMH grant for Prof. Sebastian Walther

Large NIMH grant supports research on psychomotor disturbances in depression
Prof. Sebastian Walther (University of Bern), Prof. Stewart Shankman and Prof. Vijay Mittal (both Northwestern University) are the three principal investigators of an R01 grant awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) exploring motor behavior in depression. In the next five years the large-scale longitudinal project receives 2.4 million US Dollars direct costs plus 1 million USD of indirect costs. Project title: “An examination of psychomotor disturbance in current and remitted MDD – an RDoC Study”


Prof. Sebastian Walther has been awarded a project grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

Prof. Sebastian Walther has been awarded a project grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) of 452’000 SFr. The randomized controlled trial will explore the combination of TMS and group psychotherapy to improve gesture behavior and social functioning in psychosis.

Project title: “Combined social cognitive remediation and neurostimulation to improve nonverbal communication in Schizophrenia: a longitudinal study on neurobiology, functional capacity, and social outcome”


Grant: Stiftung Synapsis Alzheimer Forschung Schweiz

Prof. Stefan Klöppel, Prof. Christoph Nissen, Dr. Marc Züst and Marina Wunderlin from the University Hospital of Old Age Psychiatry and Psychotherapy/ the University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy have received a grant of 300’000 Swiss francs from Stiftung Synapsis. The grant was awarded for the project ‘Improving slow wave sleep to enhance memory consolidation and new learning in individuals at risk for dementia’.



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