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Presentation of the VERIKOM project at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2023


On 30/06/2023, the closing event of the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, organized by the state of Baden-Württemberg, took place in Lindau. Our research team of the VERIKOM project was invited to present the project and the first findings there. More information can be found here.

Berlin Health Award 2023


The nationwide cooperation network for a SGB - comprehensive care for families affected by mental and addictive disorders received the special prize at this year's award ceremony of the 13th Berlin Health Award. The award, under the motto "Shaping health equitably", thus honored the network, which is committed to helping children of mentally, addicted and/or chronically ill parents grow up healthily. In doing so, the network relies on interdisciplinary cooperation between help and care systems for affected children across the boundaries of the social security codes. Sabine Walper and our institute director Beate Ditzen initiated this project as spokeswomen and in the name of the interest group family psychology of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs) at the side of further cooperation partners.

Further information on the award ceremony and the project can be found at:

Mastering (Life) Crises "Pairwise" - a new training offer "Pairwise

Spring 2024

The partnership is considered both a resource and a source of crisis - especially in changing life situations, be it when one partner becomes physically or mentally ill, two partners become parents or one partner dies. Accompanying people in these life crises is an integral part of our therapeutic or counseling work. At the same time, however, working with couples requires prior knowledge and therapeutic/counseling skills that are different from working with individuals and that unsettle many colleagues. This is where we would like to start with our training series and provide you with basic knowledge as well as basic intervention possibilities for working with couples in (life) crises.

Target group

The training series is primarily aimed at psychotherapeutic and psycho-social professionals as well as psychologists and physicians in psychotherapeutic training or continuing education.

The start of the continuing education series is planned for spring 2024.

Further information on the individual seminars, contents, lecturers, seminar times, etc. will follow shortly.

Relatives Café

November 25, 2022

We cordially invite you to the café for relatives of people with severe, life-shortening illness. With the café we want to open a non-binding, open exchange between people in a similar situation. You can find more information on our flyer. Time: from 15:30, Location: Room 007, Direction: Dora Hopf, Corina Aguilar-Raab, Monika Eckstein.

Lecture series

09 November 2022

As part of the 23rd Heidelberg Forum Pain Therapy, important aspects of the topic of menstrual disorders will be presented in an interdisciplinary manner by four speakers (including Prof. Beate Ditzen) in practical short lectures for you. Time: from 5 p.m., Location: Im Neuenheimer Feld 420, 69120 Heidelberg. For more information on the event, please see the flyer 23rd Heidelberg Forum on Pain Therapy - Menstrual Complaints.

Advanced training

August 23, 2022

Dr. Susanne Fischer will lecture on the topic "'TopicStress is harmful' - A self-fulfilling prophecy? Health consequences of negative stress assumptions"

Time: 11:00-12:30, Location: room 007 (ground floor), registration not required, free admission, 2 CME points.


Activities in the past

Lecture series

October 13 - 17, 2021

The Action Alliance for Mental Health invites you to the lecture series"Together over the mountain - mental health in the family". You can find more information in our flyer


January 16, 2020

Prof. Dr. Boris Quednow (Psychiatric Clinic Zurich) will give a lecture on the subject of "Pharmacological Neuroenhancement.".

Time: 16:00-17:30. Registration not required, free admission.

Continuing Education

December 10, 2019

Prof. Brigitte Leeners, MD, will present on "Sexuality in gynecology: new insights into specific disorders."

Time: 11:00-12:30. Registration not required, free admission, 2 CME points.

Continuing Education

November 12, 2019

As part of the practice-oriented continuing education series, Sabine Rittner and Christine Gäbel will present their project on "Music Therapy and Depression".


Hike to the Strahlenburg

September 19, 2019

Our company outing in September 2019 took our team along a beautiful vineyard route from the Institute to the Strahlenburg in Schriesheim. The excursion in beautiful weather was a complete success.

Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award for Young Scientists of Heidelberg University

October 08, 2018

We are pleased to announce that one of this year's "Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prizes for Young Scientists of Heidelberg University"( has been awarded to a team from our institute. Together with our cooperation partner Martin F. Gerchen from the Department of Clinical Psychology of the Central Institute Mannheim(, Anna-Lena Zietlow and Monika Eckstein from the Institute of Medical Psychology have received the grant to design an international Hengstberger Symposium "Social Interaction: Neurobiological Reward Systems and their Role in Mental Health" next year.

Visit to the Cezanne exhibition

January 30, 2018

The first company outing of 2018 took some of us to the Cezanne exhibition at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe.

Since the expert private tour by Dr. Schmitt-Wischmann, we know that the painting depicted was not painted by Cezanne.

Writing Retreat

December 1-2, 2017

At the writing retreat, the project team around the wound healing study met in pre-Christmas Bad Kreuznach to analyze, write, discuss, cook, and eat together.

In the process, everyone made good progress, got full, and had a great time.

Unscheduled Professur

On Sept. 12, 2017, Tewes Wischmann hosted a luncheon reception to celebrate the awarding of his APL professorship.

We are very proud to now have another professor in our midst!


July 7, 2017

Team MedPsych at the NCT fundraising run.

Compared to last year, we were able to increase our numbers at this year's NCT run, both in terms of personnel (7 people) and in terms of distance (11km quarter marathon), which we were very happy about and enjoyed.

Working groups-


June 22, 2017

Visiting the working group around Prof. Urs Nater in Marburg.

On June 22, our (almost) complete working group headed to Marburg to visit the Clinical Biopsychology working group of the Psychological Institute here.

The program included a guided tour through the biochemical laboratory and two exciting lectures on intercultural research and music therapy. A thunderstorm briefly jeopardized our tour of the city, so we were able to enjoy (ice) coffee and cake especially well afterwards. The already very successful cooperation between the two AGs is to be continued in the future.

We are looking forward to it!

Marsilius Symposium

April 7, 2017

Surrogacy - Current developments and interdisciplinary challenges.

Scientists presented current developments and discussed challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective

Different aspects of surrogacy were the subject of an interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the Marsilius-Kolleg of Heidelberg University on April 7, 2017. Experts from Germany and abroad discussed the basics and effects of this practice, which is not only prohibited in Germany and involves another woman giving birth to a child in place of the genetic mother. The topic of surrogacy was examined from psychological and medical, legal and ethical, as well as historical and personal perspectives. The event was organized in cooperation with the Institute for Foreign and International Private and Commercial Law. A total of more than 120 participants from all over Germany took part. The individual contributions will be published in a conference volume.Link to Marsilius-Kolleg

Link to SWR-2 radio report

Lecture on Fasnacht

February 28, 2017

Carnival, stress and social behavior

On Shrove Tuesday, we had Dr. Bernadette von Dawans from the University of Freiburg as a guest in our internal training series, with an exciting lecture on stress and social behavior.

In keeping with the date and occasion, everyone was dressed up and even equipped with a saliva collection instrument.


February 3-4, 2017

Shooting of educational videos

A series of educational videos on doctor-patient interactions were filmed at the Institute of Medical Psychology. The range of topics covered here ranged from patient education situations in reproductive medicine to family discussions in adolescent adjustment disorders to educational discussions in palliative care. Various medical directors, clinicians, and psychologists from the university hospital were involved, taking on the role of the physician in the doctor-patient conversations. These videos will later be made available to medical students on an online teaching platform to provide insight into physician conversation in a variety of situations.

Television article

November 5, 2016

Mona Lisa (ZDF) on "Private sperm donation".

Since the legal situation of family formation through sperm donation is still insufficiently regulated in Germany, the introduction of a sperm donor registry is currently being discussed. What this project means for the so-called private sperm donation, and which gaps still remain open, is critically discussed in this Mona Lisa article, among others also by Tewes Wischmann from our institute.

Congress of the DGMP and DGMS September 28-30, 2016.

Gemy joint congress of the German Society for Medical Sociology and the German Society for Medical Psychology.

Our institute was prominently represented at the joint annual congress of the DGMS and DGMP in Berlin at the end of September 2016, both in terms of personnel (see photo) and with 5 lectures and 6 posters featuring many of our research fields.

Also very pleasing: Beate Ditzen was elected as an assessor in the DGPM board. All in all, a very successful congress in the late summer capital!


July 7, 2016

Team MedPsych at the NCT charity run

At this year's charity run of the National Center for Tumor Diseases, our institute was represented by a team of 6. It was a lot of fun to be part of it!

Radio feature June 9, 2016

Radio feature "The first 'test tube babies' are grown up".

A radio feature about children after assisted reproduction and their development was broadcast on Deutschlandradio on June 9, 2016. How do they live with the knowledge of their conception? And what do scientists say about the risks? In addition to the now adult "test-tube babies" and their mothers, experts were also interviewed, including Tewes Wischmann from our institute.

The broadcast is available at this link:

Lecture C. Sue Carter

May 25, 2016

Lecture Prof. Dr. C. Sue Carter "The Healing Power of Love - An Oxytocin Hypothesis".

Together with Prof. Dr. Valery Grinevich, we had the great pleasure and honor to have Prof. Sue Carter, Director of the Kinsey Institute in Indiana Bloomington, USA, give a guest lecture at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience (IZN) Heidelberg. The lecture was met with great interest and enthusiasm by both IZN students and externals.

Poster award for Maren Schick and supervisor award for Prof. Beate Ditzen.

May 4-7, 2016

Poster award for Maren Schick, M.Sc., and supervisor award for Prof. Dr. Beate Ditzen

During the 34th Symposium of the Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the German Society of Psychology (DGPs) from May 04 - 07, 2016, Maren Schick received the 2nd Poster Award and was hereby honored for her poster presentation "Unfulfilled desire to have children in men" (pdf Poster). Congratulations!

Prof. Dr. Beate Ditzen was awarded the Supervisor Award 2016 by the Young Scientists of the Clinical Psychology Group for her great commitment and good supervision of the PhD students, which makes her very happy!

Open Day and Inaugural Lecture Prof. Ditzen

April 15, 2016

Open day and inaugural lecture of Prof. Dr. Beate Ditzen

At the open day in our institute we were pleased to welcome many interested guests and visitors. We were able to successfully present the three basic areas of research, teaching and therapy, as well as our rooms from the historical lecture hall to the research laboratory. The mini-experiments from our research directly to participate, as well as presentations about our teaching offer and our institute outpatient clinic were a great experience for our visitors - but also for us (Progamm).

At the end of the day, the inaugural lecture on "Partnership and Health: Psychobiological Mechanisms and Research Perspectives" by Prof. Dr. Beate Ditzen took place in the Old Auditorium of Heidelberg University. A full lecture hall confirmed that this topic as well as the new director of the institute meet with a broad interest. (Information)

We thank all visitors and helpers who contributed to the success of this day!

Visit of the working group Clinical Biopsychology (headed by Prof. Nater) in Heidelberg.

March 22, 2016

Visit of the working group Clinical Biopsychology (headed by Prof. Dr. Urs M. Nater) of the University of Marburg to us in Heidelberg.

In order to maintain the close cooperation between the two research groups and to initiate future joint projects, we received a visit from Prof. Nater and his research group from Marburg. Through short presentations we were able to bring each other up to date on our projects and interests. Finally, we had a tour through Heidelberg and dinner at the Brauhaus. Thank you very much for the nice day!