Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology
+49 201 723 4501

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Welcome to the homepage of the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology

The Institute of Medical Psychology was founded in 1978 and is one of the pre-clinical Departments of the Essen University Hospital. Since October 1997, Prof. Dr. Manfred Schedlowski is the Director of the Institute. In 2007, the Institute was renamed to Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology. The research focus of the Institute are the areas of Psychoneuroimmunology, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Pain Research and the Neurobiology and Clinical Applicability of the Placebo Response.

Research projects and funding

Placebo effects in the immune functions; The role of learning processes and conditioning

Stress and negative emotions in acute and chronic visceral pain

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The Institute offers various courses for medical students attending the preclinical semesters, including seminars and lectures on topics including the fundamentals of medical psychology and sociology, research methods, patient-doctor-relationship, and stress & behaviour.

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Latest News


with Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim. Interview with Prof. Schedlowski (min 10'). '5 Missverständnisse über den Placeboeffekt', August '19

Welcome to PNIRS and GEBIN 2019

the 26th Meeting of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society in Berlin from June 4-8

2. TNBS Symposium

The date for the 2nd TNBS Symposium is now fixed: Thursday, 16 May 2019 from 2 to 7 pm. We are delighted to invite you for the second time to the Deichmann-Auditorium of the University Hospital Essen. Please save the date in advance. We will announce the program on the website:

BBC filmed documentary at Essen University Hospital

Manfred Schedlowski, director of the Institute of Medical Psychology, has been filmed and interview by the BBC. Read more

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Probanden gesucht

Das Institut für Medizinische Psychologie und Verhaltensimmunbiologie, das Institut für Physiologie und die Klinik für Infektiologie der Universitätsmedizin Essen suchen ab sofort gesunde männliche Probanden für das Projekt "Hypoxie-induzierte Genexpression in Leukozyten des Menschen unter simulierten Höhenbedingungen mit und ohne Gabe von Lipopolysaccharid (LPS)".


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Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology
Essen University Hospital
Hufelandstr. 55
45122 Essen

Phone: +49 201 723 4501
Fax: +49 201 723 5948

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