About the article
Dr. Barbara Di Benedetto
Dr. Barbara Di Benedetto was born in Milan (Italy) and studied Biology at the Universita’ degli Studi di Milano. She did her PhD (2008) at the Helmholtzzentrum München (former GSF) on the Neurobiology of anxiety disorders. She worked from 2008 to 2013 as postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich. In 2014, after the birth of her second child, she moved to Regensburg to start her independent group, the “Neuro-Glia Pharmacology lab”, in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Regensburg. In 2019 she finished her “Habilitation”. Her main scientific interest is on the role of glia-neuron interactions in health and in the etiopathogenesis of anxiety and depressive disorders. Another research interest is about the influence of astrocytes on the development and functions of the blood-brain barrier in health and disease conditions. Since 2017 she is PI in the GRK 2174 Neurobiology of Emotion Dysfunctions.
Prof. Dr. Inga D. Neumann (Spokesperson GRK)
Prof. Dr. Inga D. Neumann was born in Jena, a city of Thuringia in the former Eastern Germany, and studied biology at the University of Leipzig. She finished her PhD in 1991 and spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow in Calgary, Canada, based on a HFSPO stipend. Afterwards, she worked as a senior scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry in Munich. In 1997, after birth of her second son, she finished her “Habilitation” at the LMU in Munich, and continued as a Heisenberg fellow of the DFG. In 2001 she was appointed as a Full Professor of Physiology/Neurobiology at the University of Regensburg. Her main scientific interests are the neuropeptidergic regulation of anxiety- and depression-related and social behaviours including social preference, aggression and maternal behaviour, as well as of stress responses. Another focus are the molecular and neuronal mechanisms underlying oxytocin effects and its intracerebral release, as well as behavioural and neuroendocrine consequences of chronic psychosocial stress. She is Director of the International Elite Master Programme “Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences” at the University of Regensburg and speaker of the Themenverbund “Aggression and violence in culture and nature” at the University of Regensburg founded in 2010. Since 2017 Director and Spokesperson of the GRK 2174 Neurobiology of Emotion Dysfunctions and Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Preclinical Medicine.
Published Online: 2019-06-04
Published in Print: 2019-05-27