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Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit, Mannheim


Central Institute of Mental Health
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
68159 Mannheim


Project leader

Prof. Dr. Ralf Dittmann

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ralf Dittmann

Professor of Paediatric Psychopharmacology

Phone: +49-621-1703-4941
Fax: +49-621-1703-4505

Project staff

Prof. Dr. Dr. Tobias Banaschewski

Prof. Dr. Dr. Tobias Banaschewski

Phone: +49-621-1703-4502
Fax: +49-621-1703-4505

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Description of organisation

The University of Heidelberg is a leading German institute for medical research. The Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) is a globally recognised centre of modern psychiatry delivering outstanding science, research and teaching in partnership with institutions at home and abroad. Since 1980 the Institute is a Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health of the WHO.

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, headed by Prof. Tobias Banaschewski, MD, PhD, at the Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) is specialized in top-level psychiatric treatment and research in neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., ADHD, Conduct Disorders, Tourette Syndrome,  Autism). Research on efficacy and safety of medication treatment for psychiatric disorders in youths is a main focus of the department’s research agenda.

In the summer of 2008, the Eli Lilly Endowed Chair for Paediatric Psychopharmacology has been established at CAP CIMH, as a specialized branch unique in German academic child & adolescent psychiatry, focussing on clinical research with psychotropic compounds in children and adolescents. This unit is run by Prof. Ralf W. Dittmann, MD, PhD.

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/¬Psychotherapy is equipped with 52 inpatient beds distributed in 4 units/wards plus an outpatient facility. The department has access to approximately 1800 new patients a year. The team consists of 6 child and adolescent psychiatrists, 14 residents, and 11 (clinical) psychologists.

Previous experience

CAP CIMH and been involved in several international collaborations including various multisite medication trials. T.Banaschewski has been the principle investigator in several research projects including a current registration trial for a new ADHD compound. R.W. Dittmann has been serving as a director and leading clinical researcher within an international pharma company, focussing on the national and international development and registration of various psychotropic compounds, e.g., for the treatment of ADHD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. The CIMH has solid experience in the management and implementation of EU FP projects.

Profile of staff members

Tobias Banaschewski (MD, PhD) is an expert in research on neurobiology and neuropsychology of ADHD and associated child psychiatric disorders. He is currently Co-Principal Investigator of the NIMH-funded International Multi-Centre ADHD Genetics Project and is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Network of Research on Hyperkinetic Disorders. He was awarded the Kramer-Pollnow-Award for research on ADHD in 2003. He is the Co-editor of JCPP and Member of the Eunethydis Guidelines Group on diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. He is also the director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, CIMH, Mannheim, and holds a chair at the University of Heidelberg.

Ralf W. Dittmann (MD, PhD) is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, and Professor of Paediatric Psychopharmacology, also a recipient of the H. Emminghaus award. He has been responsible for more that 70 clinical trials including the role of principal investigator.

Martin Holtmann (MD) is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Associate Professor and Deputy Director at CAP CIMH. His research interests comprise various topics, e.g., biofeedback in ADHD, and bipolar disorder in children and adolescents.

Manfred Laucht (PhD) is Professor of Neuropsychology at the CAP CIMH, head of the working group on neuropsychology, with broad research experience also in epidemiology and gene-environment interactions.
He received the H. Emminghaus award for his group in 2007.

Louise Poustka (MD) is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with a research focus on various projects in Pervasive Developmental Disorders (‘autism’).