Welcome to Neuroscience Center Zurich

Dr. med. Franz X. Vollenweider



Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich

Lenggstrasse 31
8032 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 384 2604
Fax +41 44 384 3396

Main Goals, Keywords

Behavioral pharmacology and brain imaging (PET) studies of pathophysiology and neurochemistry of model psychosis, schizophrenia, and depression. Functional neuroanatomy of sensory gating and mood processes in normals.

Keywords: PET, EEG/ERP, brain imaging, neuropsychology, psychopathology, behavioral pharmacology, PPI, model psychosis, schizophrenia, depression

Group Members

1 senior researcher, 2 research assistant, 1 technician, 2 PhD students, and 3 MD students (thesis candidates)

Previous and Current Research

Future Projects

Studies into information processing mechanism in first break and chronic schizophrenic patients using PPI and PET co-registration (cooperation with PET Center USZ and Dept. of Psychiatry, UCSD). Studies into the long-term effects of atypical neuroleptics on cognitive deficits in schizophrenics using EEG/EP and PPI.

Techniques and Equipment

PET data analysis software, computerized neuropsychological testing systems, prepulse inhibition (PPI) registration techniques, PET-PPI co-registration, advanced EEG and ERP mapping techniques, electromagnetic 3D tomography (LORETA), PET-EEG co-registration.

Selected Publications

Selected Lectures, Seminars, Colloquia


Swiss National Science Foundation, Heffter Institute, Janssen Research Foundation, Lundbeck Research Foundation, EMDO Stiftung Zürich, BAG Bern



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