Goya-Maldonado, Roberto, PD Dr.*

  • 2002 Physician at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 2004 Psychiatrist at the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA), Brazil
  • 2010 M.D. at the University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2010 – 2012 Postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Munich
  • 2012 – 2015 Postdoc at the University Medical Center, Göttingen
  • since 2016 Research Group Leader, University Medical Center, Göttingen

Major Research Interests

The Laboratory of Systems Neuroscience and Imaging in Psychiatry (SNIPLab) was established to bridge the research fields of Systems Neuroscience and Translational Neuroimaging. We are convinced that a substantial improvement in differential diagnoses and therapies in psychiatry will be achieved through a deeper understanding of neural systems and their functions. In the SNIPLab, we are particularly engaged in the multimodal investigation of neural networks and their dynamic interactions, the effects of pharmacological treatments and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. Our work aims to develop potential biomarkers from imaging data, which can be integrated with phenotypic and genetic / epigenetic information for improved classification and/or prediction of treatment response.

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Selected Recent Publications

  • Komorowski A et al. Regional expression profiles of risk genes for depression are associated with brain activation patterns in emotion and reward tasks. bioRxiv https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.27.175257

  • Singh A et al. Default mode network alterations after intermittent theta burst stimulation in healthy subjects. Translational Psychiatry. 2020 Feb 24;10(1):1-0.

  • Singh A et al. Personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation temporarily alters default mode network in healthy subjects. Scientific Reports. 2019 Apr 4;9(1):1-2.

  • Schmaal L et al. Cortical abnormalities in adults and adolescents with major depression based on brain scans from 20 cohorts worldwide in the ENIGMA Major Depressive Disorder Working Group. Molecular Psychiatry. 2017 Jun;22(6):900-9.

  • Goya‐Maldonado R et al. Differentiating unipolar and bipolar depression by alterations in large‐scale brain networks. Human Brain Mapping. 2016 Feb;37(2):808-18.

  • Genzel L et al. Medial prefrontal-hippocampal connectivity and motor memory consolidation in depression and schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry. 2015 Jan 15;77(2):177-86.