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Prof Gunter Schumann

Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist


Area of expertise
  • Hard to treat psychosis
  • Comorbidities

Biography
Professor Schumann's clinical specialty lies in the diagnosis and therapy of hard to treat psychosis. In previous years he was involved in the treatment of depressive disorders and addictions, as well as in behavioural therapy of anxiety spectrum disorders.

His research interest lies in the identification of neurobehavioural phenotypes, for patient stratification. Professor Schumann conceived and is coordinating the IMAGEN project, which is internationally perceived as one of the most comprehensive and successful imaging genetics studies to date, has resulted in over 150 publications, including in Nature and Science and served as a model for subsequent longitudinal cohorts, including the American ABCD study.

As part of the ERC advanced grant ‘STRATIFY’, which aims at creating a taxonomy of psychiatric disorders based on shared biological mechanisms, Dr Schumann is instrumental in generating innovative techniques for the analysis of large-scale multi-modal datasets. These innovative approaches have led to the identification of disease mechanisms and biomarkers for prediction and stratification in precision psychiatry.

He holds a research appointment at Charite, Berlin and honorary professorships at Fudan University, Shanghai, Tianjin Medical University and Peking University in China, and a visiting professorship at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.

Education and training
  • 2001 – Board certificate in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (cognitibehavioural therapy), Facharzt für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (Verhaltenstherapie) Bezirsärztekammer Südbaden (Freiburg) am 20. 6. 2001
  • 1993 – Approbation as Medical Doctor: Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
  • 1991 – Research Fellow (Harvard Medical School, Dept. of Pathology) at the Department of Immunogenetics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • 1991 – Harvard Medical School: training in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine
  • 1988 – University of Hamburg, Medical School
  • 1983 – University of Tübingen, Medical School

Publications
Professor Schumann's publication list can be found on the Kings College London website.