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Research group Riemann

Sleep, Insomnia and Mental Disorders
Research group leader: Dieter Riemann, PhD,
Professor of Clinical Psychophysiology and Department Head

Phone: +49 (0)761 270 - 69190
Email: dieter.riemann@uniklinik-freiburg.de

Secretariat: Claudia Buhl
Phone: +49 (0)761 270 - 65180
Fax: +49 (0)761 270 - 66190
Email: claudia.buhl@uniklinik-freiburg.de
Group members
(in alphabetical order):
Fee Benz, M.Sc.
Raphael Dressle, M.Sc.
Johann Ell, M.Sc.
Bernd Feige, PhD, Dipl. Phys. 
Lukas Frase, MD
Anna Johann, M.Sc.
Marion Kuhn, PhD
Julian Schiel, M.Sc.
Sarah Schmid, M.Sc.
Kai Spiegelhalder, MD, PhD, Dipl. Psych. (Deputy)
Lukas Spille, M.Sc.
Lisa Steinmetz, M.Sc.
Natasza Walter, M.Sc.

Research focus

It is our aim to better understand the relationships between sleep, insomnia and mental disorders, especially depression. Ultimately it is our vision to unravel the links and describe the mechanisms between disordered sleep and altered emotionality, as for example is very evident in affective disorders.
The multidisciplinary team combines expertise from psychology, medicine, psychiatry and physics to experimentally study sleep with a broad armamentarium of methods in good sleepers and people suffering from mental disorders and insomnia. Besides striving to understand the pathopyhsiology/etiology of disturbed sleep in insomnia and mental disorders, we hope thereby to develop and refine current therapeutic avenues and reduce the burden of suffering from mental illness.

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BMBF, DFG, EU, Kalkhof Rose Stiftung, FRIAS, Freseniusstiftung, Sanofi Aventis