Our Networks

Interdisciplinary Excellence

Networking within the Partner Site and Beyond

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena has been selected by the EU Commission to co-found a “European University”, which is is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual alliance with the goal to create a pan-European campus connected by the common European identity.

C-I-R-C harbors institutions in three cities combining unique complementary expertise. To meet our goals we will concentrate our efforts particularly at the interfaces of disciplines like psychiatry, sociology and nursing sciences or immunology and molecular and cellular neuroscience as well as psychology and data science. Thus, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches will be of utmost importance for the implementation of our concepts.

We will built on well-established interdisciplinary networks, both at a structural and bilateral level.

Primary Care and Mental Health Service

Links between primary care and mental health service and research are structurally reflected in mutual inclusions of the department of psychiatry in the emerging center of health services research (Jena) and the institute of primary care in the center for mental health (Magdeburg), while university medicine Halle has a general focus on health care research and the dedicated Interdisciplinary Center for Health Sciences.

Specifically, we envisage inclusion in C-I-R-C network activities on mental health in primary care and we can rely on successful related network activities (RaPhael and RESPoNSE).

Halle together with Leipzig and Jena with Berlin partner in the BMBF research networks in primary health care.

We jointly have scientific expertise in research based on health insurance data and primary care data and we particularly benefit from a focus on mental health in primary care institutes.

Thus, prerequisits for mapping of health care processes, development and assessement of interventions and transfer into routine primary care are provided on a high level.

Depression is a broad field of collaboration between psychiatry and mental health. In a recent project together with Munich and Tubingen, we investigate the effects of feedback on patient carer interactions in the field of depression.

Existing collaborations with the institute of GP Munich (Prof. Gensichen)  will be extended by the specific focus on psychotherapy at the institute of primary care in Magdeburg. Here our translational research on app development for sexual dysfunctions aims at improving adherence particularly for the broad application of antidepressants in primary care.

National and International Collaborations

The C-I-R-C has multiple national and international collaborations enabling highly successful joint research programs.

Selected National Collaborations

Selected International Collaborations

Regional Partners

The C-I-R-C has well-established collaborations with many regional partners who actively contribute to clinical research, teaching, and implementation of new interventions and prevention strategies. 

Due to the interdisciplinarity of this collaboration, strong experience is not only provided in the traditional area of inpatient care, but also in the outpatient area by psychiatric institute outpatient clinics, specialist outpatient clinics of the university hospitals, and in the complementary area via complementary facilities. 

Our partners are:


C-I-R-C will benefit from the collaborative efforts across the three partners towards emergent new research opportunities. By combining long-standing excellence in high-resolution macroscopic (Magdeburg) and microscopic (Jena) imaging we provide a comprehensive high-end translational imaging platform operating at highest standards with unified data management concepts and open science data sharing.

By integrating scientific excellence in the field of synaptic networks and neuroplasticity at the LIN Magdeburg with complementary expertise in inflammation in Jena we will jointly unravel new crosslinks between synaptic and immune processes. This new link will be completed by excellence in microbiome-host interactions, with a Cluster of Excellence in Jena, which complements the strong neuropsychoimmunology research focus in Magdeburg.

Following a long-standing strategic alliance, molecular clinical neuroscience and psychiatry and genetics in Halle complement the strong systems neuroscience focus in Magdeburg. Excellent psychiatric nursing science and health sociological research in Halle revaluate implementation research of all three partners. In addition, intervention research in relatives of psychiatric patients in Jena is a strong asset for the entire partner site. Finally, the behavioral phenotypes associated with (mal-)adaptive neuronal circuits and resulting social interaction will be jointly investigated combining excellent research in psychotherapy, person perception, and affective communication in Jena and cognitive control and motivated behavior in Magdeburg and Halle.