29th September 2023

Our employee Adriane Icenhour is professor of affective neuroscience at the Ruhr University Bochum since September 2023. We would like to warmly congratulate you on this. You can find out more about this here.


New Publication
04th August 2023

Our new publication in the Journal of Crohn's and Colitis compares pain processing between patients with ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. The publication is available here.

New Publication
27th June 2023

Our new publication in Brain, Behaviour and Immunity shows, that acute inflammation and depressed mood interact as vulnerability factors for pain The publication is available here.

New Publication
06th January 2023

Our new publication in Brain, Behaviour and Immunity shows, that acute inflammation impacts on neural circuitry during interoceptive fear extinction.  Das publication is available here.

Research award

10th October 2022

As part of this year's Visceral Medicine conference, our colleague PD Dr. Adriane Icenhour was awarded the Foundation Prize for Neurogastroenterology by the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS) for her research on the mechanisms of visceral pain. Congratulations!


27th September 2022

Our employee Robert Jan Pawlik successfully defended his doctoral thesis on November 27th, 2022 and received his doctorate from the psychological faculty of the Ruhr University Bochum. We would like to congratulate you on this!




23rd June 2022

At this year's conferences of the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society (PNIRS) and the German Endocrine Brain Immune Network (GEBIN), doctoral students Robert Jan Pawlik and Hanna Öhlmann were each honored for their work on extinction learning in the context of acute and chronic inflammation. We would like to congratulate you on this!

New publications!
07th January 2022

New collaborative work was published. Have a look at two important publications on irritable bowel syndrom and on behavioural interventions for disorders of gut-brain intereaction.

10th December 2021

Our employee Dr. Adriane Icenhour received her habilitation from the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen on December 9th, 2021. We would like to congratulate you on this!


New Publication
20th October 2021

Our new publication in Frontiers in Neurology shows partly distinct alterations in brain morphology in patients with chronic-inflammatory and functional bowel disorders. The project is available here.


Doctor-patient communication

04th June 2021

At the end of the course, the students of WS 20/21 got creative. You can see some of the great work here.


New Publication
01st June 2021

Our new publication in Neuroimage shows what role context and signals from inside the body play in pain-related fear. The project is part of the SFB 1280 and is available here.

New podcast episode!

27th May 2021

How can genes be switched on and off? For the fifth episode of the podcast “Kannste vergessen?”, Rainer Holl welcomes Robert Kumsta, Professor of Genetic Psychology at the Ruhr University in Bochum. Look forward to a crash course in epigenetics! Available here.

Another four years!

26th May 2021

The DFG has extended the funding of the SFB1280 "Extinction Learning" for another 4 years. We are excited to contribute to this collaborative research with our projects A10 and A12.


New publication

18th May 2021

Our new publication in Nature Communications Biology shows the unique role of interoceptive threats in learning and remembering danger signals. The project is part oft the SFB 1280. Open access, available here.