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Professor Bernhard Baune
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Prof. Bernhard Baune is Head of Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide.
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Qualifications and Professional Affiliations
Prof Baune was appointed as Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide in Jan 2011. Previously, Prof. Baune was Chair of Psychiatry at James Cook University (JCU) between 2008 - 2010. Prof. Baune is appointed as Professorial Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
He holds Fellowships with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP) as a psychiatrist and with the German Medical Association as a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist.
In addition to his specialist training of 6 years duration, Prof. Baune has earned a medical doctorate (3-years research programme) with highest distinction (summa cum laude) for which he was awarded the prize for best medical research at the University of Munster, Germany, 1997.
Furthermore, Prof. Baune completed a 5-year higher post-doctoral research degree in Psychiatric Neuroscience with an emphasis on Neuroimmunology (University of Munster, Germany).
Moreover, he received methodological research training in medical research with an emphasis on the Epidemiology of Mental Disorders at an international European level (University of Bielefeld, Germany; MPH passed with highest distinction).
Visiting Professorial Fellow - Department of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Principal Research Fellow - Mind and Brain Theme, South Australian Health and Medical Research
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry - School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Australia.
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry - Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, School of Medicine, University of Muenster, Germany.
Clinical Registrations - Certifications
2002 Registration / Certification as Specialist Psychiatrist, Medical Council Westfalen-Lippe, Münster, Germany (registration / certification number: 80325)
2002 Registration / Certification as a Specialist in Addiction Medicine, Medical Council Westfalen-Lippe, Münster, Germany (registration number: 80325)
2002 Registration / Certification as a Specialist Psychiatrist, General Medical Council, London (registration / certification number: 6047123)
2008 National Registration / Certification as Specialist Psychiatrist in Australia (APHRA) (registration / certification number: MED0000966742)
2009 Member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists ("International eminence status")
Overall responsibility for Psychiatry Curriculum of the MBBS medical program;
Active teaching into MBBS Program of Medical Students in year 3, 4 and 6;
Development of novel teaching course of Biological Psychiarty across the Faculty of Health Sciences;
Teaching into RANZCP training program in SA;
Major Research Themes
Translational and Preventive Psychiatry
Psychiatric Neuroscience and Molecular Psychiatry
Neuroimmunology, Neurodegeneration, Regenerative Neurobiology
Medical-Psychiatric Comorbidity Research
Epidemiology and Health Service Research
Adelaide Integrated Mental Health Biobank & Disease Marker Centre
More recently, Prof. Baune and his team established the Adelaide Integrated Mental Health Biobank and Disease Marker Research Centre. The Adelaide Centre has a well-established biobanking facility and neuroscience laboratories specialising in biomarker analysis in psychiatric disorders with an emphasis on mood disorders, psychosis and neuropsychiatry (including cognitive ageing). In a translational approach, the multidisciplinary team has expertise in clinical and biological disease marker research, multimodal data integration and probabilistic and trajectory modeling, allowing a development of staged prediction models that are applicable to clinical practice in psychiatry. A major practical aim of this approach is to translate the findings directly into diagnostic and therapeutic processes in clinical practice for the benefit of patients' mental and physcial well-being.
Psychiatric Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Laboratories
Prof. Baune has established a Psychiatric Neuroscience lab at the University of Adelaide applying a variety of methodologies including genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics and cell cultures in both humans and animal models to study disease mechanisms and to develop novel interventions. Prof. Baune's research integrates behaviour, cognitive function, emotion processing, genes and proteins in humans and animal models relevant to mood diosrders, cognitive performance and neuropsychiatric disorders. This lab is devoted to identifying novel disease mechanisms and biomarkers of mental illness while having a strong translational focus in order to develop novel diagnostics and tretments for people with mental disorders.
Prof. Baune and his team conduct human exeprimental psychological research by integrating psychological and biological components of brain function and mental well-being. The aim of this lab is to investigate cogntive, behavioural and emotional processes in mood disorders, psychosis and during aging in order to improve diangositcs and treatment of patients affected by these conditions.
Total External funding (past 10 years): AUD: 11,862,707.00
Current / Recent NHMRC funding:
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia: APP1060524; Baune BT, Cohen-Woods S, Trollor J, Reppermund S; Title: "Defining the role of Inflammation in Depression during Aging"; 2014-2016; $713,447.00
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia: APP1065742; Cropley V, Pantelis Ch, Baune BT, Olver J, Amminger GP; Title: "Investigating the peripheral and brain inflammatory response in schizophrenia"; 2014-2017; $447,525.00
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia: APP 1003788; Baune BT; Title: "Long-term physical exercise improves cognitive performance through neuroimmune modulation"; 2013-2015; Funds: $477,271.76
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia: APP 1003788; Baune BT, Koerner H, Anscomb H; Project Grant; Title: "Reversible and irreversible TNF-medicated Cognitive Decline"; Funds: 429,208.00; 2011-2013
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia: APP 1003788; Sachdev P, Wright M, Ames D, Trollor J, Wen W, Baune BT, Lee T, Crawford J; Title: The Older Australian Twins Study (OATS) of healthy brain ageing and age-related neurocognitive disorders"; 2013-2015; Funds: $912,022.80
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia: ID 510124; NH&MRC Dementia Research Grant; J. Trollor, L. Campbell, K. Samaras, H. Brodaty, M. Wright, N. Martin, W. Wen, B. Baune; Project Grant; Title: "The role of metabolic and inflammatory factors in cognitive decline and cerebrovascular pathology in the elderly." Funds: $904,409.00; 2008-2011
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia: 512381 M. Fiatarone Singh, S. Blair, N. Singh, A. O'Sullivan, D. Simar, B. Baune. Project Grant. Title: "A randomised controlled trial of progressive resistance training in older type 2 diabetics at cardiovascular risk." Funds: $806,250; 2008-2010
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia: 512672; NH&MRC Dementia Research Grant; M. Fiatore Singh, M. Valenzuela, B. Baune, N. Singh; Project Grant; Title "SMART: Study of Mental Activity and Resistance Training to Improve Bran Function in at Risk Individuals: A randomized controlled trial." Funds: $895,506; 2008-2010;
SUMMARY OF ALL PUBLICATIONS (August 2014)
Peer-Review Publications: Total of 218 publications including N=204 peer-
reviewed publications plus 14 Book chapters
* Ratio First-/Last- by Co-authorships: All Publications: 137:81
Originals only: 86:71
Impact factors of all publications
Cumulative Impact factor: 798.654
Cumulative Impact factor of originals: 665.499
Prof. Baune provides clinical services for the whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders and across age groups. A special clinical interest is in the areas of mood disorders, neuropsychiatry, cognitive dysfunction and physcial-mental comorbidities. In addition to consultations in-person, Prof. Baune offers tele-consultation for interstate patients.
Prof. Baune is Editor of the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Section of the Public Library of Science (PLoS ONE).
Current editorial memberships
Translational Psychiatry (Nature Publishing Group)
Stroke (Journal of the American Heart Association)
Depression Research and Treatment (Open Access Journal)
Journal of Molecular Psychiatry
External Reviewer for Funding Bodies
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