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ZI-HUb brings together a group of nationally leading researchers and institutions fully committed to translational research for mental health.


The ZI/CIMH in Mannheim is an independent foundation of the state of Baden-Württemberg that integrates mental health care with translational neuroscience research into an academic health science center on a single compact campus in Mannheim.


ZI is Germany’s largest research institute dedicated to mental health. Since its founding in 1975, ZI has spearheaded innovations in community psychiatry, longitudinal and epidemiological research, neuroimaging, addictions research, digital mental health, public mental health, implementation science, neuroimaging, addictions research, and stem cell research in Germany. ZI is organized in a flat department structure and strongly works collaboratively, with 25 % of papers joint by at least two departments.


  • 401 bed dedicated hospital

  • 100.000 + visits per year

  • 24 full professorships

  • 1400 employees

  • Research budget 14 Mio €

  • combined annual IF ZI of publications > 1.800, average IF > 5


Heidelberg University is Germany’s top university in life sciences and medicine. Resources in adult and child and adolescence psychiatry, psychosomatics, medical psychology, psychosocial prevention and psychotherapy research are bundled in the Centre for Psychosocial Medicine (CPM, Director: Herpertz).


  • 214 beds for comprehensive mental health care

  • 85 day-treatment places

  • Specialized outpatient units for 11.700 patients per year

  • 5 Mio € third-party funding

  • Combined IF 1100 per annum


CPM has an outstanding, internationally visible research reputation in psychotherapy, treatment mechanisms, application in routine care and public / global mental health. One focus is on the role of (early) close social relationships in lab settings and real life, as well as on neural mechanisms of traumatization.


The Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (Director: Bärnighausen) has proven excellence on global mental health and health economics with research on mental health in communities in Germany, Africa and Asia. The Department of Human Genetics (Director: Schaaf) focuses on disease gene discovery for mental disorders.


Ulm University houses nationally leading groups on trauma, mental health services and e-mental health (10 Mio € annual third-party funding). Leading expertise in trauma sciences is reflected by numerous collaborative projects funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) and EU and is bundled in the Centre for Trauma Research (Director: Fegert). Ulm leads the nation on health care disparities, stigma and reduction of coercion in an explicitly stakeholder-centered research approach.


In public mental health and implementation science, extensive network funding documents nationally leading expertise of Ulm and ZI in evidence-based, implemented health care innovations. Together, we are at the forefront of digital mental health research from bench to scalable digital diagnostics, intervention and dissemination with a unique interfaculty interdisciplinary research environment.


Also at Heidelberg, DKFZ is Germany’s biggest biomedical research institution, providing world-leading platforms for multi-omics and biomarker research.

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