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Prof. Markus Donix, MD, PhD, Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry

Research focus

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Dementia risk factors
  • Neurobiology (structural neuroimaging & genetics)
  • Prevention of cognitive decline

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​Official position 

Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Director, Center for Memory Disorders


University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden,
Dresden, Germany

Business address 

Fetscherstraße 74
01307 Dresden

Academic education and degrees

​1998 - 2004

MD (Dr. med.) in Medicine, School of Medicine, TU Dresden

2004 - 2012​

Residency in Psychiatry & Neurology, TU Dresden


​PhD (Dr. rer. medic.) in Neurogeriatrics, TU Dresden


Professional career

​2008 - 2010

Postdoctoral researcher, David Geffen School of Medicine, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, UCLA Longevity Center, Los Angeles

​Since 2010

Associate scientist, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases

​2013 - 2017

Assistant Professor (W1) of Translational Psychiatry, Medical Faculty, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

​Since 2013

​Attending physician (Oberarzt), Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital, Technische Universität Dresden

​Since 2017

Professor (W2) of Geriatric Psychiatry, Medical Faculty, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

​Since 2017

Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital, Technische Universität Dresden

​Since 2017

Deputy director, Center for Healthy Aging (UCGA), University Hospital, TU Dresden

​Since 2018

Specialization in Geriatric Psychiatry, -psychotherapy, and -psychosomatics

​Since 2019

​Specialization in Geriatrics

​Since 2020

Director, Center for Memory Disorders, University Hospital, TU Dresden


Honors, awards and positions

​2008 - 2010

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (UCLA, Los Angeles, USA) Max Kade-Foundation, N.Y.


Carl Gustav Carus publication award, TU Dresden


Current Journal Editorial positions

​Since 2011

Associate Editor, BMC Psychiatry


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 62, Scopus h-index: 15)

  1. Donix M, Haussmann R, Helling F, Zweiniger A, Werner A et al. Risk factors for dementia are not associated with cognitive dysfunction in young people with major depressive disorder. J Affect Dis. 2019; 245,140-144.
  2. Haussmann R, Mayer-Pelinski R, Borchardt M, Beier F, Helling F ... Donix M. Extrinsic and intrinsic help-seeking motivation in the assessment of cognitive decline. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2018; 33(4),215-220.
  3. Baumgaertel J, Haussmann R, Gruschwitz A, Werner A, Osterrath A ... Donix M. Cognitive reserve and genetic risk modulate hippocampal structure in Alzheimer's disease. Aging Dis. 2016;7(5),553-560.
  4. Holthoff VA, Marschner K, Scharf M, Steding J, Meyer S ... Donix M. Effects of Physical Activity Training in Patients with Alzheimer's Dementia: Results of a Pilot RCT Study. PLoS One. 2015;10(4),e0121478.
  5. Suthana NA*, Donix M*, Wozny D, Bazih A, Jones M et al. High-resolution 7-Tesla fMRI of Human Hippocampal Subfields during Associative Learning. J Cognitive Neurosci. 2015;27(6),1194-1206. *shared first authorship
  6. Donix M, Burggren AC, Scharf M, Marschner K, Suthana NA et al. APOE associated hemispheric asymmetry of entorhinal cortical thickness in aging and Alzheimer's disease. Psychiatry Res. 2013;214(3),212-20.
  7. Donix M, Small GW, Bookheimer SY. Family history and APOE-4 genetic risk in Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychol Rev. 2012;22(3),298-309.
  8. Donix M, Ercoli LM, Siddarth P, Brown J, Martin-Harris L et al. Influence of Alzheimer's Disease Family History and Genetic Risk on Cognitive Performance in Healthy Middle-Aged and Older People, Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012;20,565-573.
  9. Donix M, Burggren AC, Suthana NA, Siddarth P, Ekstrom AD et al. Longitudinal Changes in Medial Temporal Cortical Thickness in Normal Subjects with the APOE-4 polymorphism. NeuroImage. 2010;53,37-43.
  10. Donix M, Burggren AC, Suthana NA, Siddarth P, Ekstrom AD et al. Family History of Alzheimer's Disease and Hippocampal Structure in Healthy People. Am J Psychiatry. 2010;167(11),1399-1406.
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