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Prof. Michael Bauer, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry

Research focus

  • Bipolar and depressive disorders
  • Prediction and outcome research
  • Neurobiology (functional neuroimaging, neuroendocrinology & genetics)
  • Treatment strategies and tactics
  • Development of new technologies and digital applications

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Official position

Executive Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Director and Physician-in-Chief, Psychiatric Hospital and Outpatient Clinics Spokesperson, Centre of Mental Health transCampus® Professor


University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus,Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany transCampus® Technische Universität Dresden – King's College London

Business address

Fetscherstraße 74
01307 Dresden

Academic education and degrees

1977 - 1982

​Diploma in Biology, University of Constance, Germany


​PhD in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin)

​1983 - 1989

​MD in Medicine, School of Medicine, FU Berlin

​1990 - 1994

​Residency in Psychiatry & Neurology, FU Berlin


​Postdoctoral lecture qualification (venia legendi) in Psychiatry, FU Berlin


Professional career

​1983 - 1987

​Research Fellow, Institute of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, FU Berlin

1994 - 1998

​Associate Director, Berlin Lithium Clinic and Research Group of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Department of Psychiatry, FU Berlin

1997 - 1998

​Assistant Clinical Professor, Supervising Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Benjamin Franklin Medical Center, FU Berlin

1998 - 2002

​Visiting Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA

​2002 - 2006

Deputy Department Head, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Mitte (CCM)

since 2007

​Director, Executive Chair and Physician-in-Chief, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden

​since 2019

​Transcampus Professor, King's College London, UK


Honors, awards and positions

​1999 - 2001

​National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award

​2000 - 2002

​Judson Braun Research Scholarship, University of California Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatric Institute & Hospital, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

​Since 2002

​President, International Group for the Study of Lithium-Treated Patients (IGSLI)


​National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Independent Investigator Award

Since 2006

​Chairman, Task Force, Treatment of Unipolar Depressive Disorders, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP)

​Since 2007

​Project leader, National S3 Treatment Guidelines for Bipolar Disorders


​The Mitchell Balter Award, Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Since 2013

​Honorary International Advisor for Society for Advancement of Bipolar Affective Disorder in Hong Kong

Since 2013

​International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), Scientific Advisory Board

2014 - 2020

​Chair/Co-chair, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Bipolar Disorders Network

Since 2015

​Coordinator, National Research Consortium "BIPOLIFE: Improving Recognition and Care in Critical Areas of Bipolar Disorders"


​Deutsche Gesellschaft für Bipolare Störungen e.V. (DGBS e.V.) ARETÄUS Price for exeptional dedication in the field of bipolar disorder

Since 2016

​Chair, Task Force "Role of Lithium in Bipolar Disorders", International Society for Bipolar Disorder (ISBD)/International Group for the Study of Lithium-Treated Patients (IGSLI) International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD)


​AGNP-Prize for Research in Psychopharmacology, Achievements in the Field of Treatment of Mood Disorders with Thyroid Hormones


​Anna-Monika-Prize, for research in neurobiology and treatment of depressive disorders by the Anna-Monika-Foundation


Current Journal Editorial positions 

Since 2010

​Associate Editor, Der Nervenarzt

​Since 2012

​Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Bipolar Disorders

​Since 2016

​Editor-in-Chief, Pharmacopsychiatry

Editorial board

Molecular Psychiatry, Translational Psychiatry, World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, The Journal of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 472, Scopus h-index: 71)

  1. Bauer M, Glenn T, Geddes J, Gitlin M, Grof P et al. Smartphones in mental health: a critical review of background issues, current status and future concerns. Int J Bipolar Disord. 2020;8:2

  2. Bauer M, Monteith S, Geddes J, Gitlin MJ, Grof P et al. Automation to optimise physician treatment of individual patients: examples in psychiatry. Lancet Psychiatry. 2019;6(4):338-349

  3. Bauer M, Andreassen OA, Geddes JR, Vedel Kessing L, Lewitzka U et al. Areas of uncertainties and unmet needs in bipolar disorders: clinical and research perspectives. Lancet Psychiatry. 2018;5(11):930-939

  4. Bauer M, Glenn T, Alda M, Aleksandrovich MA, Andreassen OA et al. Solar insolation in springtime influences age of onset of bipolar I disorder. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2017;136(6):571-582

  5. Bauer M, Berman S, Stamm T, Plotkin M, Adli M et al. Levothyroxine effects on depressive symptoms and limbic glucose metabolism in bipolar disorder: a randomized, placebo-controlled positron emission tomography study. Mol Psychiatr. 2016;21(2):229-236

  6. Bauer M, Pfennig A, Linden M, Smolka MN, Neu P, Adli M. Efficacy of an algorithm-guided treatment compared to treatment as usual: a randomized controlled study of inpatients with depression. J Clin Psychopharm. 2009;29(4):327-333

  7. Bauer M, Silverman DHS, Schlagenhauf F, London ED, Geist CL et al. Brain glucose metabolism in hypothyroidism: a positron emission tomography study before and after thyroid hormone replacement therapy. J Clin Endocr Metab. 2009;94:2922-2929

  8. Bauer M, Grof P, Gyulai L, Rasgon N, Glenn T, Whybrow PC. Using technology to improve longitudinal studies: self-reporting with ChronoRecord in bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disord. 2004;6:67-74

  9. Bauer M, Heinz A, Whybrow PC. Thyroid hormones, serotonin and mood: of synergy and significance in the adult brain. Mol Psychiatr. 2002;7:140-156

  10. Bauer M, Bschor T, Kunz D, Berghöfer A, Ströhle S et al. Double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of the use of lithium to augment antidepressant medication in continuation treatment of unipolar major depression. Am J Psychiat. 2000;157:1429-1435

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