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Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Zimmermann, MD, Professor of Psychiatry

Research focus

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Investigator-initiated clinical trials
  • Learning mechanisms
  • Human behavioural experimentation in the lab

​Official position

  • Associated scientist, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
  • Physician-in-Chief, Department of Addiction Medicine and Psychotherapy


  • University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
  • kbo Isar-Amper-Klinikum Haar

Business address 

Ringstr. 9
85540 Haar

Academic education and degrees

​1983 - 1991

MD in Medicine, School of Medicine, FU Berlin


MD in Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg


Postdoctoral lecture qualification (venia legendi) in Psychiatry, University of Heidelberg


Appointment as a Professor of Psychiatry, Technische Universität Dresden


Professional career

​1991 - 1993

Residency in Gynaecology, University Hospital Erlangen

​1993 - 1994

Residency in Psychiatry, University Hospital Erlangen

​1994 - 1995

​Residency in Psychiatry, psychiatrisches Landeskrankenhaus Weissenau, Ravensburg

​1995 - 2003

Residency in Psychiatry. Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Munich


Visiting Research Scholar, University of Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA

​2004 - 2007

Supervising Psychiatrist, Dept. of Addictive Behaviors and Addiction Medicine, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim

​2007 - 2018

Deputy Director, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Dresden

​Since 2018

Physician-in-Chief, Department of Addiction Medicine and Psychotherapy, kbo Isar-Amper-Klinikum Haar


Honors, awards and positions


Prize for MD-thesis awarded by Werner G. Gehring-Stiftung


Young Investigator Award awarded by the  International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology on the occasion of the 29th Annual Meeting


Poster prize awarded at the des 22. CINP Congress, Brussels


Ernst- and Berta-Scharrer-Preis awarded by the "German Society for Endocrinology“


​Wolfram-Keup-Preis awarded by the Bundesverbandes fürstationäre Suchtkrankenhilfe


Current journal editorial positions

​Since 2006

Receiving Editor, “Addiction Biology”

​Since 2012

Advisory Board, “Pharmacophychiatry”

​Since 2017

​Associate editor, “Sucht”


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 104, SCOPUS h-index: 33)

  1. Sommer C, Birkenstock J, Garbusow M, Obst E, Schad DJ ... Zimmermann US. Dysfunctional approach behavior triggered by alcohol-unrelated Pavlovian cues predicts long-term relapse in alcohol dependence. Addict Biol. 2020;25(1):e12703.
  2. Bernhardt N, Obst E, Nebe S, Pooseh S, Wurst FM ... Zimmermann US. Acute alcohol effects on impulsive choice in adolescents. J Psychopharmacol. 2019;33(3):316-325.
  3. Sommer C, Garbusow M, Jünger E, Pooseh S, Bernhardt N ... Zimmermann US. Strong seduction: impulsivity and the impact of contextual cues on instrumental behavior in alcohol dependence. Transl Psychiatry. 2017;7(8):e1183.
  4. Jünger E, Javadi AH, Wiers CE, Sommer C, Garbusow M ... Zimmermann US. Acute alcohol effects on explicit and implicit motivation to drink alcohol in socially drinking adolescents. J Psychopharmacol. 2017;31(7):893-905.
  5. Zimmermann US, O'Connor S, Ramchandani VA. Modeling alcohol self-administration in the human laboratory. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2013;13:315-53.
  6. Zimmermann US, Mick I, Laucht M, Vitvitskiy V, Plawecki MH et al. Offspring of parents with an alcohol use disorder prefer higher levels of brain alcohol exposure in experiments involving computer-assisted self-infusion of ethanol (CASE). Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2009;202(4):689-97.
  7. Zimmermann US, Mick I, Vitvitskyi V, Plawecki MH, Mann KF, O'Connor S. Development and pilot validation of computer-assisted self-infusion of ethanol (CASE): a new method to study alcohol self-administration in humans. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2008;32(7):1321-8.
  8. Zimmermann US, Blomeyer D, Laucht M, Mann KF. How gene-stress-behavior interactions can promote adolescent alcohol use: the roles of predrinking allostatic load and childhood behavior disorders. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2007;86(2):246-62.
  9. Zimmermann US, Spring K, Kunz-Ebrecht SR, Lachner G, Uhr M et al. Effect of ethanol on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system response to psychosocial stress in sons of alcohol-dependent fathers. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2004;29:1156-1165.
  10. Zimmermann US, Hundt W, Spring K, Grabner A, Holsboer F. Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system adaptation to detoxification in alcohol-dependent patients is affected by family history of alcoholism.  Biol Psychiatry. 2003;53:75-84.
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