Prof. Marcella Rietschel, PhD in Virology, has been Head of the Division of Genetic Epidemiology in Psychiatry at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim since 2002. She had previously worked as a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist and Head of the Clinico-Epidemiological Research Group at the University of Bonn.

Her research interests concern genetic and environmental basis of psychiatric disorders, specifically: formal genetic studies and molecular genetics of psychiatric disorders (especially affective disorders and schizophrenia), pharmacogenetic studies in psychiatry, public health genetics and ethical, social and legal aspects of psychiatric genetics.

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