Caitriona Obermann

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Besides the influence of dopaminergic neurotransmission on negative symptoms in schizophrenia, there is evidence that alterations of serotonin (5-HT) system functioning also play a crucial role in the pathophysiology of these disabling symptoms. From post mortem and genetic studies on patients with negative symptoms a 5-HT dysfunction is documented. In(More)
BACKGROUND Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) is a heterogeneous malformation syndrome characterised by intrauterine and postnatal growth retardation (IUGR, PGR) and dysmorphisms. The basic causes are unknown, however in approximately 10% of patients a maternal uniparental disomy (UPD) of chromosome 7 or chromosomal aberrations can be detected. Four growth(More)
The loudness dependence of the auditory evoked potential (LDAEP) is considered a noninvasive in vivo marker of central serotonergic functioning in humans. Nevertheless, results of genetic association studies point towards a modulation of this biomarker by dopaminergic neurotransmission. We examined the effect of dopaminergic modulation on the LDAEP using(More)
AIM The major mode of action of disulfiram is assumed to be a psychological deterrence of an acetaldehyde reaction after alcohol consumption. However, it is still unclear whether patients need to experience an acetaldehyde reaction with the help of a "test drink" at the beginning of the therapy to achieve a better efficacy. Therefore, in this study, we test(More)
BACKGROUND Negative symptoms are considered core symptoms of schizophrenia. The Brief Negative Symptom Scale (BNSS) was developed to measure this symptomatic dimension according to a current consensus definition. The present study examined the psychometric properties of the German version of the BNSS. To expand former findings on convergent validity, we(More)
BACKGROUND In Switzerland, people with a severe mental illness and unable to work receive disability benefits ('IV-pension'). Once they are granted these benefits, the chances to regain competitive employment are usually small. However, previous studies have shown that individual placement and support (IPS) supports a successful reintegration into(More)
The N400, an event-related brain potential (ERP), can be triggered by semantic or arithmetic violations in visual or auditory stimulus material. Schizophrenia patients exhibit an altered N400 presumably resulting from impaired semantic memory associative networks. The present study investigates, whether an altered N400 can also be found in semantic(More)
OBJECTIVES Quetiapine is an atypical antipsychotic with favorable properties in the treatment of bipolar disorder, but it has recently been associated with respiratory dysfunction. METHODS In this case report, we describe a patient who developed quetiapine-induced hyperventilation and dyspnea after being treated with quetiapine. RESULTS To our(More)
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