Caitriona Obermann

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Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) is a heterogeneous syndrome with evidence for a substantial role of genetic factors in its etiology. Apart from other specific clinical features, severe intrauterine and postnatal growth retardation are the dominant characteristics of SRS. Therefore, studies on the genetic basis of the disease focus on genes involved in growth(More)
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)
INTRODUCTION Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS; also know as Russell-Silver syndrome) is a heterogeneous syndrome which is characterised by severe intrauterine and postnatal growth retardation and typical dysmorphic features. Recently, the first SRS patients with (epi)genetic mutations in 11p15 affecting the telomeric imprinting domain have been identified.(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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)