My work

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I work as a psychiatrist in a 400-bed psychiatric hospital: the Centre Hospitalier in Rouffach, France. Since October 2001 I have worked as an Assistant Specialist in Sector 2 at the hospital.

As well as providing psychiatric care to the "departement" of Upper Rhine, the hospital is home to a large research unit, known as FORENAP (Foundation for Research in Neuroscience Applied to Psychiatry). The research projects of the unit include electroencephalography, neuroendocrinology, and brain imaging: we have a 3-Tesla nuclear magnetic resonance device.

Where I work (46K)New unit (19K)The first picture (taken in 1996) shows the offices of FORENAP and of the clinical unit and, under construction, a new building to house a magnetoencephalography (MEG) unit. The second photograph shows the new building completed; it was officially opened by Dr Hiroshi Nakajima, head of the World Health Organization, in May 1997.

My research interests include the pathophysiology and treatment of negative symptoms in schizophrenia. I was the rapporteur of a working group which has formulated guidelines for clinical trials in patients with negative symptoms. These guidelines have been published:

Negative symptoms in schizophrenia: considerations for clinical trials. Psychopharmacology (1994) 115: 221-228.

Schizophrene Negativsymptomatik: Ueberlegungen fuer klinische Studien. In: H.-J. Moeller and G. Laux (eds): "Fortschritte in der Diagnostik und Therapie schizophrener Minussymptomatik," pp291-296; Springer-Verlag, Vienna, 1994.

I would welcome comments and discussion from others working in this and related fields.

Psychotherapy and homosexuality

Until recently, training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Great Britain was refused to homosexuals. When a notoriously anti-gay psychoanalyst, Professor Charles Socarides, was invited to give the annual lecture of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, there was a storm of protest. The lecture was cancelled and the British psychoanalytic training institutes were forced to re-examine their attitudes toward gay therapists. You can read a report of the current situation.

An article about HIV, AIDS and human rights appeared in the "British Medical Journal" on 27 April 1996. The author, Dr Renee Danziger, and I subsequently had a lively exchange of e-mails. To find out more...

The town of Rouffach

Rouffach (89K) Lower left: the old Town Hall (1581 - 1618), with Witches' Tower. Centre right: the church "Notre Dame de l'Assomption", begun in 1060, mainly 13th century. In the background, the Chateau d'Isembourg (now a hotel and restaurant) and the Vosges.



Last updated: 01 Jan 2010

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