Michael N. Smolka, Prof. Dr. med.

Deputy Spokesperson; Head Section of Systems Neuroscience, Professor (W2) VCF

Michael N. Smolka

Contact information

Faculty of Medicine Carl Gustav Carus
Department of Psychiatry und Psychotherapy

Section of System Neuroscience
Würzburger Strasse 35, 01187 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 463-42201
E-Mail: michael.smolka@tu-dresden.de

Scientific Education

2006Habilitation in Psychiatry, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Mentor: Prof. Dr. Karl Mann)
1996M.D., Freie Universität Berlin (Advisor: Prof. Dr. em. Hanfried Helmchen)
1992Medizinisches Staatsexamen, Freie Universität Berlin

Professional Experience

Since 06/2009 Professor (W2) for Systems Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany 
Since 01/2007Head Section of Systems Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
10/2001 – 12/2006Senior researcher, attending, Department of Addictive Behaviour and Addiction Medicine, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany
01/1994 – 09/2001Residency in Psychiatry and Neurology, Research fellow in Psychiatry, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

2011Human Brain Mapping Editor's Choice Award for best paper published in 2010
2009Mitchell B. Balter Award of Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
1996Medical doctor theses award of the W.E.-Heraeus Foundation
Since 2008Editorial Board Addiction Biology and Sucht
Since 2007Reviewer for DFG and funding other agencies
Since 2004Reviewer for numerous journals, such as: Addiction, Addiction Biology, Alcoholism: Clinical Experimental Research, Archives of General Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Neuroscience, Molecular Psychiatry, Nature Neuroscience

Selected Publications

Kobiella, A., Reimold, M., Ulshöfer, D.E., Ikonomidou, V.N., Vollmert, C., Vollstädt-Klein, S., Rietschel, M., Reischl, G., Heinz, A. & Smolka, M.N. (2011). How the serotonin transporter 5-HTTLPR polymorphism influences amygdala function: the roles of in vivo serotonin transporter expression and amygdala structure. Translational Psychiatry 1:e37; dx.doi.org/10.1038/tp.2011.29

Bühler, M., Vollstädt-Klein, S., Kobiella, A., Budde, H., Reed, L.J., Braus, D.F., Büchel, C. & Smolka, M.N. (2010). Nicotine Dependence Is Characterized by Disordered Reward Processing in a Network Driving Motivation. Biological Psychiatry 67(8):745-752.

Smolka, M.N., Bühler, M., Schumann, G., Klein, S., Hu, X.Z., Moayer, M., Zimmer, A., Wrase, J., Flor, H., Mann, K., Braus, D.F., Goldman, D. & Heinz, A. (2007). Gene-gene effects on central processing of aversive stimuli. Molecular Psychiatry, 12 (3), 307-317.

Heinz, A., Braus, D.F., Smolka, M.N., Wrase, J., Puls, I., Hermann, D., Klein, S., Grüsser, S.M., Flor, H., Schumann, G., Mann, K. & Büchel, C. (2005). Amygdala-prefrontal coupling depends on a genetic variation of the serotonin transporter. Nature Neuroscience, 8(1), 20-21.

Smolka, M.N., Schumann, G., Wrase, J., Grüsser, S.M., Flor, H., Mann, K. et al. (2005). Catechol O-methyltransferase val158-met genotype affects processing of emotional stimuli in the amygdala and prefrontal cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience, 25, 836-842.