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Florian Zepf

W/Prof Florian Zepf

Chair and Winthrop Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Paediatrics and Child Health, School of (SPACH)

Contact details
Address
School of Paediatrics and Child Health (SPACH)
The University of Western Australia
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
M561, 35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 9340 8176
Email
florian.zepf@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Florian_Zepf
Biography
- Since November 2014: Chair and Winthrop Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth.

- January 2013: Habilitation and venia legendi, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

- July 2012 to October 2014: Consultant, Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University Hospital

- May to June 2012: Consultant function (Funktionsoberarzt), Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Germany

- March 2012: Specialist for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (Germany)

- July to August 2011: Raine Visiting Professorship, University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia

- October 2009: „fMRI Visiting Fellowship“ at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging / Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, USA

- April 2009 to October 2014: Juniorprofessor (W1) for „Translational Neuroscience in Psychiatry and Neurology“ at the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, in co-operation with the Jülich Research Centre within the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA-BRAIN).

- 2006 to 2009: Registrar (Assistenzarzt), Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

- 2004 to 2008: Doctorate thesis, work performed at the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (supervisor: Prof. Dr. med. F. Poustka)

- 1999 – 2006: Medical studies, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Key research
Research on the neurotransmitter serotonin in children, adolescents and adults and its effects in different psychiatric disorders and throughout development
Research on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorders, Mood Disorders and Eating Disorders
Neurofeedback as a treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Neurochemical Challenge Studies
Publications
Some recent publications include:

Helmbold K, Zvyagintsev M, Dahmen B, Bubenzer-Busch S, Gaber TJ, Crockett MJ, Klasen M, Sanchez CL, Eisert A, Konrad K, Habel U, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Zepf FD Effects of serotonin depletion on punishment processing in the orbitofrontal and anterior cingulate cortices of healthy women European Neuropsychopharmacology 2015 (in press)

Biskup C.S., Königschulte W., Janßen M., Hagenah U., Zepf F. D. Neue Drogen – Eine Übersicht. Pädiatrie Up2date. 2015, 1: DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0034-1391279

Biskup C.S., Gaber T.J., Helmbold K., Bubenzer-Busch S., Zepf F.D. Amino acid challenge and depletion techniques in human functional neuroimaging studies – An overview. Amino Acids.2015; 47(4): 651-683.

Schneider I., Regenbogen C., Kohn N., Zepf F.D., Bubenzer-Busch S., Schneider F., Gur R.C., Habel U. Reduced responsiveness to social provocation in autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research. 2015, Jan 21. Doi: 10.1002/aur.1446 [Epub ahead of print]
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- Leadership in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Western Australia
- Expertise in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy
- Specific interests in Neuropsychopharmacology, Developmental Neurobiology and Psychotherapy,
Future research
- Planned research projects involve different aspects of mood and anxiety disorders as well as neurofeedback
Funding received
- Prof. Zepf has received research support from the European Union, the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, the German Society for Social Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, from the Paul and Ursula Klein Foundation, and the Dr. August Scheidel Foundation.
Industrial relevance
Prof. Zepf is the initiator and scientific lead of a project to develop a new and consumer friendly neurofeedback device. Industry partners involved in this projects are the companies NeuroConn (Ilmenau, Germany) and Hasomed (Magdeburg, Germany).
Languages
English, German
Memberships
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI)

Australasian Society for Bipolar & Depressive Disorders (ASBDD)

Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)

Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum (CINP)

German Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie, DGKJP)

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Neuropsychopharmakologie und Pharmakopsychiatrie (AGNP)



Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP)

International Society for Serotonin Research (ISSR, formerly known as “The Serotonin Club”)
Honours and awards
Raine Visiting Professorship, University of Western Australia, funded by the Raine Medical Research Foundation, 2011

International Travel Fellowship Award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP), 64th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, 2009

Travel Grant, GlaxoSmithKline-Foundation, 2008

»Young Minds in Psychiatry Award«, American Psychiatric Association (APA/APIRE), 2007

Travel award, “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Neuropsychopharmakologie und Pharmakopsychiatrie” (AGNP), 2007

D.J. Cohen Fellowship Award, International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), 2006

»Young Scientist Award«, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP), 2005
Teaching
Whole curriculum of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy
Current external positions
Editor in chief for the journal Translational Developmental Psychiatry (www.translationaldevelopmentalpsychiatry.net)
Useful links
www.uwa.edu.au/cap

www.translationaldevelopmentalpsychiatry.net
New and noteworthy
Prof. Zepf is the newly appointed Chair and Winthrop Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UWA.
Current projects
- FemNAT-CD consortium on aggressive behaviour, funded by the European Commission.

- Different MRI-challenge studies on the effects of serotonin on brain function in patients with different psychiatric disorders
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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