CIN Members

In 2007, the CIN started with 25 principal investigators as cluster applicants, as stipulated in the DFG call for bids. When the CIN cluster was approved further  scientists from a range of institutions were incorporated, to make up the 48 'founding members' of the CIN. Since the beginning of 2014 the CIN has consisted of over 80 scientists in total. The membership process involves an application to the steering committee in which the candidate outlines his or her scientific profile and submits a list of publications. The committee's decision is based purely on the scientific excellence of each candidate.

CIN Members

Prof. Dr. Katrin Giel

Organization: University Hospital Tübingen


Osianderstrasse 5
72076 Tübingen

Phone number: +49 (0)7071 29 86719

Department: Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy

Position: Head of Research Group

Area: CIN Members

Field of Research

Our group is interested in psychobiological mechanisms in the regulation of eating behavior, especially the framework of impulsivity, including concepts such as reward sensitivity, inhibitory control and emotion regulation. We are studying these mechanisms across the whole spectrum of body weight, especially in extreme weight conditions such as underweight, as it is seen in the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, and overweight/obesity. We are aiming at a translation research approach by using results from experimental studies as a basis for the development of novel and innovative treatment/training approaches for eating and weight disorders. A second focus of our work is on body image, also especially in extreme weight conditions, and how this can be assessed with novel techniques, e.g. using virtual reality applications.


In our experimental studies, we are using different psychophysiological and brain imaging techniques, assessing e.g. attentional processing of food cues or inhibitory control in response to food cues. Methods include e.g. eye tracking, EEG, EMG, MEG, NIRS and fMRI.


Anorexia nervosa; binge eating; body image; eating behavior; eating disorders; emotion regulation; impulsivity; obesity; reward sensitivity


Mölbert SC, Mohler BJ, Thaler A, Streuber S, Romero J, Black MJ, Zipfel S, Karnath HO, Giel KE. Assessing body image in anorexia nervosa using biometric self-avatars in virtual reality: Attitudinal components rather than visual body size estimation are distorted. Psychological Medicine, 2018; 48(4):642-653.

Leehr EJ, Schag K, Dresler T, Grosse-Wentrup M, Hautzinger M, Fallgatter AJ, Zipfel S, Giel KE*, Ehlis AC*. Food specific inhibitory control under negative mood in binge eating disorder – evidence from a multi-method approach. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 2018; 51(2):112-123.

Giel KE, Teufel M, Junne F, Zipfel S, Schag K. Food-related impulsivity in obesity and Binge Eating Disorder – a systematic update of the evidence. Nutrients, 2017; 9(11). pii: E1170.

Zipfel S, Wild B, Groß G, Friederich HC, Teufel M, Schellberg D, Giel KE, et al. on behalf of the ANTOP study group. Focal psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and optimised treatment as usual in outpatients with anorexia nervosa (ANTOP study): randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 2014; 383: 127-137.

Giel KE, Friederich HC, Teufel M, Hautzinger M, Enck P, Zipfel S. Attentional processing of food pictures in individuals with anorexia nervosa – an eye-tracking study. Biological Psychiatry, 2011; 69: 661-667.