Winter School: Sex Hormones and the Brain
Matariki Winter School and Symposium 2018

from: 2018, 31 Jan - 09:00 to: 2018, 02 Feb - 17:00

From January 31st to February 2nd 2018, the CIN, the University of Tübingen and the University of Uppsala are happy to invite you to our Matariki Winter School & Symposium on “Sex hormones and the brain” hosted at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Tübingen.

Find a complete schedule for download here. Abstracts of talks can be found here.


The Winter School attendees will have a unique opportunity to learn about the effects of human sex hormones on essential aspects of mental health and disease, including mood, structural and functional brain connectivity, (social) cognition, metabolism and gender from the leading international researchers during four designated symposia.

An honorary lecture will be given by Niels Birbaumer, professor at the University of Tübingen, who inspired and significantly influenced the field of Biological Psychology and Neuroscience. Leading experts on post-partum depression, Vibe G. Frokjaer from University of Copenhagen, and gender differences, Ute Habel from RWTH Aachen University, will present their most important and most recent findings in two keynote lectures.

Honorary and keynote lectures are open to the public.

Participants will also have an opportunity to present their own work as a poster at the Poster Blitz and receive feedback from their fellows as well as more experienced colleagues at a Poster session.

The event is organized within the framework of the Matariki Network of Universities, as part of the network's 'Brain and Mind' focus field.


To be female or male is one of the most important biological determinants of life with critical consequences for several aspects ranging from cognitive and emotional behavior to human health. Consequently, sex hormone levels differ between women and men and influence brain structure and function prenatally. However, sex hormones also have life-long active effects on human behavior and the brain. Yet, until recently sex-related differences were almost completely neglected and brain research was mostly performed in male animals and men. Focusing on male organisms has critical consequences for human health inasmuch as studying only 50% of the population ignores the other half of humankind.

• Honorary lecture

Prof. Dr. Niels Birbaumer (University of Tübingen): From musical talent and hormones to brain computer interfaces

• Keynotes

Prof. Dr. Vibe G. Frokjaer (University of Copenhagen): Sex hormone fluctuations as a risk model for depressive episodes; implications for stratification

Prof. Dr. Ute Habel (RWTH Aachen University): Putting gender into question: from sex differences to gender dysphoria



Symposium: Sex Hormones and Mood


PD Dr. Julia Sacher (MPI Leipzig): Sex-hormone fluctuations as a risk model for postpartum mood disorders

Dr. Malin Gingnell (University of Uppsala): Premenstrual dysphoria

Prof. Inger Sundstörm Poromaa (University of Uppsala): Mental health effects of hormonal contraceptives – a small problem affecting many



Symposium: Sex Hormones and Cognition



Dr. Belinda Pletzer (University of Salzburg): Sex differences in cognitive strategies

Dr. Janine Bayer (University of Hamburg): The effects of estrogen on emotional memory and its neuronal correlates

Dr. Lydia Kogler (University of Tübingen): Impact of sex hormones and cortisol on functional connectivity of the amygdala in women and men



Symposium: Sex Hormones and Clinical



Dr. Martin Walter (University of Tübingen): Sex differences and psychopathology

Dr. Bastian Amend (University of Tübingen): Gender reassignment surgery in gender dysphoria

Prof. Dr. Fotis Papadopoulus (University of Uppsala): Gender dysphoria from a psychiatrist’s perspective


Symposium: Sex Hormones and the Brain



Dr. Judy Kipping (National University of Singapore): Sex differences in brain development: A focus on cerebello-cortical functional connectivity and cognitive functions in boys

Dr. Veronika Müller (Jülich Research Centre): Functional connectivity and its implications in gender research

Prof. Anna-Karin Wikström (University of Uppsala): MR studies of cerebral physiology and metabolism in normal pregnancy and preeclampsia





Poster presentations are not mandatory but highly encouraged! Posters will be discussed at a Poster Blitz and an additional poster session.

How to register

Registration requires your contact data and an abstract of your poster if you want to present it during Poster Blitz and Poster Session. Please register via e-mail to by October 31st, 2017.

–––Update: Registration deadline extended to November 17th, 2017!–––

Participation Fee

Your participation fee includes covers registration, day-time snacks at the venue and your ticket to the dinner party.

  • €50 for PhD students
  • €100 for postdoctoral fellows and professors

The fee should be paid upon registration to “Universitätsklinikum Tübingen“, IBAN: DE41600501017477503793, BIC: SOLADEST600.

Winter School "Sex Hormones & the Brain" is also financially supported by the Rectorate of the University of Tübingen and Universitätsbund Tübingen e.V.


• University Clinic Tübingen
• University of Uppsala

Contact: Prof. Dr. Birgit Derntl, Prof. Dr. Manfred Hallschmid



Location: Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Tübingen
  • University of Tübingen
  • University Hospital Tübingen
  • Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience