Dr. F. Markus Leweke, MD MA

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Scientific interests:

Role of the endogenous cannabinoid system in psychiatric disorders
New psychopharmakological strategies for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders
Biomarkers for diagnosis and course of psychiatric disorders

Prof. Dr. F. Markus Leweke



PubMed-search: Leweke FM [Auth] OR Leweke M [Auth] OR Leweke MF [Auth]


Academic Education:

1984-1991 Study of Medicine, University of Cologne (Germany) and
University of New South Wales, Sydney (Australia)
1991 License as Medical Doctor, Cologne

2013-2016 Master program "Health Business Management and Health Economics", Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Cologne (Germany) 2016 Master of Arts (M.A.)


Doctoral thesis:

1993 Doctor of medicine, University of Cologne
"Effects of pentylenetrazole and baclofen in rat hippocampus in vitro."



2004 Lecturer and venia legendi in "Psychiatry and Psychotherapy", University of Cologne
"Endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids in schizophrenia"


Board certificates and training authorizations:

1996 Psychiatry 1999 Specialty Psychotherapy 2000 Neurology 2003 Psychiatry and Psychotherapy 2009 Full training authorization for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy


Professional activity:

1991–1992 Intern, Institute of Neurophysiology, University of Cologne
(Prof. Dr. U. Heinemann)
1992–1993 Intern, Dept. of Neurology, Alfried-Krupp-Hospital, Essen
(Directors: Prof. Dr. J. Noth and Prof. Dr. P. Berlit)
1993 Post doc, Institute of Neurophysiology, University of Cologne
(Prof. Dr. U. Heinemann)
1993–1996 Resident in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Dept. of Clinical Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
(Director: Prof. Dr. Dr. H. M. Emrich)
1996–1997 Resident in Neurology, Dept. of Epileptology, University of Bonn
(Director: Prof. Dr. C. E. Elger, FRCP)
1997–1999 Senior Psychiatrist and Deputy Head, Dept of General Psychiatry – Addiction Medicine (Head: Dr. W. Burtscheidt), Psychiatric Hospital, Heinrich-Heine-University, LVR-Kliniken Duesseldorf (Director: Prof. Dr. W. Gaebel) 1998 Research visit at the Neuroscience Institute, San Diego, California
(Prof. D. Piomelli, Ph.D.)
1999-2008Senior Psychiatrist and Lecturer, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Cologne - University of Excellence
(Director: Prof. Dr. J. Klosterkötter)
Head of the RG Experimental and Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology
2008-2009Deputy Director, ibid. since 2009W3 Full Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,
Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg - University of Excellence
Associate Medical Director, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
(Director: Prof. Dr. A. Meyer-Lindenberg, MD PhD)
Head Center of Excellence of Research in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

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