TRiP research group


Dr. F. Markus Leweke, MD MA
Professor and Chair in Youth Depression Studies, University of Sydney
Work Group Leader, Central Institute of Mental Health

Scientific interests:
Trajectories for diagnosis and course of psychiatric disorders
Role of the endogenous cannabinoid system in psychiatric disorders
New psychopharmakological strategies for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders

PubMed-search: Leweke FM [Auth] OR Leweke M [Auth] OR Leweke MF [Auth]
Academic Education:
Study of Medicine, University of Cologne (Germany) and University of New South Wales, Sydney (Australia)
1991 License as Medical Doctor, Cologne (Germany)

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
2009-2017 Full training authorization for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Professional activity:
Intern, Institute of Neurophysiology, University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. U. Heinemann)
Intern, Dept. of Neurology, Alfried-Krupp-Hospital, Essen (Directors: Prof. Dr. J. Noth and Prof. Dr. P. Berlit)
Post doc, Institute of Neurophysiology, University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. U. Heinemann)
Resident in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Dept. of Clinical Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Director: Prof. Dr. Dr. H. M. Emrich)
Resident in Neurology, Dept. of Epileptology, University of Bonn (Director: Prof. Dr. C. E. Elger, FRCP)
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)
Research visit at the Neuroscience Institute, San Diego, California (Prof. D. Piomelli, Ph.D.)
Senior Psychiatrist and Lecturer, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Cologne (Director: Prof. Dr. J. Klosterkötter), Head of the RG Experimental and Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology
Deputy Director, ibid.
W3 Full Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg,
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
2017 to current
Professor and Chair in Youth Depression Studies, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, Australia and Work Group Leader, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany
2018 to current
Consultant Psychiatrist and Director Youth Depression Studies, Royal Prince Alfried University Hospital Sydney