Prof. Anja Schneider is the Director of the Department of Neurodegenerative Disease and Geriatric Psychiatry at the University Clinic of Bonn and Research Group Leader Translational Dementia Research at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE).
Anja received specific training and has expertise in geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatric/degenerative diseases, including biomarker, observational and interventional trials. The dual training allows her to specially focus on translational research aspects. Here group has a long-standing interest in the function of extracellular vesicles in neurodegenerative diseases, e.g. spreading versus clearance of aggregated protein. Another focus are CSF and blood exosomes as biomarkers in neurodegenerative diseases. Recently, she also started to investigate the role of oligodendroglia in neurodegenerative diseases.
Anja Schneider studied medicine in Heidelberg and Hamburg and graduated in 2001. After a postgraduate study in molecular biology at Hamburg university and a doctoral thesis project on tau phosphorylation she received her MD in 2003. After a residency at the department for neurology, university Tübingen and at the department for psychiatry, university Göttingen, she received her board certification in psychiatry and psychotherapy in 2011.
In 2012 she received a Heisenberg fellowship from the German Research Foundation followed by a W2 professorship for translational dementia research at the university medical center and the DZNE Göttingen. Between 2012 and 2016 her lab was hosted by the MPI for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen.
In 2016 she received a W3 professorship for clinical dementia research at DZNE Bonn and was appointed Director of the department for neurodegenerative diseases and gerontopsychiatry at the University Clinic of Bonn.
Prof. Schneider was also awarded several times. In 2008 she received the Steinberg Krupp Award for Alzheimer research and in 2015 the award from the German Society for Psychiatry and Psychoterapy.