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Biography

Dr Renate Thienel graduated in Germany (B.A. [Hons.] M.Psych. [Research], Ph.D. [Dr. rer. nat.]). She is affiliated with the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Member of the Australasian Cognitive Neurosciences Society, the Human Brain Mapping Society, the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research and affiliated member with the Schizophrenia Research Institute. Renate currently holds a University of Newcastle Postdoctoral Research Position and is based at the Priority Centre for Translational Neuroscience & Mental Health Research, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science & IT. Her research focuses on the aetiologies of neuro-cognitive disorders by studying event related potentials, functional magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and diffusion tensor imaging. Renate collaborates with national and international colleagues on various neuroimaging research projects into healthy brain development, schizophrenia, the prediction of transition to psychosis, the shared biological basis of schizophrenia and a genetically high risk population (22q11DS), and a novel neuro-feedback procedure to modify brain perfusion using functional magnetic resonance imaging with applications for cerebral stroke and neurocognitive rehabilitation in schizophrenia and dementia. Her strong translational approach also includes the creation of a normative database of electroencephalographically recorded sensory auditory memory function in children and adolescents with great potential as a diagnostic tool for the detection of “at-risk mental state”. She currently supervises several Research Higher Degree Students, including a PhD candidate and international students from the University of Bremen in Germany and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Renate is frequently invited to peer-review manuscript submissions and project grant applications to the NHMRC and the Hunter Medical Research Institute. Dr Renate Thienel’s expertise in cognitive neuroscience and her collaborative spirit is highly regarded by her colleagues in Newcastle as well as nationally and internationally due to her successful participation in several multi-site/multi-disciplinary research projects. With a track record in advanced brain imaging and neuropsychology, Renate more recently developed translational applications of her research, aiming to intervene into cerebral reorganisation and thereby remediating impaired brain functions as they occur in neurodevelopmental disorders, cerebral stroke and dementias.

 

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Bochum - Germany, 16/01/2007
  • Diploma in Psychology, University of Dusseldorf - Germany, 15/01/1998

Research

Research keywords

  • EEG
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuropsychology
  • Schizophrenia
  • fMRI

Research expertise

Dr Renate Thienel graduated in Germany (B.A. [Hons.] M.Psych. [Research], Ph.D. [Dr. rer. nat.]). She is affiliated with the Hunter Medical Research Institute and the Schizophrenia Research Institute. She is an active member of the Australasian Society of Psychiatric Research. Renate currently holds a University of Newcastle Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2009-2013) and is based at the Priority Centre for Translational Neuroscience & Mental Health Research. Her research focuses on the aetiologies of neuro-cognitive disorders by studying event related potentials, functional magnetic resonance imaging (including realtime fMRI and pharmacological fMRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and diffusion tensor imaging.

Languages

  • English
  • German

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
170205Neurocognitive Patterns And Neural Networks50
110900Neurosciences30
110300Clinical Sciences20

Administrative

Administrative expertise

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Teaching

Teaching expertise

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Publications

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Chapter (1 outputs)

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2013Seiferth N, Thienel R, 'Exekutive Funktionen', Funktionelle MRT in Psychiatrie und Neurologie, Springer, Berlin 359-374 (2013) [B1]

Journal article (22 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014McCabe KL, Atkinson RJ, Cooper G, Melville JL, Harris J, Schall U, et al., 'Pre-pulse inhibition and antisaccade performance indicate impaired attention modulation of cognitive inhibition in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS).', J Neurodev Disord, 6 38 (2014)
2014Knechtel L, Schall U, Cooper G, Ramadan S, Stanwell P, Jolly T, Thienel R, 'Transcranial direct current stimulation of prefrontal cortex: An auditory event-related potential and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy study', Neurology Psychiatry and Brain Research, (2014)
2013Knechtel L, Thienel R, Schall U, 'Transcranial direct current stimulation: neurophysiology and clinical applications', NEUROPSYCHIATRY, 3 89-96 (2013) [C1]
2013Cabanis M, Pyka M, Mehl S, Müller BW, Loos-Jankowiak S, Winterer G, et al., 'The precuneus and the insula in self-attributional processes', Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 13 330-345 (2013) [C1]
2012Voss B, Thienel RA, Reske M, Kellermann T, Sheldrick AJ, Halfter S, et al., 'Cholinergic blockade under working memory demands encountered by increased rehearsal strategies: evidence from fMRI in healthy subjects', European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 262 329-339 (2012) [C1]
2011Stain HJ, Payne KT, Thienel RA, Michie PT, Carr V, Kelly BJ, 'The feasibility of videoconferencing for neuropsychological assessments of rural youth experiencing early psychosis', Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 17 328-331 (2011) [C1]
2010Voss B, Thienel RA, Reske M, Habel U, Kircher T, 'Cognitive performance and cholinergic transmission: influence of muscarinic and nicotinic receptor blockade', European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 260 S106-S110 (2010) [C1]
2009Kircher T, Thienel RA, Wagner M, Reske M, Habel U, Kellermann T, et al., 'Neuregulin 1 ICE-single nucleotide polymorphism in first episode schizophrenia correlates with cerebral activation in fronto-temporal areas', European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 259 72-79 (2009) [C1]
2009Thienel RA, Kellermann T, Schall UA, Voss B, Reske M, Halfter S, et al., 'Muscarinic antagonist effects on executive control of attention', International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 12 1307-1317 (2009) [C1]
2009Thienel RA, Voss B, Kellermann T, Reske M, Halfter S, Sheldrick AJ, et al., 'Nicotinic antagonist effects on functional attention networks', International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 12 1295-1305 (2009) [C1]
2008Vob B, Thienel R, Leucht S, Kircher T, 'Therapy of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. A systematic overview', Der Nervenarzt: Monatsschrift fuer alle Gebiete nervenaerztlicher Forschung und Praxis, 79 47-59 (2008) [C1]
2007Schneider F, Habel U, Reske M, Kellermann T, Stoecker T, Shah NJ, et al., 'Neural correlates of working memory dysfunction in first-episode schizophrenia patients: An fMRI multi-center study', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, 89 198-210 (2007) [C1]
2007Thienel R, Voss B, Reske M, Kellermann T, Halfter S, Sheldrick A, et al., 'Pharmacological modulation in fMRI: muscarinergic and nicotinergic parts of the concentration network according to Posner', NERVENARZT, 78 272-272 (2007)
2007Rogge G, Thienel R, Kellermann T, Kircher T, 'Modulation of cortical activation in the fMRT under cognitive requirements after one time administration of selective serotonin and noradrenalin-reuptake inhibitor for healthy test person', NERVENARZT, 78 258-258 (2007)
2007Voss B, Thienel R, Reske M, Kellermann T, Halfter S, Sheldrick A, et al., 'Connection between cognition and the cholinergic system: The significance of muscarinergic and nicotinergic transmission for concentration process of healthy test persons in the fMRI', NERVENARZT, 78 272-272 (2007)
2005Kircher TTJ, Thienel R, 'Functional brain imaging of symptoms and cognition in schizophrenia', BOUNDARIES OF CONSCIOUSNESS: NEUROBIOLOGY AND NEUROPATHOLOGY, 150 299-308 (2005) [C1]
2005Rasser PE, Johnston PJ, Lagopoulos J, Ward PB, Schall UA, Thienel R, et al., 'Functional MRI BOLD response to Tower of London performance of first-episode schizophrenia patients using cortical pattern matching', Neuroimage, 26 941-951 (2005) [C1]
2004Bender S, Dittmann-Balcar A, Prehn G, Thienel R, Peters S, Gastpar M, 'How do patients with schizophrenia experience computer-based cognitive training?', NERVENARZT, 75 44-+ (2004)
2003Schall UA, Johnston PJ, Lagopoulos J, Juptner M, Jentzen W, Thienel R, et al., 'Functional brain maps of Tower of London performance: a positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging study', NeuroImage, 1154-1161 (2003) [C1]
2001Thienel R, Bender S, Oades RD, Dittmann-Balcar A, Rao M, Schall UA, 'Auditory gating, neuropsychology and D2-receptor occupancy in an one-year follow-up treatment study on schizophrenia', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, 49 210-210 (2001)
2000Thienel R, Butorac M, Schall U, Bender S, Wolstein J, Dittmann-Balcar A, Oades RD, 'Tower of London performance in first to third episode patients with schizophrenia: A follow up study on executive function', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, 41 284-284 (2000)
1999Dittmann-Balcar A, Thienel R, Schall U, 'Attention-dependent allocation of auditory processing resources as measured by mismatch negativity', NEUROREPORT, 10 3749-3753 (1999)
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Conference (22 outputs)

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2012Stain HJ, Paulik G, Atkinson RJ, Carr VJ, Curtis J, Ehlkes T, et al., 'Clinical, social and neurocognitive functioning in youth at ultra high risk for psychosis: Baseline findings from the Minds in Transition (MINT) longitudinal cohort', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, San Francisco, CA (2012) [E3]
2010Paulik G, Atkinson RJ, Carr V, Clark S, Curtis J, Langdon R, et al., 'Minds in transition (MINT): A prospective study examining neurocognitive correlates of transition from ultra-high risk mental state to schizophrenia', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Thienel RA, Pauly K, Kellermann T, Voss B, Kircher T, 'Functional correlates of the non self-serving attributional bias - A pilot study', Schizophrenia Research, Florence, Italy (2010) [E3]
2010Thienel R, Pauly K, Kellermann T, Kircher T, 'FUNCTIONAL CORRELATES OF THE NON SELF-SERVING ATTRIBUTIONAL BIAS: A PILOT STUDY', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY (2010) [E3]
2010Baharnoori M, Bartholomeusz C, Boucher AA, Buchy L, Chaddock C, Chiliza B, et al., 'The 2nd Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference, 10-14 April 2010, Florence, Italy: Summaries of oral sessions', Schizophrenia Research (2010) [E3]
2009Thienel RA, Voss B, Kellermann T, Reske M, Halfter S, Sheldrick AJ, et al., 'Nicotinic antagonist effects on functional attention networks', Schizophrenia Bulletin, San Diego, CA (2009) [E3]
2009Pauly K, Lengsfeld I, Loos S, Rotarska-Jagiela A, Musso F, Ciaramidaro A, et al., 'Probabilistic reasoning in psychosis: First results of a German multi-center project on the neural correlates of a cognitive behavioral therapy', Schizophrenia Bulletin, San Diego, CA (2009) [E3]
2008Thienel RA, Voss B, Reske M, Kellermann T, Halfter S, Sheldrick AJ, et al., 'Pharmacological modulation during FMRI: muscaring and nicotinic proportions of the attention network according to Posner', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008Voss B, Thienel RA, Reske M, Kellermann T, Halfter S, Sheldrick A, et al., 'The connection between cognition and cholinergic transmission: Influence of muscarinic and nicotinic transmission on cognitive processes in fMRI', Schizophrenia Research, Venice, Italy (2008) [E3]
2008Mueller BW, Timmers R, Thienel RA, Scherbaum N, Wiltfang J, Bender S, 'Effects of age, gender and education on cognitive performance in schizophrenia patients', Schizophrenia Research, Venice, Italy (2008) [E3]
2007Cohen M, Johnston PJ, Ehlkes T, Carr VJ, Ward PB, Thienel R, Schall UA, 'FMRI in first-episode schizophrenia and heavy cannabis users', Schizophrenia Bulletin (Abstracts of the 11th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research), Colorado Springs, Colorado (2007) [E3]

Co-authors: ULRICH SCHALL

2007Kircher TT, Thienel R, Wagner M, Reske M, Habel U, Kellermann T, et al., 'Neuregulin 1 ICE-SNP in first episode schizophrenia correlates with cerebral activation in fronto-temporal areas', SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN, Savannah, GA (2007)
2006Cohen M, Ehlkes T, Carr VJ, Ward PB, Johnston PJ, Thienel R, et al., 'Hits from the bong: An update on a functional imaging study of cannabis use and schizophrenia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Fremantle, Western Australia (2006) [E3]

Co-authors: ULRICH SCHALL

2006Kircher T, Thienel R, Habel U, Klein M, Kellermann T, Braus DF, et al., 'Variation in NRG 1 affects cerebral activation during a working memory task in first episode schizophrenia', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, Davos, SWITZERLAND (2006)
2005Klein M, Habel U, Kellermann I, Wagner M, Ruhrmann S, Mueller B, et al., 'Cerebral dysfunctions during cognitive and emotional performance in first-episode schizophrenia patients: A multicenter longitudinal fMRI study', SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN, Savannah, GA (2005)
2003Rasser PE, Johnston P, Lagopoulos J, Ward PB, Schall U, Thienel R, et al., 'Analysis of fMRI bold activation during the Tower of London task using cortical pattern matching', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, COLORADO SPINGS, COLORADO (2003)
2003Klein A, Habel U, Kellermann T, Koch K, Braus D, Frodl T, et al., 'Functional cerebral deficits during cognitive performance in first-episode schizophrenia patients: A multi-center fMRI study', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, COLORADO SPINGS, COLORADO (2003)
2003Thienel R, Bender S, Muller BW, Gizewski E, Schall U, 'Cognitive sub-components in solving the Tower of London test - An fMRI study in healthy volunteers and patients with schizophrenia', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, COLORADO SPINGS, COLORADO (2003)
2003Bender S, Thienel R, Dittmann-Balcar A, Tackenberg A, Gastpar M, 'Training effects of computer-based cognitive training in patients with schizophrenia', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, COLORADO SPINGS, COLORADO (2003)
1999Bender S, Wolstein S, Schall UA, Thienel R, Thienel RD, 'Monoamine response to treatment with typical neuroleptics', Schizophrenia Research (1999) [E1]

Co-authors: ULRICH SCHALL

1999Schall UA, Butorac M, Zerbin D, Dittmann-Balcar A, Bender S, Wolstein J, et al., 'Serotonin metabolism increases with improved ERP indices of selective information processing: a treatment follow-up study on first and second episode patients with schizophrenia', Current Opinion in Psychiatry (1999) [E1]

Co-authors: ULRICH SCHALL

1999Dittmann-Balcar A, Thienel R, Schall UA, 'Attention modulation of mismatch negativity?', Current Opinion in Psychiatry (1999) [E1]

Co-authors: ULRICH SCHALL

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants15
Total funding$520,853

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2014 (2 grants)

Mapping whole-brain metabolic networks$25,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel, Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis, Doctor Juanita Todd, Associate Professor Peter Stanwell, Professor Mark Parsons, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020142014
GNo:G1301285

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel
SchemeRole
PVC Conference Assistance GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1401236

2012 (2 grants)

Exploring the neurobiological basis of visual processing deficits in velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS; 22q11DS) - a genetically defined risk population for schizophrenia$12,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Linda Campbell, Doctor Renate Thienel, Doctor Kathryn McCabe
SchemeRole
Strategic Small GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,00020122012
GNo:G1401096

CINP - World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Stockholm, Sweden, 3-7 June 2012$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020122012
GNo:G1200545

2011 (6 grants)

Self-regulation of regional brain activation and its underlying metabolic correlates - translational neuroimaging research evaluating real-time fMRI neurofeedback as a potential therapeutic tool$9,820
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,82020112011
GNo:G1101157

Salience and the pharmacology of the mismatch negativity (MMN) system$9,300
Funding Body: Monash University

Project Team
Doctor Juanita Todd, Doctor Renate Thienel, Professor Ulli Schall, Professor Pradeep Nathan
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,30020112011
GNo:G1100270

Psychophysiological correlates of cognition and emotion$9,000
Funding Body: Schizophrenia Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel, Professor Ulli Schall
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,00020112011
GNo:G1100666

Salience and the pharmacology of the mismatch negativity (MMN) system$7,500
Funding Body: Schizophrenia Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor Juanita Todd, Doctor Renate Thienel, Professor Ulli Schall, Professor Pradeep Nathan
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,50020112011
GNo:G1000865

A pilot-study of the microstructural integrity of the magnocellular and parvocellular pathways and the association with PRODH and COMT genotype in schizophrenia and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.$5,000
Funding Body: Schizophrenia Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel, Ms Natalie Beveridge, Doctor Linda Campbell, Doctor Kathryn McCabe
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020112011
GNo:G1101139

10th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, Prague, 29 May 2011 - 23 June 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100481

2010 (2 grants)

Maturation of pre-attentive deviance detection measured by Mismatch Negativity - Implications for ultra high risk schizophrenia research$13,868
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel
SchemeRole
Fellowship (Equipment) GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$13,86820102010
GNo:G1000881

2010 Schizophrenia International Research Society Congress, Florence, 10 - 14 April 2010$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020102010
GNo:G1000125

2009 (3 grants)

2008 Research Fellowship - PRCBMHR$419,533
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel
SchemeRole
Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$419,53320092013
GNo:G0189496

International conference on schizophrenia research, San Diego California, 28/4 - 1/4 2009$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020092009
GNo:G0190112

Maturation of pre-attentive deviance detection measured by Mismatch Negativity - Implications for ultra high risk schizophrenia research$1,132
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Renate Thienel
SchemeRole
Fellowship GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,13220092009
GNo:G0190424
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.45

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Current Supervision

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Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20102014PhD (Psychiatry)Co-SupervisorTranscranial Direct Current Stimulation Effects on Auditory Event-Related Potentials in Schizophrenia
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Dr Renate Thienel

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PositionPost Doctoral Research fellow
Centre for Translational Neuroscience & Mental Health
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
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W-Building, School of Psychology, Callaghan Campus,
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URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/renate-thienel