Mathias Berger was born August 20, 1947 in Hagen, Germany. From 1954 to 1966, he was with the High School at Wetter/Ruhr; 1966 to 1972, with the University of Cologne and Bonn Medical School; 1972 to 1974, with the University of Cologne and Bonn Internship; in 1974, he received his M.D. degree. He had training from 1974 to 1978 at the University of Cologne, as a Resident and research trainee at the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology; 1978 to 1981 at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry Munich, as a Resident in Psychiatry; 1981 to 1982 at the District Hospital Kaufbeuren, as a Resident in Psychiatry. From 1983 to 1985, he was with the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry Munich, as a Deputy Head of the Department of Psychiatry; in 1985, he was with the University of Munich, Faculty of Medicine, as a Lecturer for Psychiatry; in 1986, he was with Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry Munich, as the Head of the Department of Psychiatry II; from 1986 to 1990 he was with the Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim, as a Deputy Director and Professor of Psychiatry; since 1990, he has been with the University Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychosomatics, as the Director; in 1986, he was the Award of the Anna-Monika-Foundation for research on depression (jointly with Prof. von Zerssen); from 1993 to 1994, he was the President of the German Society of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine; from 2002 to 2004, he was the President of the German Society of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Neurology; from 1999 to 2002, he was the Dean of Studies, Faculty of Medicines, University of Freiburg; since 2007, he has been a Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
Biography Updated on 27 August 2009