The Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics is one out of three departments of the Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. The participating centre takes responsibility for a defined catchment area in Zurich-City of about 160,000 inhabitants. The Department comprises currently 120 beds and additionally offers specialised care in a Centre of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, in a Crisis Centre and in another Centre of Drug Medicine. As such the Department disposes of a wide range of in- and outpatient facilities with the focus on chronically mentally ill. The Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics is endued with a Research Division of Clinical and Social Psychiatry under the responsibility of the Head and Clinical Director of the Department. The Research Division is divided in four Research Groups, one concerned with experimental psychopathology, another with substance use disorders, the third research group with military and disaster psychiatry, and finally the research group Public Mental Health. From February 1, 2013, the department will be merged with the neighboring department of Affective Disorders and General Psychiatry (head: Prof. Dr. Erich Seifritz).
The Zurich site is responsible for the recruitment of patient with schizophrenia and also participants in an at risk state of schizophrenia. The Zurich site willl provide psychopathological testing and diagnostic estimation of the participants. Moreover, Wolfram Kawohl and Karsten Heekeren will provide data processing and evaluation of the neurophysiological data.