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CDS Seminar : 21st Jan 2019: “Towards precision medicine in psychiatry”

21 Jan @ 2:00 PM -- 3:00 PM

Department of Computational and Data Sciences

Department Seminar

SPEAKER     : Thomas Wolfers, Post Doc at Radboud University

TITLE            : Towards precision medicine in psychiatry

DATE/TIME  : January 21, 2019 (Monday) 02:00 PM

VENUE          : 102 CDS Seminar Hall.


Group-level differences disguise a large biological heterogeneity and extreme inter-individual differences between patients with the same mental disorder. This strongly suggests that the ‘average patient’ is a non-informative construct in psychiatry, that falls apart when mapping abnormalities at the level of the individual patient. Here, we present a workable route towards precision medicine in psychiatry after a general introduction to pattern recognition methodology in the context of mental disorders. Further, we address the main challenges the field confronted in the last twenty years and present an outlook on the future by introducing two principles a refinement by integration and heterogeneity mapping through normative models.



Before entering higher education, Thomas Wolfers explored various countries in southeast Asia, Australia and Europe. In these countries, he worked as kindergarten teacher, solar technician, fruit picker and archeological assistant. He completed his study in psychology (BSc) in 2010 and continued with cognitive neuroscience, which he successfully finished in 2012 (MSc). Before he started pursuing a PhD degree in psychiatry, neuroscience and machine learning/pattern recognition (2014), he worked in a psychiatric clinic and visited various meditation and yoga teachers in Asia. He successfully submitted his PhD thesis on the 31st of March 2018. Currently, Thomas is employed as a PostDoc at the Radboud University working on the development and application of machine learning methods bridging the fields of neuroimaging, genetics, psychiatry and machine learning. Thomas higher education took place at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and he lived for an extended period of time in Puducherry (India). He is interested in building sustainable collaborations between the Radboud University, in particular, the groups of Prof. Christian Beckmann and Prof. Andre Marquand and groups at the Indian Institute of Science.

Host Faculty: Dr. Partha Pratim Talukdar



21 Jan
2:00 PM -- 3:00 PM


Partha Talukdar


Room No: 102 (Seminar Hall of CDS)