PANIK-Netz: Coordination

The Coordinator of the network (panic-net) will be Prof. Volker Arolt, who will serve as a speaker of the scientific board and will be responsible for its activities. He will also be responsible for the Task Forces and the relations to the cooperating partners. Prof. Arolt is the head of the psychiatric department at the University of Münster and has a substantial expertise not only in clinical research trials, but, serving as the dean of the Münster University Hospital, a specific experience in managing complex clinical and scientific procedures, including the development of operating rules. He is supported by a personal assistant full-time. The Scientific Board is formed by the Scientific Directors of the 5 research clusters (together with the Coordinator), who will carry the responsibilities for management of the clusters/projects P2-P7, including adherence to the research plan, completeness and integrity of the data. The directors will closely cooperate with the Coordinator and also with the Dresden Centre which is responsible for the MCT. The five cluster directors will not only be responsible for their respective clusters, but together with the coordinator also share responsibilities for joint network tasks, like Service Components and Task Forces. All cluster directors (Prof. Wittchen, PD Ströhle, Prof. Hamm, Prof. Deckert and Prof. Kircher) have an outstanding reputation and scientific experience. The Principle Investigators (PIs), who are experienced researchers, will be responsible for the management of the single projects. Under the guidance of the Scientific Board, the following activities will be implemented: Task forces will focus on key elements of research and will guarantee a continuous updating and internal control of scientific knowledge on: (1) diagnostic assessment and instruments, (2) treatment, and (3) neurobiology of panic disorder. In addition, there will be a special Education Work Group, supporting the activities in education and promotion of young scientists, that are crucial for the continuity of scientific excellence. A Research Transfer Board will be established to promote the dissemination of knowledge, in close association with cooperating scientists and practitioners from institutional boards.