Since 2015 Dr. Benjamin Becker is working as full-time National and Sichuan Provincial Thousand Talent awarded Professor at the UESTC and head of the Neurotherapy & Social Cognition and Affective Neuroscience Lab. He received his Master and PhD Degrees in Psychology at the Universities of Trier and Duesseldorf in Germany. During his postdoctoral studies at the Departments of Psychiatry in Cologne and Bonn (Germany) his research employed advanced neuroimaging to explore the emotional circuits of the human brain in healthy subjects and determine dysregulations of these circuits in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. His current projects aim at translating these findings to enhance emotional control in healthy subjects with the ultimate aim to improve the treatment of mental disorders such as anxiety and addiction. To this end his team evaluates novel pharmacological neuroenhancers and technology-based approaches such as real-time functional imaging-based neurofeedback. Dr. Becker’s research is supported by competitive research grants from German and Chinese funding agencies. He has published over 100 scientific publications, including book chapters as well as publications in high-ranking international peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Brain, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics and Biological Psychiatry. In 2018 Prof. Becker received the “Academic and Technical Leading Scientist of Sichuan Province”.

       Benjamin Becker(德国籍)教授是国家2014 千人计划青年项目入选者,四川省2015千人计划入选者。长期从事精神病研究和磁共振技术方面的工作,致力于发现药物成瘾、抑郁症和精神分裂症等精神障碍的神经与病理机制,并以此研发针对精神病更有效的治疗方法。他具有扎实的跨学科创新研究能力及对前言科学问题的敏锐洞察力,其所在的生命医学领域是全球研究热点,更是电子科技大学未来重点发展的方向之一。Becker 教授自 2015 年起到电子科技大学全职工作,在科学研究、项目申报和国际合作方面表现优秀,成果丰富。


学术科研

Becker 教授的研究目标为:(1)寻找可以提高抑郁症等精神疾病诊断和治疗效果的生物学标记;(2)将基础行为神经科学研究应用到临床治疗中,研发出改善精神疾病的新方案。这既体现了基础科学前沿,又体现了行业需求,整体工作思路清晰,对于临床诊断与治疗方法有重要的科学研究价值和社会经济意义。

Becker教授在American Journal of Psychiatry, PNAS, Biological Psychiatry, BrainNeuropsychopharmacology等国际一流期刊杂志上发表论文 50 篇,合作出版专著4部,其中对于癔病性失明、精神分裂症、药物成瘾和杏仁核功能方面的研究为领域做出了贡献。Becker 教授最新使用的功能磁共振实时神经反馈技术(real-time fMRI neurofeedback)是一种新兴的神经反馈技术。其团队对该技术进行充分运用,其成果最近已发表在国际一流期刊NeuroImage(Yao et al, 2016)。另外有研究发现,杏仁核与内侧前额叶皮质体积越小,则预示着兴奋剂使用的增加(Becker et al, 2016. Brain)。

在我校工作的三年内,Becker教授获得国家自然科学基金面上项目一项、参与重点项目一项;中央高校基本业务费重点培育项目一项;国家外专局高端外国专家项目两项;国家青年千人计划项目一项。

除了多次受邀在国际学术会议中报告,Becker教授在20171月出席了由国家外专局主办、李克强总理主持的外国专家春节座谈会,是四川省唯一一位受邀代表嘉宾。

主持或参加科研项目及人才计划项目情况(按时间倒排序

1)中央高校基本业务费重点培育项目,ZYGX2015Z002基于实时反馈的并发性抑郁焦虑障碍研究2016-2018100 万,在研,主持。

2国家自然科学基金重点项目,31530032杏仁核社会认知功能紊乱的代偿脑机制:基于皮层镜像神经元系统潜在作用的研究2016/01-2020/12314.8 万, 在研,参与。

3)国家外国专家局教科文卫高端外国专家项目,GDT20165100044大脑神经环路和递质研究及其功能紊乱机制:寻找精神疾病的生物标记2016/01-2019/12,在研,参与。

4)国家青年千人计划项目,6/2015 – 06/2020600 万。


代表性论文:

1.Gao S#, Becker B#, Luo L, Geng , Zhao W, Yin Y, Hu J, Gao Z, Gong Q, Hurlemann R, Yao D, Kendrick KM*, Oxytocin, the peptide that bonds the sexes also divides them. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2016,113(27):7650-4. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1602620113 (IF=9.423).

2.Luo L, Ma X, Zheng X, Zhao W, Xu L, Becker B, Kendrick K (2015) Neural systems and hormones mediating attraction to infant and child faces. Frontiers in Psychology 07/2015; 6:970. [ IF 2.80]

3.Hu Y, Scheele D, Becker B, Voos G, David B, Hurlemann R, Weber B (2016) The effects of oxytocin on third-party altruistric decisions in unfair situations: an fMRI study. Scientific Reports (in press) [IF 5.62]

4.Zimmermann K, Becker B (2016) Harmful effects of recreational ecstasy use on memory functioning. Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy (in press) [IF 1.77]

5.Yao S*, Becker B*, Geng Y, Zhao Z, Xu X, Zhao W, Ren P, Kendrick K (2016) Voluntary control of anterior insula and its functional connections is feedback-independent and increases pain empathy. Neuroimage (in press) [IF 5.70] (*co-lead authors)

6.Montag C & Becker B (2016). Recreational use of ecstasy (MDMA) and hippocampal memory. In Preedy V. (Ed) The Neuropathology of Drug Addictions And Substance Misuse, Academic Press, London. (in press)

7.Becker, B., Mihov, Y., Scheele, D., Kendrick, K. M., Feinstein, J. S., Matusch, A., Aydin, M.,Reich, H.,Urbach, H., Oros-Peusquens, A. M., Shah, N. J., Kunz, W. S., Schlaepfer, T.E., Zilles, K.,Maier, W., & Hurlemann, R.* (2012). Fear processing and social networking in the absence of a functional amygdala. Biological Psychiatry, 72(1), 70-77. (IF=9.472)

8.Striepens N*, Scheele D*, Kendrick KM*, Becker B*, Schafer L, Schwalba K, Reul J, Maier W, Hurlemann R (2012) Oxytocin facilitates protective  responses to aversive social stimuli in males. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109:18144-18149. (*co-lead authors) [IF 9.81]

9.Becker B, Scheele D, Moessner R, Maier W, Hurlemann R* (2013) Deciphering the neural signature of conversion blindness. Am J Psychiatry 170:121-122. [IF 13.557]

10.Becker B, Wagner D, Koester P, Tittgemeyer M, Mercer-Chalmers-Bender K, Hurlemann R, Zhang J, Gouzoulis-Mayfrank E, Kendrick KM, Daumann J (2015) Smaller amygdala and medial prefrontal cortex predict escalating stimulant use. Brain, awv113 [IF 9.196]

 

Professional memberships

Since 05/2010                 Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)

Since 06/2012                 Society for Neuroscience (SFN)

Since 12/2013                  German Association for Psychology (DGPs)

Since 10/2015                 Social and Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS)

Since 06/2017                   European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP)

Since 04/2018                 Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum (CINP)

Since 04/2018                 Asian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (AsCNP)

 

Editorial and scientific committees

§  Since 05/2016 Associate Editor BMC Neuroscience

§  Sine 05/2018 Associate Editor Psychopharmacology

§  Scientific committee: The third International real-time fMRI and Neurofeedback conference (Nara, Japan) – 11/2017

§  Scientific committee: The 5th International Conference on Neuroinformation (Chengdu, China) – 07/2017

§  Guest editor Current advances in affective neuroscience. Frontiers in Neuroscience, Research Topic 01/2018

 

Invited peer reviews for (selection)

§  Addiction Biology

§  Biological Psychiatry

§  Brain Imaging & Behavior

§  Brain structure & function

§  Cerebral Cortex

§  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

§  Human Brain Mapping

§  International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology

§  Neuroimage

§  Neuropsychologia

§  Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews

§  Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry

§  Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging

§  Psychoneuroendocrinology

§  Psychopharmacology

§  Schizophrenia Research

§  Scientific Reports

§  Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN)

§  Translational Psychiatry

 

Invited talks and organized symposia (selection)

08/2016              Fund acquisition, organization and host of a three day international Workshop on Oxytocin and social behavior: a multi-methodal approach held at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu (together with Prof. C. Montag, University of Ulm, Germany)

04/09/2016         Brain-based markers of addiction – associations with depression Invited talk at the 18th World Congress of the Organization of Psychophysiology (IOP), Symposium on ‘Brain biomarkers for mental disorders: Where are we and how can we be more successful?’

17/03/2017         Innovative treatment approaches for emotional brain disorders – perils and pitfalls of Oxytocin. Invited talk at the Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University Chongqing  

12/05/2017         The neural circuits of addiction in the human brain & real-time neurofeedback as potential treatment approach. Invited talk at the Faculty of Psychology, Beijing Normal University 

20/01/2017        Mental disorders – a global health issue & the need for innovative treatments Invited talk at the Foreign Experts Consultation Symposium of the Foreign Experts Advisory Committee in Beijing

09/2017              Organizer and chair of the Symposium Modulation of oxytocin effects by individual and contextual differences, 15th Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD), Heidelberg, Germany (together with Prof. M. Perez-Rodriguez, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, United States)

05/2018               Training the emotion regulation circuit using functional connectivity-based real-time fMRI Neurofeedback: feasibility and functional relevance, 11th Annual Meeting of the Social & Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS), New York, May 3-5, 2018

05/2018               Chair and talk at the symposium on Behavioral and neural effects of Oxytocin - the role of contextual and factors, 44th Psychology and the Brain conference, Giessen, May 31-June 2, Germany

06/2018              Organizer and chair of the symposium Evolving perspectives on neurohormonal modulation of social-emotional networks, 24th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Singapore, June 17-21, 2018 (co-organizer R. Bethlehem, University of Cambridge, UK)

06/2018              Evolving perspectives on integrating task-based and rest- based models of brain function, talk, 24th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Singapore, June 17-21, 2018

06/2018              Training the emotion regulation circuit using functional connectivity informed rt fMRI and fNIRS neurofeedback as innovative strategy to control anxiety, invited talk, Shanghai workshop on neuroimaging and applications, Fudan University Shanghai, organized by Prof. Jianfeng Feng