Head, Neuropsychiatric Genetics Group, Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany
Dr. Bertram graduated from medical school at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, in 1997, and began his clinical training at the Alzheimer Centre of the Klinikum rechts der Isar in Munich. In 1999, he joined the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/Harvard Medical School and was appointed to the faculty of Harvard Medical School as assistant professor of neurology. Since October 2008, Dr. Bertram has led the Neuropsychiatric Genetics Group in the Department of Vertebrate Genomics at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG) in Berlin.
Scientifically, Dr. Bertram’s expertise lies in the mapping and characterization of complex disease genes, predominantly in the field of neuropsychiatric diseases. In addition to his laboratory work, Dr. Bertram has pioneered the development of bioinformatic approaches that systematically and quantitatively integrate genetic data for a number of phenotypes, including Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Currently, he leads several projects that apply next-generation sequencing technologies to genetically complex diseases.
Dr. Bertram has co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles, the majority of which have been published in the leading journals of basic science, genetics and medicine. During his career, he received awards and honors from the Harvard Center for Neurodegeneration and Repair, the ERASMUS Foundation, the National Alliance on Research in Depression and Schizophrenia (NARSAD) and the Hans & Ilse Breuer Stiftung for Alzheimer’s Research.