Mood Vibes: Physical Exercise as additional therapy in depressed adolescents ? a comparison between ergometry and whole body vibration
Germany (bvmd) - Universitaet zu Koeln, Cologne
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Prof. G. Lehmkuhl
Dr. med., LL.M. H. Wunram (
German, English
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
The present study combines fundamental and therapeutic-clinical research, comparing two adjuvant sport-therapies in their neurobiological and neurocognitive as well as clinical effects and feasibility.
What is the aim of the project?
In a longitudinal study we want to investigate the feasibility and acceptance of an exercise treatment with depressed adolescents (age 14-18 years), comparing the effects of bicycle ergometry and whole body vibration. WBV-treatment is broadly used in neuropediatrics, and to our knowledge the effects on psychiatric disorders not yet investigated.
What techniques and methods are used?
The measured outcomes of our study are the clinical, neurobiological (humoral as well as brain-morphological) and neurocognitive effects of the two training forms in depressed adolescents. The intervention group (N=36) is recruited from in-patients of our department for adolescent and child psychiatry, regardless gender and randomized in the two intervention arms. Those adolescents who do not want to participate in the trainings are recruited as control group
What is the role of the student?
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
The student has to be in the clinical phase of his study, to be able to do blood extractions and spiro-ergometry testings. We also expect a personality with a certain amount of self-confidence/age to handle with depressed adolescents. An extended level of German knowledge is a must for this project!

For the use of students considering participating in the project, further information can be found from the following articles:
If interested, the student can find the project in the WHO International trail registration and the Freiburger ZKS Register. A bibiliographic list about the subject is added. The Universal Trial Number (UTN) is U1111-1145-1854
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
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