Neuropsychiatry Research Unit was founded in 2003 by Cem Atbasoglu and Halise Devrimci Ozguven. More recent members include Meram Can Saka, Bora Baskak and E. Tugba Ozel Kizil. The Unit focuses mainly on Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, Bipolar disorder, Movement disorders, and Cognition. Multidisciplinary collaboration is emphasized, mainly with the Departments of Neurology, Radiology, Physiology, Psychology, Genetics, Ethics, and Linguistics. Wednesday Meetings are held regularly since 2006 and they include discussion of research methods and agenda;
case presentations and seminars. (2006-2007) (2007-2008) (2008-2009) (2010-2011) (2011-2012)

Members of Neuropsychiatry Research Unit

E.Cem Atbaşoğlu, M.D., Professor
Halise Devrimci Özgüven, M.D., Professor
Meram Can Saka, M.D., Associate Professor
Erguvan Tuğba Özel Kızıl, M.D., Associate Professor
Bora Başkak, M.D., Associate Professor

Key publications

  • Baskak B, Ozel ET, Atbasoglu EC, Baskak SC: Peculiar word use as a possible trait marker in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res, 103:311-7, 2008.
  • E.Tugba Ozel-Kizil, E. Cenk Akbostanci , Halise D. Ozguven, E.Cem Atbasoglu. “Secondary social anxiety in movement disorders”, Movement Disorders 23(5):641-5, 2008.
  • Baskak B, Atbasoglu EC, Özgüven HD, Saka MC, Gögüs AK: The effectiveness of intramuscular biperiden in acute akathisia: A double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. J Clin Psychopharm, 27: 289 – 294, 2007
  • Oner Ö, Özgüven HD, Öktem F, Yagmurlu B, Baskak B, Munir K. “Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Higher Right Anterior Cingulate N-Asetylaspertate Choline Ratio in Asperger Syndrome when Compared with Healthy Controls” American Journal of Neuroradiology 28(8):1494-8, 2007.(project sponsored by TÜBITAK)
  • Sentürk V, Göker C, Bilgiç A, Ölmez S, Tugcu H, Öncu B, Atbasoglu EC: Impaired verbal memory and otherwise spared cognition in remitted bipolar patients on monotherapy with lithium or valproate. Bipolar Disorders, 9: 136 – 144, 2007
  • Atbasoglu EC, Özgüven HD, Saka MC, Ölmez S: Relative sparing of executive functions in the early phase of schizophrenia. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci, 17: 510-516, 2005
  • Saka MC, Atbasoglu EC, Özgüven HD, Sener Ö, Özay E: Cortical inhibition in first-degree relatives of schizophrenic patients assessed with transcranial magnetic stimulation. Int J Neuropsychopharm, 8: 1-5, 2005


Ankara University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry Research Unit
Dikimevi, Ankara, 06100, TURKEY
Tel: +90 312 595 6615 or 595 6792
Fax: +90 312 320 3696