Apl. Prof. Dr. Frank-Gerald Pajonk
Academic Career and Research Areas
Prof. Pajonk’s (*1965) longtime scientific interests are in the areas of emergency psychiatry, the neurobiological effects of sports- and exercise training and in the interplay of psychotherapy with spirituality and religious experiences. Further, he has spent extensive research activities on the pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia and treatment adherence aspects.
Prof. Dr. med. Frank-Gerald Bernhard Pajonk became specialist in psychiatry in 1999 and specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy in 2002. After several leading positions in university and community-based psychiatry he is currently Medical Director of the Isartal Center at Schäftlarn Monastery since 2022. In 2006 he was appointed außerplanmäßiger Professor at the Saarland University Hospitals, in 2015 at the Medical School of the Technical University Munich.
Key Publications (all publications)
Scherk H, Berner D, Kaizl I, Kierer A, Müller S, Oest M, Meyer T, Backens M, Schneider-Axmann T, Thornton AE, Honer WG, Falkai P (2010). Hippocampal plasticity in response to exercise in schizophrenia. Arch Gen Psychiatry 67 (2): 133-143.Abstract
Pajonk FG, Schmitt P, Biedler A, Richter JC, Meyer W, Luiz T Madler C (2008). Psychiatric emergencies in pre-hospital emergency medical systems – a prospective comparison of two urban settings. Gen Hosp Psychiatry, 30: 360-366.Abstract
Richter JC, Waydhas C, Pajonk FG (2006). Incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder after prolonged surgical intensive care unit treatment. Psychosomatics 47, 223-230.Abstract
Scherk H, Pajonk FG, Leucht S (2007). Atypical antipsychotics in the treatment of acute mania: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials. Arch Gen Psychiatry 64, 442-455.Abstract
Kirchner H, Schaefer M, Ullrich H, Hulsmans N, Juckel G, Brzoska P, Pajonk FGB (2022). Factors predicting admission of psychiatric emergency contacts after presenting to the emergency department: results of a regression analysis. Ann Gen Psychiatry 21: 42.Abstract