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Dr Kranz received his MSc in Psychology at the University of Vienna in November 2008. He went on to earn his PhD in Clinical Neurosciences at the Medical University of Vienna in August 2013. He received his habilitation in Neurosciences (venia docendi) with “Imaging the effects of sex steroid hormones on brain structure and function” in April 2016. Between 2017 and 2018 Dr Kranz was head of the TMS Lab at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna. He started his appointment as Research Assistant Professor at RS, PolyU in August 2018.

Research by Dr Kranz focuses on the neural underpinnings of mood disorders. Dr Kranz has conducted several PET and MRI studies in the past and published their results in high-ranked Journals. For current publications, see Dr Kranz received international and national awards such as the Young Investigators Award of the Federation of European Pharmacological Societies and is often invited as speaker at psychiatric and neuroscientific conferences. His research on steroid hormones has gained public interest and is frequently discussed in international journalism.

Research interests

  • Neurobiology of mood disorders
  • Noninvasive brain stimulation
  • Steroid hormones and serotonergic neurotransmission
  • Neuroimaging using PET and MRI

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Medical Science, Medical University of Vienna

Medical Teaching Vienna, Medical University of Vienna

Master of Science, University of Vienna

External positions

Associate Professor, Medical University of Vienna


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