Selver Demic, MD

Selver Demic

Ruhr-University Bochum
International Graduate School of Neuroscience
Mercator Research Group "Structure of Memory"
Faculty of Psychology
Universitaetsstr. 150
44801 Bochum

Room: GA 04/ 143
Phone: +49-234- 32 29616
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My research focuses on the dynamic of the major depressive disorder (MDD). Despite intense research efforts in the last decades, major depressive disorder remain a common and costly disorder with relatively low rate of success of the existing treatments. Due to uncertainty about the etiology and poorly understood progression of MDD we know less about the dynamic of MDD. However, we use computational modeling to advance our understanding of MDD. The model is abstract, yet combines several major factors (mechanisms) that influence the dynamics of MDD. We study under what conditions the model can account for the occurrence and recurrence of depressive episodes and how we can model the effects of antidepressant treatments and cognitive behavioral therapy within the same dynamical systems model through changing a small subset of parameters.


I graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Serbia. My MD thesis focused on the unwanted manifestations of medications on the skin. The practical side of the thesis included various testing methods, registration and display of supplemental indications and the research of the different ailments, affected by a large number of factors. In adition, it included epidemiology, clinical picture, diagnostics, skin pathology and the recommendation for the optimal therapy. After graduation, I worked for one year in the Public Hospital, Rozaje, Montenegro, and then successfully completed the state examination.