Prof. Zoltán Rihmer, MD, PhD, DSc, received his medical diploma in 1971 at the Medical Univesity of Pécs, Hungary.

Since then till 2007 he has been working at the National Institute for Psychiatry and Neurology, Budapest, Hungary. From 2007 he is professor of psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, scientific director at the Department of Clinical and Theoretical Mental Helath, Semmelweis University, Faculty of Medicine, and director of the Laboratory for Suicide Research and Prevention, National Institute of Psychiatry and Addictions, Budapest, Hungary.

    Professor Rihmer has three special examinations: psychiatry (1976), neurology (1979) and clinical pharmacology (1990). He received his PhD at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1993, and his DSc in 2004. His special interest is the clinical and biological aspects of mood and anxiety disorders, with particular regards to prediction of treatment response and prevention of suicide. An additional interest of him is the interface of mood and cardiovascular disorders. He has published more than 450 scientific articles/book chapters (more than 230 in English) and five books. His cumulative impact factor (without citable abstracts) is above 500, the number of his independent citations is more than 4300 and his h-index is 38. He received the Nyírő Gyula Award of Hungarian Psychiatric Association (1987), the Brickell Suicide Research Award of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York (1999), the Premio Aretaeus of the Associazione per lo studio della malatia maniaco-depressiva (2010), the „Szabó György Award” of the Hemingway Foundation (2010), the Lifetime Achievement Award of the European Bipolar Forum (2011), the „Oláh Gusztáv” Lifetime Achivement Award of the Hungarian Psychiatric Association (2012), the „Széchenyi Award” of the Goverment of Hungary (2012) and the Aristotle Gold Medal of Lifetime Achivement in Mental Health (2012) given by the International Society of Neurobiology and Psychopharmacology. He was National Clinical Audit Lead in Psychiatry between 2005 and 2012. Prof. Rihmer is a member of several Hungarian and international scientific boards and associations, including the Hungarian Psychiatric Association, Hungarian College of Psychiatry – Ministry of Heatlh of Hungary, Grant Decision Board - Medical Research Council of Hungary, Presidency of the Hungarian College of Neuropsychopharmacology,   European Psychiatric Association, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (member of the Executive Committee between 2005 and 2010), Task Forces of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and World Federation of Society of Biological Psychiatry. He is also a member of the editorial board of Journal of Affective Disorders, International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, Depression Research and Treatment, Clinical Neuropsychiatry, Suicidology Online, Frontiers of Public Mental Health, Psychiatria Hungarica and Neuropsychopharmacologia Hungarica.


Zoltan Rihmer

October 29, 2019