Lana Kambeitz-Ilankovic PhD, Psychologist

Head of PNKT Study


Research Focus

I am the head of the Junior Research Group “Personalized Neuro-cognitive Training” at the Department of Psychiatry (LMU Munich). My team is dedicated to the development of neuro-cognitive treatments that are personalized to individual patients and thus provide efficient and targeted interventions.

Currently, I am finalizing my habilitation at the LMU and I am involved together with Prof. Koutsouleris in several research projects in the field of early recognition and intervention in psychiatric disorders.

In addition, I am supervising a young team consisting of PhD and master students investigating variability in response to neuro-cognitive interventions in psychosis.  

We use a comprehensive set of computer-based training tasks that allow us to target specific cognitive functions. By measuring clinical, cognitive and neuroimaging parameters before and after training, we aim to contribute to our current understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying neurocognitive training. Moreover, by generating specific prediction models we aim at the optimization of training with respect to cognition and psychosocial functioning.

Besides my own research activities, I am glad to be a lecturer for the Master Program 'Neuro-Cognitive Psychology’ (elite Network Bayern at LMU Munich) as spreading knowledge and passion for predictive psychiatry is equally important as our research work.


  1. Franzmeier N, Hartmann JC, Taylor ANW, Araque Caballero MÁ, Simon-Vermot L, Buerger K, Kambeitz-Ilankovic LM, Ertl-Wagner B, Mueller C, Catak C, Janowitz D, Stahl R, Dichgans M, Duering M, Ewers M. Left Frontal Hub Connectivity during Memory Performance Supports Reserve in Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017;59(4):1381-1392. doi: 10.3233/JAD-170360.
  2. Cabral C*, Kambeitz-Ilankovic L*, Kambeitz J, Calhoun V, Dwyer D, von Saldern S, Urquijo MF, Falkai P, Koutsouleris N. Classifying schizophrenia using multimodal multivariate pattern recognition analysis: evaluating the impact of individual clinical profiles on the neurodiagnostic performance. Schizophr Bull. 2016 Jul;42 Suppl 1:S110-7. *equally contributed
  3. Taylor A, Kambeitz-Ilankovic L, Gesierich B, Simon-Vermot L, Franzmeier N, Araque Caballero MÁ, Müller S, Hesheng L, Ertl-Wagner B, Bürger K, Weiner MW, Dichgans M, Duering M, Ewers M. Tract- specific white matter hyperintensities disrupt neural network function in Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2016 Jul 16. pii: S1552-5260(16)32660-7.
  4. Kambeitz-Ilankovic L, Meisenzahl E, Cabral C, von Saldern S, Kambeitz J, Raiser M, Falkai P Möller H-J, Koutsouleris N. Prediction of outcome in the psychosis prodrome using neuroanatomical pattern classification. Schizophr Res. 2016 Jun;173(3):159-65.
  5. Kambeitz J, Kambeitz-Ilankovic L, Cabral C, Dwyer DB, Calhoun VD, van den Heuvel MP, Falkai P, Koutsouleris N, Malchow B. Aberrant Functional Whole-Brain Network Architecture in Patients With Schizophrenia: A Meta-analysis. Schizophr Bull. 2016 Jul;42 Suppl 1:S13-21. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbv174.
  6. Kambeitz J, Kambeitz-Ilankovic L, Leucht S, Wood S, Davatzikos C, Malchow B, Falkai P, Koutsouleris N. Detecting Neuroimaging Biomarkers for Schizophrenia: A Meta-Analysis of Multivariate Pattern Recognition Studies. Neuropsychopharmacology.
  7. Benetti S, Pettersson-Yeo W, Allen P, Catani M, Williams S, Barsaglini A. Kambeitz- Ilankovic LM, McGuire P, Mechelli A. Auditory verbal hallucinations and brain dysconnectivity in the perisylvian language network: a multimodal investigation. Schizophr Bull. 2015 Jan;41(1):192-200. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbt172.
  8. Benetti S, Pettersson-Yeo W, Hutton C, Catani M, Williams SC, Allen P, Kambeitz-Ilankovic LM, McGuire P, Mechelli A. Elucidating neuroanatomical alterations in the at risk mental state and first episode psychosis: a combined voxel-based morphometry and voxel-based cortical thickness study. Schizophr Res. 2013 Nov;150(2-3):505-11. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2013.08.030. 
  9. Kambeitz-Ilankovic LM, Hennig-Fast K, Benetti S, Kambeitz J, Pettersson-Yeo W, O’Daly O, McGuire P, Allen P. Attentional modulation of source attribution in first episode psychosis: a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging study. Schizophr Bull. 2013 Sep;39(5):1027-36.
  10. Ilankovic LM, Allen P, Engel R, Kambeitz J, Riedel M, Müller N, Hennig-Fast K. Attentional modulation of external speech attribution in patients with hallucinations and delusions. Neuropsychologia. 2011 Apr;49(5):805-12 


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PRONIA-Early Diagnosis

PNKT Study

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