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Alzheimer Treatment and Research Centre

Doctor in charge


Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Robert Perneczky


Dr. med. Mira Hensler (ward doctor), Dr. med. Natalia Garcia Angarita (registrar), Christin Schumann (licensed psychologist)

Many people in the second half of life complain now and again about difficulties with memory and concentration. This is usually a normal sign of ageing or a result of overwork and stress.

However, difficulties with memory, concentration and attention can also be a symptom of various mental and physical illnesses. Especially in older age these disorders may be a sign of incipient dementia, e.g. Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer Memory Centre and the specialist ward for dementias at the Department of Psychiatry of the LMU Munich together form a specialist facility that focusses on the early diagnosis of dementias and on differentiating between dementias and other mental and physical illnesses.

Below you can find answers to the most important questions about our centre:

What kind of patients do we see?

Reduced memory performance needs to be clarified if the memory problems occur more frequently and are perceived as affecting everyday life. Please note: The sooner a diagnosis is made, the sooner treatment can start and the more likely it is to be successful.

Do patients need to have a diagnosis already?

No. Everyone is welcome if they have noticed changes in memory, concentration or attention and would like to obtain information about possible causes.

What happens at the centre?

With its special team of doctors, psychologists, technical assistants and nurses, our centre offers detailed diagnostics in the field of neurocognitive brain disorders and neurodegenerative illnesses.

When you make an appointment with us we send you a detailed questionnaire on your medical history and ask you to complete it and bring it to your appointment to help us collect all the relevant information. At the appointment itself we determine your blood count with laboratory tests, perform a physical and neurological examination to exclude other diseases and conduct detailed neuropsychological tests to objectively evaluate your memory performance and other cognitive abilities.
Depending on the results of these tests, we develop a plan for additional diagnostic or therapeutic measures and discuss it in detail with you and, if you wish, your relatives.
We may recommend further diagnostic evaluations, e.g. imaging procedures (MRT, etc.) which can be performed at a later date.

How many appointments will I have to attend?

Most of the evaluations are performed during a one-day appointment at the day care unit. You can expect the appointment to last 4 to 5 hours, including breaks. Depending on the results of the evaluations, we may make additional appointments for further diagnostic evaluations. All findings will be discussed in detail with you at the end, including any therapeutic consequences and the chance to participate in scientific studies.

Do I need to make an appointment, and/or do I need a referral?

As in other departments, you need a referral from your treating doctor, ideally from a practice-based psychiatrist or neurologist.

Can I participate in scientific studies?

Yes, as a university centre we are involved in many interesting studies and are dependent on your support. Please contact us – we’ll be happy to give you information.

Contact information

If you have questions or would like to make an appointment, you can reach us at +49-89-4400-55863

Hospital of the University of Munich
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Ward D2 / Alzheimer Memory Centre
Nussbaumstrasse 7
80336 Munich