Assoc. Prof. MD.

Çiğdem Dilek Şahbaz



  • Depression
  • Panic attack
  • Stress and related physical and mental problems
  • Psychosomatic  Diseases (Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry)
  • Social Phobia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Sleep and Circadian Rhythm
  • Adult Neurogenesis (Production of new nerve cells)
  • Interpersonal Relationship Problems
  • Problem-solving skills

  • Faculty of Medicine ISTANBUL University, Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine 1999-2005
  • SPECIALTY IN MEDICINE- Bakırköy Prof. Dr. Mazhar Osman Mental Health and Neurological Diseases Training and Research Hospital, 4. Psychiatric Diseases Clinic, 2005-2011
  • Neuroscience Doctorate- Maastricht University, Medical Center, Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, Netherlands, Thesis stage

  • Liv Hospital Ulus
  • Biruni University Faculty of Medicine, Vice Dean, 2020-2021
  • Bezmialem University Faculty of Medicine - Clinic of Mental Health and Diseases, 2016-2020
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College of London, UK, 2017-2018
  • Yeditepe University, Bioengineering and Genetics Department, 2016
  • Istinye Public Hospital, 2014-2016
  • Bakirkoy Prof. Dr. Mazhar Osman Mental Health and Neurological Diseases Training and Research Hospital, 2005-2012
•    “Investigation of the role of melatonin on hippocampal neurogenesis during perinatal stress”, Executive, 2017 - 2018
•    “The role of antidepressants and Omega 3 fatty acids in stress-induced hippocampal neurogenesis”, Executive, 2018-2019 
•    Investigation of the relationship between disease severity and response to treatment with biological clock gene expressions and possible biomarker candidates in bipolar disorder, Executive, 2016
•    Evaluation of inflammatory processes with clinical and biochemical aspects in obsessive compulsive disorder and investigation of response to treatment, Executive, 2018
•    Investigation of the relationship of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with the biological clock at the gene level, Executive, 2019 
•    Investigation of the functional improvement effect of focused ultrasound treatment in an Alzheimer's and Parkinson's rat animal model, Researcher, 2017
•    Relationship of optical coherence tomography findings with cognitive functions, psychotic symptoms and inflammatory biomarkers in patients with schizophrenia, Researcher, 2017
•    Investigation of the relationship between optical coherence tomography and diffusion tensor imaging findings in bipolar disorder, Researcher, 2017
•    Effects of chronic restraint stress on possible death mechanisms in the hippocampus, Researcher, 2017

   Articles published in international peer-reviewed journals:
•    Sahbaz C, Zibandey N, Kurtulmus A, Duran Y, Gokalp M, Kırpınar I, Sahin F, Guloksuz S & Akkoc T (2020). Reduced regulatory T cells with increased proinflammatory response in patients with schizophrenia. Psychopharmacology, 237(6), 1861-1871., (Control No: 6290849
•    Sahbaz C, Elbay A, Özçelik M, Özdemir H(2020). Insomnia Might Influence the Thickness of Choroid, Retinal Nerve Fiber and Inner Plexiform Layer. Brain Sciences, 10(3), 178-189., (Control No: 6170050)
•    Sahbaz C, Kurtulmus A. Association between emotional functioning and biological rhythm disruptions in patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 29(4), 455-462., (Kontrol No: 6165593
•     Ozcelik M, Sahbaz C (2020). Clinical evaluation of biological rhythm domains in patients with major depression. Brazilian journal of psychiatry (revista brasileira de psiquiatria), 42(3), 258-263., (Control No: 6170714)
•    Elibol B, Terzioglu-Usak S, Beker M, Sahbaz C (2019). Thymoquinone (TQ) demonstrates its neuroprotective effect via an anti-inflammatory action on the Aβ (1–42)- infused rat model of Alzheimer's disease, Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology29(4), 379-386., Doi: 10.1080/24750573.2019.1673945, (Kontrol No: 6153407)
•    Sahbaz C, Ozer O, Kurtulmus A, Kırpınar I, Sahin F, Guloksuz S (2019). Evidence for an association of serum melatonin concentrations with recognition and circadian preferences in patients with schizophrenia. Metabolic Brain Disease, 34(3), 865-874., (Control No: 6339416)
•    Elibol B, Terzioglu-Usak S, Beker M, Sahbaz C (2019). Prenatal ethanol intoxication and maternal intubation stress alter the cell survival and apoptosis in the postnatal development of rat hippocampus. Acta Neurobiologia Experimentalis Vol.79, p.133-147, Doi: 10.21307/ane?2019?012, (Control No: 5195357)
•    Sahbaz C, Devetzioglou T, Ozcelik AM, Kırpınar I. Circadian preferences are associated with vegetative symptoms and comorbid medical diseases in patients with major depression. Biological Rhythm Research, 50(5), 703-717., Doi: 10.1080/09291016.2018.1490867, (Control No: 5567113)
•    Takmaz T, Ünal B, Özcan P, Arici Halici B, Gochiyeva I, Gökmen Karasu AY, Sahbaz C (2020). Are chronotype and subjective sleep quality associated with preeclampsia and preterm birth? Biological Rhythm Research, 1-13., (Control No: 6339597)
•    Elibol B, Sahbaz C, Cevreli B, Kilic U, Kilic E. Effects of Melatonin and Memantine Administration on The Learning and Memory Performances of Hypoxic Juvenile Rat Pups. Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 2020; 10(3): 125-133. Doi: 10.5455/PBS.20200604064021 
•    Sahbaz C, Kurtulmus A, Kirpinar İ, Özer Ö, Gülöksüz S (2020). Decreased Levels of Fasting Serum Leptin in Patients With Schizophrenia: A Case- Control Study. Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 10(1), 11-6., (Control No: 6166151)
 Papers presented at international scientific meetings and published in proceedings books

•    Sahbaz C, Elibol B. Necroptosis Might be a Time Dependent Neuronal Cell Death Mechanism on Hippocampus After Chronic Restraint Stress. Biological Psychiatry: 2019; Vol. 85: 10, p173-p173
•    Sahbaz C. Attachment styles and theory of mind abilities non-psychotic adult offspring of patients with schizophrenia. European Psychiatry: 2019; Vol. 56, p601-p601
•    Darbaz, B., Topal, A., Sahbaz C. Effect of chronotype on academical performance of medical students European Psychiatry: 2019; Vol. 56, p240-p241
•    Sahbaz C. Evening Chronotype is Associated with Medical Comorbities and Factor Structure of Depression. Neuropsychobiolog: 2017, Vol. 76: 28
•    Sahbaz C. Investigation of Retinal Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD- OCT) Findings on Biological Rhythm Perspective. Neuropsychobiology: 2017 / 76 29
•    Sahbaz C., Zibandeh N, KurtulmuşA, et al. F239. Role of Lymphocyte Subsets and T-Cell Profiles in the Immune Dysfunction of Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry: 2018; 83(9, Supplement): S331-S332.
•    Sahbaz C., Zibandeh, N., Kurtulmus A., Kırpınar, I., Sahin, F., Akkoc, T. A role of T cell subsets in the immune dysfunction of schizophrenia. European Psychiatry: 2018; Vol 48, 120-121, 2018
•    Sahbaz C., Kurtulmus. A., Kırpınar., I. Is there an association between Theory of Mind ability and biological rhythm disturbances in patients with schizophrenia? European Psychiatry, Vol 48, 134, 2018
•    Sahbaz C., Ozcelik A., Kırpınar., I. The role of circadian preferences and biological rhytm disturbances in patients with depression. Proceedings European Psychiatry, Vol 48, 546, 2018
•    Sahbaz C. The Genetic and Biochemical Factors of Circadian Clock Associated with the Vulnerability to Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology School, University of Oxford, July 25-29, 2016
•    Sahbaz C., Danisment B., Turkcan A. Complex Traumatic Two Cases and Defining New Concept of Trauma. 26. Annual Conference of The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Washington D.C., USA 2009 
   National/international books or book chapters:
•     Neurology from Symptom to Diagnosis; Department Name (Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures) Nobel Tıp Kitapevleri Tic. Ltd.Şti 2019; ISBN 978-605-335-486-4
Articles published in National refereed journals:
•    Biberci Keskin E, Sahbaz C (2020). Chronotype and Sleep Quality in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Medical Bulletin of Haseki, 58(1), 72-77., (Kontrol No: 6340147)
•    Sahbaz C, Bilici M. Dissociative Disorder and Sleep. Turkey Clinical J Psychiatry-Special Topics. 2017; 10(3): 194-201
Papers presented at national scientific meetings and published in proceedings
•    Sahbaz C. The Relation of Retinal Findings in Bipolar Disorder with Confusing Factors, 16. National Neuroscience Congress, ITU Ayazağa Campus, Istanbul, 20-23 May 2018
•    Sahbaz C, Türkcan A. New Identification and Treatment Approaches in Complex Trauma Cases 45. National Psychiatry Congress, Ankara, 20-24 October 2009
   Book Translation Editoring:
•     Schizophrenia Treatment, Sophia Vinogradov, Prestige Publications, 2014
•     Dissociative Identity Disorder Treatment, James L. Spira, Irvin Yalom, Prestij Publications, 2012
•    Turkish Medical Association
•    Society of Biological Psychiatry
•    Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms
•    Turkish Association for Psychopharmacology
•    British Council Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund Corporate Connections Grant Program-Researcher Links Grant 2017
•    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) 2219 International Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2017-2018
•    Travel Grant 27th European Congress of Psychiatry, 6-9 April 2019, Warsaw, Poland

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