Prof. Dr. med. habil. Ulf Baumgärtner
Professor for Physiology/Physics

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Biography

Ulf Baumgärtner was born in Hamburg and studied human medicine at the University Hospital Eppendorf (State examination in 1996). Parallel to this, he completed his PhD in the context of an experimental study on pain patients (Physiological Institute, Prof. Dr. Dr. B. Bromm). Afterwards he completed the necessary time as a doctor in the internship in neurophysiology and neurology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, where he worked in clinical neurophysiology. This was followed by the granting of medical approbation (1998). Later he was a research assistant at the Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology in Mainz (Dept. Prof. Dr. R.-D. Treede) and participated in various research projects on pain processing in the brain. As part of the re-founding of Vorklinischen medicine in Mannheim in 2007, the change to the Department of Neurophysiology of the Medical Faculty Mannheim of the University of Heidelberg. After several years of work in neuroscientific research and teaching (Dept. Prof. Dr. R.-D. Treede), Mr. Baumgärtner was granted the teaching license for Physiology in 2013 after completing his cumulative habilitation (Topic: Cortical Representation of Somatosensory and Pain) , In 2016, he was awarded the title »Unscheduled Professor« at the University of Heidelberg.

In 2019 he was appointed Professor of Physiology at the Department of Human Medicine and has been working at the MSH Medical School Hamburg since November 2019.

Teaching Activities

Ulf Baumgärtner gained extensive teaching experience during his 10-year employment at the University of Mainz in the classes of students of human and dental medicine in the field of physiology in the context of seminars and lab courses. Since 2007 teaching took place in Mannheim: Vegetative and sensory physiology for students of human medicine in the Mannheim reformed curriculum for medicine (MaReCuM); Lectures, seminars and lab courses of the undergraduate study, lectures in the clinical section, written and oral examinations (M1) and the supervision of study-accompanying short scientific work. Regular lectures and seminars within the framework of the international English-language study courses »Neurobiology« at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences in Heidelberg and in the Master's program »Translational Medical Research« in Mannheim. From 2015 responsible in Mannheim for the organization of teaching in the field of physiology and their representation in various committees (modules).

The medical-clinical teaching included lectures and hands-on courses at various events (congresses, training sessions of individual departments in hospitals on the subject of »pain«). Since 2019 member of the training committee of the German Pain Society.

Supervision of doctoral students (study programs Human Medicine and Psychology, Medical Faculty Mannheim).

Research interest

Already during his studies, his interest in the highly complex function of the human brain was aroused in particular by courses in neurophysiology and neurology. As part of his doctoral dissertation, he dealt with the decreasing efficacy of opiates in long-term use in the pain therapy of patients with severe pain. During and after his habilitation, he examines how pain stimuli and other sensory stimuli are processed in the brain and how the processing can be modulated. The applied neuroscientific methods include classical psychophysics, electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) with dipole source analysis, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET).

The following topics are the focus of research:     

  1. Cortical representation of pain and somatosensory     
  2. Pain Management in Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder    
  3. Mechanisms of neuropathic pain     
  4. Evoked potentials in neurological diseases (clinical neurophysiology)

Together with cooperation partners from Heidelberg and Mannheim, Ulf Baumgärtner has been able to acquire third-party funds for research funding in recent years. A subproject investigating cortical networks of pain processing in humans and animals within the scope of a DFG Collaborative Research Center (subproject in »Schmerz« SFB 1158) and a project investigating the self-injurious one in a clinical research group (DFG KFO 256) Behavior in patients with borderline personality disorder.

Ulf Baumgärtner has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed international journals listed on the Web of Science as well as some book articles on the above mentioned topics. This work was developed in cooperation with neighboring institutes and national partners (Mainz, Mannheim/Heidelberg, Munich) and international partners (Brussels, Rome, Oxford, London, Baltimore, Phoenix).

Memberships

Different research societies (e.g. Dt. Schmerzgesellschaft DGS, International Association for the Study of Pain IASP, Dt. Physiologische Gesellschaft DPG),

Faculty member of »Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology« (HBIGS) of the University Heidelberg

Reviewer for international journals (e.g. Journal of Neuroscience [IF 6.1], Brain [IF 11.8], Neurology [IF 8.7], Pain [IF 6.0], European Journal of Pain [IF 3.2], Scientific Reports [IF 4.1], PlosOne [IF 2.8], Neuroimage [IF 5.4], Brain Stimulation [6.9], Annals of Neurology [9.5]).

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Clinical Neurophysiology (since 2012) and Physiology Reports (since 2017) as well as Section Editor for the European Journal of Pain (since 2015).

He held around 180 scientific lectures in Germany and abroad and organized workshops and symposia at international conferences on pain and neuroscience.

Awards:

Award for pain research, 1st prize, category clinical research (2003)

Poster awards on international research conferences

Reviewer for:

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

  • Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

  • Belgischer Forschungsförderungsfond (FNRS)

  • Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR)

  • Danish National Research Foundation

  • German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF)

  • PhDs and colloquia (Opponent) in Denmark and France

  • Dissertations (Med. Fac. Mannheim, University Heidelberg)

Publications

  • German