Prof. Ulrike Bingel

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Ulrike Bingel

Professor, MD

Speaker SFB/TRR 289, PI Erwin-L-Hahn Institute, Head of the University Centre for Pain Medicine

Research Interests

Neural mechanisms underlying the processing, perception, and modulation of pain, interactions between pain and cognitive processes, the impact of cognition on treatment outcomes.

Silke Bourdin

Silke Bourdin

Administrative Coordinator

Hufelandstr. 55
45147 Essen, Germany

Fon: 0049 (0)201723 2446
Fax: 0049 (0)201723 6882

Detlef_Pucher

Detlef Pucher

Administrative Coordinator

Hufelandstr. 55
45147 Essen, Germany

Fon: 0049 (0)201723 5203
Fax: 0049 (0)201723 6882

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Sarah Hoppen

Study nurse
Evgenij_Knorr

Evgenij Knorr

IT technician

Team Members

Katharina Schmidt

Katharina Schmidt

PhD, MSc, BSc

Postdoctoral Researcher, Scientific Coordinator of SFB/TRR 289 Treatment Expectation

Research Interests

Pain-cognition interactions, pain-related learning processes, placebo, migraine

Angelika-Kunkel

Angelika Kunkel

PhD, Dipl.-Psych.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Neuronal and psychological mechanisms of pain perception and pain processing, the role of healthy subjects’ and chronic pain patients’ expectations in the modulation of pain

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Julian Kleine-Borgmann

MD

Clinician Scientist funded by the UME Academy

Research Interests

The role of cognition in analgesic treatment outcomes, open-label placebo treatments

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Bálint Kincses

MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Neurobiological mechanism of pain processing, development and application of new methods to investigate rest and task functional MRIs in relation to the cognitive aspects of pain such as learning and expectation

Diana-Muessgens

Diana Müßgens

PhD, MSc, BSc

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Neural mechanisms of pain processing, interactions between somatosensory and motor processes in the context of pain, the role of psycho-social factors in the development, maintenance, and treatment of chronic pain

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Livia Asan

MD

Clinician Scientist, resident in Neurology

Research Interests

The role of dopamine for placebo analgesia, utilizing placebo and avoiding nocebo in clinical settings, expectation effects in clinical populations

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Helena Hartmann

PhD, MSc, BSc

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Cognitive and affective modulation of pain-related expectations, placebo and nocebo effects, shared mechanisms between first-hand and empathy for pain, prosocial decision-making, open scholarship, science communication

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Lea Busch

M.Sc., B.Sc.

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

Mechanisms of pain-related learning and extinction, and the effect of expectation

Lisa-Burgard

Lisa C. Burgard née Schurer

MD
Anaesthesiologist, completing specialist training in pain medicine
Research Interests

Biological, social and psychological factors of pain perception and pain experience

Frederik-Schlitt

Frederik Schlitt

MSc, BSc

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

Mechanisms of emotional learning and the influence of stress in healthy and chronic back pain patients

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Jaspreed Kaur

MSc, BSc

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

Effects of expectation on the interruptive function of pain and its modulation by pain catastrophizing and pain anxiety. Mechanisms of pain-related learning.

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Dustin Maser

Psychological Psychotherapist, MSc-Psych

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

The effects of interdisciplinary multimodal pain therapy. Interindividual differences as well as other mediating and moderating variables for its effectivenss. The neurobiological corrolates of treatment effects.

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Katarina Forkmann

PhD, Dipl.-Psych.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Mechanisms of pain-related learning and extinction in health and chronic pain, mechanisms and modulation of the interruptive function of pain in health and chronic pain, expectation effects on pain processing and cognitive functioning

Matthias Zunhammer

Matthias Zunhammer

PhD, MSc, BSc

Scientific Associate and Team Analyst (former Postdoc), currently employed at Takeda Oncology Germany

Research Interests

Pain, placebo analgesia, neuroimaging of pain

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Sigrid Elsenbruch

Sigrid Elsenbruch

Professor, PhD

Project leader project A04, SFB/TRR 289, Head of the Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)

Research Interests

Behavioural and neural mechanisms of acute and chronic visceral pain, placebo and nocebo mechanisms in the context of the gut-brain axis, learning and extinction of pain-related fear, effects of stress and affective symptoms on symptom perception across pain modalities

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Rossitza Draganova

Dr. rer. medic, Dipl. Ing.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Electrophysiology methods (EGG, ECG and EEG) in learning, plasticity and placebo/nocebo pain related paradigms. Neuroimaging (functional and structural MRI) of treatment expectation and predictive models in respect of the gut-brain axis. Software development - signal processing and statistical methods in neuroscience

Adriane Icenhour

Adriane Icenhour

PD, Dr. rer. medic.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

CNS mechanisms involved in gut-brain communication, the impact of psychological factors such as stress, fear, and expectations on visceral pain as a cardinal symptom of disturbances along the gut-brain axis such as IBS

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Laura Ricarda Koenen

Dr. rer. medic

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research interests

Behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying acute and chronic pain, especially visceral pain; learning and extinction of pain-related fear across distinct pain modalities; translational perspective on placebo/nocebo effects

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Jana Aulenkamp

MD

Anesthesiologist at the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine since 07/2020 and at the TPRU since 07/2020.

Research Interests

Perioperative pain medicine with a focus on acute and chronic (postoperative and posttraumatic) pain

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Zoé Brüx

Student Assistant

Former Team Members

  • Former MD-Students: Charlotte Engelbrecht, Johanna Bock, Magnus Gerardi, Gerrit Goltz, Maximilian Schweifel, Tobias Berding, Andreas Hellmann, Johanna Albers