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
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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
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Evgenij Knorr

IT technician

Team Members

Katharina Schmidt

Katharina Schmidt

PD, PhD, MSc, MA

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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Helena Hartmann

PhD, MSc
Postdoctoral Researcher
Research Interests

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

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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

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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Julian Kleine-Borgmann

MD

Clinician Scientist

Research Interests

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

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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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Elif Buse Caliskan

MD

Junior Clinician Scientist, resident in Neurology

Research Interests

Role of negative emotions and treatment expectations in nocebo hyperalgesia

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Vanessa Dobischat

MD

Resident in Neurology

Research Interests

Mechanisms of the interruptive function of pain and the modulatory effect of expectation, pain-related parameters in chronic migraine and back pain

Frederik-Schlitt

Frederik Schlitt

MSc

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

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

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Lea Busch

MSc

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

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

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Jaspreed Kaur

MSc

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

Effects of expectations on the interruptive function of pain, modulation by pain catastrophizing/anxiety, pain-related learning.

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Dustin Maser

Psychological Psychotherapist, MSc

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

Effects of interdisciplinary multimodal pain therapy, interindividual differences, mediating and moderating variables for its effectiveness, neurobiological corrolates of treatment effects

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Jialin Li

MSc

PhD Candidate (affiliated to the Max Planck School of Cognition)

Research Interests

Placebo/nocebo effects, appetitive/aversive learning, impact of expectation & learning on treatment, translational research on individual prediction of psychiatric disorders

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Rebecca Lutz

MSc

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

Placebo/nocebo effects, shared mechanisms between first-hand and empathy for pain, prosocial decision-making, neuroimaging and -modulation

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Vivien Janowicz

MSc

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

Mechanisms of placebo/nocebo effects, modulatory interactions between cognitive and neurological traits, pain-related patient non-adherence

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

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Katarina Forkmann

PhD, Dipl.-Psych.

Scientific Associate (former Postdoc), currently employed at aidhere

Research Interests

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

Matthias Zunhammer

Matthias Zunhammer

PD, PhD, MSc

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

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 Lanters née 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 and SHKs: Charlotte Engelbrecht, Johanna Bock, Magnus Gerardi, Gerrit Goltz, Maximilian Schweifel, Tobias Berding, Andreas Hellmann, Johanna Albers, Björn Geldry, Raquel Castellanos Silva, Ashtar Hashim, and Sarah Neumann