Ordinary member, Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET) (July 2018 - July 2020)
Professional and academic career
Present position: since 2000 - Full Professor and Scientific Director, Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience Central Institute of Mental Health.
1995 - 2000 Full Professor of Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany
1993 - 1995 Associate professor of Somatic Psychology, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany
1991 - 1993 Heisenberg Fellowship, German Research Foundation, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany 1990 - 1991 Visiting Professor, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany
1987 - 1989 Habiliation Fellowship, German Research Foundation, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany 1985 - 1987 Visiting Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA 1984 - 1985 Assistant Professor, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
1983 - 1984 Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, USA
since 1993 Offers for professor positions from Leipzig, Marburg, Magdeburg, Geneva, Bonn, Berlin Charité (all declined).
1975 - 1977 B. A. Psychology, 1977
University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany 1974 - 1975 American Studies, Political Science, Journalism, University of Munich, Munich, Germany
1984 Ph. D., University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
1981 Diploma Psychology, University of Tübingen, Germany
Honours and awards
2016 John D. Loeser Distinguished Lecture-Award, I A S P, Yokohama, Japan
2016-2020 Adjunct Professor at Universitet Aalborg, Medical Faculty
2015 Honorary doctorate by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2010 Research Award of the German Society for the Study of Pain
2009 Hamburg Award Personality Disorders
2007 Research Award of the German Society for the Study of Pain:
2004 Award for Basic Research of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany 2003 Research Award of the German Society for Neurotraumatology and Clinical Neuropsychology
2002 German Psychology Award
2001 Muscle Pain Research Award
2001 Max-Planck-Award for International Cooperation
2000 Award for Pain Research of the German Association of Study of Pain 1999 Sertürner Award for Pain Research
1996 Award for Clinical Research of the SmithKline Beecham-Foundation 1992 Award for Pain Research of the German Association of Study of Pain 1990 Medtronic Award of the German Association of Study of Pain.
General administrative and organisational experience
since 2018 Member of the Pan-European (IBRO-PERC) Committee
2013 Member of the evaluation panel for starting grants at the European Research Council
2012 - 2018 Councilor of the International Association of Pain
since 2011 Member of the Foundation Council and Board of the University of Göttingen, and of the Foundation Board of University Medicine Göttingen, Germany
2011 - 2013 President of the German Neuroscience Society
since 2008 Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2007 Member of the Programme Committee of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
since 2004 Member of the Academia Europaea
2004 - 2011 Member of Review Board for Neuroscience and associated member of the Review Board for Psychology of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (2004-2011)
2001 - 2008 Chair of the Program Committee for the 11th and member of the Program Committee for the 10th and 12th World Congress on Pain.
Expertise in national or international training of students
2008 - 2015 Spokesperson of the interdisciplinary graduate program “Translational Neurosciences” of the Collaborative Research Center 636, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
2004-2006 Coordinator, South German Brain Imaging Center “Emotional Processing in Tinnitus” funded by the State of Baden-Württemberg
Since 2011 Member of the evaluation panel for starting grants at the European Research Council
2002-2005 Coordinator, Clinical Research Group 107 “Neuronal Plasticity and Learning in chronic pain: assessments, prevention and treatment”
1995-2003 Coordinator of DFG funded research groups, graduate training program and priority program.
Psychobiology, assessment and treatment of chronic and acute pain; cortical reorganization in chronic pain; emotional learning; psychophysiology and therapy of anxiety disorders, tinnitus, drug addiction; selfregulation in health and disease; brain computer interfaces.
Pohlack ST, Nees F, Ruttorf M, Witt SH, Nieratschker V, Rietschel M, Flor H. Risk variant for schizophrenia in the neurogranin gene impacts on hippocampus activation during contextual fear conditioning. Mol Psychiatry 2011; 16: 1072-3.
Flor H, Nikolajsen L, Jensen TS. Phantom limb pain - a case of maladaptive central nervous system plasticity? Nat Rev Neurosci 2006; 7:873-81.
Flor H, Denke C, Schäfer M, Grüsser, S. Effects of sensory discrimination training on cortical reorganization and phantom limb pain. Lancet 2001; 357:1763-4.
Birbaumer N, Ghanayim N, Hinterberger T, Iversen I, Kotchoubey B, Kübler A, Perelmouter J, Taub E, Flor H. A spelling device for the paralyzed. Nature 1999; 398:297-8.
Flor H, Elbert T, Knecht S, Wienbruch C, Pantev C, Birbaumer N, Larbig W, Taub E. Phantom limb pain as a perceptual correlate of cortical reorganization. Nature 1995; 357:482-4.
Jia, T., Macare, C., Desrivieres, S., Gonzalez, D. A., Tao, C., Ji, X., . . . Consortium, I. (2016). Neural basis of reward anticipation and its genetic determinants. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 113(14), 3879-3884.
Tan, L. L., Pelzer, P., Heinl, C., Tang, W., Gangadharan, V., Flor, H., . . . Kuner, R. (2017). A pathway from midcingulate cortex to posterior insula gates nociceptive hypersensitivity. Nat
Neurosci, 20(11), 1591-1601. Kuner, R., & Flor, H. (2017). Structural plasticity and reorganisation in chronic pain. Nat Rev Neurosci, 18(2), 113.