I was born and raised in Wiesbaden/Germany, and trained in Anaesthesia / Pain Medicine in Wuerzburg/Germany, and the UK (Oxford, UCL), and in post-trauma immunology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, US.
I was appointed in 2007 Consultant in Pain Medicine at the Liverpool Walton Centre, one of the UK's three largest Centers for Pain Medicine. In 2008 I obtained the position as Senior Lecturer – Assistant Professor for Pain Medicine at the University of Liverpool (Associated Professor-Reader since 2016).
I work in clinical Pain Medicine with about 50% of my time, including outpatient settings, operating lists, and as member of the Pain Management Program team.
My research has focused on understanding the role of the adaptive immune system in causing severe chronic pain. I have developed the concept of ‘autoantibody-pain’ and have first proposed the use of passive transfer models to explore this. The focus of this work has been on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), and Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)
I clinical trials research, our team has been testing immune-modulating treatments, particularly for the group of patients with the rare, persistent CRPS. We have also developed novel recruitment technologies to make such trials possible.
I have been chairing the UK interdisciplinary CRPS Guidelines Group, under the Umbrella of the UK Royal College of Physicians (RCP), and a recent RCP guidelines group on Fibromyalgia-diagnosis. I am also chairing the European Pain Federation’s Task Force on CRPS and am chair of the Special Interest Group CRPS within the international association for the study of pain (IASP).
I am Director or the Liverpool Pain Research Institute, a cross-departmental Institute within the University of Liverpool, which supports and networks researchers in Pain Medicine in Liverpool and North-West UK. https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pain-research-institute