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 (tenured 2013).
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’ based on results from our laboratory work in Liverpool. Our team has been testing immune-modulating treatments, particularly for the group of patients with the rare, longstanding Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). We have developed novel recruitment technologies to make such trials possible, and are worldwide leaders in this field.
I have been chairing the UK interdisciplinary CRPS Guidelines Group, under the Umbrella of the UK Royal College of Physicians, which has published its first guidance in May 2012. I am also 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/
Prizes or Honours
- 1st Price (IASP SIG CRPS, 2013)
- Leadershiop Award (CSL, 2012)