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Prof. Dr.

Hans Oberleithner

Year of election: 2009
Section: Physiology and Pharmacology/Toxicology
City: Münster
Country: Germany
CV Hans Oberleithner - Englisch (pdf)


Hans Oberleithner is director of the Institute of Physiology II (General Physiology) at the Medical Faculty of the University of Münster. His research is focused on mechanisms determining salt sensitivity of humans. Together with his team the following questions are addressed:

1. How does sodium act on the cardiovascular system?

2. What is the role of salt in the development of hypertension?

3. What is the role of the vascular system in the regulation of salt-water balance?

His goal is a translational medicine based on fundamental research including the development of useful methods for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. He is currently working on a concept for the early detection of vascular salt sensitivity of humans.


  • since 1997 Full Professor (C4) and Head, Institut für Physiologie II (Institute of Physiology II), University of Münster, Germany
  • 1991 Visiting Research Professor, Institute of Cellular and Molecular, Physiology, Yale University, USA
  • 1983 Habilitation in Physiology
  • 1983-1997 Professor, Institute of Physiology, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • 1982 Fulbright Fellow, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale University, USA
  • 1979-1981 Fogarty Fellow, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale University, USA
  • 1976-1982 Research Assistent, Institute of Physiology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1975 Medical Degree from the University Innsbruck, Austria


  • 2010 Founding Member of the COST Action AFM for Nanomedicine
  • 2005-2012 Member-Elect of the German Research Council Cardiovascular Medicine
  • 2004 Founding Member of the ESF Initiative Nanomedicine

Honours and Memberships

  • 2009 Member of the Leopoldina, German Academy of Sciences
  • 2009 Koselleck - Advanced Grant of the German Research council (DFG)
  • 2006 Guest lecture in Nanomedicine, University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2005 First Award, “Patente Erfinder”" of North Rhine-Westphalia. Patent: DE 103 59 462
  • 2004 Preclinical Teacher of the Year, University Münster, Germany
  • 2003 International Patent WO002003073103A1; CF Blood Test
  • 2002 Preclinical Teacher of the Year, University Münster, Germany
  • 1999-2009 Guest Professor in Nano-Sciences, University Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1997 Preclinical Teacher of the Year, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • 1990 Preclinical Teacher of the Year, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • 1989 Volhard-Award, German Society of Nephrology
  • 1979 Investigator Award of the City of Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1978 Anton von Eiselsberg Research Award, Austrian Medical Society




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