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Prof. Dr.

Hans-Christian Pape

Year of election: 2003
Section: Neurosciences
City: Münster
Country: Germany
CV Hans-Christian Pape - Deutsch (pdf)


Main research interests: Fear, anxiety, anxiety disorders; Rhythms of the Brain; Experimental Epilepsy Research

Hans-Christian Pape is considered one of the world-leading experts in the field of neurophysiology. Using behavioural and electrophysiological approaches he described key mechanisms underlying the regulation of wakefulness/sleep and fear/anxiety behaviour. Pape is also known for his excellent teaching capabilities: he has been elected “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” by the students of Münster University in 2006.

Photo: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


  • as of 2018 President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • since 2004 Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology I, Münster University, Germany
  • 1994-2004 Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology, Magdeburg University, Germany
  • 1992 Habilitation Physiology, Medical Faculty, Bochum University, Germany
  • 1989-1994 Assistant Professor, Department of Neurophysiology, Medical Faculty, Bochum University, Germany
  • 1987-1988 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Neurobiology, SUNY Stony Brook and Section of Neurobiology, Yale University, USA
  • 1986 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Biology-Medical Neuroscience, University GHS Essen, Germany
  • 1983-1987 Research Associate, Section of Neurophysiology, Medical Faculty, University Essen, Germany
  • 1982 Graduation in Biology, Bochum University, Germany
  • 1976-1982 Study of Biology, Bochum University, Germany


  • since 2008 Speaker of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre (SFB-TRR 58) "Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders"
  • 2001-2013 Local Organizer of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre (SFB-TR3) “Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy”
  • 1997-2004 Speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 426) “Limbic Structures and Functions"


  • 2016-2017 Speaker of the Scientific Committee of the German Science Council
  • 2011-2017 Member of the German Science Council
  • since 2006 Speaker of the Research Unit “Neuromedicine”, Münster University, Germany
  • since 2006 Member Board of Directors of the “Interdisciplinary Centre of Clinical Research”, Münster University, Germany
  • 1999-2005 Member of the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Honours and Memberships

  • 2008 Research Award of the Münster University, Germany
  • 2007 Max Planck Research Award
  • 2006 Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Münster University, Germany
  • since 2003 Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 1999 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award of the DFG
  • 1997 Research Award of the Magdeburg University, Germany
  • 1993 Heisenberg Stipend of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 1990 Bennigsen-Foerder-Award, Ministry of Science and Research NRW




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