Manfred Zimmermann was born in the State of Bavaria, Germany in 1933.
Education and training in physics and neurophysiology at the Technical University of Karlsruhe and the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
1959 Diploma in Physics
1965 Promotion to Dr.-Ing.
1969 Promotion to Dr.med. habil.
1973 Professor of Medical Physiology at the University of Heidelberg
1971-1999 Head of the Department of Central Nervous System Physiology at Heidelberg University
Visiting Professor at Monash
University, Melbourne, Australia (1973), the University of Siena, Italy (1985) and Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China (1983 and 1992)
Since 1999 founder and director of the Neuroscience and Pain
Research Institute, Heidelberg, Germany
Research and Publications
Principal research interest is on neuronal mechanisms of pain and pain inhibition in CNS, with a focus on neuropathic pain following nervous system injury. Recent emphasis is on the cell biology of
stimulation-transcription coupling, gene expression and apoptosis in the nervous system, which all are steps towards long term modification of neuronal function and thus mechanism of chronic pain.
publications in internationally distributed scientific journals, mostly in the field of pain.
Since 1971 Contributions to German Textbooks of Physiology and Educational Films in Physiology and Pain Research and Treatment (translations into English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese)
1984 Editor (with Herrmann Handwerker) and author of the first German textbook on pain: "Schmerz - Konzepte und ärztliches Handeln", Springer-Verlag, published also in Italian (1988)
Awards and Honorary Degrees
1978 Pischinger-Award by Austrian Acupuncture Society, Vienna, Austria
1985 René-Leriche-Award by Academy for Neural Therapy, Speyer, Germany
1988 and 2003 Honorary Award by Schmerztherapeutisches
Kolloquium, Frankfurt, Germany
1996 Rudolf Frey Award by Pain Society, Bremen, Germany
1998 Bayer Career Award, Milano, Italy
1994 Dott. med. et chir. honoris causa at the University of Siena, Italy
1973 Founding member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
1981-1987 Member of IASP Council
1978-1990 Chairman of IASP Committee for Ethical Issues in Pain Research,
developed Guidelines for the ethical conduct of research on animals
1975 Founding Member of the German Speaking Pain Society (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Chapter of IASP
of IASP‘s German Chapter, Deutsche Gesellschaft zum Studium des Schmerzes
1993 Founding Member of EFIC, the European Federation of IASP Chapters
1996-1999 President of EFIC, the European Federation
of IASP Chapters
Honorary Member of the German, Austrian, Romanian and Chinese Pain Societies (the national Chapters of the IASP)
1997 Honorary Member of the Slovak Medical Association
1984-1987 Chairman of the Local Arrangements Committee of 5th World Congress on Pain 1987 in Hamburg, Germany, the triannual congress of IASP
Since 1975 Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience Letters (Elsevier)
1975-1987 Member of the Editorial Board of IASP’s international scientific journal Pain (Elsevier)
Since 1987 Editor of Der Schmerz (Springer), from 1987 to 1992 Editor-in-Chief
1987-2000 Member of the Editorial Board of The Clinical Journal of Pain (Raven Press)
Since 2000 Member of the Editorial Board of Acta Pharmacologica Sinica (Shanghai)
1986 Author (with Hanne Seemann) of an investigation into the national situation of pain research and therapy on behalf of the German Federal Government, Springer-Verlag
1987 Initiator of a national
programme of clinical pain research set up by the German Federal Minister for Research
1996 Initiator of Medical Speciality “Pain Therapy” in Germany