Our major topics are translational research on mechanisms and therapeutic approaches in acute and chronic pain with a focus on the opioid system, as well as educational research and emergency medicine. Our approaches include mathematical modeling, laboratory experiments and clinical studies.

Our laboratory features molecular, biochemical, cellular, electrophysiological and behavioral methods. Clinical studies are performed in our pain clinic, perioperative setting, intensive care unit, emergency helicopter and ambulance service, and in national and international collaborations with departments of Rheumatology, Surgery, Neurology, Dentistry and Dermatology. We are funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) and by several independent medical societies and foundations. We mentor Bachelor, Masters, PhD and medical dissertations. We collaborate with several groups in the clusters of excellence and nanomedicine of the undefinedFreie Universität (FU) Berlin.