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Professor Ploner aims to understand how the human brain generates the experience of pain. To this end, his research group performs complex time-frequency and connectivity analyses of brain activity recorded by using electroencephalography. Moreover, they use non-invasive brain stimulation andn neurofeedback techniques to modulate pain. The objective of this work is to elucidate the brain mechanisms of pain in health and disease with the ultimate goal of optimizing the diagnosis and therapy of chronic pain. 

Professor Ploner studied medicine at the Universities of Cologne and Vienna and completed his doctorate at the University of Cologne. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher and trained as a neurologist at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. In 2007/2008 he was a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Oxford. Since 2007, he has been head of a research group and a consultant of Neurology at the Department of Neurology at TUM. Since 2014, he has been a Professor of Human Pain Research at TUM. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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