Peter Henningsen

1993 …2024

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The research areas of Professor Henningsen (b. 1959) are chronic somatic complaints with inadequate organic explanation. This research deals with somatoform or functional complaints such as pain, functional disturbance and exhaustion. He plays a coordinating role in diagnostic and therapeutic studies and in functional imaging and other psychophysiological studies examining the neurophysiological correlates of the experience of the complaint.

Professor Henningsen studied medicine in Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Freiburg, Berlin and Cambridge (UK). He completed his training as a neurologist in Berlin and Heidelberg before changing to the field of psychosomatic medicine. He acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) in 2002 in Heidelberg and in 2005 was given a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy. Professor Henningsen was appointed vice dean in 2006 and has held the office of dean of the TUM School of Medicine from 2010 to 2019. He is a member of the Medical Committee of the German Science Council, spokesman of German full professors of Psychosomatic Medicine and member of the board of the Viktor-von-Weizsäcker Society.

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
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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