Thomas R. Tölle

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1984 …2024

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The primary research interests of Professor Tölle are pathophysiology, diagnostics, and the prevention and treatment of chronic neuropathic pain.

Professor Tölle completed his study of medicine and psychology at the Universities of Bochum, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich. He earned his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Natural Sciences Faculty of the University of Düsseldorf and completed the doctoral part of his medical training at LMU Munich using fundamental research performed at Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry. He subsequently held research posts at the Institute for Histology, University of Porto, Portugal, and at MRC, Cambridge, England, in the Neurobiology Department. This was followed by clinical work at Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry. In 1995 he moved to the Neurological Department at TUM and set up an interdisciplinary research group for clinical and experimental research into pain, focusing primarily on the neurobiological mechanisms of neuronal plasticity in pain, pharmacological treatment and central imaging with fMRI and PET.

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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