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Prof. Dr. Martin Diers (english version)

Curriculum Vitae

Academic positions

since 10/15: Professor for Clinical and Experimental Behavioral Medicine Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, LWL University Hospital, Ruhr-University Bochum

07/15 – 09/15: Group leader Pain processing and Pain Modulation Institute of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, University Medical Center, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Prof. Dr. Nicole von Steinbüchel

01/09 – 06/15: Project manager Phantom Mind (ERC, advanced grant, EU no. 230249) Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Herta Flor

10/13 – 03/13:  Visiting Professor Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg

04/13 – 09/13: Visiting Scientist at the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Prof. Dr. Petra Schweinhardt 

01/04 – 12/08: Project manager Plasticity in chronic pain syndromes (DFG Fl156/26) Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Herta Flor

 

Institutional Responsibilities

since 08/16: Member of the examination board (doctorate), Medical Faculty, Ruhr-University Bochum

10/15 – 03/16: Lectureship M.Sc. Psychology, Health Psychology, FernUniversity Hagen. Supervision Master and Bachelor Thesis

04/13 – 09/13: Lectureship B.Sc. Psychology, Health Psychology ,FernUniversity Hagen. Supervision Bachelor Thesis

09/09 – 03/13: Division manager of the outpatient pain clinic, Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Herta Flor 

04/09 – 08/10: Vice Coordinator for Lectures in „Medical Psychology“, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg

 

Professional Training

01/15:  Habilitation (Post-doctoral exam) at the Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Herta Flor

03/14 Thesis: Psychobiological mechanisms in chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes, Venia legendi for the subjects: Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology and Medical Psychology

09/14: Licensed Supervisor for behavioural therapy issued by the, Governing Council Stuttgart

05/09 – 10/10:  Baden-Württemberg-Certificate for didactics, University didactics centrum of the Universities of Baden-Württemberg

05/04 – 04/09:  Postgraduate training psychological psychotherapy, focus on behavioural therapy, Center for Psychological Psychotherapy (ZPP), Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, 05/09: Board certified state license for Psychological Psychotherapy issued by the Governing Council Stuttgart

10/02 – 06/06: Doctorate at the Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Herta Flor

06/05 Dissertation: The role of illusory hand movements and attention on cortical reorganisation and phantom phenomenons after unilateral arm amputation

10/99 – 09/02: Study of psychology at the University of Konstanz. 11/01 diploma thesis: The electrical correlate in the electroencephalogram for cue dependent reaction time shortening, Prof. Dr. Kuno Kirschfeld, Prof. Dr. Thomas R. Elbert

09/98 – 08/99: Study of psychology at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands, completion of basic studies: Propadeuse  

 

Positions offered

08/15: Offers for professor position “Clinical and Experimental Behavioral Medicine” (W2), Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, LWL-University, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum

06/15: Offers for professor position “Pain and Movement” (W2) – declined, Health Oriented Medicine and Movement Studies, University of Applied Science, Mannheim

06/15: Short listed Lecturer in Psychology (Pain), Health and Life Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool; Liverpool, Great Britain

 

Society Member

Association for Psychological Science (APS) 2015-2016

German Association for Psychology: Groups: Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology; Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (DGPS) since 2013

International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) since 2012

Federal Associations of National Health Physicians: North Rhine-Westphalia: since 2015, Lower Saxony: 2015, Baden-Wuerttemberg: 2009-2015

Society for Neuroscience (SFN) 2005, 2010

 

Editorship

Guest associate editor for the research topic „Body, space and pain“ in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

 

Grant Reviewer

German Research Organization (DFG)

Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Austrian exchange service (OeAD-GmbH)

Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)

 

Ad Hoc Reviewer for Journals

Arthritis Care & Research, Brain, Brain Imaging and Behavior, Biological Psychology, Cerebral Cortex, Current Biology, Der Schmerz, European Journal of Pain, Experimental Brain Research, Explore, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers in Neurorobotics, Healthcare, Journal of Pain, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Neuroimage, Neuroimage: Clinical, Neuropsychologia, New England Journal of Medicine, Pain, Plos One, Psychiatry Research, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, Wiener Klinische Wochenschau

 

Research topics Pain:

Topics:

  • Pain physiology (central sensitization)
  • Attention and other psychological pain modulations
  • Endogenous pain inhibition
  • Pain treatment (operant behavioral treatment, virtual and augmented reality)
  • Body illusions (Mirror box, Rubber hand Illusion, visual feedback)

Methods: EEG, fMRI, MRI, PET, MEG, EMG

Patient groups: Chronic Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Phantom limb pain

 

Ongoing Projects:

  • Does real-time visual feedback improve the effects of manual therapy in chronic back pain? A longitudinal study
  • Induction of the rubber hand illusion
  • Pain controllability
  • Modulation of visual induced analgesia during experimental painful stimulation
  • Illusions and body perception in anorexia nervosa

 

Prizes and Awards

10/2015 Award for pain research; 2. prize clinical research, For the paper: Mirror therapy for phantom limb pain: Brain changes and the role of body representation. German Association for the Study of Pain (DGSS) (3,500.-€)

10/2014 Fellowship in the Mentoring Program for outstanding young scientists, Biopsychology and Neuropsychology section of the German Association for Psychology (DGPs)

02/2013 1. prize of the MEG Study Competition 2013, together with Prof. Dr. Petra Schweinhardt, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (18,000.-C$) (13,500.-€)

07/2012 Elected for the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) Alumni Symposium at the Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS) Forum 2012

03/2012 Early Career Research Grant, Offered by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Proposal: Seeing what you feel behind: neuronal correlates of seeing painful stimulation, (20,000.-$) (15,500.-€)

09/2011 Nominated for Best Poster Presentation of the 7th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®), See what you feel behind: Looking at one's own back reduces experimental pain intensity in chronic back pain patients.

06/2011Elected scholar of the European Pain School, Siena, Organized by the Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS) and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)

05/20111. prize of the young investigator Award for Pain research of the Janssen-Cilag GmbH, Proposal: Seeing what you feel behind: neuronal correlates of seeing painful stimulation, (5,000.-€)

 

Research Grants

11/2016:  DFG, DI 1553/5-1, Neuronal correlates of pain controllability in chronic musculoskeletal pain (209.245,-€)

07/2016: University Bochum FoRUM F866R-16: funding of the Medical Faculty, Modulation of visual induced analgesia during experimental painful stimulation (55,768.- €)

05/2015: University Heidelberg Funding of the publication fee for Milde et al. (2015) by the Open-Access-Publication-Fund of the University, (1,350.-$) (1,200.-€)

09/2012 DFG, DI 1553/3-1, Seeing what you feel behind: neuronal correlates of seeing painful stimulation (19,500.-€)

 

List of Publications

2016

Becker S, Diers M. [Chronic pain: Perception, reward and neural processing]. Chronischer Schmerz Wahrnehmung, Belohnung und neurale Verarbeitung. Schmerz 2016; 30(5):395-406.

Diers M, Löffler A, Zieglgänsberger W, Trojan J. Seeing your pain site reduces chronic pain intensity and unpleasantness. Eur J Pain 2016; 20(4):581-585.

Diers M. Kommentar zum Referat: Neurale Mechanismen: Antizipation von Schmerz. Journalclub Schmerzmedizin 2017; 3(5):148.

Fuchs X, Riemer M, Diers M, Flor H, Trojan, J. Perceptual drifts of real and artificial limbs in the rubber hand illusion. Nature Scientific Reports 2016;6:24362.

Kamping S, Andoh J, Bomba I, Diers M, Diesch E, Flor H. A novel mechanism of contextual pain modulation: body-related acquired sensory-limbic disconnection. Pain. 2016;157(2):445-455.

2015

Bekrater-Bodmann R, Schredl M, Diers M, Reinhard I, Foell J, Trojan J, Fuchs X, Flor H. Post-amputation pain is associated with the recall of an impaired body representation in dreams - results from a nation-wide survey on limb amputees. PlosOne. 2015;10(3): e0119552.

Diers M, Kamping S, Yilmaz P, Rance M, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Foell J, Trojan J, Fuchs X, Bach F, Maaß H, Çakmak H, Flor H. Illusion-related brain activations: A new virtual reality mirror box system for use during functional magnetic resonance imaging. Brain Res. 2015;1594:173-182.

Laux P, Krumm B, Diers M, Flor H. Recovery–stress balance and injury risk in professional football players: a prospective study. Journal of Sport Sciences. 2015;33:2140-2148.

Milde C, Rance M, Yilmaz P, Trojan J, Fuchs X, Foell J, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Flor H, Diers M. Do mirror glasses have the same effect on brain activity as a classical mirror box? Evidence from an fMRI study with healthy subjects. PlosOne. 2015;10(5):e0127694.

Streit F, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Diers M, Reinhard I, Frank J, Wüst S, Seltzer Z, Flor H, Rietschel M. Concordance of phantom- and residual limb pain phenotypes in double amputees: evidence for contribution of distinct and common individual factors. Journal of Pain. 2015;16:1377-1385.

2014

Bekrater-Bodmann R, Foell J, Diers M, Kamping S, Rance M, Yilmaz P, Trojan J, Fuchs X, Bach F, Çakmak HK, Maaß H, Flor H. The importance of synchrony and temporal order of visual and tactile input for illusory limb ownership experiences – an fMRI study applying virtual reality. PlosOne. 2014;9(1):e87013.

Foell J, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Diers M, Flor H. Mirror therapy for phantom limb pain: Brain changes and the role of body representation. Eur J Pain. 2014b;18(5):729-739.

Trojan* J, Diers* M, Fuchs X, Bach F, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Foell J, Kamping S, Rance M, Maaß H, Flor H. An augmented reality home-training system based on the mirror and imagery treatment approach. Behavior Research. 2014;46:634-640. *Both authors contributed equally to this work.

2013

Diers M, Zieglgansberger W, Trojan J, Drevensek AM, Erhardt-Raum G, Flor H. Site-specific visual feedback reduces pain perception. Pain. 2013;154(6):890-896.

2012

Bach F, Cakmak H, Maass H, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Foell J, Diers M, Trojan J, Fuchs X, Flor H. Illusory hand ownership induced by an MRI compatible immersive virtual reality device. Biomed Tech (Berl). 2012;57(Suppl. 1):719-720.

Bekrater-Bodmann R, Foell J, Diers M, Flor H. The perceptual and neuronal stability of the rubber hand illusion across contexts and over time. Brain Res. 2012;1452:130-139.

Diener SJ, Wessa M, Ridder S, Lang S, Diers M, Steil R, Flor H. Enhanced stress analgesia to a cognitively demanding task in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. J Affect Disord. 2012;136(3):1247-1251.

Diers M, Yilmaz P, Rance M, Thieme K, Gracely RH, Rolko C, Schley MT, Kiessling U, Wang H, Flor H. Treatment-related changes in brain activation in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome. Exp Brain Res. 2012;218(4):619-628.

2011

Diers M, Schley MT, Rance M, Yilmaz P, Lauer L, Rukwied R, Schmelz M, Flor H. Differential central pain processing following repetitive intramuscular proton/prostaglandin E(2) injections in female fibromyalgia patients and healthy controls. Eur J Pain. 2011;15(7):716-723.

2010

Diers M, Christmann C, Koeppe C, Ruf M, Flor H. Mirrored, imagined and executed movements differentially activate sensorimotor cortex in amputees with and without phantom limb pain. Pain. 2010;149(2):296-304.

Yilmaz* P, Diers* M, Diener S, Rance M, Wessa M, Flor H. Brain correlates of stress-induced analgesia. Pain. 2010;151(2):522-529. *Both authors contributed equally to this work.

2008

Diers M, Koeppe C, Yilmaz P, Thieme K, Markela-Lerenc J, Schiltenwolf M, van Ackern K, Flor H. Pain ratings and somatosensory evoked responses to repetitive intramuscular and intracutaneous stimulation in fibromyalgia syndrome. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2008;25(3):153-160.

2007

Diers M, Koeppe C, Diesch E, Stolle AM, Hölzl R, Schiltenwolf M, van Ackern K, Flor H. Central processing of acute muscle pain in chronic low back pain patients: an EEG mapping study. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2007;24(1):76-83.

2004

Flor H, Diers M, Birbaumer N. Peripheral and electrocortical responses to painful and non-painful stimulation in chronic pain patients, tension headache patients and healthy controls. Neuroscience Letters. 2004;361(1-3):147-150.

Karl A, Diers M, Flor H. P300-amplitudes in upper limb amputees with and without phantom limb pain in a visual oddball paradigm. Pain. 2004;110(1-2):40-48.

 

Reviews

2016

Becker S, Diers M. [Chronic pain: Perception, reward and neural processing]. Chronischer Schmerz Wahrnehmung, Belohnung und neurale Verarbeitung. Schmerz 2016;30(5): 395-406.

Diers M. Kommentar zum Referat: Neurale Mechanismen: Antizipation von Schmerz. Journalclub Schmerzmedizin 2016;3(5):148.

2015

Fuchs X, Becker S, Kleinböhl D, Diers M, Flor H. Respondent learning in chronic pain: How precise is imprecision? Pain. 2015;156:2108-2109.

2014

Diers M. The impact of the stimulation method on differences in pain thresholds and brain responses between chronic pain patients and healthy controls. Eur J Pain. 2014;18(10):1365-1366.

Foell J, Andoh J, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Diers M, Fuchs X, Colloca L, Flor H. Peripheral origin of phantom limb pain: is it all resolved? Pain. 2014;155(10):2205-2206.

Foell J, Bekrater-Bodmann R, Diers M, Flor H. Authors' reply to the comment by Harvie and Moseley. Eur J Pain. 2014a;18(5):603-604.

Trojan J, Diers M, Valenzuela-Moguillansky C, Torta DME. Body, Space, and Pain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2014;8:369.

2013

Diers M, Flor H. [Phantom limb pain : Psychological treatment strategies] Psychologische Behandlungsstrategien bei Patienten mit Phantomschmerzen. Schmerz. 2013;27(2):205-213.

Flor H, Diers M, Andoh J. The neural basis of phantom limb pain. Trends in Cognitive Science. 2013;17(7):307-308.

Trojan J, Diers M. Update: Physiologie und Psychologie des Schmerzes. Manuelle Therapie. 2013;17(4):153-161.

2012

Diers M, Flor H. Neuroimaging and pain: implications for prevention and treatment. Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Therapy. 2012;29(1):17-29.

2011

Diers M. [Operant and cognitive behavioural treatments in chronic pain]. Ther Umsch. 2011;68(9):507-511.

Diers M, Flor H. Sensorimotor training and its implication on cortical reorganization. Journal of Pain Management. 2011;4(3):279-287.

2009

Diers M. Funktionelle Bildgebung bei chronischen Schmerzerkrankungen: Implikationen für die Therapie. [Functional Imaging in Chronic Pain: Implications for Therapy]. Verhaltenstherapie. 2009;19(2):86-93.

Diers M, Flor H. Neue Therapien bei chronischen Schmerzerkrankungen. [New treatments for chronic pain syndromes]. Schweizer Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie & Neurologie. 2009;(3):28-30.

Flor H, Diers M. Sensorimotor training and cortical reorganization. NeuroRehabilitation. 2009;25(1):19-27.

2007

Flor H, Diers M, Knotkova H, Cruciani R. Brain changes related to chronic pain: implications for pain extinction training. Advances in Pain Management. 2007;1(3):91-95.

2003

Grüsser SM, Diers M, Flor H. Phantomschmerz: Aspekte der Neuroplastizitat und Intervention. [Phantom limb pain: aspects of neuroplasticity and intervention]. Anasthesiol Intensivmed Notfallmed Schmerzther. 2003;38(12):762-766.

 

Bookchapters

2015

Diers M Neuroprosthesis and Sensorimotor Trainning. In Knotkova, H., & Rasche, D. (Ed.), Textbook of Neuromodulation. 2015:pp.159-167. Springer: Heidelberg.

2012

Diers M, Flor H. Sensorimotor training and its implication for cortical reorganization. In Knotkova, H., Cruciani, R., & Merrick, J. (Eds.), Neuroplasticity in chronic pain. 2012:pp. 77-90. Nova Science Publishers, Inc: New York.

2010

Flor H, Diers M. Wie verlernt das Gehirn den Schmerz? In G. Schiepek (Ed.), Neurobiologie der Psychotherapie. 2010:pp. 523-529. Stuttgart: Schattauer.

2007

Flor H, Diers M Limitations of pharmacotherapy: behavioral approaches to chronic pain. Handb Exp Pharmacol. 2007;177:415-427. Springer: Heidelberg.