Esther Pogatzki-Zahn

University Hospital Muenster, Germany

Prof. Esther Pogatzki-Zahn is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in the Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, University Hospital Muenster, Germany. She is head of the pain service at the University Clinic in Muenster since 14 years. Furthermore, she has been trained as a PhD in neuroscience (1998-2003) in the US (Baltimore and Iowa City) and is PI of the “Translational Pain Research” group at the University of Muenster. This group is aiming to provide insight into the neuropathology of incisional, chronic inflammatory, neuropathic and cancer related pain by using behavioral, electrophysiological and in-vitro studies in rodents and cooperates with a number of international researchers in the field of omics, genomics, optogenetics and imaging. In addition, she is working with human surrogate models of postoperative and neuropathic pain and uses quantitative sensory testing (QST) to explore acute and chronic pain in humans as well as chronic itch in volunteers and patients. Finally, she performs clinical studies and is involved in a number of international multicenter projects like Pain-Out and IMI PainCare as a PI (working on PROMs for acute and chronic pain). She is member of the Prospect Initiative ( and the DFNS e.V.. Prof. Pogatzki-Zahn won a number of national and international research awards like the IASP Collaboration Research Award, the EFIC Grünenthal Grant (E-G-G) and the Clinical scholar research award 2006 of the IARS, among others. She is a Council member of the IASP (2018-2023) and the German IASP chapter, Chair of the Acute Pain SIG of the IASP and of the Pain and Palliative Group of the European Society of Anaesthesiologists. She published more than 130 original peer reviewed manuscripts, 45 review articles/ editorials and 16 Book chapters (h-Index: 35, Web of science).