We are grieving for Professor Dr. Uwe Heinemann, the highly regarded and warmly regarded former long-standing Head of the Institute of Neurophysiology

Uwe Heinemann studied medicine in Munich. Following doctoral studies and training in Oxford, he returned to Germany, joining the Max-Planck-Institute for Physiology in Munich. In 1986, he was appointed Professor for Physiology and Pathophysiology at the University of Cologne. In 1993 he accepted a call to the Charité Berlin. His tireless commitment over the following 17 years saw the Institute of Neurophysiology develop into a research center of international renown. After retiring as Institute Head in 2010, he was appointed Senior Professor at the Neuroscience Research Center, Charité, in 2012.


Berlin’s post-German unification neuroscience community was shaped to a great degree by Uwe Heinemann’s tireless efforts in heading the former Institute of Physiology, later called Johannes-Müller-Institute of Physiology and his establishment of numerous large-scale research collaborative centers. He also laid the groundwork for the Charité’s Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure, of which he was a founding member and co-director until 2010. His research and generous collaborative approach significantly influenced the today’s Institute of Neurophysiology, specifically, and the wider field of neuroscience, more broadly.


His main research interests were mechanisms of and pharmacoresistance to epileptogenesis and, in later years, the mechanisms underlying learning and memory. Numerous international research awards and his participation in a wide range of expert panels, including those of the German Research Foundation and European Research Council, testify to the high regard he was held in by the scientific community both at home and abroad.

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