Prof. Dr. Thomas R. Tölle
Academic Career and Research Areas
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.
- President designate of the German Society for the Study of Pain (DGSS) (since January 1, 2011)
- Spokesman of the BMBF-funded German Neuropathic Pain Research Network (DFNS) (since 2002)
- German Pain Award: Promotion Award for Pain Research of the DGSS (1990)
Valet M, Sprenger T, Tölle TR: Studies on cerebral processing of pain using functional imaging: "Somatosensory, emotional, cognitive, autonomic and motor aspects". Schmerz. 2010; 24(2): 114-21.Abstract
Boecker H, Sprenger T, Spilker ME, Henriksen G, Koppenhoefer M, Wagner KJ, Valet M, Berthele A, Tolle TR: "The Runner`s High: Opioidergic Mechanisms in the Human Brain". Cereb Cortex. 2008; 18(11): 2523-31.Abstract
Freynhagen R, Baron R, Gockel U, Tölle TR: "painDETECT: a new screening questionnaire to identify neuropathic components in patients with back pain". Curr Med Res Opin. 2006; 22(10): 1911-20.Abstract
Valet M, Sprenger T, Boecker H, Willoch F, Erhard P, Rummeny E, Conrad B, Tölle TR: "Distraction modulates connectivity of the cingulo-frontal cortex and midbrain during pain - a fMRI analysis". Pain. 2004; 109: 399-408.Abstract
Tölle TR et al.: "Region-specific encoding of sensory and affective components of pain in the human brain: a positron emission tomography correlation analysis". Ann Neurol. 1999; 45(1): 40-7.Abstract