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Institute for Clinical Neurobiology
Prof. Dr. M. Sendtner

Michael Sendtner
Professor
Institute for Clinical Neurobiology
University of Würzburg
Versbacherstr. 5, D-97078 Würzburg, Germany
Tel. ++49 (0931) 201-44000
Fax ++49 (0931) 201-44009
e-mail: Sendtner_M@ukw.de

 

 

 

 

Birthdate                  8 April1959, Munich, Germany

Bibliometrics (Sept' 12): ISI-indexed 178, Sum Cited 12,879, Average Citations 72,35, h-index 57

Positions held to date
2000                        Full Professor (C4); Chairman Institute of Clinical Neurobiology, University of Würzburg
                               Chairman SFB 581 “Molecular models for diseases of the nervous system”
1995-1999                Professor (C3) of Neurobiology at the University of Würzburg, Head of the “Klinische
                               Forschergruppe (DFG) für Neuroregeneration” within the Dept. of Neurology, University
                               of Würzburg
1987-1994                Research Associate, MPI for Psychiatry (Prof. A. Thoenen)
1985-1987                Fellow, Max-Planck-Society, Department for Neurochemistry, Max-Planck-Institute
                               for Psychiatry, Munich-Martinsried
1984-1985                Resident, Dept. Neurology, TU Munich

Education
1992                        Habilitation (Dr. med. habil., Experimental Neurology), TU Munich
1984                        Approbation
1980-1984                Technical University of Munich, Studies in Clinical Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine
1978-1980                University of Regensburg: Studies in Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine
                               and Biology (last exam: Physikum)
1969-1978                Viscardi-Gymnasium Fürstenfeldbruck

 

Other Activities

Music
1972-1979                Studies in Music, Richard-Strauss-Conservatory Munich, Concert Diploma for Classical
                               Guitar, Renaissance and Baroque Lute
1978                        Kulturförderpreis Landeshauptstadt München, 6-Uhr Konzerte
1977                        1. Price, International Guitar Competion, Munich
1976                        1. Price: Competition Deutsche Konservatorien  und Hochschulinstitute, Classical Guitar

Activities in social/cultural organizations
Since 2003                Member „Wissenschaftlicher Beirat Katholische Akademie in Bayern“ and Member „Vorstand der Katholischen Akademie in Bayern“

Academic Awards
2007                           Sobek-Preis, awarded by the Sobek-Stiftung
1997                           ALS Forschungspreis awarded by the German Society for Muscular Diseases
1994                           Wilhelm-Vaillant-Preis
1993                           Myopathie-Preis, awarded by the German Society for Muscular Diseases
1985                           Max-Planck Society, longterm Fellowship

Teaching
At Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, University of Würzburg
Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Neurobiology of Disease, Molecular Basis of Neurodegenerative Disorders

Editorial Service
since 2003                Editorial Board member Experimental Neurology
since 2005                Member “Faculty of 1000”
since 2007                Editorial Board member Journal of Neuroscience

Professional Memberships
Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN)
Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft
European Neuroscience Association (ENA)
Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gentherapie (DAG-GT)

Offers for Professorships (which I declined)
2000 University of Erlangen, Chair Dept. of Biochemistry
2004 University of Munich, Chair Dept. of Physiological Genomics
2008 King's College London: Head MRC Centre of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Service as Reviewer - Scientific Journals (partial list)
Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Genetics, Neuron, J. Neuroscience, EMBO J., EMBO Reports, Human Molecular Genetics, J. Cell Biology, J. Neurology, J. Biol. Chemistry, PNAS and others

Service as Reviewer - Granting Agencies (partial list)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, BMBF, Swiss National Fund; Fond zur Wissenschaftlichen Förderung (Austria); Italian Research Ministry; HFSPO; EU; The Wellcome Trust; Canadian National Trust; National Science Foundation US

Service as Consultant and Advisor
Member Programme Committee Society for Neuroscience
Member Fachkollegium Neuroscience DFG (2005-11)
Member Senate Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), since 2011
Member DFG Senatsausschuss für Klinische Forschung 2001-2011
Member of the review committee for the RIKEN Institute, Tokyo, Japan,
Member of the scientific advisory board British MND Association (2002-2006)
Member scientific advisory board, VIB Department of Molecular and Developmental Genetics
KU Leuven Center for Human Genetics, Belgium (2007)

Most cited publications (more than 400 citations)

  1. Sendtner, M., G.W. Kreutzberg, and H. Thoenen: Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) prevents the degeneration of motorneurons after axotomy. Nature 345, 440-441, 1990.
  2. Sendtner, M., B. Holtmann, R. Kolbeck, H. Thoenen, and Y.-A. Barde: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor prevents the death of motoneurons in newborn rats after nerve-section. Nature 360, 757-759, 1992.
  3. Lüttiken,C., U.M. Wegenka, J. Yuan, J. Buschmann, C. Schindler, A. Ziemiecki, A.G. Harpur, A.F. Wilks, K. Yasukawa, T. Taga, T. Kishimoto, G. Barbieri, S. Pellegrini, M. Sendtner, P.C. Heinrich and F. Horn. Association of transcription factor APRF and protein kinase jak1 with interleukin-6 signal transducer gp 130.Science 263, 89-92, 1994.
  4. Stöckli, K.A., F. Lottspeich, M. Sendtner, P. Masiakowski, P. Carroll, R. Götz, D. Lindholm, and H. Thoenen: Molecular cloning, expression and regional distribution of rat ciliary neurotrophic factor. Nature 342, 920-923, 1989.
  5. Arakawa, Y., M. Sendtner, and H. Thoenen: Survival effect of ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) on chick embryonic motoneurons in culture: Comparison with other neurotrophic factors and cytokines, J. Neurosci. 10(11), 3507-3515, 1990.
  6. Sendtner, M., H. Schmalbruch, K.A. Stöckli, P. Carroll, G.W. Kreutzberg, and H. Thoenen: Ciliary neurotrophic factor prevents degeneration of motor neurons in mouse mutant progressive motor neuronopathy. Nature 358, 502-504, 1992.
  7. Masu, Y., E. Wolf, B. Holtmann, M. Sendtner, G. Brem, and H. Thoenen. Disruption of the CNTF gene results in motoneuron degeneration. Nature 365, 27-32, 1993.