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PD Dr. Hans-Albert Braun

Head of the Neurodynamics Group at the Institute of Physiology,
University of Marburg, Germany

born 01.06.1947

Dr. rer.physiol., Dipl. Ing.
Department for Neuroendocrinology and Neurodynamics
Institute of Physiology, University of Marburg
Deutschhausstr. 2, D-35037 Marburg, Germany


  • School-leaving examination and certificate (“Abitur”) 1966 in Albstadt-Ebingen.
  • Trained as electronic engineer at the Technical University in Karlsruhe. Obtained a Degree
    in „Electrobiology” at the Institute of „Biomedical Engineering and Biological Cybernetics“ (1968-1974).
  • Supplementary study of „Human Biology“ at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Marburg (1976-1978). Doctoral thesis (1984): „Impulse Pattern Analysis and Modeling of Sensory Transduction in Peripheral Cold Receptors“.


To supervise and perform a broad range of neurophysiological studies with different methods and techniques:

  • electrophysiological experiments in the peripheral and central nervous system: single fiber recordings by microdissection of peripheral nerves and microelectrode recordings in mammalian brain slices.
  • conceptional engineering work for the construction of electrophysiological stimulation and recording devices.
  • developing software tools for the analysis of neuronal impulse patterns and nonlinear system behavior.
  • theory construction and computer modeling of neuronal information processing (signal encoding and neuromodulation) and of complex dynamics in autonomous functions and psychiatric diseases.


  • Teaching physiology in lectures, seminars and practical courses for medical, human-biology and psychology students and supervision of diploma and doctoral students.
  • developing and programming of teaching software for Physiology, Pharmacology and Biophysics.


  • Reviewer for international journals (e.g. J. Neurophysiol., Nature).
  • International reviewer of grant applications (e.g. for ESF, NIH).
  • Co-organizer and member of the scientific committee of international conferences, e.g. co-organizer (with Reinhard Eckhorn) of the upcoming 6th Neural Coding Meeting in Marburg (August 2005).
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the International University in Saratov (Russia).
  • German representative of EURCA, the European Research Center for Alternatives in Higher Education.
  • Member of the German Physiological Society (DPG), the German and the American Societies for Neuroscience (NWG and SFN), and Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).
  • Developer and Editor of teaching software including the “Virtual Physiology” series (Georg Thieme Publ., Stuttgart) and the cLabs series (BM&T, Heidelberg/Marburg).

Awards and Honors

  • Winner of several awards with the teaching software MacFrog/SimNerv: German-Austrian University Software Award 1993 for a) the best multimedia instructive software and b) the best teaching software in the disciplines biology and medicine.
  • International MacWelt award 1993 for trendsetting multimedia software for MacFrog/SimNerv.
  • Organizers award of the 1999 congress of Pharmacology of Thermoregulation for the paper “Dewald et al., 1999, Phasic bursting activity ..., J Thermal Biol 24: 339-345”.
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) 1999: “For the discovery of noise mediated neuronal oscillators and for elucidating their nonlinear dynamical properties”

Present Major Cooperations

  • local/national:

  • Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy , University of Marburg (M.T. Huber, J.Ch. Krieg).
  • Complex Systems Group at the Physics Dept. at the University of Marburg (B. Eckhardt, W. Braun)
  • Institute for Veterinary-Physiology, University of Giessen (R. Gerstberger, J. Roth)
  • Complex Systems Group at the University of Oldenburg (Ulrike Feudel)


  • Center for Neurodynamics (Frank Moss), Physics Dept. at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA
  • Department of Physics, DTU, Lyngby, Denmark (Erik Mosekilde, Olga Sosnovtseva)
  • Agora for Biosystems, Sigtuna, Sweden (P. Arhem, Karolinska, Stockholm, H. Liljenström, Univ.of Uppsala).
  • Department of Animal Physiology and Biophysics, Bukarest, Rumänien (G. Reid, A. Babes, L. Flonta,)
  • International Research Institute of Nonlinear Dynamics, Saratov, Russia (V. S. Anishchenko, D. E. Postnov)
  • Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Montevideo, Uruguay (Cristina Masoller)

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 23.10.2007 · Susanne Bamerny

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Institut für Physiologie und Pathophysiologie, Deutschhausstraße 1-2, D-35037 Marburg
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