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Research Group: Stress, Pain and Pain Modulation

Programme of Research

Our group has a main interest in the impact of stress and altered stress hormone levels (adrenocortical reactivity) on the development and maintenance of enhanced pain sensitivity. For this purpose we are performing complementary psychophysical/psychophysiological experimental and clinical studies in humans as well as neurobiological and behavioral experiments in animal models. Additional more recently initiated psychophysiological research activities are devoted to endogenous pain control systems and their dependence on psychological processes like classical conditioning, expectancies and placebo-related effects.


Fernand Anton Prof. Dr.


Ulrike Hanesch PD Dr.


Marian van der Meulen PhD


Angelika Dierolf PhD


Milène Tetsi Nomigni

Lab technician

Katharina Rischer

PhD Student



Age-related Changes in Human pain perception and modulation: Evidence from functional brain imaging (ACHE)

Quantitative sensory profiling in chronic pain patients undergoing high frequency spinal cord stimulation therapy (QUASPRO)

Current collaborations


  • Nevro Corporation, Redwood City, California, USA
  • Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL)
  • ZithaKlinik, Luxembourg
  • Research Institute of Health Sciences (IUNICS), University of the Balearic Islands, Spain (Prof. Pedro Montoya and Dr. Ana María González Roldán)


Former collaborations

Neurobiological studies on the effects of perinatal and adult stress and altered stress hormone levels on the development of the nociceptive system and on nociception (partly funded by the FNR and by the University of Luxembourg)
  • Institut des Neurosciences Cellulaires et Intégratives (INCI)
    Département Nociception et Douleur
    Université de Strasbourg, France
    Professeurs Pierrick Poisbeau et Pascal Darbon
Pain and Suffering: from Philosophical Concepts to Psychobiological Mechanisms – PASCOM (funded by the FNR and the DFG)
Tempus: Life-Long Learning Framework for Medical University Teaching Staff