Martin Schmelz

Dept. of Experimental Pain Research, Heidelberg University, Germany

Director of Department Experimental Pain Research, CBTM, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Germany

A brief description of Prof. Schmelz’s work and interests in the pain field:
In a translational approach my studies target those mechanisms in the peripheral nervous system assumed to have the most prominent impact on chronic pain in patients focusing on protocols that can be direct applied to pain patients. Thus, we are selecting and adapting techniques that can be applied in small and large animals and equally well in humans (such as microneurography), both healthy volunteers and pain patients. My main interests are the clinically relevant mechanisms of spontaneous activity and increased supra-threshold firing of nociceptors.

Listing of IASP activities including current and prior IASP committees, working groups, or SIG leadership groups on which Prof. Schmelz has served:

  • 2006 Scientific Committee des World Congress of Pain, Glasgow 2008
  • 2008 Scientific Committee des World Congress of Pain, Montreal 2010
  • Assistant Editorial Board PAIN and Journal of Painsince 2005
  • 2015-2016 President-elect German chapter IASP
  • 2017-2018 President German chapter IASP