Prof. Fernand Anton

Dr. Fernand Anton is a Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Luxembourg and the head of the pain research laboratory. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of ISRN Pain. Prof. Anton received a PhD degree in psychology from the University of Innsbruck in 1983 and subsequently spent postdoctoral periods at the Physiology Department of the University of Heidelberg and at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). After that he was a research associate at the Physiology Department of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he received his habilitation in 1994. Since its installation in Luxembourg, the laboratory of Fernand Anton has mainly been interested in the impact of stress and altered stress hormone levels (adrenocortical reactivity) on the development and maintenance of enhanced pain sensitivity. For this purpose, the group combines neurobiological (electrophysiology, immunocytochemistry, ELISA, PCR, western blotting) and behavioral experiments in rats, in addition to psychophysical/psychophysiological experimental and clinical studies in humans. Further psychophysiological research activities are devoted to endogenous pain control systems. In this domain, we primarily focus on the impact of psychological processes including classical conditioning, expectations, placebo etc. The PASCOM project allows us to expand our experimental work to pain-related suffering in humans by integrating psychological, neuroscientific and philosophical perspectives.

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