Dr. Fernand Anton is a Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Luxembourg where he directs both the animal and the human pain research laboratories. He 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. His domain of expertise is the neurophysiology of nociceptive processing and the measurement of pain in animals and in humans. His group is 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 laboratory combines neurobiological (electrophysiology, immunocytochemistry, ELISA, PCR, western blotting) and behavioral experiments in rats, in addition to psychophysical/psychophysiological studies in healthy volunteers and in patients. Other 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. Prof. Anton has regularly been a reviewer for several scientific journals and in 2012 has been appointed to the editorial board of ISRN Pain.
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Workshop 2009: Link to the video