Dr. Martin Diers

Martin Diers is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health Medical Faculty Mannheim, University Heidelberg. He holds a PhD in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience from the Medical Faculty Mannheim, University Heidelberg obtained in June 2006. In 2011 he won the first price of the young investigator Award for Pain research of the Janssen-Cilag GmbH, was nominated for Best Poster Presentation of the 7th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®) and was elected scholar of the European Pain School (IBRO summer school) held in Siena in June. In 2012, he won the Early Career Research Grant offered by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP®) and was elected for the IBRO Alumni Symposium at the FENS Forum. His scientific interests focus on psychobiological mecanisms in chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. To study these phenomena, he combines different techniques including EEG, fMRI and PET.

Book Project: What is pain; Is pain real?

{Co-writing with Dr. Finn Nortvedt}

Martin Löffler

From 2005 to 2011, Martin Löffler studied psychology at the Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck (University of Innsbruck, Austria). During that time he did an internship at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, Department of Cognitive Psychology (Prof. Dr. Pierre Sachse) on the topic of Visual attention and Inattentional Blindness. His diploma thesis was about sleep-dependent offline processing of social cues (Supervisor: Dipl.-Psych. Dr. Stefan Fischer at the Department of Clinical Psychology II, Prof. Dr. Anna Buchheim). Since 2012, Martin is a PhD student at the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, supervised by Prof. Dr. Herta Flor, at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim and a member of the DFG-FNR research project „PASCOM“. Besides research on pain and suffering, he is also interested in research on sleep, plasticity and Cognitive Psychology.

Dr. Sandra Kamping

Dr. Sandra Kamping is a psychologist, adult therapist and neuroscientist working in the field of chronic pain. In 2006, she joined the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience working with its scientific director Professor Dr. Herta Flor, at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany. Her main research interest lies in the area of chronic pain comprising a wide range of chronic pain disorders (i.e. chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic widespread pain and phantom limb pain). Specifically, she is interested in how pain can be modulated by emotional and cognitive factors and how our understanding of these factors can increase the effectiveness of psychological therapies for chronic pain