Prof. Dr. Heinz Beck

Prof. Dr. Heinz Beck

University Professor, University of Bonn, Chair

Chair, Vice Chair, Executive Board, Principal Investigators

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1999 – 1994 MD, University of Cologne, Medical School
1994 Doctoral thesis, Prof. Heinemann, Department of Psychology, University of Coogne
2001 Habilitation, University of Bonn

Academic Career

1994 – 1995 Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Epileptology, University of Bonn
1995 – 2001 Research associate, Department of Epileptology, University of Bonn
2004 C3 Professor of Experimental Epileptology, University of Bonn
2005 Parallel appointment, Head, NeuroPlasticity Translational Research Unit, Life & Brain
Since 2011 W3 Professor of Experimental Epileptology, University of Bonn

 Awards and Honors

1994 Award of a ‘Summa cum laude’ for MD thesis work
1996 Young Investigator Award of the International League against Epilepsy
1999 International Michael Prize
2000 Alfred-Hauptmann Prize for Epilepsy Research
2001 Bennigsen-Foerder Prize of the Ministry of Education, NRW
2001 – 2004 Heisenberg-Fellow of the DFG
2015 Cure Distinguished Lecture, Boston USA

 Memberships and professional functions

2015 – Vice Chair, International Max Planck Research School IMPRS ‘Brain and Behavio’, Bonn, Germany and Jupiter, Florida.
2012 – Associate Editor, Journal of Neuroscience, Editor, Epilepsia
2012 – 2016 Chair, Bonn International Graduate School ‘BIGS Neuroscience’, University of Bonn, Germany.
2010 – 2013 Founder and Chair, SciMed Doctoral College for Medical Students, University of Bonn, Germany
2013 – 2015 President, German Epilepsy Society
2012 – 2013 Vice-President, German Epilepsy Society

Most important publications

  1. Pabst M, Braganza O, Dannenberg H, Rosen J, van Loo K, Deisseroth K, Schoch S, Becker A,Beck H. (2016) Astrocytic intermediaries of septohippocampal cholinergic transmission.Neuron, 90: 1-13.
  2. Kabanova A, Pabst M, Lorkowski M, Braganza O, Boehlen A, Nikbakht N, Pothmann L, Vaswani AR, Musgrove R, Di Monte A, Sauvage M, Beck H, Blaess S. (2015) Function and developmental origin of a mesocortical inhibitory circuit. Nat. Neurosci., 18(6): 872-882.
  3. Royeck M, Kelly T, Opitz T, Otte DM, Rennhack A, Woitecki A, Pitsch J, Becker A, Schoch S, Kaupp UB, Yaari Y, Zimmer A, Beck H. (2015) Downregulation of spermine augments dendritic persistent Na+ currents and synaptic integration after status epilepticus. J. Neurosci., 35: 15240-15253.
  4. Dannenberg H, Pabst M, Schoch S, Schwarz M, Niediek J, Mormann F, Beck H. (2015) Synergy of direct and indirect cholinergic septo-hippocampal pathways coordinates firing in hippocampal networks. J. Neurosci., 35(22): 8394-410.
  5. Krüppel R, Remy S, Beck H. (2011) Dendritic integration in hippocampal dentate granule cells. Neuron, 71: 512-528.
  6. Thome C, Kelly T, Yanez A, Schultz C, Engelhardt M, Cambridge SB, Both M, Draguhn A, Beck H, Egorov AV. (2014) Axon-carrying dendrites convey privileged synaptic input in hippocampal neurons. Neuron, 83: 1418-1430.
  7. Pothmann L, Müller C, Averkin R, Bellistri E, Miklitz C, Uebachs M, Remy S, Menendez de la Prida L, Beck H. (2014) Function of inhibitory micronetworks is spared by Na+ channel acting anticonvulsant drugs. J. Neurosci., 34(29): 9720-9735.
  8. Remy S, Csicsvari J, Beck H. (2009) Activity-dependent control of neuronal output by local and global dendritic spike attenuation. Neuron, 61: 906-916.
  9. Becker A, Pitsch J, Sochivko D, Staniek M, Campbell KP, Schoch S, Yaari Y, Beck H. (2008) Transcriptional upregulation of Cav3.2 mediates epileptogenesis in the pilocarpine model of epilepsy. J. Neurosci., 28: 13341-13353.
  10. Bernard C, Anderson A, Becker A, Poolos N, Beck H, Johnston D. (2004) Acquired dendritic channelopathy in temporal lobe epilepsy. Science, 305: 532-535.



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