Prof. Dr. Heinz Beck

Prof. Dr. Heinz Beck

University Professor, University of Bonn, Chair


Phone: +49-228 6885 270/215; +49-228 6885 294



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1999 – 1994 MD, University of Cologne, Medical School
1994 Doctoral thesis, Prof. Heinemann, Department of Psychology, University of Cologne
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. Braganza O, Müller-Komorovska D, Kelly T, Beck H (2020) Quantitative properties of a feedback circuit predict frequency-dependent pattern separation. eLife, 9:e53148.
  2. Pothmann L, Klos C, Braganza O, Schmidt S, Horno O, Memmesheimer RM, Beck H (2019) Altered dynamics of canonical feedback inhibition supports increased burst transmission in chronic epilepsy. J. Neurosci., 39(45):8998-9012.
  3. Braganza O, Beck H (2018) The circuit motif as conceptual tool for multilevel neuroscience. Trends in Neurosciences, 41(3):128-136.
  4. 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.
  5. Kabanova A, Pabst M, Lorkowski M, Braganza O, Boehlen, A, Nikbakht N, Pothmann L, Musgrove R, Di Monte DA, Sauvage M, Beck H, Blaess S (2015) Function and developmental origin of a mesocortical inhibitory circuit. Nat. Neurosci., 18(6):872-82.
  6. Dannenberg H, Pabst M, Braganza O, Schoch S, Niediek J, Mormann F, Beck H (2015) Synergy of direct vs. indirect cholinergic septo-hippocampal pathways coordinates firing in hippocampal networks. J. Neurosci., 35(22):8394-410.
  7. Krüppel R, Remy S, Beck H (2011) Dendritic integration in hippocampal dentate granule cells. Neuron, 71:512-528.
  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. Bernard C, Anderson A, Becker A, Poolos N, Beck H, Johnston D (2004) Acquired dendritic channelopathy in temporal lobe epilepsy. Science, 305: 532-535.
  10. Dietrich D, Kirschstein T, Kukley M, Pereverzev A, von der Brelie C, Schneider T, Beck H (2003) Functional specialization of presynaptic Cav3 Ca2+ channels. Neuron, 39: 483-96.