Esther Pogatzki-Zahn

University Hospital Muenster, Germany

Esther Pogatzki-Zahn is full professor in the Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, University Hospital Muenster, Germany, where she works as a pain specialist and principle investigator of the “Translational Pain Research Group”. Her research is aiming to provide insight into the neuropathology of postsurgical, chronic inflammatory, neuropathic and cancer related pain by using basic science in-vivo behavioral, electrophysiological, omics, optogenetic, fMRI and molecular methods as well as human translational pain studies. Furthermore, she performs clinical pain-related studies encompassing a bio-psycho-social spectrum and is involved in many international multicenter projects, for example IMI-PainCare (, One additional research focus are systematic reviews and meta-analysis related to pain, regional anesthesia and perioperative medicine (pre-clinical and clinical data) including methods to improve their methodology/design. Currently, her research is supported by grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) and the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI). She is council member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), board member of the German Pain Society, chair of the Acute Pain SIG of the IASP, past chair of the subcommittee “Acute and Chronic Pain and Palliative Medicine Pain Management” of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC), member of the research committee of the ESAIC and member of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA) PROSPECT group (, member of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) Translational Research Group and member of the Pain, Palliative and Supportive (PAPAS) Cochrane Group ( She is Deputy Editor in Chief for the European Journal of Anaesthesiology and editorial board member/reviewer for many international peer review journals. She published more than 160 original peer reviewed manuscripts, 50 review articles/ editorials, 16 Book chapters and 3 books (h-Index: 37, Web of science).