Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989 – 1993
    Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media

  • 1993 – 2000
    Studied medicine at the University of Lübeck, Germany

  • 2000 – 2003
    Internal Medicine I, University of Lübeck

  • 2001 – 2009
    Researcher at the Department of Neuroendocrinology (director: Prof. Jan Born, holder of the Leibniz Prize 2010)

  • Since 2003
    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

  • Since 2009
    German Research Foundation (DFG) Heisenberg Professor and divisional head of Psychoneurobiology

Selected publications

  • Oltmanns, K.M. et al.: Hypoglycemia, but not insulin, acutely decreases LH and T secretion in men. In: J Clin Endocrinol Metab 86, 2001. S. 4913-4919.

  • Oltmanns, K.M. et al.: Hypoxia Causes Glucose Intolerance in Humans. In: Am J Respir Crit Care Med 169, 2004. S. 1231-1237.

  • Peters, A. et al.: The selfish brain: competition for energy resources. In: Neurosci Biobehav Rev 28, 2004. S. 143-180.

  • Benedict, C. et al.: Transient hypoxia and downregulation of circulating prohepcidin concentrations in healthy young men. In: Haematologica 92, 2007. S. 125-126.

  • Schultes, B. et al.: Defective awakening response to nocturnal hypoglycemia in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. In: PLoS Med 4, 2007. S. e69

  • Peters, A. et al.: Causes of obesity: Looking beyond the hypothalamus. In: Prog Neurobiol 81, 2007. S. 61-88.

  • Oltmanns, K.M. et al.: Differential energetic response of brain vs. skeletal muscle upon glycemic variations in healthy humans. In: Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 294, 2008. S. 12-16.

  • Schmoller, A. et al.: Evidence for a relationship between body mass and energy metabolism in the human brain. In: J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 30, 2010. S. 1403-1410.

  • Willenborg, B. et al.: Memantine Prevents Hypoglycemia-Induced Decrements of the Cerebral Energy Status in Healthy Subjects. In: J Clin Endocrinol Metab 96, 2011. S. E384-388.

  • Binkofski, F. et al.: Brain Energy Consumption Induced by Electrical Stimulation Promotes Systemic Glucose Uptake. In: Biol Psychiatry 70, 2011. S. 690-695.

Selected projects

  • Principal Investigator, German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Centre 654: Plasticity and Sleep, since 2009

  • Principal Investigator, BMBF diabetes mellitus competence network, Depression and cognition in diabetes (DECODIA) consortium, since 2008

  • Principal Investigator, German Research Foundation (DFG) Graduate School for Computing in Medicine and Life Sciences, since 2007

  • Principal Investigator, German Research Foundation (DFG) research group KFO 126: Selfish brain – brain glucose and metabolic syndrome, since 2004

  • Principal Investigator, German Research Foundation (DFG) research group FOR 457 Sleep and memory, 2002 – 2004

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • German Society for Biological Psychiatry (DGBP)

  • Founding member, Centre of Brain, Behaviour and Metabolism (CBBM), University of Lübeck, Germany

  • Female mentors programme of the Medical Chamber of Schleswig-Holstein

  • Review editor, Frontiers in Neuroenergetics

  • Referee for the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Additional qualifications

  • Diploma degree in pedagogy

  • Clinical training at the University of Vienna, University of Zurich, Yale University

  • Instructor in a biomedical engineering degree program (courses conducted in English)


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