Professor Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Günter Dörner

 

 


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Founder of Functional Teratology, i.e. Teratophysiology and Teratopsychology
Pioneer of Developmental Neuroendocrinology
Introduction of a Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Prophylaxis

1. From 1962 up to 1997, he was director of the Institute of Experimental Endocrinology of the Charité, Berlin, which was founded by W. Hohlweg in 1953, based on the hormone laboratories of the University Clinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics. In these laboratories hormone research was done since 1912:

a) The gonadotrophins FSH, LH and HCG were discovered here and the first biological pregnancy test was introduced by the world-known scientists S. Aschheim and B. Zondek.

b) As successor of S. Aschheim his teacher W. Hohlweg worked as the head of these laboratories up to 1962. He was an outstandig European pioneer of Neuroendocrinology. He discovered the gonadotrophin controlling sex centre in the brain, the positive estrogen effect on LH secretion, and he synthesized, together with H. Inhoffen, the first orally active estrogens and gestagens, thereby providing, e.g. the  basis for the „antibaby pill“.

c) As successor of W. Hohlweg, he strived for the extension of Neuroendocrinology by Developmental Neuroendocrinology and Developmental Neuroendocrinoimmunology, respectively, as well as by a Neuroendocrine Prophylaxis in order to prevent functional developmental disorders and important diseases of the Neuro-Endocrine-Immune System or of those systems decisively influenced by it. In this context, "Functional Teratology" was inaugurated and world-wide acknowleged.

d) Prevention of environment- and gene-dependent, teratogenic malfunctions ("Functional Tarotogenesis") - caused by abnormal hormone, neurotransmitter and cytocine concentrations during organization of the neuro-endocrine-immune system (NEIS) should be considered as a global challenge of outstanding relevance. By optimizing the natural and social environment and correcting in time abnormal concentrations of hormones, neurotransmitters and cytocines during the critical (pre- and early postnatal) organization period of the NEIS ("Neuro- Endocrine-Immune Prophylaxis") human ontogenesis and sociogenesis can be decisively improved ("Primary Prevention of Maldevelopment of Human Beings and their Societies"). Finally, phylogenesis is dependent on incessant sequencies of ontogenesis and sociogenesis ("Onto-Socio-Phylogenesis").

2. Prof. Dörner was born on July 13th, 1929 in Hindenburg/Silesia; married to Hildegard Pesalla since 1958.

Academic degrees: M.D., Humoldt University, Berlin, 1953; Habilitation 1959; Lecturer 1960; Professor of Endocrinology 1962.

Career: Intern. Med. Clinic, Charité, Berlin 1953/54; Resident, Dept. Obst.-Gyn., Fürstenberg/Oder, 1954-56; Resident, Inst. Pathology, Berlin Buch, 1956-57;

Institute of Experimental Endocrinology since 1957; since 1962 director; since October 1997 emeritus professor.

Membership of Associations: Leopoldina (Academy of Natural Sciences); World Assoc. Sexology; Internat. Academy Sex Research; Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

Founding Member: Internat. Societies of Neuroendocrinology, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Gynecol. Endocrinology, Pre- and Perinatal Medicine and Psychology.

Honorary Member: German Soc. Endocrinol., Czechoslovakian Societies of Endocrinology and Sexology, Hungarian Soc. Endocrinology.

Publications: About 400 original papers in prof. journals; about 50 articles in textbooks, handbooks or Proceedings of Congresses; 3 monographes and 4 Proceedings as editor and president of Internat. Symposia; Editor-in-chief of Exp. & Clin. Endocrinology 1974-1993.

Awards: National Prize 1965; Who’s who in the world since 1980/81; Goethe Prize of Berlin 1988; Honorary doctor of Teikyo University Tokyo 1988; Award of the Polish Academy of Sex Research 1992 (together with the world-known sexologists R. Green, U.K., K. Freund, Canada, and J. Money, U.S.A.), 2002 Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

3. Relevant activities in "Developmental Neuroendocrinology", "Functional Teratology" and "Neuroendocrine Prophylaxis" for several decades. Since 1962 director of the Inst. Exp. Endocrinol., including 4 laboratories (Developmental Biology, Neuroendocrinology, Immunology, and Steroid Biochemistry) and about 25 coworkers (4-6 scientists); in addition, many doctoral and habilitation candidates and several scholarship holders from foreign countries; many national and international partners for research. Head of an interdisciplinary team for Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology; President of the Society of Endocrinology of East-Germany (former GDR). Member of the Medical Faculty and the Council of Humboldt University Berlin.

Since October 1997, continuation of research work as emeritus professor, without an own budget or any salary. Further cooperation with laboratories of the Inst. Exp. Endocrinol., Clinical Departments, and the Institute for Philosophy of Science and Human Ontogenetics as well as the Promotion Club e.V. "Human Ontogenetics" and some groups engaged in "Environmental Medicine".

4. Up to 1997 DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; German Research Council) and BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung; German Ministry of Education and Research).