Founder of Functional
Teratology, i.e. Teratophysiology and
Pioneer of Developmental Neuroendocrinology
Introduction of a Neuro-Endocrine-Immune
1. From 1962
up to 1997, he was director of the Institute of Experimental
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:
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.
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.
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
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").
Dörner was born on July 13th, 1929 in
Hindenburg/Silesia; married to Hildegard Pesalla
degrees: M.D., Humoldt University, Berlin,
1953; Habilitation 1959; Lecturer 1960; Professor
of Endocrinology 1962.
Intern. Med. Clinic, Charité, Berlin 1953/54;
Resident, Dept. Obst.-Gyn., Fürstenberg/Oder,
1954-56; Resident, Inst. Pathology, Berlin Buch,
Experimental Endocrinology since 1957; since 1962
director; since October 1997 emeritus professor.
of Associations: Leopoldina (Academy of
Natural Sciences); World Assoc. Sexology;
Internat. Academy Sex Research; Russian Academy
of Natural Sciences.
Member: Internat. Societies of
Gynecol. Endocrinology, Pre- and Perinatal
Medicine and Psychology.
Member: German Soc. Endocrinol.,
Czechoslovakian Societies of Endocrinology and
Sexology, Hungarian Soc. Endocrinology.
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.
National Prize 1965; Whos 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.
activities in "Developmental
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.
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).