Clinic for Neurology
Clinic for Neurology
University Clinic Essen, Germany
Ulrike Bingel is Professor at the Clinic for Neurology at the Medical Faculty, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
Until June 2013 Ulrike Bingel has been a consultant of Neurology and head of a research group on pain and cognition that is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation, at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.
Dr. Bingel studied medicine at the University of Essen. Since 2001 she is primarily located at the University of Hamburg where she completed her residency programme of Neurology and worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Systems Neuroscience.
In 2008/2009 she joined the Pain Imaging Neuroscience (PaIN) Group at the internationally reknown Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB) lead by Prof. Irene Tracey as a visiting postdoctoral research fellow. Since then she has been the head of the Outpatient Pain Clinic of the Department of Neurology and is leading her research group that is funded by multiple sources (BMBF, DFG, and industrial support).
Dr. Bingel’s research focuses on systems neuroscience and particularly on the interface between pain processing of the central nervous system and cognitive neuroscience. Her work has revealed critical insights into the neurobiological basis of placebo and nocebo responses, their interaction with active pharmacological treatments and implications of these findings for clinical practice.
A selection of publications on the topic of placebo/nocebo effects:
Bingel U; For the Placebo Competence Team. Avoiding Nocebo Effects to Optimize Treatment Outcome. JAMA 2014
Enck P, Bingel U, Schedlowski M, Rief W. The placebo response in medicine: minimize, maximize or personalize. Nature Review Drug Discovery 12, 191-204, 2013.
Rief W, Bingel U, Schedlowski M, Enck P. Mechanisms involved in placebo and nocebo responses and implications for drug trials. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics 90, 722-26, 2011.
Bingel U, Wanigasekera V, Wiech K, Ni Mhuircheartaigh R, Lee MC, Ploner M, et al. The effect of treatment expectation on drug efficacy: Imaging the analgesic benefit of the opioid remifentanil. Science Translational Medicine 3, 70ra 14, 2011.
Bingel U, Colloca L, & Vase L. Mechanisms and clinical implications of the placebo effect: Is there a potential for the elderly? A mini-review. Gerontology 57, 354-63, 2010.
Eippert F, Finsterbusch J, Bingel U, Buchel C. Direct evidence for spinal cord involvement in placebo analgesia. Science 326, 404, 2009.
Eippert F, Bingel U, Schoell ED, Yacubian J, Klinger R, Lorenz J, et al. Activation of the opioidergic descending pain control system underlies placebo analgesia. Neuron 63, 533-43, 2009
Bingel U, Tracey I. Imaging CNS modulation of pain in humans. Physiology 23, 371-80, 2008