Fernand Anton acts as a Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg. He received a Ph.D. degree in psychology from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, in 1983, and subsequently spent postdoctoral periods at the Physiology Department of the University of Heidelberg and at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). After that, he was a Research Associate at the Physiology Department of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he received his habilitation in 1994. Since its installation in Luxembourg, the laboratory of Fernand Anton has mainly been interested in the impact of stress and altered stress hormone levels (adrenocortical reactivity) on the development and maintenance of enhanced pain sensitivity. For this purpose the group combines neurobiological (electrophysiology, immunocytochemistry, ELISA, PCR, and western blotting) and behavioral experiments in rats and psychophysical/psychophysiological (experimental and clinical) studies in humans. Additional psychophysiological research activities are devoted to endogenous pain control systems. In this domain, they primarily focus on the impact of psychological processes (classical conditioning, expectations, placebo, etc.). These studies will in the near future include functional MRI performed in collaboration with a hospital in Luxembourg.
Biography Updated on 18 October 2012