Peter Holzer obtained his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biochemistry from the University of Graz, Austria, in 1978. His academic career included a British Council Scholarship at the University of Cambridge, U.K (1980) and a fellowship of the Max Kade Foundation at CURE: Digestive Disease Research Center of the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles (1989). He is currently affiliated with the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria, where he heads the Research Unit of Translational Neurogastroenterology. In 2008 he was given the Chair of Experimental Neurogastroenterology at the Medical University of Graz. Dr. Holzer's research interests concern the function of enteric neurons and primary afferent neurons in gastrointestinal motility, circulation and pain. His work has pioneered the current understanding of the role of neuropeptides in the regulation of intestinal peristalsis, the implications of sensory neurons in gastrointestinal function, the involvement of vagal afferent neurons in gastrointestinal chemonociception. Currently, he is interested in how peripheral immune signals, gastrointestinal inflammation and abdominal hyperalgesia impact on emotional-affective processes and stress coping. Dr. Holzer has established neurogastroenterology at the Medical University of Graz. He has been Chairman of the European Neuropeptide Club, Secretary of the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Section of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology, and President of the Austrian Neuroscience Association. Dr. Holzer received numerous national and international awards. In 2003 he was named by ISI as Highly Cited Researcher in Pharmacology, and in 2006 he was awarded the Great Decoration for Service to the Republic of Austria and the Masters Award for Basic or Clinical Research in Digestive Sciences by the AGA Institute.
Biography Updated on 19 September 2010