Gerald Münch received his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Würzburg, Germany, in 1991. He commenced his career as an Associate Lecturer at Physiological Chemistry at the University of Würzburg, Germany, in 1995 and then was appointed as a Lecturer at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1999. In 2000, he joined the Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research at the University of Leipzig. He left in 2004 to take up a position as a Senior Lecturer at James Cook University in Townsville. In May 2008, Münch was appointed as an Associate Professor of pharmacology at the School of Medicine at the University of Western Sydney. His major project focus is on Alzheimer’s disease with a special emphasis on carbonyl stress in age-related and neurodegenerative processes and also looking at brain inflammation as a major progression factor in Alzheimer’s disease, now widely accepted. He is also looking to discover and identify novel anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective compounds from marine macro-organisms and tropical rainforest plants, a project started through James Cook University’s Enhancing Life in the Tropics. Since 1991, he has received eight academic and government prizes for research. He has served on the editorial boards of six international scientific journals and has been a Consultant with Aventis, Roche Diagnostics, Merz, ASTA Medica/Degussa, and Geronova.
Biography Updated on 7 April 2009