Professor Dr. med. Martin H Maurer is Associate Professor of Physiology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He also holds a position as physician at the Mariaberg Hospital for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Gammertingen, Germany. He is board licensed as specialist for physiology at the Board of Physicians of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Education and Appointments: He earned his degree as M.D. at the University of Heidelberg in 1999 and held positions as a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology, University of Heidelberg, Germany, from 2000 to 2005, and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA in 2003. Professor Maurer holds an appointment as faculty at the University of Heidelberg, Germany since 2005, first as assistant professor (“Priv.-Doz.”), since 2007 as associate professor (“apl. Prof.”).
Basic Research: Professor Maurer introduced the high-throughput technology of proteomics into neural stem cell research with the aim of identifying protein sets which define stem cell populations, and factors which are responsible for neural development of stem cells in the brain. Moreover, his research focused on the functions of hematopoetic growth factors like vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), erythropoietin (EPO) and granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) on neuronal precursor cells.
Clinical Research: With regard to his clinical research interests, his current focus is the application of neuropharmacological agents in neurodevelopmental disorders. He also worked on genetic testing for neurodegenerative disorders, such as fragile X syndrome, and spinocerebellar ataxias.
He is member of the honorary editorial board of the Application of Clinical Genetics since its inauguration in 2008, and was appointed Editor-in-Chief in 2012.