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Authors > Martin Koltzenburg, MD

Martin Koltzenburg, MD, FRCP, is Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology at both the Institute of Neurology and the Institute of Child Health at University College London, UK. He is head of the department of clinical neurophysiology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square and Deputy Director of the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases. Dr. Koltzenburg is a co-author of the highly regarded Wall & Melzack’s Textbook of Pain, 6th Edition.

After medical school in Kiel, Germany and University College London, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of physiology at the University of Erlangen, Germany and visiting fellow in the department of clinical neurophysiology in Uppsala, Sweden. He received his specialist training in clinical neurology in the departments of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Würzburg, Germany, where he sub-specialized in clinical neurophysiology.

The focus of Dr. Koltzenburg’s clinical work is the diagnosis and treatment of neuropathic pain, including clinical neurophysiology, quantitative sensory testing, and magnetic resonance imaging of peripheral nerves and skeletal muscle. His basic science research investigates the properties of sensory neurons that signal pain, including how specific subpopulations of pain signaling neurons emerge during early embryonic development, how they function in normal life, and how changes of their properties lead to chronic pain.

Dr. Koltzenburg has authored more than 100 articles in journals and textbooks and is editor of several books on pain, including Wall and Melzack’s Textbook of Pain, the standard text in the field. He has received numerous awards and honors such as Faculty Prize for the best thesis of the year (University of Kiel); Research Prize of the International Association for the Study of Pain; 10th Bjorn Lind Lecture, Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm; Traveling Speaker of the Canadian Pain Consortium; and Michael Cousins Foundation Visitor’s Lecture.