Stefan Silbernagl

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Stefan Silbernagl (born February 7, 1939 in Berlin ) is a German physician and physiologist .

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Stefan Silbernagl was born in Berlin in 1939 and grew up in the Allgäu . After graduating from high school , he first studied electrical engineering , and later human medicine at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . After passing the state examination , he received his doctorate in 1966 . After his time as a medical assistant, Stefan Silbernagl initially worked as a family doctor and emergency doctor in Munich . From 1968 he completed his training in physiology , first at the University of Munich, then at the University of Innsbruck .

In 1974 , Silbernagl completed his habilitation in Innsbruck and was appointed associate professor in 1979. In 1981 he was appointed to the chair of vegetative physiology at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg and was appointed director of the institute. He retired in 2004.

From 1987 to 1989 and from 2002 to 2004 Stefan Silbernagl was Dean and from 1996 to 2002 Dean of Studies of the Medical Faculty in Würzburg . From 1991 to 1994 he was a member of the founding committee of the Medical Faculty of the Technical University of Dresden , and from 1988 to 1999 he was the spokesman for the DFG special research area 176 “Molecular Basics of Signal Transmission and Material Transport in Membranes”. In 1988 he was Chairman of the German Physiological Society (DPG) and from 1997 to 1999 President of the Federation of European Physiological Societies (FEPS) .

The focus of Silbernagl's scientific work was kidney function , in particular tubular transport, renal metabolism and pathomechanisms of nephrotoxicity , as well as epithelial and cell physiology. The research results were published from 1971 to 2007 in more than 100 original papers, mostly in Pflüger's archive ( European Journal of Physiology ) and in the American Journal of Physiology .

The pocket atlas Physiology , which was first published in 1979 together with the US physiologist and pharmacologist Agamemnon Despopoulos and continued from the second edition by Silbernagl, has appeared in nine German editions to date and has so far been translated into 21 other languages. In 1988, together with Florian Lang, he first published the pocket atlas Pathophysiology , which has since appeared in five German-language editions and has been translated into twelve languages. Together with Rainer Klinke , after his death in 2008 with Hans-Christian Pape and Armin Kurtz , Stefan Silbernagl is editor and co-author of the standard work Physiology , which appeared in the 8th German-language edition in 2018 and has been translated into three other languages.

Stefan Silbernagl is married to the doctor and psychotherapist Heidi Silbernagl, the couple has a son.


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  • Hans-Christian Pape, Armin Kurtz, Stefan Silbernagl: Physiology. 7th edition. Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart 2014, ISBN 978-3-13-796007-2 . ( The editors ; PDF; 2 MB)

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