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Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser

Institute of Neuro and Behavioural Biology
Department of Behavioural Biology
University of Muenster
Badestr. 9/13, D-48149 Muenster

Tel.: +49-251-8323884
Fax.: +49-251-8323896
E-mail: sachser@uni-muenster.de

Dr. Norbert Sachser (*1954), professor for zoology, since 1994 head of the Department of Behavioural Biology at the University of Muenster, Germany.
Norbert Sachser studied biology, chemistry and sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. PhD thesis 1984 at the Department of Behavioural Biology (head: Prof. Dr. Klaus Immelmann); 1985-1994 post-doc and assistant professor at the Department of Animal Physiology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany (head: Prof. Dr. Dietrich von Holst); 1993 call for a professorship in zoology/behavioural biology from Muenster University (accepted); 2002 call for a chair in behavioural ecology from Hamburg University (declined).

1988-1996 German delegate of the International Ethological Council; 1994-1999 member of the advisory board German Zoological Society; 1997-1998 vice president, 1999-2002 president of the Ethological Society; founding member of the animal welfare committee of German Agricultural Society; initiator of the Behavioural Biology section within the German Zoological Society; editorial board member: 'Hormones & Behavior' and 'Physiology & Behavior'. In 2002 organizer of the "First European Conference on Behavioural Biology" in Muenster; begin of a biannual conference tradition in Europe. 2004-2005 vice dean and 2005-2008 dean of the school of biology. 2005 foundation of the Otto Creutzfeldt-Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Muenster (with colleagues from the medical and psychology departments). Since 2008 member of the academic senate and the research council of the University of Muenster and member of the scientific advisory board of the PhD-programme BIOREC (Biological Responses of Environmental Stimuli) of the Veterinary University, Vienna. In 2012 he became an honorary member of the Ethological Society (Ethologische Gesellschaft).

Research interests: stress and welfare; evolution of mammalian social and mating systems; domestication; psychobiological development with special emphasize on gene by environment interactions (including research on Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety-like behavior, and aggression); in addition, we are involved in a discourse with the social sciences and humanities.

The following ten publications provide a good overview of our work:

  • Ambrée, O; Leimer, U; Herring, A; Görtz, N; Sachser, N; Heneka, MT; Paulus, W; Keyvani, K (2006): Reduction of amyloid angiopathy and Abeta plaque burden after enriched housing in TgCRND8 mice: involvement of multiple pathways. American Journal of Pathology 169(2): 544-552.

  • Carter SC, Ahnert L, Grossmann K, Hrdy SB, Lamb ME, Porges SW, Sachser N (ed.) (2005): Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis. MIT Press, Cambridge.

  • Kaiser, S; Sachser, N (2005): The effects of prenatal social stress on behaviour: Mechanisms and function. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 29: 283-294.

  • Sachser, N; Dürschlag, M; Hirzel, D (1998): Social relationships and the management of stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology 23(8): 891-904.

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