European Cancer Organisation

Otmar Wiestler

Otmar D. Wiestler was born in Freiburg, Germany on November 6, 1956. He studied Medicine at the University of Freiburg and received his M.D. in 1984. From 1984 to 1987 he worked as postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Pathology, University of California in San Diego / USA. After a five year period as senior resident in Neuropathology at the University of Zurich / Switzerland, he came to the University of Bonn in 1992, where he was appointed as Professor of Neuropathology and Head of the Department of Neuropathology. At this University, he established a national brain tumor reference center and a major clinical neuroscience research center. In January 2004 he joined the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (German Cancer Research Center, DKFZ) in Heidelberg as Chairman and Scientific Member of the Management Board.
Otmar D. Wiestler has served for a number of organizations and committees, among them as Head of the German Brain Tumor Center in Bonn, Chairman of the BONFOR research committee at the University of Bonn, President of the German Society of Neuropathology and Neuroanatomy, Head of the Review Board Theoretical Medicine of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council, DFG), Member of the Medical Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees of Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid), as CEO of the Life & Brain Neuroscience platform in Bonn, Member of the Kuratorium of Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung and Vice- President of the Helmholtz Association.
His research interests include clinical and molecular neurooncology as well as experimental neuropathology. Otmar D. Wiestler contributed more than 300 papers and book chapters to the scientific literature. He has also been an editorial board member of several international journals, including Acta Neuropathologica (Editor), Brain Pathology, Cancer Letters, Carcinogenesis, Journal of Neurology, Neuropathology & Applied Neurobiology and Molecular Oncology. Since 2001 he is an elected member of the German Life Science Academy LEOPOLDINA. For his work he has received several awards including the German Cancer Award 2004 and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 2005.