Short CV of Harald Reuter#


  • Elementary Schools and Gymnasium Düsseldorf and Aachen (Germany) (1940-1954)
  • Medical studies; Universities of Freiburg (Germany) and Innsbruck (Austria) (1954-1959)
  • Dissertation thesis (M.D.); University of Mainz (Germany)(1960)
  • Habilitation thesis; University of Mainz (1965)

Positions held:#

  • Assistant; Department of Pharmacology, University of Mainz (1960-1965)
  • Privatdozent (same Department) (1965-1969)
  • Assistant Professor; University of Minnesota/Mayo Clinic, USA (1967-1968)
  • Professor of Pharmacology; Department of Pharmacology, University of Bern, Switzerland (1969-1999)
  • Chairman; same Department (1972-1999)
  • Dean of the Medical Faculty; University of Bern (1983-1985)
  • Professor emeritus of Pharmacology, University of Bern (1999- )

Fellowships and Visiting Professorships:#

  • Fellowship (Habilitationsstipendium) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (1963-1965)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Physiology,Yale University, New Haven, Conn.(USA) (1971, 1978-1979 and 1986)
  • Visiting Professor, British Council, Great Britain (1974)
  • Visiting Professor, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (1978)
  • Visiting Professor, Biozentrum, University of Basel (1986-1987)
  • Visiting Professor, Peking University,China (1987)
  • Visiting Professor (sabbaticals, collaborations) Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA (1992-2002)

Main scientific interests:#

  • Regulation, modulation and molecular structure of ion channels (discovery of calcium-channels in the heart);
  • discovery and function of cardiac sodium/calcium exchange in the heart; excitation-contraction coupling in the heart;
  • calcium and signal transduction; ion channel expression in PC12 cells and Xenopus oocytes;
  • presynaptic vesicle cycling in hippocampal neurons


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pharmakologie und Toxikologie; The Physiological Society (G.B.);
  • American Physiological Society; Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Aerzte;
  • Gesellschaft für Innere Medizin; Cardiac Muscle Society (USA, Honorary Member);
  • ÜSchweizerische Gesellschaft für Experimentelle Pharmakologie (Honorary Member);

Editorial Boards:#

  • Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Arch. Pharmacol. (1971-1992); CirculationRes.(1972-1979);
  • J.Physiol. (Lond.)(1977-); J. Cell. Mol. Cardiol. (1986-1990); J.Membrane Biol.(1986-1998); News
  • Physiol. Sci.(1988-1994); Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B (1990-1994); Rev. Physiol. Biochem.Pharmacol. (1991-1996)

Awards, Prizes, Honours:#

  • "Award for Outstanding Research" of the International Society for Heart Research (1984)
  • Drew Award in Biomedical Research, Drew University, Madison N.I. (USA)(1984)
  • Marcel Benoist-Prize of the Swiss Government (1984)
  • Schmiedeberg-Medal of the GermanSociety of Pharmacology and Toxicology(1987)
  • Jonathan Magnes-Prize, Hebrew University, (1988)
  • K.S.Cole Award, Biophysical Society, USA (1993)
  • Ernst Jung-Medal for Medicine in Gold, Jung-Foundation for Science and Research, Hamburg (2002)(Life-time Achievement Award)
  • Discussion Meeting honoring "Harald Reuter for his Remarkable Career in Science", Biophysical Society (USA) (2008)

Scientific Academies (elected Member):#

  • Academia Europaea (1989)
  • Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher, Leopoldina" (1993)
  • Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (1995)
  • Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, Salzburg (1997)
  • National Academy of Sciences, USA, Foreign Member (1997)
  • Académie Royal de Médecine de Belgique, ForeignMember(2001)

Honorary Lectures:#

  • Nahum Lecture, Yale University(1978)
  • Hans Hecht Lecture, University of Chicago(1978)
  • McDowall Lecture, King's College, University of London (1986)
  • Jonathan Magnes Memorial Lecture, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1988)
  • William D. Stubenbord Lecture, Cornell University Medical College, New York (1988)
  • D. Nachshen Lecture, University of Maryland, Baltimore (1991)
  • A.J.Carlson Memorial Lecture, University of Chicago(1997)

Public Services:#

  • Member of the Scientific Council on Drug Regulation in Switzerland, 1979-1988
  • AIDS Coordinator of the Canton of Bern, 1985-1986
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation, 1988-799
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the"Department of Clinical Research", Univertity of Basel, 1988-1994
  • Member and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the "Biocenter" University of Basel, 1993-2003
  • Member and Chairman of the Swiss Foundation for medical-biological Stipends" 1994-2008
  • Chairman of the "Committee on Human Rights" of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences 1998-present
  • Chairman of the Search Committee for a Director of the Friedrich Miescher-Institute, Basel 2001-2003
  • Member of the Council and Executive Committee of the "Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization"(IPSO), 2004-present

(January 2009)

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