Axel Pries

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Dept. of Physiology-CBF

Thielallee 71

14195 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 30 450 528 501

Fax: +49 30 528 910



Objectives & Background

Research interest – microcirculation,organ perfusion, endothelial function, endothelial surface, vascular adaptation, angiogenesis, tumor microcirculation, blood rheology.


Education & Professional experience

Full Professor | Department of Physiology, FU-Berlin

appointed 1998

Since 2001 Head, Department of Physiology-CBF, Charité Berlin

Since 2003 Board Member, Faculty of Medicine, Charité Berlin

Since 2008 Vice Director, Center for Preclinical Medicine, Charité Berlin,

Since 2009 Vice Director, Center for Cardiovascular Research, CCR, Charité Berlin


Associate Professor | Department of Physiology, FU-Berlin

appointed 1995


Postdoctoral training | University of Cologne & FU-Berlin

1980 - 1985, 1990 Habilitation, Medical Faculty, Freie Universität Berlin


Medical Training | University of Cologne

1972-1979, MD degree 1980 (summa cum laude)



5 selected (2009-2012)

Vaccarino V, Badimon L, Corti R, de Wit C, Dorobantu M, Hall A, Koller A, Marzilli M, Pries A, Bugiardini (2011). Ischaemic heart disease in women: are there sex differences in pathophysiology and risk factors? Position Paper, ESC Working Group on Coronary Pathophysiology and Microcirculation. Cardiovasc. Res. 90, 9-17


Pries AR, Hopfner M, Le Noble F, Dewhirst MW, Secomb TW (2010). The shunt problem: control of functional shunting in normal and tumor vasculature. Nat. Rev. Cancer 10, 587-593


*Buschmann I, *Pries A, Styp-Rekowska B, Hillmeister P, Loufrani L, Henrion D, Shi Y, Duelsner A, Hoefer I, Gatzke N, Wang H, Lehmann K, Ulm L, Ritter Z, Hauff P, Hlushchuk R, Djonov V, Le Noble F (2010). Pulsatile shear and Gja5 modulate arterial identity and remodeling events during flow-driven angiogenesis. Development 13, 2187-2196

*equal contribution


Pries AR, Cornelissen AJ, Sloot AA, Hinkeldey M, Dreher MR, Hopfner M, Secomb TW (2009). Structural adaptation and heterogeneity of normal and tumor microvascular networks. PLoS Comput. Biol. 5(5), e1000394


Pries AR, Secomb TW (2009). Origins of heterogeneity in tissue perfusion and metabolism. Cardiovasc. Res. 81, 828-335



  • Physiology; lectures, lab courses, seminars, examinations, training
  • Pathophysiology; lectures
  • Medical physics; educational training
  • Organ Perfusion and Microcirculation; coaching



Honors & Awards

1980 Thesis Award, Hochhausstiftung, University of Cologne

1986 Abbott Microcirculation Award, European Society of Microcirculation

1995 Lafon Hemorheology-Microcirculation Award of the International Society for Clinical Hemorheology

2000 Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology

2008 Visiting Fellowship, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge/UK

2008 Asian Union for Microcirculation (AUM) Award

2011 Malpighi Award of the European Society for Microcirculation


Editorial Boards

Journal of Vascular Research, Microcirculation, Pflügers Archiv European Journal of Physiology, Bulletin of the Portuguese Society of Hemorheology and Microcirculation, PLoS Computational Biology, Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, Frontiers in Vascular Physiology, Frontiers in Computational Physiology and Medicine


Scientific Societies (selected)

European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

    Congress Programme Committee & Basic Science Coordinator 2005 - 2010

    Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science, Nucleus 2004 - present; Chair 2010 - 2012

    Frontiers of Cardiovascular Biology (FCVB), Chairperson 2010

    Working Group on Coronary Pathophysiology and Microcirculation, Nucleus 1994 - 2002 and 2007 - 2011, Chairman 1998 - 2000

European Society for Microcirculation (ESM), General Secretary 1998 - 2011

International Liaison Committee for Microcirculation (ILCM), Chair 2006 - present

German Society for Microcirculation, General Secretary 1996 - 2011