Prof. Dr. Dr. Bettina Pfleiderer

Department of  Clinical Radiology
Research Group ‚Cognition and Gender‘
Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1
Building A16
D- 48149 Münster

Phone: ++ 49 (0) 251 / 83 - 5 61 53
Fax: ++ 49 (0) 251 / 83 - 4 43 09


Research Areas

The research group „Cognition & Gender” investigates sensory perception and processing of sensory information in the brain by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The focus is on vision, auditory sense and pain sensation related to gender features. Another area of interest is language recognition, learning and memory processes. Again, gender aspects play an important role. Are there any differences in female and male cognitive processing? Which influences do  hormones (e.g. menopause, adolescence), education and age have? Are there any differences between female and male brains when studying functional and hemispheric organisation during language perception? Are there any differences in brain metabolism in these areas as depicted by magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)? Pfleidinger-intext-1-w185

Academic CV

1986 Diploma in Chemistry, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany
1989 Ph.D. in Chemistry, Eberhard-Karls University, Tübingen, Germany
1989-1990 Research Fellow in Chemistry, Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany
1990-1995 Research Associate, Massachusetts General Hospital, NMR Center, Boston, MA, USA with J.L. Ackerman, Ph.D. and L. Garrido, Ph.D.
1995-2004 Assistant professor - experimental radiology, University of Münster
1995-2004 Medical school, University of Münster
2003-2004 Internship in surgery, internal medicine and dermatology, University Hospital Münster
12/2004 Finals and approbation as medical doctor
2005 MD. Thesis in Medicine, University of Münster, Germany
Since 2004 Associate professor – experimental radiology, University of Münster, head of research group: “Cognition & gender”

Honours and Special Recognitions

1992 Analytical Chemistry Award of the German Chemical Society as first woman
1994 Young Investigator Award Finalist, Rabi Award, of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, San Fransisco, USA
1997 German Röntgen Award of the German Röntgen Society – national association of German radiologists
2003 International Sybilla Merian Award
2005 Science award of the German Association of female medical doctors for gender aspects in brain research
2010 Dr. Jhirad Oration Award of the Association of Medical Women of India
2010 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, merit on ribbon for including gender aspects in medicine scientifically