Sonja Ständer, MD
Sonja Ständer, MD, is a professor of dermatology and neurodermatology at the University Hospital of Münster’s Department of Dermatology and head of the Interdisciplinary Center for Chronic Pruritus (KCP) in Germany. She was trained in dermatology at universities in Münster and Vienna and educated in dermatopathology at the Ackerman Academy in New York. In 2002, she founded the first outpatient clinic in Germany dedicated to patients suffering from pruritus. From 2005 until 2007, she was vice president of the International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI), after which she accepted the role of president, a position which she retained between 2007 and 2011. Since 2007, she has remained the head of an international special interest group developing tools used for measuring chronic pruritus. Prof. Ständer currently focuses her work primarily on clinical, experimental, and translational pruritus research.