Georg W. Kreutzberg became a scientific member of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in 1978 and was appointed director one year later. From 1984 onwards, he was director at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, where he led the department of Neuromorphology. His main fields of research were the study of regeneration in the vertebrate nervous system and the role of glial cells. Georg W. Kreutzberg, who became an Emeritus Scientific Member of the Institute in 2000, is now more dedicated than ever to his work on the interaction between science and society. He is well known in the science community as a competent partner for questions concerning ethical scientific practice.
Georg W. Kreutzberg studied medicine and psychology at the universities of Bonn, Freiburg and Vienna. He received his qualification as professor in neuropathology at the Technical University of Munich. He carried out his postdoctoral studies at MIT in Cambridge, USA and held a guest investigator position at the Rockefeller University New York and at the University of Zurich. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Szeged in Hungary. Georg W. Kreutzberg is president of various national and international societies and has received many scientific awards. He was also one of the initiators of EICOS, the “European Initiative for Communicators Of Science”.