Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pohl, born in 1950, studied medicine at the LMU. After completing his studies, he worked as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Systems Physiology in Dortmund, at the Institute of Physiology and Cardiology, University of Erlangen and at the Institute of Applied Physiology, University of Freiburg. There he completed his habilitation in 1987 for physiology. After a further station at the Institute of Physiology, Medical University of Lübeck he took up a professorship at the Department of Physiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 1995. In 1998 he then moved to the LMU to the Chair of Vegetative Physiology at the Institute of Physiology. Since 2006 he is also director of the Institute for Surgical Research and the Walter - Brendel - Centre at the University of Munich. His scientific interest is the regulation of organ perfusion. He was awarded with the Albert -Fraenkel Prize and the Malpighi Award from the European Society of Microcirculation. He was, inter alia, President of the Federation of European Physiological Societies and the European Society of Microcirculation and several professional societies, as well as editor or co- editor of journals specializing in Cardiovascular physiology or biology.