Rainer Spanagel is Professor for Behavioural Pharmacology and is the head of preclinical research at the Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
He studied Biology at the Universities of Tübingen and Munic. He received his PhD in 1991 and worked as a post-doc and junior group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute of Neuropharmacology in Martinsried and Psychiatry in Munich. He was appointed as Professor for Psychopharmacology at the University of Heidelberg in 1999.
His primary research interests are in addiction research. He published more than 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals and received several awards (INVEST Award, 1995; Wilhelm Feuerlein Research Award in 1998; Sir Hans Krebs Award, 2003; Albrecht-Ludwig-Berblinger Award, 2005).
Since 2003 he has been Editor-in-Chief of Addiction Biology and is in the editorial board of several international journals.