Prof. Bornstein is currently director of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University Hospital of Dresden, Dean of International Affairs and Development at the Medical Faculty of the University of Dresden, and member of the supervisory board of the University Hospital Dresden (Germany). He is also Chair and Honorary Consultant for Diabetes and Endocrinology at King’s College London. Recipient of the Heisenberg Award of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Prof. Bornstein has been working for many years as a research scholar and acting unit chief at the endocrine branch at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (United States). From 2001 to 2004 he was Professor and vice-chair of the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany.
Prof. Bornstein is well-known for his pioneering work on the endocrine stress system. He has been the first to describe in a comprehensive way the correlation of the two major stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol in health and disease. Among others, he has a close collaboration with the Nobel laureates Andrew V. Schally and Rita Levi Montalcini. In recent years, Bornstein codeveloped new therapies for the treatment of diabetes in preclinical models and in patients. He is heading the only active islet transplantation center in Germany. His group performed the first testing of a bioartificial pancreas in a patient together with Beta O2 Technologies Ltd. (Ludwig B, et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110:19054).
Altogether, Prof. Bornstein has (co)authored more than 500 scientific papers and numerous book chapters, and has been cited more than 12,000 times. He has been awarded numerous prizes, has been appointed as honorary professor at various universities in Europe, Asia and the United States. He is a member of the study section of the DFG and member of the German Academy of Science, Leopoldina.