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Daniela Pörtl - CV
  • Born in 1969; I had grown up with dogs, cats and horses in the north-western parts of Germany.
  • After high school (Abitur 1988) I went to study medicine at Hannover Medical School from 1988 to 1995. In addition, learning comparative functional anatomy (Prof. Berens von Rautenfeld, MHH).
  • In 1991 I completed over three month a clinical traineeship in the Federate States of Micronesia, Pohnpei State Hospital including work on Pingelap Island due to Pingelap blindness.
  • 1996 internship in Neurology
  • From 1996 to 2000 Neurology Residency Program
  • 2000-2002 fellowship Neurological Intensive Care
  • From 2003-2013 I maintained a neurological private practice near Munich
  • For years I have been engaged in research of human dog bonding, increasingly since 2012 as an independent researcher together with Chris Jung, Psychology MSc. We developed the hypothesis of Active Social Domestication (ASD) which can explain dogs domestication processes as well as human self domestication processes due to epigentic modulations in brain. The neurobiological mechanisms of ASD are proclaimed to be the reason why dogs support human mental health.
  • Since 2013 I have been working in Saale-Unstrut Hospital, teaching hospital of Leipzig and Jena Universities engaged in the Psychiatry Residency Pogram including psychotherapie.