A physician in internal medicine and intensive care, Professor Brunkhorst has been Specialist Registrar at the Clinic for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care of Jena University Hospital since 2001. In addition, he has held the Paul Martini Foundation Professorship for Clinical Sepsis Research since 2008. His research priorities are the diagnosis and treatment of serious infections and sepsis. He has many years’ experience of initiating and coordinating clinical trials, for example as part of the Competence Network Sepsis (SepNet), which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). He is a founding member and General Secretary of the German Sepsis Society (Deutsche Sepsis Gesellschaft e.V.), as well as a founding member and deputy chair of the German Sepsis Aid (Deutsche Sepsis-Hilfe e.V.). For his dedication and his contributions to clinical sepsis research, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 2005 and in 2009 he received the Paul Martini prize for excellence in clinical sepsis research.