University of Calgary

Frank W. Stahnisch

  • AMF/Hannah Professor (HOM)
  • Professor
  • Full Time Faculty


As a historian of medicine and health care, Frank?s interests span the development of experimental physiology and laboratory medicine since the late 18th century (particularly France and Germany), the historical relationship between neurology/the neurosciences and the philosophy of the mind (focus on the German-speaking countries and North America), the relationship between clinical neuroscience and public mental health (particularly Canada and the United States), the historical epistemology of the life sciences (18th to 21st centuries), and the longer history of visualization practices in medicine and health care. His current research as a Principle Investigator is supported by research grants from SSHRC, CIHR and AHRF.

Since 2015 he has succeeded Professor Malcolm Macmillan (University of Melbourne, Australia) as Editor-in-Chief of the international "Journal of the History of the Neurosciences" (with Taylor & Francis - Routledge Group).
Photograph of Frank W. Stahnisch

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD magna cum laude - History of Medicine
    Free University of Berlin, 2001
  • MSc with distinction - Philosophy of Science
    University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1995
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