Axel Radlach Pries studied medicine at the University of Cologne (doctoral thesis, 1980 ‘summa cum laude’). 1998 he became full professor at the Free University Berlin and 2001 head of the Charité Institute for Physiology. His scientific interests include microcirculation, tumour vasculature, blood rheology, vascular adaptation, and angiogenesis. He was general secretary of the European Society for Microcirculation and chaired the International Liaison Committee for Microcirculation. In the European Society of Cardiology he was chair of the Working Group for Coronary Pathophysiology and Microcirculation and of the Council for Basic Cardiovascular Science. His awards include the Malpighi Award of the ESM and the Silver Medal of the ESC. Since 2015, he is dean of the Charité University Medicine Berlin.