Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988 – 1990
    Medical school, University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 1990 – 1991
    Medical school, Heidelberg University, Germany

  • 1991 – 1993
    Medical school, University of Hamburg

  • 1993 – 1995
    Medical school, University of Lübeck, Germany

  • 1995
    Doctor of Medicine (MD)

  • 1995 – 1997
    Foundation year doctor in neurology at Lübeck University Hospital

  • 1999 – 2003
    Specialty registrar in neurology at Lübeck University Hospital

  • 2001 – 2005
    Private lecturer in neurogenetics, Institute of Neurology, University of Lübeck

  • 2003 – 2004
    Specialty registrar in psychiatry at Lübeck University Hospital

  • Since 2005
    Lichtenberg Professor of clinical and molecular neurogenetics at the University of Lübeck

Selected publications

  • Rakovic, A. et al.: Effect of endogenous mutant and wild-type PINK1 on Parkin in fibroblasts from Parkinson disease patients. In: Hum Mol Genet 19, 2010. S. 3124-3137.

  • Djarmati, A. et al.: Mutations in the THAP1 (DYT6) gene – a cause of generalized dystonia with prominent spasmodic dysphonia. In: Lancet Neurol 8, 2009. S. 447-452.

  • Schmidt, A. et al.: Etiology of musician's dystonia: familial or environmental? In: Neurology 72, 2009. S. 1248-1254.

  • Seibler, P. et al.: Heteroyzgous nonsense mutation in the PRKRA (DYT16) gene associated with generalized dystonia. In: Lancet Neurol 7, 2008. S. 380-381.

  • Klein, C., Schlossmacher, M.G.: Parkinson disease genetics: Implications for neurological care. In: Nature Clin Pract Neurol 2, 2006. S. 136-146.


Selected projects

  • GENEPARK (Genetics of Parkinson's disease)

  • EPIPARK (Parkinson cohort study)

  • Endophenotypes in genetic forms of dystonia and Parkinson's disease

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member, German Neurological Society

  • Member, German Society of Neurogenetics

  • Member, German Dystonia Foundation

  • Member, American Neurological Association

  • Member, American Academy of Neurology

  • Member, Movement Disorder Society

  • Member, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

  • International honorary member, Belgian Neurological Society

  • Research association: Competence Network Parkinson Germany

  • Research association: European Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group

  • Research association: Neuroprotection and Natural History in Parkinson Plus Syndromes (NNIPPS), Genetic Section

  • Research association: Dystonia Study Group USA

  • Research association: Parkinson Study Group USA (GenePD Study)

  • Co-chairperson of the ethics commission for Competence Network Parkinson Germany

  • Steering committee of the University of Lübeck Graduate School, Germany

  • Dystonia Study Group

  • GenePD Consortium

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of PDGene (Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School (MGH-HMS), Michael J Fox Foundation and Alzheimer Research Forum), USA

  • Member of the auditing committee for "Family-Friendly University" certification, University of Lübeck

  • Councilor of the neurogenetics section of the American Academy of Neurology and member of the neurogenetics topic work group

  • Chair of the neurogenetics committee, German Neurological Society

  • Member of the university faculty senate committee for the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lübeck

  • Board member, Possehl Foundation, Lübeck

  • Member of the programme committee for the 7th German Parkinson Congress in Kiel, Germany, March 2011

  • Member of the congress scientific programme committee of the Movement Disorders Society for the Annual Meeting 2008 (Chicago), 2009 (Paris), 2010 (Buenos Aires) and 2011 (Toronto)

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation, since 2010

  • Editorial board, Movement Disorders, 2003 – 2007 and since 2010

  • Member of the search committee for a W2 professor of imaging of movement disorders in the Neurology Clinic at Kiel University; to succeed Prof. Siebner, 2010

  • Member of the research funding committee in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lübeck, since 2009

  • Member of the search committee for a W2 professor of medical biometry and statistics at the University of Lübeck, 2009

  • Member of the search committee for a new Chair in neurology at the University of Lübeck; to succeed Prof. Kömpf, 2009

  • Member of the programme committee for the 6th German Parkinson Congress of the German Parkinson Society (DPG) in Marburg, March 2009

  • Editorial board, Neurology, since 2008

  • Web site editorial board of the Movement Disorder Society, 2008 – 2010

  • Chair of the organisational committee for the 14th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Neurogenetics in Lübeck, Germany, September 2008

  • Member of the programme committee for the 5th German Parkinson Congress in Ulm, Germany, March 2007

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, 2006 – 2009

  • Member of the congress committee for the 12th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Neurogenetics in Rostock, Germany, October 2006

  • Organisation and co-chair of the international symposium Genetics of Movement Disorders – Gateways and Perspectives II, Lübeck, 2005

  • Member of the commission for finding a new appointee to the Chair in human genetics at the University of Lübeck; to succeed Prof. Schwinger, 2004

  • Organisation and co-chair of the international symposium Genetics of Movement Disorders – Gateways and Perspectives, Lübeck, 2000

Additional qualifications

  • W3 endowed professor, Hermann and Lilly Schilling Foundation, 2009

  • W2 endowed professor, Volkswagen Foundation, 2005


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Languages, music


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married with two children (2000, 2002)


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