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Post Graduate Education:


June 2008

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada; FRCP(C)

November 2007

Apl. Professorship in Neuroradiology, University Aachen.

April 2007

“European Qualification in Neuroradiology”of the European Board and the European Society of Neuroradiology.

October 2005- July 2007

Certification in Medical Economics, Health Care Systems and Hospital Management (ZfU: 668201) (PhD Equivalent of the Ministry of Education of Bavaria, Germany)

November 2004 – April 2007

International Master Degree (MSc) in Neurovascular Diseases, Faculté de Médecine de l’Université Paris XI

September 1998 - November 2002

PhD Thesis (Habilitation) in Neuroradiology/Biomedical Engineering, Advisor Prof. Dr. A. Thron, Neuroradiology, University Aachen: Functional MRI and anisotropic diffusion-weighted MRI of the brain: Methods and clinical applications





October 2005

Subspecialisation Certificate in Neuroradiology

01.09.2003 – 31.08.2005

Fellowship in Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, University Aachen (Prof. Thron)

November 2003

Specialist Certificate in Diagnostic Radiology

01.08.2001 – 09.09.2001

Observer at the Beth Israel Hospital, Center for Endovascular Surgery, INN, Herbert and Nell Singer Division (Prof. Berenstein)

01.09.2000 – 31.08.2003

Residency Training Programme in Diagnostic Neuroradiology and Neurosurgery, University Hospital Aachen

01.09.1998 – 31.8.2003

Residency Training Programme in Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital Aachen

January 1999 - MD Thesis

Advisor: Prof. Dr. D. Graf v. Keyserlingk, Neuroanatomy, University Aachen: Integrating functional MRI and transcranial magentic stimulation to evaluate human cortical motor represantation "summa cum laude“

22nd of June 1998

German Medical Approbation and Graduation from Medical School

August 1997 (USMLE Step 1 and 2)

American License Exam

1991-1998 - Medical Studies

University of Aachen, Medical School

August 1995 – July 1996

Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

1982-1991 - High School

Bischöfliches Gymnasium St. Ursula,Geilenkirchen, University Entrance diploma: (Abitur) June 1991



Professional Appointments - Hospital


01.07.2008 – present

Full-time Staff Neuroradiologist, University of Toronto

01.01.2005 – 01.07.2008

Managing Director of the Division of Neuroradiology, University Hospital Aachen

01.01.2005– 01.07.2008

Head of the Section of ”Interventional Neuroradiology“of the Division of Neuroradiology, University Hospital Aachen

01.09.2004 – 01.07.2008

Temporary Staff (Practicièn attaché), Service de Neuroradiologie Therapeutique, Hopital de Bicetre, Le Kremlin-Bicetre, Paris, France (Prof. Lasjaunias)

01.11.2003 – 01.07.2008

Staff Neuroradiologist, University Hospital Aachen (Prof. Thron)

01.01.2002 – 30.10.2003

Assistant Staff, Neuroradiology




Professional Appointments - Scientific/University


July 2008 – present

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

June 2007 – present

Associate Professor, University Aachen

November 2002 – June 2007

Assistant Professor, University Aachen

01.06.2001 – 31.03.2003

Acting Chief of the Research Group “Neurofunctional Imaging“ of the Interdisciplinary Center of Clinical Research, University Hospital Aachen

October 1999 – November 2002

Lecturer, University Aachen

01.08.1996 – 30.06.1998

Research Assistant, Neuroradiology, University Aachen

01.08.1992 – 31.07.1996

Research Assistant, Neuroanatomy, University Aachen


Teaching Activity

  1. Lecturer Workshop “Exploring Medicine“ 2005 - present
  2. Lecturer „Blended Learning in Medicine – Neuro“ 2005 - present
  3. Lecturer “Neurology Main Course” 2004 – present
  4. Lecturer „Medical Imaging in Biomedical Engineering“ 2004 - present
  5. Lecturer „Neuroimaging in Neuroscience“ 2003 – present
  6. Lecturer „Basics of Interventional Neuroradiology“ 2003 - 2004
  7. Lecturer „Advanced Seminar in Neurosciences“ 2003 - present
  8. Lecturer „Neuroradiological – Neuroanatomical Correlations“ 2001- present
  9. Lecturer „Neuroradiological-Neuropediatric Tutorial“ 2000 - present
  10. Lecturer “Neurosurgical-Neurological-Neuroradiological-Neuropathological Conferences” 2000 - present
  11. Lecturer „Diagnostic Radiology“ 2000 - present
  12. Teaching Assistant „Neuroanatomy“ 1992 - 1994
  13. Teaching Assistant „Neurobiology in Medicine“ 1992 - 1994
  14. Teacher and Lecturer at the "European Course of Neuroradiology“, the "Erasmus Course of MRI of the CNS" the "European Course of Pediatric Neurosurgery“, the “Visiting Fellowship – MRI of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School”
  15. Invited Speaker at the Annual meetings of the German, Austrian, Italian, European, and American Societies of Neuroradiology, the German Societies of Neurology, Radiology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Neurosurgery, the International Society of Human Brain Mapping, the AO Spine Society and the European Society of Radiology
  16. Visiting Professor at Cambridge University, United Kingdom; the Ciudad Universitaria, Hospital Angeles Los Pedegral Mexico City, Mexico; the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile; Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA, University of Toronto, Canada, and Vienna Medical School, Austria

Scientific awards

  1. September 2008 "Cum Laude“ Award of the European Society of Neuroradiology for the work“Pathomechanisms of symptomatic DVAs”
  2. May 2007 “Holthusen-Ring” (highest scientific honorary medal) of the German Society of Radiology for scientific work accomplished
  3. February 2006 „Editor’s Recognition Award 2005“ European Journal of Radiology
  4. January 2006 1.Prize of the Faculty of Medicine Aachen for Young researchers, 1500€
  5. September 2005 „Cum Laude“ Award of the European Society of Neuroradiology for the work“Intracranial Arterial Aneurysm Vasculopathies: Targeting the outer vessel wall”
  6. September 2004 Scholarship of the Else Kröner Fresenius Stiftung 150.000€
  7. September 2004 Scientific Award 2004 of the European Society of Neuroradiology for the work: “Treatment of experimental aneurysms using stents”, 4000€
  8. September 2003 Award of outstanding Poster presentation of the German Society of Neuroradiology for the work: „Anatomische Besonderheiten der zervikalen Gefäßanatomie als Ursache für das Versagen des Elastase-induzierten Aneurysmamodells beim Kaninchen“
  9. June 2003 Scholarship of the Industrie-Clubs Düsseldorf to participate at the 53. Meeting of nobel prize laureates in Lindau, Germany
  10. May 2003 3rd Prize Wissenschaftspreises 2003 des Wissenschaftszentrums Nordrhein-Westfalen for the work „Funktionelle Magnet-Resonanz-Tomographie und anisotrope Diffusionsbildgebung des Gehirns – Methodik und klinische Applikationen“
  11. April 2003 Klee Prize, German Society for biomedical Engiennering for the work: „Anisotrope Diffusionsbildgebung und funktionelle MRT zur Darstellung des motorischen Kortex und seiner deszendierenden Faserverbindungen“ 5000€
  12. November 2002 International Susanne-Klein-Vogelbach-Prize for research on human movements, (Zurich, Switzerland) for the work „Activation in primary and secondary motor areas in patients with CNS neoplasms and weakness“, 10.000 CHF
  13. April 2002 1. Research Prize of the Stiftung Tumorforschung Kopf-Hals, Wiesbaden for the work : „Functional and diffusion weighted MRI in space occupying lesions affecting the motor system: Imaging motor cortex and pyramidal tracts“, 5000€
  14. September 2001 Kurt-Decker-Prize 2001 of the German Society for Neuroradiology (DGNR) for the work: „Three-dimensional visualization of motor cortex and pyramidal tracts employing functional and diffusion weighted MRI. Methods, applications and limitations” 2000€
  15. March 2000: International Lucien Appel Prize 2000 of the Lucien Appel Foundation for Neuroradiology and the European Society of Neuroradiology, Antwerp, Belgium for the work: „Functional MRI: Problems and Potentials“, 4000€
  16. December 1999 Friedrich-Wilhelm Prize of the University Aachen for the best medical Thesis: „Zur Integration von funktioneller Magnet-Resonanz-Tomographie und transkranieller Magnetstimulation in der Evaluation motorischer Repräsentation des menschlichen Gehirns“, 1000DM
  17. January 1999 Borchers Plakette of the University Aachen for the best Medical approbation
  18. March 1998 Prize “Advances in Medicine – Student’s research ” 9. Deutschen Ärztekongresses EUROMED fort he work: „Funktionelle MRT zur präoperativen Planung neurochirurgischer Eingriffe“ 1500DM
  19. November 1997 Research- Scholarship of the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds for a 4 months research stay at Harvard Medical School: „EEG-Dipole Source Analysis in Epilepsy“, 4000DM
  20. November 1997 Deutscher Studienpreis (German Prize for Students) of the Körber-Stiftung for the work „ Transkranielle Magnetstimulation und funktionelle MRT. Komplementäre Methoden zur Darstellung der motorischen Funktion des Gehirns“, 2000DM
  21. August 1995 Scholarship of the“Academic Year Program” of the Biomedical Sciences Exchange Program and der Harvard University, Medical School, Boston, MA, USA to study for one year at Harvard Medical School
  22. October 1992 6year-Scholarship of the „Program of the Gifted“ of the German Governement „Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung”

Medical / Scientific Organizations-Memberships

  1. Since 2007: Vice-President of the Award-Committee of the Scientific Award of the European Society of Neuroradiology, the Lucien-Appel Prize.
  2. Since 2007: Vice President and President-elect of the European Board of Neuroradiology
  3. Since 2006: Chairman of the “Scientific Committee” of the European Society of Neuroradiology
  4. Since 2006: Board member of the European Society of Neuroradiology (Member at large)
  5. Since 2006: Board Member of the “Neurointerventional Committee of the European Society of Neuroradiology“
  6. Since 2005: Board Member of the „Educational Committee of the European Course of Neuroradiology”
  7. Since 2005: Committee of the Marc-Dünzl Prize of the German Society of Neuroradiology
  8. Since 2005: College of Physicians of France (Ordre National des Médécins)
  9. Since 2005: German Society of Radiology
  10. Since 2004: European Society of Neuroradiology
  11. Since 2003: German Society of Biomedical Engieneering
  12. Since 1998: German Society of Neuroradiology
  13. Since 1998: College of Physicians of Germany


Congress Organisation

  1. Interventional Neuroradiology Symposium 2009, Toronto
  2. Erasmus Course MRI CNS II, Aachen, 28.9-3.10 2007
  3. Workshop „Interdisziplinäres Behandlungskonzept der symptomatischen Carotisstenose“, 18.10.2006, Aachen
  4. Scientific Secretary of the 29. Congress of the European Society of Neuroradiology, 8-11-9.2004, Aachen


Reviewer for Journals

  1. since 11/07 Vascular Health and Risk Management
  2. since 04/07 Brain
  3. since 03/07 Neurosurgical Review
  4. since 09/06 Journal of Neurology
  5. since 01/06 American Journal of Neuroradiology
  6. since 10/05 Neuroradiology
  7. since 09/05 European Journal of Radiology
  8. since 07/05 Interventional Neuroradiology
  9. since 07/05 Stroke
  10. since 07/05 MAGMA (Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine)
  11. since 06/05 Epilepsia
  12. since 05/05 Psychological Reports – Perceptual and motor skills
  13. since 01/05 Journal of Neuroscience Methods
  14. since 11/04 Biological Psychology
  15. since 10/04 European Radiology
  16. since 10/04 Zentralblatt für Neurochirurgie
  17. since 07/04 Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
  18. since 05/04 Clinical Neurophysiology
  19. since 04/04 European Journal of Neurology
  20. since 03/04 Journal of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
  21. since 01/04 Human Brain Mapping
  22. since 02/03 IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
  23. since 11/02 NeuroImage
  24. since 04/02 Fortschritte auf dem Gebiet der Röntgenstrahlen und der Bildgebenden Verfahren (RöFo)
  25. since 04/01 Der Nervenarzt
  26. since 02/01 Biological Psychiatry


Editorial Board Member

  1. Clinical Neuroradiology (Official Organ of the German, Austrian and Swiss Societies of Neuroradiology), Editor since 2006

External Consultant

  1. Since 03/07 Consultant of the National Medical Research Council Singapore
  2. Since 12/04 Consultant of the Hongkong Research Grant
  3. Since 08/04 Consultant of the Schweizer Nationalfonds (Swiss Research Council)