University Hospital RWTH Aachen
Department of Neurology (26095)
Specialized in: neurology
About the department
According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in the treatment of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease!
The department offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system, as well as neuromuscular pathologies. The clinical practice focuses on the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson's disease, dementia, ataxia), stroke treatment (including follow-up care), epilepsy, neuroimmunological and neuromuscular diseases. Many diseases are treated within the interdisciplinary centers with the participation of specialized experts in related fields. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Schulz.
The department includes two stations for common medical care, Intensive Care Unit, Supra-Regional Stroke Unit, Comprehensive Stroke Unit, which provides early neurorehabilitation, Section of Neuropsychology, Section of Neurogeriatrics, Section of Epileptology with 8 beds for EEG monitoring, Sleep Laboratory.
The most important structural unit in the department is the Stroke Unit, which provides effective treatment of acute stroke. The patients are monitored around the clock, so changes in their health status can be detected immediately, after which doctors take all the necessary measures. As a rule, the patient stays in the Stroke Unit from one to three days.
The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the following neurological diseases:
- Ataxias (coordination impairment)
- Hereditary cerebellar diseases
- Friedreich's ataxia (autosomal recessive inheritance)
- Autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxia
- Diseases of the autonomic nervous system
- Multiple system atrophy, Parkinson's disease, Lewy body disease
- Autonomic neuropathy, for example, in collagenosis, diabetes mellitus, amyloidosis, Fabry disease
- Gastrointestinal disorders, neurogenic bladder disorders of unknown etiology
- Small fiber neuropathy accompanied by neurovegetative disorders
- Sweat regulation disorder of unknown etiology
- Neurogenic orthostatic hypotension
- Postural tachycardia syndrome
- Dementias and memory problems
- Huntington's disease
- Neuroimmunological disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Devic's disease
- Infectious and granulomatous diseases of the central nervous system (neuroborreliosis, neurosarcoidosis, etc.)
- Paraneoplastic neurologic disorders
- Rheumatic autoimmune diseases
- Cerebral vasculitis
- Autoimmune encephalopathies and synaptopathies
- Neuromuscular diseases
- Parkinson's disease and essential tremor
- Sleep disorders due to neurological disorders
- Swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
- Speech and voice disorders
- Neurovascular diseases
- Other pathologies of the central and peripheral nervous system
- 1984 - 1991 Study of Human Medicine at the University of Cologne.
- 1991 Doctoral thesis defense.
- 1992 Admission to medical practice.
- 1999 Habilitation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tuebingen.
- 1992 Admission to medical practice.
- 1999 Board certification in Neurology.
- 1991 - 1993 Intern and Research Fellow, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Tuebingen.
- 1993 - 1995 Research Fellow, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.
- 1995 - 1998 Research Fellow, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Tuebingen.
- 1998 - 2004 Head of the Working Group on Neurodegeneration in the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Tuebingen.
- 1998 - 1999 Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.
- 1999 - 2004 Senior Physician, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Tuebingen.
- 2004 - 2008 (W3) University Professor in Reconstructive Neurobiology and Neurology. Head of the Department of Neurodegeneration and Neurorecovery, Research Center of the German Research Foundation "Molecular Physiology of the Brain" and Center for Neurological Medicine, University of Göttingen.
- Since 2009 Head of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen.
Awards and Honors
- 1985 - 1991 Scholarship, Student Foundation of the German People.
- 1998 Gerhard Hess Prize of the German Research Foundation.
- 1999 Schering Prize of the German Parkinson's Disease Association.
- Award Winner for Young Scientists of the International Society for Neurochemistry.
- 2000 Member of the American Neurological Association.
- 2001 Pette Prize of the German Society for Neurology.
- Neurodegenerative diseases.
- Pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases (dementia, Parkinson's disease, ataxia, Huntington's disease, motor neuron disease).
- Clinical examinations in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and hereditary movement disorders.
- Neuronal cell death mechanisms.
- Gene therapy and other experimental treatment methods.
Department of Neurology.
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