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University Hospital Bonn

location_on Bonn, Germany
9.5/10 from 150 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Epileptology ( 286125)

Christian E. Elger

Prof. Dr. med.

Christian E. Elger

Specialized in: adult and pediatric epileptology

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  • 1968 - 1969 studied biology and chemistry in Tübingen
  • 1969 - 1974 Study of human medicine in Münster
  • 1972 - 1974 scholarship holder of the „Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes“
  • 1976 Approbation as a doctor
  • 1976 - 1982  scientific associate and scientific assistant at the Physiological Institute of the University of Münster
  • 1978 Dissertation on Dr. med. (Summa cum laude), prize of the university for the dissertation
  • 1982 Habilitation for physiology
  • 1982 - 1985 Education as a doctor for neurology, Department of Neurology (Prof. Dr. Brune), Department of Psychiatry (Prof. Dr. Tölle), University of Münster
  • 1983 International Prize of the Michael Foundation
  • 1984 Alfred-Hauptmann-Award
  • 1985 - 1987 Medical Director of the German Section of the International League against epilepsy
  • 1985 Doctor of neurology
  • 1985 Appointment as senior physician in the department of neurology, University of Münster (Prof. Dr. Brune)
  • 1986 Expansion of Venia Legendi for the subject of neurology
  • 1986 - 1987 Member of the board of the medical chamber Westphalia-Lippe
  • 1989-1992 confide professor of the study of the German people
  • 1990 - 1991 Member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
  • 1990 Alfred-Hauptmann-Prize (with the working group epilepsy surgery)
  • In 1990, he was appointed professor C4 for epileptology and director of the department of epileptology at the University of Bonn
  • 1991 - 1997 Member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry of Health
  • 1992 Merrell-Dow Epilepsy Research Prize (together with C. Helmstaedter, A. Hufnagel)
  • 1997 Appointment as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), London (UK)
  • 1997 - 1999 Chairman of the German Section of the International League against Epilepsy
  • 1999 Vice President of the German Association of Clinical Neurophysiology
  • 2000 - 2001 President of the German Association of clinical neurophysiology and functional imaging
  • 2000 Initiator of the "Decade of the Human Brain"  Member of the North-Rhine Westphalia Academy of Sciences
  • 2001 - 2008 Speaker of the Transregional Collaborative Research Center SFB / TR3 "Mesial Temporal Lobe Pilepsies"
  • 2001 - Associate Editor Epilepsy & Behavior
  • 2003 Co-founder and member of Life & Brain GmbH, Bonn
  • 2004 - 2008 Associate Editor Brain
  • 2004 - 2008 Expert colleagues neurosciences at the DFG
  • 2005 International Zülch Prize for Brain Research (Max Planck Society, Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation), jointly with Prof. S. Berkovic
  • 2006- Scientific Director of Life & Brain GmbH
  • 2010 Hans Berger Prize of the German Society of Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Imaging
  • 2011 "The Victor and Clara Soriano Award Lecturers" of the World Federation of Neurology (XX World Congress of Neurology, Marrakesh)
  • 2012 "European Epileptology Award" of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)
  • 2015 William G. Lennox Award of the American Epilepsy Society

The Department of Epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn ranks among few medical institutions of Germany with a top-class medical care. It offers the whole range of all currently recognized diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Annually there are treated about 3,000 patients both from Germany and other countries. The chief physician of the Department is Prof. Dr. med. Christian E. Elger.

The Foerster Section named after Otfrid Foerster (1873-1941), a neurologist from Breslau and a pioneer in epileptological surgery, has 26 beds for the treatment of adults on the inpatient basis. The Department of Neurosurgery includes 4 additional beds for the treatment of children with epilepsy (Pediatric Unit).

One of the main focuses of the Department of Epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn is preoperative diagnosis of epilepsy. Annually about 80-100 patients undertake these complex examinations. Apart from standard hospital wards (with two beds), there are 8 single wards for the so-called video-EEG-monitoring as well as two wards in the Pediatric Unit.

The Departments of Neurosurgery and Epileptology make up the Epilepsy Center of Bonn, which has been offering the largest surgical epilepsy treatment program for already many years (about 150 operations a year). It also has an internationally recognized advanced experience in its field.

Moreover, the Department of Epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Christian E. Elger offers a wide range of services in ergotherapy that is mostly oriented at patients with severe forms of epilepsy, which are also related to movement and/or psychological disorders.

The treatment is individual or in groups. Along with cognitive and movement training the focuses of ergotherapy include individual behavior strategies to overcome daily difficulties. The program also includes vigorous activities and mental relaxation. There are used special exercises, games, creative techniques, talks and other therapeutic measures.

The Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Christian E. Elger offers patients a friendly environment, where all aspects of the disease are actively researched and considered to achieve its optimal treatment. Therefore, there is maintained a complex cooperation of a few working groups at the University Hospital Bonn as well as collaboration with other Departments, such as Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology. 

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