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University Hospital Cologne

Cologne, Germany


Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302470)


Gereon Fink

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Gereon Fink

Department of Neurology

Specialized in: neurology
Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Studium

  • 1982 – 1989 Medizinstudium in Köln (mit Auslandssemester in Manchester)

Beruflicher Werdegang

  • 1989 – 1992 & 1993 – 1995  Assistenzarzt, Max – Planck – Institut für neurologische Forschung & Neurologische Klinik, Universität zu Köln (Prof. Heiss)
  • 1992 – 1993 Clinical Research Fellow, Dept. of Neurology & MRC Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK (Prof. Frackowiak)
  • 1995 – 1997 Clinical Research Fellow, Institute of Neurology & National Hospital for Neurology, Queen Square, London (Prof. Dolan)
  • 1997 – 2000 Assistenzarzt, Neurologie, Uniklinik Düsseldorf (Prof. Freund)
  • 1998 – 2005 AG Kognitive Neurologie, Institut für Medizin, Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • 2001 – 2004 Oberarzt, Neurologische Klinik, Uniklinikum Aachen (Prof. Noth)
  • Oktober 2002 C3 – Professur für Kognitive Neurologie der RWTH Aachen
  • 2004 – 2006 C4 – Professur für Neurologie – Kognitive Neurologie, RWTH Aachen & stellvertretender Direktor der Neurologie der Uniklinik Aachen
  • 2005 – heute Direktor, Kognitive Neurowissenschaften, Institut für Neurowissenschaften und Medizin (INM3), Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • 2006 – heute W3 – Professur für Neurologie, Universität zu Köln, Direktor der Klinik und Poliklinik für Neurologie, Uniklinikum Köln

Tätigkeiten in der akademischen Selbstverwaltung (Auswahl)

  • 2002 – 2006 Sprecher der DFG-geförderten Klinischen Forschergruppe KFO – 112 zu „Aufmerksamkeitsstörungen und deren therapeutischer Beeinflussung“
  • 2002 – 2008 Koordinator für neurologische Forschung im Brain Imaging Centre West, BMBF-gefördertes Kompetenzzentrum für funktionelle Bildgebung in den klinisch orientierten Neurowissenschaften
  • 2003 – heute Mitglied des Wissenschaftlich – Technischen Rates des FZ Jülich
  • 2008 – 2011 Mitglied des Wissenschaftlichen Beirates, Universität zu Köln
  • 2010 – heute Sprecher der DFG-geförderten Klinischen Forschergruppe KFO – 219 zu „Basalganglien – Kortex – Schleifen: Mechanismen pathologischer Interaktion und therapeutischer Modulation“
  • 2011 – 2012 Präsident der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Klinische Neurophysiologie
  • 2011 – 2013 Erster Prorektor der Universität zu Köln und Prorektor für Wissenschaft und Nachwuchs
  • 2014 – heute Vorstand der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Neurologie (DGN, 3. Vorsitzender)
  • 2015 – heute Prodekan für Struktur und Planung, Medizinische Fakultät der Universität zu Köln

Auszeichnungen, Stipendien (Auswahl)

  • 1983 – 1989 Stipendium der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
  • 1992 – 1993 Otto-Hahn-Stipendium der Max – Planck – Gesellschaft
  • 1995 – 1997 European Traveller Fellowship des Wellcome Trust, UK
  • 2003 Wissenschaftspreis NRW des Wissenschaftszentrum NRW
  • 2004 Pette – Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Neurologie
  • 2008 Hospital – Innovations – Preis 2008
  • 2009 Forschungspreis der Fürst Donnersmarck-Stiftung
  • 2011 Fortbildungspreis der DGKN
  • 2015 Max-Delbrück-Preis der Universität zu Köln
About the department keyboard_arrow_down

The Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Cologne in Germany under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gereon Fink meets top university tasks in the patient care, teaching and academic science. With 100 beds in the specialized units, the Department provides the whole range of diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases. According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Cologne ranks among the top German departments specializing in the treatment of Parkinson's disease!

The focuses of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Cologne cover the following services:

  • Neurological intensive care
  • Stroke with the specialized treatment in the specialized unit for stroke, neurological early rehabilitation of strokes and other cerebrovascular diseases
  • Treatment of movement disorders, especially, Parkinson’s disease by special techniques, for example, by means of deep brain stimulation or apomorphin
  • Neuroimmunological diseases, especially multiple sclerosis
  • Polyneuropathies, especially CIDP, MMN and other inflammatory neuropathies
  • Treatment of brain tumors

In addition to the outpatient department with the general neurological consultation and the 24-hour emergency service, there are specialized outpatient departments for the following areas:

  • Neurooncology (brain tumors)
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Botulinum toxin therapy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rare neuroimmunological diseases
  • Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Dementia / memory impairment
  • Cerebrovascular disease / stroke
  • Epilepsy and narcolepsy

The diagnosis and treatment of all neurological diseases are carried out on the inpatient basis. Along with the common department, there is a private Neurological Department of Intensive Care and supra-regional certified Stroke Unit for providing the comprehensive medical care. Moreover, the Department of Neurology has a Department of Early Rehabilitation for the patients with neurological and neurosurgical diseases.

The range of the inpatient provided services of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Cologne under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gereon Fink covers both diagnosis and treatment of the following diseases:

  • Acute stroke (ischemic stroke, intracranial hemorrhage), early rehabilitation of neurological and neurosurgical diseases, particularly cerebrovascular diseases
  • Movement disorders, in particular, Parkinson’s diseases, innovative therapies of the most severe Parkinson syndrome with deep brain stimulation, apomorphine and duodopa pump therapy
  • Dementia Diagnosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis and other neuroimmunological diseases
  • Neurooncology

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • neurological examination:
    • somatosensory evoked potentials
    • reflexes
    • muscle strength
    • muscle tone
    • senses of touch and sight
    • coordination
    • balance
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • enzyme tests
    • inflammation indicators
    • BSG
    • creatine kinase (CK)
    • immunoelectrophoresis
    • vitamin B12, vitamin D
    • thyroid parameters
    • parathormone
    • genetic testing for bi-allelic deletion
      of exon 7 of the SMN1 gene
  • electromyography (EMG)
  • brain and neck CT/ MRI
  • muscle biopsy if indicated
  • X-ray of the chest
  • CSF puncture with nervous water examination
  • cerebrovascular doppler ultrasound
  • symptomatic treatment (the costs for Nusinersen are not included)
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bedded room 
  • developing of further guidance
Type of program :
Expected duration of the program:

The program includes:

  • Translation of medical documents up to 4 pages
  • Interpreter up to 3 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 8 pages
  • Interpreter up to 5 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 8 hours
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 10 hours
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 15 hours
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 25 hours
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
info_outline Total costs:

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