Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard Lecture - Awardees

Ulrich Dirnagl, Berlin, Germany

Edouard Brown-Séquard Lecture

Do we need to reinvent translational cerebrovascular research?

At the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Ulrich Dirnagl is Professor for Clinical Neurosciences and serves as Director of the Department of Experimental Neurology. Since 2017 he is also the founding director of the QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research at the Berlin Institute of Health. QUEST aims at overcoming the roadblocks in translational medicine by increasing the value and impact of biomedical research through maximizing the quality, reproducibility, generalizability, and validity of research. In preclinical as well as in clinical studies Ulrich Dirnagl’s research has revealed pathobiology which impact on the outcome after a stroke. These include deleterious as well as endogenous protective mechanisms, as interactions of the brain with other systems of the body after it has been injured. Several of these mechanism can be therapeutically targeted, clinical trials are under way. In addition, through meta-research he was able to identify opportunities for improving research practice and to obtain evidence for the impact of interventions targeted to increase the value of biomedical research.

Philip Scheltens, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Edouard Brown-Séquard Lecture

The evolution of Alzheimer's disease and dementia

Prof. Dr. Philip Scheltens studied at the VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands, gaining his MD in 1984, and PhD (Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Alzheimer’s disease) in 1993. Since 2000 he is Professor of Cognitive Neurology and Director of the Alzheimer Center at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. His main clinical and research interests are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, magnetic resonance imaging, PET imaging and fluid biomarkers. He is active in the field of biomarkers and clinical trials and has been the national PI for many studies, including phase 1-3 multicenter clinical trials. He founded and directs the Alzheimer Center since 2000, from which over 55 PhD theses have appeared since then. In 2013, he co-founded the Dutch national plan against dementia (Deltaplan Dementie) and serves as vice-chair of the board since then. He has authored over 850 peer reviewed publications and his H-factor is currently 103. In 2011, he was elected as member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and serves as

Secretary General since 2015. In 2016 he was awarded the European Grand Prix for Alzheimer’s Research.

Richard Frackowiak, Paris, France

Charles-Edouard Brown-Sequard Lecture
Why Neurologists Should Be Interested in the Human Brain Project: A Change of Clinical Paradigm


Prof. Richard Frackowiak, retired as head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Université de Lausanne (UNIL) and its Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) in 2015. Formerly, he served as Foundation Professor of Cognitive Neurology at University College London (UCL), Director of the Department of Cognitive Studies (DEC) at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, Wellcome Trust Principal Clinical Research Fellow and Vice-Provost of UCL. He founded the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience and its Functional Imaging Laboratory (FIL) in 1994. An MA and MD from Cambridge (Peterhouse). A pioneer of human brain imaging research, he developed a number of techniques and applied them to the investigation of human brain structure-function relationships in health and disease. There is a translational component to his recent research involving novel image classification techniques for individual studies. He continues his work in the “The Human Brain Project”, which he
and colleagues started, for which he retains honorary professorships at the EPFL, UNIL, and UCL. He is also attached to the ENS in Paris where he now lives. As past president of the British Neuroscience Association and of the European Brain and Behaviour Society, he has held prestigious visiting professorships, editorships and international society roles worldwide. His papers and the book “Human Brain Function” are highly cited (Google h-index = 192). He has been a laureate of the
Ipsen, Wilhelm Feldberg, Klaus Joachim Zulch and Ottorino Rossi prizes.

Thomas Brandt, Munich, Germany

Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard Lecture
3-D Spatial Memory and Navigation: Functions and Disorders

Prof. Thomas Brandt studied medicine at the Universities of Cologne and Essen. His clinical training was under Richard Jung in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology in Freiburg. From 1976 to 1984 he was Director of the Neurological Clinic of the Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen, and from 1984 to 2008 Chairman of Neurology and Director of the Department of Neurology of Munich University. He has held a Hertie Senior Research Professorship since 2008 and is also Chief Executive Director of the German Center for Vertigo and Balance Disorders of Munich University.
Prof. Brandt was formerly President of the German Neurological Society, the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Imaging, the International Society for Posture and Gait Research, and the European Neurological Society. He is an honorary member of the German, British, and French Neurological Societies, a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and of the German Academy of Life Scientists, Leopoldina. Awards include the Srinivasan Gold Medal, the Betty and David Koetser Prize for Brain Research, the Bárány Gold Medal, the Doctor Robert Pfleger Award, the Hans Berger Prize, the Wilhelm Erb Medal, and the Federal Cross of Merit, Germany.
Major research fields: general neurology and management of dizzy patients, basic mechanisms of vertigo, balance and ocular motor disorders, locomotion, visual-vestibular interaction, motion perception, spatial orientation, and navigation. Applied methods are stance and gait analysis, eye movement recordings, other neurophysiological measures, as well as psychophysics, functional imaging with MRI and PET, and modeling sensorimotor control.