DR RALF SIEDENBERG, NEUROLOGIST
Studied medicine and philosophy
at Universität Hamburg, University of Edinburgh and University of London.
Additional American licensing examinations.
PhD in pain research
Department of Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology, Universität Hamburg. Dissertation topic: cognitive cerebral potentials following painful laser heat stimuli in humans.
Further clinical training
Internal medicine in the United Kingdom (1993–1994)
House officer, department of internal medicine, Hospital of St Cross, Rugby, and Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, UK.
Clinical neurophysiology and epileptology in the United States (1994–1996)
Postdoctoral fellow of the German Research Foundation, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, USA.
Neurology, clinical neurophysiology and psychiatry in Berlin (1996–2003)
Research associate, neurological clinic, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin. Rotation through the following departments: general neurology, stroke unit, intensive care, central accident and emergency unit, clinical neurophysiology, university outpatient clinic for neurology, consulting for all medical and surgical departments, pain centre, psychiatry.
1993–2003 Establishment and management of memory consultations at the university outpatient clinic for neurology.
Research and teaching
Research interest in cognitive neurology: speech processing, neurodegeneration and dementia, pathophysiology and therapy for neuropathic pain. Publication of numerous original papers in international journals.
1997–2003 Professorship in aphasiology and neuropsychology, school of speech therapy, UKBF; also lecturer in medical-student teaching and further medical training.