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E. Bernd Ringelstein
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. E. Bernd Ringelstein studied medicine at the University of Mainz, Germany. He passed residencies in Neuropathology, Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroradiology at the University Hospitals in Mainz and Aachen. He was boarded Neurologist and Psychiatrist in 1983 in Düsseldorf. In the eighties, he became Vice-Chairman and Associate Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology, University Hospital, in Aachen. In 1987-1989 he passed fellowships and sabbaticals in Stroke Neurology and Hematology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, in Neurosonology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC and in Epileptology at the University Hospital of Bonn. By 1992, he was appointed Chairman and Head of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital in Münster, where he also became Head of the Department of Neurovascular Research at the Leibniz-Institut for Research on Arteriosclerosis by 2002. He has been President of the European Society of Neurosonology and Cerebral Hemodynamics 2001 – 2005, President of the German Stroke Society 2004 – 2005 and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Stroke Foundation (SDSH), Gütersloh 2002-2013. His scientific and clinical focus is on stroke and cerebrovascular research. He has been Principal Investigator and member of Steering Committees of several multinational trials. He is, or has been Editorial Board Member of “Stroke”, “Cerebrovascular Diseases”, “Journal of Neuroimaging”, “Stroke Review” and “Neuroradiology”. Prof. Ringelstein has been awarded the Hugo Spatz Price of the German Neurological Society (1992), was nominated twice Best Lecturer of the Medical Faculty in Münster (“Teacher of the Year”), has been nominated “Leading Scientist” in Germany 2003 by Science Impact Index, has been nominated Honorary Member of the Austrian Stroke Society (2003) and has been nominated “Doctor honoris causa” (honorary doctorate) by the University of Debrecen, Hungary, for transnational research on cerebro-vascular disorders (2006). He is Fellow of the American Heart Association (by 2001) and of the European Stroke Council (by 2005). During the last years, he was very active in organizing and qualifying the German Stroke Unit system all over the country (honoured by the German Neurological Society with the Erb Becher in 2008). He is a wellknow specialist in stroke prevention as well. He is married with a psychotherapist and has two sons.