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Department of neurology with epilepsy centre

Prof. Dr. med. Christian E. Elger
epileptology, neurology, epilepsy genetics, pediatric neurology and epileptology

About the department

The department of neurology with epilepsy centre at Beta Clinic Bonn treats the entire spectrum of neurological disorders. The most modern examination methods and treatment following the latest scientific standards are carried out under the supervision of an internationally recognized professor with more than 35 years of experience and more than 1,000 publications. New techniques are used for treatment and diagnosis, such as MR-guided laser ablation, Speech fMRI, SISCOM, and ​​ the most modern neurological-electrophysiological examination methods. The department is an internationally recognized centre for epilepsy and neurology for children and adults. Patients worldwide are referred with medical resistant forms of epilepsy and for advanced genetic diagnostic.

The department covers the entire diagnostic and therapeutic range of services for neurological diseases, including physiotherapeutic measures. All relevant functional, psychological, and imaging diagnostic methods are available. In addition to the differential diagnosis and therapy of neurological disorders, there is a particular focus on the multimodal complex diagnosis and treatment of patients of all ages with epilepsy. This includes, in particular, the differential diagnosis of seizure-type disorders, unique forms of treatment for epilepsy with cannabidiol or a keto diet, and epilepsy surgery planning with presurgical epilepsy diagnostics.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Neurological diagnosis:

  • EEG diagnostics
  • Electrophysiology
  • MRI – magnetic resonance imaging
  • Neuropsychological diagnostics
  • Neurological ultrasound diagnostics
  • CSF diagnostics / lumbar puncture 

Diseases of the nerve system:

  • Epilepsy
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Parkinson's syndrome
  • Dementia & Memory Disorder
  • Dizziness
  • Neuralgia / trigeminal neuralgia
  • Polyneuropathy / sensory disturbances
  • Stroke aftercare
  • Motor neuron diseases
  • Multiple sclerosis

The therapeutic range of services at the department includes:

  • Medication prescription 
  • Ketogenic diet 
  • Stimulation methods for epilepsy (vagus nerve stimulation)
  • Treatment of autoimmune diseases associated with epilepsy
  • Treatment of patients with tuberous sclerosis with epilepsy
  • Botulinum toxin therapy and more
  • Biofeedback therapy for migraine
  • Sports and rehabilitation 
  • Physiotherapy
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Doctor profile


  • 1969-1976 Studied medicine, received a doctoral degree, and a license for medical practice
  • 1982 Post-doctorate in physiology
  • 1982-1985 Trained as a neurologist at the Universities of Munster, Memphis, and Zurich
  • 1985 Specialist in neurology
  • 1986 Post-doctorate in the field of neurology


  • 1985-1987 Senior Physician at the Neurology Clinic of the University of Munster
  • 1987-2017 Professor of epileptology at the University of Bonn
  • 1990-2017 Head of the Department of epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn
  • 2017 Head of the Department of neurology at the Beta Clinic Bonn

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 1986-1987 Board Member of the Westphalia-Lippe Medical Association
  • 1991-1994 Member of the Advisory Council of the Ministry of Health
  • 1997-1999 1st Chairman of the German Section of the International League Against Epilepsy
  • 2000-2001 President of the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology
  • 2000 Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences
  • 2001 Associate Editor: Epilepsy and Behaviour
  • 2001-2007 Spokesman for the transregional special research area (TR3) Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
  • 2003 Co-founder and Partner of Life & Brain, Bonn
  • 2004-2008 Associate Editor: Brain
  • 2004-2008 Member of the Supervisory Board for Neurosciences for the German Research Community
  • 2006-2015 Scientific General Director of Life & Brain, Bonn
  • 2009 Co-founder and Director of the Center for economics and neuroscience, University of Bonn
  • 1992 Marion-Merrell-Dow Promotional Prize for epilepsy research (with C. Helmstaedter, A. Hufnagel) Honorary Member of the Swiss League Against Epilepsy
  • 2005 Ambassador in the International League Against Epilepsy
  • 2005 Zuelch-Prize from the Gertrud-Reemtsma-Foundation in the Max-Planck-Society
  • 2010 Hans-Berger-Prize for merits in the field of Epileptology
  • 2011 Victor and Clara Soriano Award of the World Federation of Neurology
  • 2012 European Epileptology Award of the International League Against Epilepsy
  • 2015 William G Lennox Award of the American Epilepsy Society 
  • 2017 Moritz Romberg Award of the European Academy of Neurology 
  • Author of more than 1000 publications
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