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12.02.2024

On this day, efforts are made to raise awareness of the insufficient care and acceptance for people with epilepsy worldwide. Discover why Professor Dr. Rainer Surges and his team find it crucial to discuss epilepsy and interact with those affected.

02.02.2024

On January 31, 2024, Gilles Huberfeld from Hôpital Fondation Adolphe de Rothschild in Paris was our guest. He presented a lecture on "Epilepsy mechanism study from human tissues," and as always, we had the opportunity to ask our guest three questions afterwards: How did he become involved in epilepsy research? What are the peculiarities in France regarding the care of epilepsy patients? And what are the three most important things we can learn from research on human tissues about epilepsy?

25.01.2024

In this episode, we delve into the realm of technology and the future!  Prof. Rainer Surges and Simone Claß welcome Prof. Björn Krüger, Head of the Workgroup, “Personalized Digital Health and Telemedicine,” and Arthur Jordan, a physician and developer of wearables, both from the Department of Epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn.  Together, they discussed mobile health technologies and wearable devices designed for patients with epilepsy. What parameters can the sensors in smartwatches and other wearables measure on the human body in order to, for example, warn of an epileptic seizure?  How advanced is the medicine in this area and what are the challenges in developing these types of medical devices?  Find out that and more in this podcast episode! Do you have a question concerning epilepsy and epileptic seizures that you would like us to address in one of our upcoming podcast episodes?  Or would you simply like to provide feedback on “Scharfe Welle”? Then contact us per email at .  We look forward to hearing from you!

24.01.2024

On January 10, 2024, we had the pleasure of hosting Professor Gabriele Lignani from the UCL Institute of Neurology in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy in London. He presented a lecture on "Gene therapy in epilepsy," and, as usual, we had the opportunity to pose three questions to our guest afterward: How did he become involved in epilepsy? What distinctive features characterize the care of epilepsy patients in the United Kingdom? What are the three most crucial aspects of gene therapy for epilepsy that neurologists should be aware of?

18.12.2023

The Department of Epileptology wishes you Happy Holidays!

18.12.2023

As the year draws to a close, we have every reason to celebrate, and not just because of the upcoming holidays: The Scharfe Welle is marking its first anniversary! This marks the 12th episode of our Bonn Epilepsy Podcast, where we look back on the past 2.5 years, from the initial idea of creating our own epilepsy podcast to today's one-year milestone. In this episode, Simone Claß and Professor Dr. Rainer Surges share behind-the-scenes insights, discuss podcasting and their experiences with it, and assure you that it will be entertaining! Enjoy this episode, which, as an exception, is not released on the last Thursday of the month but in time for the holidays on the second to last Thursday of the year 2023.

06.12.2023

On November 22, 2023, Professor Maarten Titualer from the Department of Neurology at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, was our guest. He delivered a lecture on the topic "Autoantibodies and epilepsy: real or rare?" As always, following his presentation, we had the opportunity to pose our three questions to our guest: How did he become involved with epilepsy? What peculiarities exist in the Netherlands regarding the care of epilepsy patients? And what are the three most important things about autoimmune encephalitis that neurologists should be aware of?

30.11.2023

On October 28, 2023, the 3rd Bonn Epilepsy Forum was held at the University Hospital Bonn. This epilepsy-focused event was organized by the North Rhine-Westphalian State Association of the German Epilepsy Association in collaboration with the Department of Epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn. The "Scharfe Welle" team was also in attendance, gathering your questions about the condition to address them in this podcast episode. Questions such as whether epilepsy dogs can predict seizures, why new anti-seizure medications are often initially approved only for the treatment of rare diseases, and what constitutes sufficient sleep were discussed. In a conversation with Simone Claß, Professor Dr. Rainer Surges answers these and many other questions that you presented to us. Do you also have a question about epilepsy and epileptic seizures that you would like us to answer in one of our upcoming podcast episodes? Or do you simply want to provide feedback on the "Scharfe Welle"? Then get in touch via email at:

22.11.2023

On November 8, 2023, we had the honor of hosting Professor Christoph Baumgartner from the Karl Landsteiner Institute for Clinical Epilepsy Research and Cognitive Neurology, as well as from Hietzing Hospital in Vienna, at our Bonn Epilepsy Seminar. During his presentation, Professor Baumgartner delved into the topic of focal signs in genetic generalized epilepsies. Following the seminar, he kindly addressed three questions regarding his passion for epilepsy, the state of epilepsy care in Austria, and his specific research focus.

17.11.2023

Following a successful inaugural event last year, the University Hospital Bonn (UKB), the Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn, and the Medical Imaging Center Bonn (MIB) at UKB hosted the MIB Future Panel. Researchers, industry representatives, and start-ups were invited to the event. Approximately 200 guests enthusiastically engaged with the Medical Pitch participants on November 16, learning about the latest advancements in medical imaging during four informative sessions. PD Dr. Theodor Rüber participated and was honored with an award for his research project.

03.11.2023

3. Bonn Epilepsy Forum On October 28, 2023, the third Bonn Epilepsy Forum took place at the University Hospital Bonn, an event for people with epilepsy, their families, and those interested in the subject. The event was jointly organized by the North Rhine-Westphalia chapter of the German Epilepsy Association and the Department of Epileptology. During the event, the audience benefited from four informative presentations by experts from Bonn's Department of Epileptology, which covered a range of both innovative and well-established therapeutic methods. These included approaches involving neurostimulation, minimally invasive surgical procedures, ultrasound techniques, and medications. Furthermore, Thomas Porschen shared his invaluable insights, acquired over many years of dedicated involvement in epilepsy self-help, in his presentation. In the final segment of the program, attendees had the opportunity to engage with the experts on-site by posing a diverse array of questions related to the condition. These interactions spanned various topics, including discussions about the ketogenic diet, the hereditary aspects of epilepsy, vagus nerve stimulation, and the role of epilepsy service dogs. As part of the event, the Oskar-Killinger Foundation hosted an information booth on SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) to raise awareness about this important issue. The staff from Bonn's epilepsy podcast, "Scharfe Welle," introduced themselves during the event. They gathered questions from attendees regarding epileptic seizures and epilepsy. These questions will be addressed by Prof. Dr. Rainer Surges in an upcoming podcast episode scheduled for release at the end of November. The third Bonn Epilepsy Forum in 2023 was a resounding success and will continue to be offered regularly at the University Hospital Bonn. We look forward to welcoming you to the next Bonn Epilepsy Forum in two years! 

02.11.2023

On 18.10.2023, Prof. Anthony Marson from the Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Liverpool (UK) was our guest as part of the Bonn Epilepsy Seminar. In his presentation, he discussed the significance of pragmatic studies for enhancing the treatment of individuals with epilepsy. After the event, he answered our three questions regarding his interest in epilepsy, epilepsy care in the UK, and his field of research.

26.10.2023

In this podcast episode, we talk with Florian Richter, a patient from our clinic, who underwent epilepsy surgery at the University Hospital Bonn over a year ago. He and his attending senior physician, Dr. Tobias Baumgartner, vividly describe the course of his illness, how the decision for the surgery was made, and the preparations that were undertaken for the procedure. Would you like to know how the surgery went and how Florian Richter is doing today?  Then tune in!

06.10.2023

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in Germany. How do we treat seizures when medications don't work?  This question was posed to us by ZDF and was published as part of the ZDF program, "Volle Kanne."

06.10.2023

When two, three, or four apples are in front of us, we quickly recognize how many there are. However, when there are five or more, we need significantly more time and are more often incorrect. In fact, the brain processes small quantities differently than large ones. This is supported by a recent study conducted by the Universities of Tübingen and Bonn, as well as the University Hospital Bonn. The results have been published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.

28.09.2023

There are numerous self-help groups and organizations dedicated to supporting individuals with epilepsy and their loved ones. Many of those affected are very committed to assisting others who are living with this condition. Thomas Porschen, our guest in today's podcast episode, is a prime example of a dedicated patient who has been actively engaged in self-help for many years. Within the global patient representation for epilepsy (website: International Bureau for Epilepsy), he serves as the contact person for Germany, holds the position of Deputy Chairman for European representation, and is the designated contact person for the Stop SUDEP campaign (website: Stop-SUDEP-Kampagne) of the Oskar-Killinger Foundation, where he acts as Patient Ambassador. Additionally, Thomas Porschen played a role in organizing one of the first events for epilepsy patients in Bonn and subsequently at other clinics. Advocating for increased awareness about epilepsy holds significant importance for him, and that's why we are very pleased to have him share his extensive experience in this podcast episode. If you'd like to meet Thomas Porschen in person, you will have an opportunity to do so on October 28th. On that day, in collaboration with the German Epilepsy Association and the Regional Association of NRW e.V., the 3rd Bonn Epilepsy Forum for Patients, Family Members, and Friends will be hosted at the University Hospital Bonn (UKB). You can access the program and registration information via the following link: 3. Bonner Epilepsieforum am 28.10.2023

07.09.2023

On August 30, 2023, Prof. Daniel Friedman from the Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (New York, USA) was our guest as part of a special edition of our Bonn Epilepsy Seminar. He discussed new therapies and study designs in the field of epilepsy. Prior to his lecture, he answered three questions for us concerning his interest in epilepsy and his field of research.  

31.08.2023

In this podcast episode, our guest is PD Dr. Walid Fazeli, the Acting Head of the Department of Neuropaediatrics at the University Hospital Bonn. Prof. Dr. Rainer Surges and Simone Claß talk to him about Dravet syndrome, a genetically-based epilepsy syndrome that occurs in early childhood and is associated with epileptic seizures and developmental limitations. In this episode, learn about the course of Dravet syndrome, what the ongoing AUTONOMIC study on the disease is all about, and what new, promising therapeutic approaches might soon be available.

14.08.2023

The AUTONOMIC study is currently taking place at the Department of Epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn. This study focuses on the developmental effects of Dravet syndrome on autonomic functions, specifically heart rhythm and breathing. The genetic alteration in Dravet syndrome can impact the heart and possibly the respiratory system. As a result, individuals with Dravet syndrome have a slightly higher risk of sudden death due to cardiac and respiratory arrest following an epileptic seizure compared to most other forms of epilepsy. A better understanding of these relationships is necessary in order to develop preventive measures for such deaths and to provide better information about the risk to patients and their families. Children (older than 6 years), adolescents, and adults with genetically confirmed Dravet syndrome can participate in the study. Participants are still being sought! If you are interested in participating in the study, whom can you contact? If you're interested in taking part in this study, we will schedule an appointment with you on an outpatient basis at the Department of Epileptology in Bonn. Alternatively, you can also arrange an appointment for a video consultation. Please contact our study coordinator, Ms. Ines Goebel () if you are interested.

07.08.2023

An epilepsy surgical procedure can lead to complete seizure freedom in some epilepsy patients, and thus provide a curative (or healing) approach, unlike drug therapy. In this episode, Professor Rainer Surges and Simone Claß engage in a conversation with Professor Hartmut Vatter, Director of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Bonn, about the possibilities of epilepsy surgery. Learn about the individuals who are viable candidates for surgical epilepsy treatment and gain insight into the planning and execution of this procedure.

13.07.2023

On June 21, 2023, Dr. Youjiang Wang from the School of Computing at Newcastle University (UK) was a guest at our Bonn Epilepsy Seminar. She spoke about computational approaches to understanding seizure onset and propagation. After her presentation, we asked her three questions about her interest in epilepsy and her research field.

07.07.2023

Professor Dr. Thomas Schultz from the Institute of Computer Science II at the University of Bonn and Priv.-Doz. Dr. Theodor Rüber from Department of Epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn (UKB) are the first winners of the Transdisciplinary Research Award, "Modelling for Life and Health" of the Transdisciplinary Research Areas (TRAs) "Modelling" and "Life & Health" at the University of Bonn. The prize, endowed with a grant of 120,000 euros, supports highly innovative research projects at the intersection of mathematics or computer science and research topics related to "Life and Health."

29.06.2023

In this episode, Simone Claß and Prof. Dr. Rainer Surges speak with PD Dr. Michael Wenzel who, together with his scientific research group, is pioneering a revolutionary new approach to seizure control:  In the future, chemical "light switches" will be used to" turn on" active substances that inhibit seizure development directly at the seizure origin site in the brain. Does that sound incredible? Then listen in, because this podcast episode is guaranteed to shed light on the subject.

21.06.2023

On June 14, 2023, Professor Alexis Arzimanoglou from the University Hospital Lyon, France, was our guest at the Bonn Epilepsy Seminar where he presented a very interesting lecture on childhood epilepsy syndromes.  Afterwards, we asked him our three obligatory questions concerning his career, the situation for epilepsy patients in France, and his three most important tips on the subject for neurologists.

05.06.2023

On May 24, 2023, Prof. Annamaria Vezzani from the Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacological Research in Milan, Italy, was our guest at the Bonn Epilepsy Seminar, where she gave an exciting lecture titled, "Inflammatory pathways as diagnostic markers and therapeutic targets in epilepsy." In a new video, she answers our three questions about her career path, the situation regarding the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in Italy, and her research topic.

25.05.2023

In this episode, Professor Dr. Rainer Surges and Simone Claß discuss a topic that is often ignored but deserves urgent attention: SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) - the sudden and unexpected death of individuals with epilepsy. Discover the risk factors associated with SUDEP, learn strategies for reducing the risk, and gain insight into what the Head of the Department of Epileptology considers crucial when educating patients about SUDEP.

23.05.2023

Since 1986, Prof. Dr. Christoph Helmstaedter has been working with us, leading the Department of Neuropsychology. He was ranked #89 among the best German researchers and #1109 among the best researchers worldwide in the field of Neuroscience by Research.com.

17.05.2023

His interest lies in elucidating the mechanisms responsible for spatial orientation and memory formation and in exploring how and why these functions are affected by certain conditions, such as epilepsy. In the interview, we asked him about his plans.

08.05.2023

On 26.4.2023, Dr Roland Thijs from the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands was our guest at the Bonn Epilepsy Seminar and presented an exciting lecture on epilepsy and syncope. Afterwards, we asked him three questions about his career, the particularities of epilepsy treatment in his home country and his research topic. We recorded his answers on video.

27.04.2023

In this podcast episode, Prof. Dr. Rainer Surges and Simone Claß discuss some basic questions including:  What is actually an epileptic seizure?  What are the causes? When is epilepsy diagnosed? We shed light on this subject and explain some of the most important technical terms that patients and their relatives are regularly confronted with.

18.04.2023

SAVE THE DATE! The second Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dissociative and Functional Disturbances held by the Department of Epileptology, the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, as well as the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, will take place on Saturday, 20.08.2023 from 09:00 until 15:30. Registration information and the program will be available shortly.

17.04.2023

Professor Dr. Björn Krüger's focus is on the mobile and personalised collection of health data, which is also an increasingly relevant topic in epileptology.  For his introduction, he answered a few questions for us.

31.03.2023

In this podcast episode, Simone Claß meets with Prof. Dr. Rainer Surges and senior physician Dr. Tobias Baumgartner to discuss the three-country conference on epilepsy, which took place on March 15-18, 2023 in Berlin. This conference is organized every two years by the German and Austrian Society for Epileptology and the Swiss Epilepsy League; it is also the most important specialist event on epilepsy in the German-speaking world. Among other things, we discuss the top issues of the conference, the interesting event formats, and also the social aspect of such congresses.

06.03.2023

On February 15, 2023, Sylvain Rheims was an oline guest speaker at our Bonn Epilepsy Seminar. He spoke about the treatment options for tuberous sclerosis and nodular heterotopias. Afterwards, he answered three questions for us about his career, the situation regarding the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in France, and his research topic.

24.02.2023

In Episode 2, Simone Claß and Prof. Dr. Rainer Surges discuss the wide range of treatment options that are available for epileptic seizures and epilepsy.  How do the medications work?  Why is it that epilepsy therapies are very individual in some ways, but not so much in others?  Who is a candidate for epilepsy surgery? (in German)

26.01.2023

The new epilepsy podcast from the Department of Epileptology in Bonn is here! Simone Claß and Prof. Dr. Rainer Surges discuss epileptic seizures and epilepsies -  topics range from everyday life and living with the disease to diagnostics and therapy to current research topics within the field. (in German)

23.08.2022

On Saturday the 20. August 2022, the 2nd Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Diagnostics and Therapy of Dissociate and Functional Disorders took place at the University Club in Bonn. These disorders are psychiatric disorders that are normally very similar in their symptomatology to neurological disorders, but in which the corresponding "structural" disorders are not actually present.

10.01.2022

Dr. med. Michael Wenzel of the Department of Epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn has received a coveted Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). With the associated funding of 1.5 million Euro over the next five years, the neurologist will research new light-activated drugs with antiepileptic effects and investigate how they can help with epilepsies that are difficult to treat.

24.09.2021

Online event of the Oskar Killinger Foundation and the KBV Wednesday, 20. October 2021, 14:00 until 16:30 The event will take place via Zoom video conference. Every year, 1 out of 1,000 patients die from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). That's about 700 people in Germany alone - every year. SUDEP affects all epilepsy patients, regardless of the severity of the epilepsy and regardless of age. Children, adolescents and young adults are affected just as much as adults.

23.08.2021

Prof. Dr. Rainer Surges advises the Oskar Killinger Foundation. stopSUDEP is an initiative of the Oskar Killinger Foundation in Hamburg. The goal of the Foundation is to provide comprehensive education to people with epilepsy, their parents, siblings and friends, caregivers and treating physicians about ways to prevent SUDEP. stopSUDEP is advised on medical matters by Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Surges, Head of the Department of Epileptology at the University Hospital of Bonn.

23.08.2021

The Department for Epileptology has redesigned the walls with high-quality photographs featuring motifs from Bonn, the Siebengebirge and the Ahr Valley. The large-format photos behind acrylic glass create a positive atmosphere for patients and staff in the corridors, offices and treatment rooms. Dominik Ketz, born in Bonn in 1974, now lives in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler again. As a professional outdoor photographer, he travels all over the world. For the new pictures in the Clinic and Polyclinic for Epileptology, he was able to stay close to his family and took pictures for us in Bonn and the surrounding area.

01.11.2020

The MOND project is currently being launched with the major involvement of the Bonn Department for Epileptology. MOND - Mobile, smart neurosensor system for the detection and documentation of epileptic seizures in everyday life Discreet and convenient - in the MOND project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG), a mobile neurosensor system has been under development since April 2020 that can detect and document epileptic seizures in everyday situations with the help of a smartphone and artificial intelligence. The MOND project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Health BMG as part of the funding priority "Digital innovations for improving patient-centred care in healthcare, smart sensor technology".

Events

 

23.02.2024

SAVE THE DATE! The 5th Otto-Löwenstein-Symposium will take place on 16. November 2024, at 09:00 - 15:15 in the University Club Bonn. The program and additional information will be forthcoming soon.

09.01.2024

The program for the Summer Semester 2024 is here!  Just as before, the lectures will always take place on a Wednesday from 16:00 -17:30. In addition to the face-to-face event held in our Department, it is also possible to participate via Zoom.

02.05.2023

The program for the Winter Semester 2023 / 2024 is here!  Just as before, the lectures will always take place on a Wednesday from 16:00 -17:30. In addition to the face-to-face event held in our Department, it is also possible to participate via Zoom.

02.11.2023

SAVE THE DATE! The 4th Otto-Löwenstein-Symposium will take place on 25. November 2023, at 09:00 - 15:15 in the University Club Bonn. The program and additional information will be forthcoming soon.

21.08.2023

The Bonn Epilepsy Forum will take place as a patient day in collaboration with the German Epilepsy Association Regional Chapter NRW e. V. on Saturday, October 28, 2023. In easily comprehensible and practical presentations, experts from the clinic will provide patients and their relatives with important medical and psychological information on various aspects of epilepsy.

02.05.2023

As part of the Bonn Epilepsy Seminar, an additional event will take place on Wednesday, August 30, 2023. Prof. Daniel Friedman (USA) will present a lecture on the topic, "Novel therapies and trial designs for epilepsy" We look forward to your participation!

30.06.2023

The second Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dissociative and Functional Disturbances held by the Department of Epileptology, the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, as well as the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, will take place on Saturday, 20.08.2023 from 09:00 until 15:30.

09.01.2023

The program for the Summer Semester 2023 is here! Just as before, the lectures will always take place on a Wednesday from 16:00 – 17:30.  In addition to the in-person event held in our Department, participation is also possible over Zoom.  Please register under .

22.08.2022

SAVE THE DATE!!! The 3rd Otto Löwenstein Symposium will be held on November 12, 2022 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Bonn University Club.

30.06.2022

The program for the Winter Semester 2022/2023 has been set and is now available. Just as before, the lectures will always take place on a Wednesday, from 16:00 – 17:30. In addition to the in-person event held in our Department, participation is also available over Zoom. Please register under .

10.06.2022

SAVE THE DATE! The second Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dissociative and Functional Disturbances of the Clinics and Polyclinics for Epileptology, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy as well as Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy will take place on Saturday, 20.08.2022 from 09:00 until 15:30.

21.02.2022

In the summer semester 2022, the Bonn Epilepsy Seminar will again take place on several dates. The lectures will always take place on Wednesday from 16:00 -17:30 in the seminar room Penin of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Epileptology. We also offer the lectures as a live stream via Zoom. Registration at

06.10.2021

The next lecture as part of the Bonn Epilepsy Seminar in the winter semester 2021/2022 will take place on 19.01.2022. Prof. Dr. Maria Thom from UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, London will speak on the topic of "Neuropathological findings and mechanisms in SUDEP". The seminar can also be followed as a live online stream. Registrations under

20.11.2021

Every two years, the Department for Epileptology organises the Otto-Löwenstein-Symposium with internationally renowned experts. The 2nd Otto Löwenstein Symposium will take place on Saturday, 20.11.2021.

06.11.2021

The Bonn Epilepsy Forum is a day designed for patients and will be held in cooperation with the Landesverband Epilepsie Selbsthilfe NRW e. V. and take place on Saturday, 06.11.2021. In easy-to-understand, practical presentations, experts from our Department will inform patients and their relatives about important medical and psychological topics that are related to epilepsy.

 
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