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Born in 1959; he studied psychology (Diploma thesis 1985, Ph.D. 1988), philosophy, and medicine (M.D. 1992, Ph.D. 1993) at Freiburg University. After clinical training at the Department of Neurology (Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Lücking) and an assistant professorship at the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology (Prof. Dr. Dr. Koch) he finished his scientific education with the habilitation thesis (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Fahrenberg) in 1994.
He was approved as "Clinical Neuropsychologist (GNP)" in 1995. In 1996 he moved to Magdeburg University where he became associate professor of neuropsychology. From 1996 to 2000 he headed the Division of Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology at Magdeburg University Faculty of Medicine. During that time he was invited to several research stays (Institute of Neurological Research Raul Carréa, Department of Neuropsychiatry, Buenos Aires, (S.E. Starkstein, M.D., Ph.D.) and Brain Damage & Communication Research Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney (Prof. C. Code, Ph.D., FBPsS)).
In 1998 he was appointed Honorary Research Associate at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia. After a 9 months fellowship at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study (at the invitation of Prof. Dr. Dr. Roth) he moved to Bremen University where he started work as a professor of neuropsychology at winter term 2001. In 2002 he was appointed full professor (C4) and chair of the Department of Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurobiology at Bremen University. During summer term 2010 he was invited as a visiting professor at the DFG Cluster of Excellence "Languages of Emotion" at Berlin Free University, Germany.