BS Kasper completed medical school in Erlangen, Germany. His MD thesis with W. Paulus focused on neuropathology of epilepsy, i.e. the better definition of microscopic cerebral malformation. Since then he’s been interested in epilepsy and cerebral malformations in particular. For years now, he has been affiliated to the Erlangen Epilepsy Center in Germany, being an epileptology specialist involved in adult outpatient care and in-patient diagnostics (video-EEG, imaging, neuropsychology) and therapy. In 2010, he became assistant professor of neurology. Both clinically and scientifically, he and his partners perform investigations on brain malformations like PVNH, Double-Cortex, Polymicrogyria and others, focussing on clinical spectrum of epilepsies, cognitive aspects, function of malformed areas and epileptogenesis. Among his partners are: PD Dr. U. Hehr (Genetics/Regensburg), PD Dr. Pauli / K. Kurzbuch (neuropsychologists/Erlangen), Dr. S. Rampp (magnetoencephalography/Erlangen), Prof. H. Stefan.
PERSONAL GOAL IN PVNH CARE:
To widen the knowledge about clinical phenomena of malformation-associated seizures & epilepsy from a clinical patterns, seizure semiology, disease course, localization of epileptogenic zones, functional / cognitive profiles’ perspective.
HOW HE HOPES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
– By providing better explanations to patients/families about their diagnosis
– By collaborating with colleagues to help identify genetic aspects, whenever possible
– By collaborating with other medical disciplines to help to help bring awareness to multi-symptomatic manifestations in PVNH rarely seen in the syndromatic context (heart, lung, skeleton, skin…)