Manfred Westphal

Hamburg, Germany

Professor Manfred Westphal was born in Hamburg, where he also went to school and studied medicine at the University Hospital in Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). The academic year of 1978-1979 was spent at the Medical School of the University of Glasgow as scholar of the German National Scholarship Foundation. Based on his scientific research in experimental neuro-endocrinology as a medical student he obtained a research education grant from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and became a research fellow at the University of California San Francisco in the Hormnone Research Laboratory with C.H. Li. His main interest during that time was neuro-endocrinology focusing on peptide biology of opiate peptides, particularly ?-endorphine. He also started to study cell biology of brain tumors with Charles B. Wilson. This work was continued after his return to the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf in 1984 where the Laboratory of Brain Tumor Biology in the department for neurosurgery was founded. Professor Westphal completed his residency at the UKE and in 1999 was appointed acting chairman. In 2002 he was elected as director of the Neurosurgical Department at the University of Düsseldorf and shortly afterwards confirmed as director and chair of the Neurosurgical Department at the UKE. With the focus on neurooncology and vascular neurosurgery Professor Westphal has published 265 original papers, in addition to numerous book chapters and book editions. He is member of several scientific associations and was for more than eight years elected member of the study section for neurosciences at the DFG in Bonn. He started the Committee for Neurooncology at the EANS being its chair for 8 years, until he became secretary from 2003 until 2007. Therafter he chaired the Committee for Neuro-Oncology of the World Federation of Neurological Surgery from 2009 to 2013. Since 2004 he represents the EANS as Board Member in the European Brain Council (EBC in Brussels).Prof. Westphal was also president of the German Academy of Neurosurgery for the electoral period of 2013/2014.

Manfred Westphal, MD serves as chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the university medical center Hamburg Eppendorf since 1999. He founded the Hans-Dietrich Herrmann Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology in 1984 after returning from a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF Medical Center. His interest has been in clinical and experimental neuro-oncology so besides numerous publications in the field of growth factors, angiogenesis, Invasion and glioma stem cell biology he has chaired or co-chaired four phase III trials including carmustine wafers, convection enhanced delivery of a toxin conjugate, suicide gene therapy with simitagene ceradenovec and a trial anti-EGF-R monoclonal antibody; in addition he participated in many other clinical trials as co-chair or investigator. His clinical and translational studies resulted in 280 peer reviewed articles. In 2014 he shared the Warner Prize for Cancer Research. He served as secretary of the EANS, secretary of the European Brain Council (Brussels) and as president of the German Academy of Neurosurgery. For two periods of totally 9 years he was elected to the neuroscience review oard of the German Research Council (Bonn).

 

 

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