Prof. Dr. med. Claudio Bassetti

Director IRC Decoding Sleep & PI, Thalamus, sleep, cognition and consciousness: Insights from patients with brain damage

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Postal Address
University of Bern
Department of Neurology
3010 Bern
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Biosketch Claudio L.A. Bassetti

Full Professor and Chair, Neurology Department Inselspital, University Hospital,
3010 Bern, Switzerland

Claudio Lino Alberto Bassetti was born and raised in Ticino, is married and father of
three boys. He speaks six languages and enjoys music, history and sports.
Bassetti received his MD degree from the University of Basel in 1984. He trained in
neurology in Bern and Lausanne and performed research fellowships in experimental
neurophysiology (Basel) and sleep (Ann Arbor, USA). In 2000 he was appointed
professor of Neurology at the University of Zurich. In 2009 he founded the Neurocenter
of Southern Switzerland. Since 2012 he is full professor at the University of Bern and
director of the Neurology Department at Inselspital.
Bassetti has been working thoughout his career mainly as a general neurologist with a
special interest in clinical skills teaching. Using human and animal approaches he
pioneered the studies between sleep, sleep disorders and stroke. He also made
fundamental contributions to the etiology, pathophysiology and management of human
narcolepsy. He authored over 530 publications (H index 85, median RCR 2.0) and 10
He served as president of the European Neurological Society, European Sleep
Research Society and Swiss Neurological Society and was the founder of the Swiss
Federation of Clinical Neurosocieties. In 2018 he became an elected member of the
Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. He currently serves as president of the European
Academy of Neurology and Dean of the Medical Faculty in Bern.