Senior physician executive & attending neurologist, clinical lead researcher, Spinal Cord Injury
Heidelberg University Hospital
Steffen Franz, MD, a board-certified neurologist, is senior physician executive, attending physician and group leader of clinical SCI research at the Spinal Cord Injury Center, Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany. He received his Medical Degree at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2007 and completed his residency at the Department of Neurology, University of Regensburg and the Spinal Cord Injury Center, Heidelberg University Hospital to become a board-certified neurologist in 2013. He has been focusing on the clinical care of acute and chronic SCI since 2010. Under the aegis of the German Speaking Society for Spinal Cord Injury, he is editorial page editor of the German-language guideline about the management of SCI-related pain. Dr. Franz became a member of the ASIA Education Committee in 2017 and has served as its chair since January 2020. Further key aspects of his activities comprise the training of medical students as faculty member of the University of Heidelberg and the practical as well as the theoretical ISNCSCI training of SCI professionals within the European Multicenter Study about Spinal Cord Injury. As group leader of clinical research, Dr. Franz is responsible for the coordination and implementation of clinical studies and trials at the SCI center Heidelberg. One of his scientific emphases is on the investigation of SCI-related neuropathic pain in humans and animal models in terms of translational approaches. He equally works on the evaluation and further development of clinical measurement and outcomes instruments in the field of SCI with a main focus on ISNCSCI. Dr. Franz is (co-)author of several research papers, reviews and book chapters.
Friday, September 24, 2021
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET