2024 Elections: Candidate Statement for WFN Elected Trustee

Barbara Tettenborn (Switzerland)

Prof Barbara Tettenborn
Barbara Tettenborn

My name is Barbara Tettenborn, I am Professor of Neurology in Switzerland and Germany and  received my neurological education in Berlin and Mainz/Germany, London/England, Dublin/Ireland, and Boston/USA. I am a general neurologist with special interests in epilepsy, stroke, sports neurology and brain health. I was Chair of the Department of Neurology St.Gallen, Switzerland, from 1999 – 2023 and work now as Head of the Center for neurological preventive medicine and sports neurology in Zürich. I am a very active member of the European Academy of Neurology as Editor-in-chief of eLearning and WFN-Delegate of the Swiss Neurological Society.

Regarding my experience in administrative boards: I was board member of the Swiss Neurological Society for 8 years, member of the administrative board at hospital St.Gallen for 4 years, and treasurer of the Swiss Federation of Clinical Neuro-Societies for 4 years until 2022. Currently, I am President of the Swiss League against Epilepsy, President of Women in Neurology Switzerland, and President of the Scientific Board of Highly Specialized Medicine Switzerland. My research interests are epilepsy in the elderly, vascular epilepsy, vertebrobasilar ischemia, gender aspects in neurology, brain health and sports neurology.

Neurology is not only my profession but also my first and most favourite hobby, my second hobby being sport, especially triathlon and mountaineering. I like to cooperate and communicate with people and to encourage especially the next generation. Being recently retired from my department chair position gives me time and energy to take on new tasks. I have a lot of experience in administrative positions and political communication. It would be a great honour for me to serve as Trustee of the WFN and I promise to put all my energy, enthusiasm, time and effort into this position in order to help giving neurology as much worldwide visibility and impact as possible.