Petra M Klinge, Editorial Board Member
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, USA
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Dr Klinge is professor in the Department of Neurosurgery in the Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Dr Klinge received her medical degree (MD) at the University in Kiel in 1993. After completing her neurosurgical residency in Hannover Medical School, Germany, in 2002, Dr Klinge has held the position of Senior Physician and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the International Neuroscience Institute in Hannover, Germany, where she joined Professor Madjid Samii, a world-renowned and internationally acknowledged neurosurgeon. At that time, Dr. Klinge was appointed a teaching professor, and in furthering the educational mission she has been awarded the full academic rank of an Associate Professor at the Hannover Medical School in 2008.
From her practice at the International Neuroscience Institute in Hannover, she has acquired expeditious experience in diagnosing and managing most difficult and rare diseases of the nervous system, the skull base and the spine.
Dr. Klinge continues her research activities in collaboration with the Department of Clinic Neurosciences at Brown University working on the unifying concept of dementias, in particular Alzheimer related pathology in Hydrocephalus of aging patients. As a novel approach, she aims at establishing surgical therapies, e.g. stem-cell treatment, for treatment of stroke and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr Klinge is an internationally renowned clinician for diagnosing and neurosurgical treatment of patients with Hydrocephalus and Alzheimer dementia. She is co-director of the Southern New England NPH center in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Salloway, director of the memory and aging program at Butler Hospital, Providence, RI.
Pediatric hydrocephalus disorders and complex congenital and acquired disorders of Cerebrospinal fluid system comprise a large part of her practice at present. As a trusted advisor and resource on hydrocephalus research, Dr Klinge is also speaking on the behalf of the National Hydrocephalus Association on NIH-sponsored hydrocephalus research workshops (October 2005 and September 2009).
Dr Klinge was recently elected President of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders in May 2010.