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The Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board consists of volunteer scientists and fulfils a variety of tasks. For research questions and advice it takes on a consultative role. It helps develop and maintain contact between laboratories and deepen the NCL research network. In addition, the NCL Foundation assists in training matters and lectures. Both the clinical and the scientific expertise greatly help the NCL Foundation with many issues.

At this time the board has the following representatives: 

  • Prof. Robert Steinfeld:  Professor Steinfeld is chairman of the board. He has worked both in the clinic and as a researcher at the Göttingen University Hospital and thus acts as an interface between the Foundation, the doctors and the researchers.

  • Prof. Beverly Davidson: Professor Davidson has been named to the Arthur V. Meigs Chair in Pediatrics at CHOP and joins the hospital’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA). In addition, Dr. Davidson serves as the new director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics. The mission of the Center is to use pioneering research in cell and gene therapy to develop novel therapeutic approaches for hitherto untreatable illnesses.

  • Prof. Rudolf Martini: He is head of the Department of Experimental Developmental Neurobiology at the Neurological Clinic of the Würzburg University Hospital.
  • Dr. Angela Schulz: Angela Schulz works as pediatrician at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). She leads the NCL-consultation center which supports children suffering from NCL and their families. She also coordinates the international NCL patient registry (part of the European DEM-CHILD project) and takes part in BATcure. Further, she is the principal investigator in an ongoing clinical study that studies any enzyme replacement therapy for the treatment of the late-juvenile form of NCL (CLN2).

  • Prof. Dirk Isbrandt: He is professor for Experimental Neurophysiology at the DZNE (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn/University of Cologne). His research is focused on studying the impact of disease-associated mutations in ion channels causing “channelopathies”.

The Scientific Advisory Board: Prof. Dirk Isbrandt, Prof. Beverly Davidson, Prof. Robert Steinfeld, Dr. Angelika Schulz

and Prof. Rudolf Martini.


This German - English translation was done by the translators Tizzy Mann, Andrea Murphy, Kate Humby and Marcia Neff for the PerMondo initiative that involves providing free translations for NGOs. PerMondo is sponsored and run by the translation agency Mondo Agit.