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Professor Hartung is Professor of Neurology at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf; Honorary Professor at Brain and Mind Center, University of Sydney, Australia; and Visiting Professor at Medical University Vienna, Austria, and Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Previously he was Professor and Vice-Chair of Neurology at the University of Würzburg, Chair of Neurology at the University of Graz (1997-2001), and Chair and Director of the Department of Neurology and the Center for Neuropsychiatry and Neurology, and Director of the Department of Conservative Medicine at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. He served on the board of the University Hospital at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and the faculty council.
He studied medicine as a Scholar of the German National Scholarship Foundation at the Universities of Düsseldorf, Glasgow, and London (National Hospital Queen Square) with electives at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Medical School. He is a board certified neurologist and neurointensivist.
He was President of ECTRIMS and is an executive board member and treasurer of the European Charcot Foundation. He has served on the SC and DMC of many phase 2 and 3 trials in MS, NMOSD, CIDP, and GBS. He has published more than 1050 articles in peer-reviewed journals, contributed more than 100 book chapters, and edited 9 books.
He was a member of the WHO MS advisory board and WHO Essential Medicines List board. He served on the scientific board of the German Physicians Chamber and is Chair of the German MS Society Medical Advisory Board NRW. He was also a board member of Opexa Therapeutics, Houston.