Doctor of Medicine, University Gottingen, 1969.
Intern, resident Stanford (California) University, 1970-1974. Scientist Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany, 1974-1979. Guest research scientist National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 1979.
Guest physician Academy Hospital St. Markus, Frankfurt, 1980-1981. Lecturer University Dusseldorf, Germany, 1982-1993. Professor, department head University Leipzig, Germany, since 1994.
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association Neuropathologists, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Neuropathologie (president 1999-2000), International Society Neuropathology (councillor, expert evaluator).
Married Emilia Ferrero, October 23, 1983. Children: Celestina, Giulio, Giovanni.