13th European Headache Congress

Migraine does not take lives but days from your life. Take them back!

Prof. Claudio L. A. Bassetti


Day of Lecture

May 30th 14.00 - 15.30


Sleep and Pain


Claudio Bassetti was born and raised in Ticino (Southern Switzerland), is married and father of three boys, speaks six languages and enjoys history, literature, music, sports, and travelling. He received his MD degree form the University of Basel in 1984. He trained in neurology in Bern and Lausanne (FMH certification in 1992) and performed research fellowships in basic neurophysiology (Basel, 1985-1986) and sleep medicine (Ann Arbor-Michigan, USA, 1995-6).  In 1997 he became associate professor at the University of Bern.

In 2000 he was appointed professor of neurology at the university of Zurich and director of the neurological outpatient  clinics  of  the  university  hospital.  In  2009  he  founded  the  Neurocenter  of Southern Switzerland in Lugano which he directed until 2012. Since 2012 he is full professor of neurology at the University of Bern and director of the neurology department at the University hospital. Claudio Bassetti authored eight books and over 400 scientific publications. His research interests include sleep, stroke, and movement disorders with a translational (human and animal/experimental) approach. He served as president of the European Neurological Society (ENS, 2013-4), European Sleep Research Society (ESRS, 2008-12) and Swiss Neurological Society (SNG, 2008-12). He was the founder and first president of the Swiss Federation of Clinical Neurosocieties (SFCNS, 2009-2013). He is the current vice-dean of the Medical Faculty of Bern. He is an honorary member of the Belgian Neurological Society (2009) and of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN, 2015). In 2018 he became an elected member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.