Hello there!

I'm Adham, a medical doctor currently pursuing my PhD in neuroscience in the beautiful town of Tübingen, Germany. My current focus is brain imaging in epilepsy. I study both generalized and focal epilepsy using different neuromaging modalities: fMRI, EEG, MEG and PET. I am particularly interested in functional brain networks in epilepsy patients and how they differ from healthy brains. Below you will find a bit more about my background and professional expertise.

Education

October 2012 - Present

University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

PhD Candidate


PhD thesis title "Functional Connectivity Networks in Epilepsy":
Project 1: Resting state networks in generalised epilepsy using MEG.
Project 2: Resting state networks in Epilepsy using simultaneous PET/fMRI/High-density EEG


Supervisors:

  • Prof. Dr. Holger Lerche
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Braun
  • PD. Dr. Niels Focke

2010 - 2012

University of Trento, Trento, Italy

M.Sc. in Neuroscience


Masters Degree in Cognitive Neuroscience.
Final grade: Summa cum Laude
Title: Tactile Perceptual Decision Making of Coherent Motion Direction


Supervisors:

  • Prof. Jens Schwarzbach
  • Prof. Peter Tse

2003 - 2010

Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt

MBBCH.


Medical Degree.
Final grade: Very Good

Clinical Experience

Clinical Internships


  • Planned: Clinical internship in the neurology department
    Jan 2018, Zürich, Switzerland

  • One year of clinical internships in: Internal medicine (2 months), paediatrics (2 months), general surgery (2 months), gynaecology (2 months), anaesthesia and intensive medicine (2 months), neurosurgery (1 month), neurology (1 month)
    2016/2017, Tübingen, Germany

  • Clinical internship in the family medicine department
    Western University of Health Sciences
    Apr 2009, Pomona, CA, USA

  • Clinical internship in the ophthalmology department
    Semmelweis University
    Aug 2007, Budapest, Hungary

  • Clinical internship in the ophthalmology department
    Gdansk University
    Aug 2006, Gdansk, Poland

Research Portfolio

Publications


  • Sahib, A. K., Mathiak, K., Erb, M., Elshahabi, A., Klamer, S., Scheffler, K., … Ethofer, T. (2016). Effect of temporal resolution and serial autocorrelations in event-related functional MRI. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. http://doi.org/10.1002/mrm.26073

  • Elshahabi A, Klamer S, Sahib AK, Lerche H, Braun C, Focke NK (2015): Magnetoencephalography Reveals a Widespread Increase in Network Connectivity in Idiopathic/Genetic Generalized Epilepsy. Ed. Stéphane Charpier. PLoS One 10:e0138119. http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0138119.

  • Klamer S, Rona S, Elshahabi A, Lerche H, Braun C, Honegger J, Erb M, Focke NK (2015): Multimodal effective connectivity analysis reveals seizure focus and propagation in musicogenic epilepsy. Neuroimage 113:70–77. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.03.027

  • Klamer S, Elshahabi A, Lerche H, Braun C, Erb M, Scheffler K, Focke NK (2014): Differences Between MEG and High-Density EEG Source Localizations Using a Distributed Source Model in Comparison to fMRI. Brain Topogr. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25296614.

Talks


  • Network Connectivity in Generalized Epilepsy
    2017 ACMEGS (American Clinical MEG Society) Annual Conference
    Feb 2017, Phoenix, AZ, USA

  • Resting State Networks from Simultaneous fMRI/EEG
    Tübingen MEG Symposium 2016
    Oct 2016, Tübingen, Germany

  • "Erste Erfahrungen zur Verbindung von Metabolismus mit Konnektivität durch simultane PET/MR/EEG-Messungen bei Epilepsie-Patienten"
    Translation: First experiences in connecting Metabolism with Connectivity through simultaneous PET/MR/EEG imaging in epilepsy patients

    53. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Nuklearmedizin e.V., der NuklearMedizin 2015
    53rd annual meeting of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine.
    Apr 2015 Hannover, Germany

  • "Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy Shows Widespread Increased Network Connectivity"
    59. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Klinische Neurophysiologie und Funktionelle Bildgebung (DGKN)
    Mar 2015 Tübingen, Germany

  • "Resting state networks in idiopathic generalized epilepsy "
    2014 Tübingen MEG Symposium
    Oct 2014 Tübingen, Germany

  • "Functional connectivity network in idiopathic generalized epilepsy"
    (Winner of "Best PhD Presentation" award)
    PhD Symposium - KogWis 2014
    Sep 2014 Tübingen, Germany

  • "Functional brain networks in epilepsy"
    Neurobridges
    Jul 2014 Göttingen, Germany

  • "Resting state network in idiopathic generalized epilepsy: A graph-theoretical analysis of MEG data"
    Disentangling the brainweb: a perspective from magnetoencephalography
    May 2013 Rovereto, Italy

Posters


  • Magnetoencephalography Reveals a Widespread Increase in Network Connectivity in Idiopathic/Genetic Generalized Epilepsy
    Disentangling the brain web: a perspective from magnetoencephalography
    Sept 2015 Chieti, Italy

  • Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy Shows Widespread Increased Network Connectivity
    OHBM 2015 Hawaii
    June 2015 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

  • "Resting state network in idiopathic generalized epilepsy: A graph-theoretical analysis of MEG"
    American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting
    Dec 2013 Washington DC, USA

Teachings


  • Basics of Programming and Matlab
    Graduate School of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, International Max Planck Research School, Tübingen, Germany
    Winter Term 2015/016
    Instructor rating: Excellent

  • Introduction to Programming Language: A practical approach
    Graduate School of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, International Max Planck Research School, Tübingen, Germany
    Winter Term 2014/2015
    Instructor rating: Excellent

  • Introduction to Programming Language: A practical approach
    Graduate School of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, International Max Planck Research School, Tübingen, Germany
    Summer Term 2013
    Instructor rating: Excellent

Conferences


  • 2017 ACMEGS (American Clinical MEG Society) Annual Conference
    Feb 2017, Phoenix, AZ, USA

  • Tübingen MEG Symposium 2016
    Oct 2016, Tübingen, Germany

  • OHBM 2015 Honolulu
    June 2015 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

  • 53. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Nuklearmedizin e.V., der NuklearMedizin 2015
    Apr 2015 Hannover, Germany

  • 59. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Klinische Neurophysiologie und Funktionelle Bildgebung (DGKN)
    Mar 2015 Tübingen, Germany

  • 2014 Tübingen MEG Symposium
    Oct 2014 Tübingen, Germany

  • Neurobridges
    Jul 2014 Göttingen, Germany

  • OHBM 2014 Hamburg
    June 2014 Hamburg, Germany

  • American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting
    Dec 2013 Washington DC, USA

  • Brain connectivity in epilepsy and sleep
    Nov 2013 Modena, Italy

  • MEG autumn school
    Oct 2013 Tübingen, Germany

  • Disentangling the brain web
    Jun 2013 Rovereto, Italy

  • Advanced data analysis and source modeling of EEG and MEG data
    May 2012 Nijmegen, Netherlands

  • Tübingen Spring School “Methods to Study the Brain in Action”
    Mar 2012 Tübingen, Germany

  • Attention and Objects - Rovereto Attention Workshop (RAW)
    Oct 2011 Rovereto, Italy

  • Autumn school “Perception, Action and Control: Methods, Concepts, and Challenges”
    Oct 2011 Nijmegen, Netherlands

  • “Science and Ethics” workshop - Greifswald International Student Festival
    Jun 2010 Greifswald, Germany

  • Neuroplasticity and Neurorepair - FP7 NeuroMed Workshop
    Apr 2010 Assiut, Egypt

  • Basics of the Medical Scientific Research Methodology
    Dec 2009 Cairo, Egypt

  • SONA (Society of Neuroscientists of Africa) - 9th International Conference
    Dec 2009 Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Skills

Software


  • Matlab: Expert/Tutor, 7 years - professional object oriented programming
  • Web development: Expert, 17 years - profound experience in coding web applications using PHP, MySQL, CSS and HTML
  • Graphics design and image processing: Expert, 17 years - professional experience in image processing and dealing vector artworks.

Hardware


  • MEG: Expert, 7 years - operating the MEG and performing Helium refills
  • High-Density EEG: Expert, 5 years - operating EGI high-density EEG, and maintenance and repair of equipment
  • fMRI/PET: Fair, 4 years - subjects preparation and running basic squences

Languages


  • Arabic: Mother tongue
  • English: Fluent
  • German: Fluent
  • Italian: Fluent