Hello there!

I'm Adham, a medical doctor currently working as a neurology resident in the university hospital Zürich in Switzerland and pursuing my PhD degree in neuroscience in Tübingen, Germany. My current focus is brain imaging in general and epilepsy in particular. I study both generalized and focal epilepsy using different neuroimaging modalities: fMRI, EEG, MEG and PET. I am specially 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
  • Prof. 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

Certificates and Licensure

Licenses


  • German Medical License (Approbation)
    Since Dec 2017, Germany

  • Swiss Medical Registration (Registrierung GLN: 7601007817450)
    Since Sep 2019, Switzerland

Clinical Experience

Professional Clinical Experience


  • Locum Neurologist: On-call duties for different neurological clinics around Germany.
    Januaryy 2019 - present, Germany
  • Neurology Resident
    Kliniken Schmieder Allensbach, Germany

Clinical Internships


  • 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


  • Elshahabi A, Klamer S, Lerche H, Wehrl H, la Fougère H, Braun C, Focke NK (2020): Linking neuronal and hemodynamic network signatures in the resting human brain. In preparation

  • Kajal, DS, Fioravanti C, Elshahabi A, Ruiz S, Sitaram R, Braun C (2018): Functional dynamics underlying near-threshold perception of facial emotions: a magnetoencephalography investigation. bioRxiv 383315 (2018).https://doi.org/10.1101/383315

  • Klamer S, Ethofer T, Torner F, Sahib AK, Elshahabi A, Marquetand J, Martin P, Lerche H, Erb M, Focke NK (2018): Unravelling the brain networks driving spike-wave discharges in genetic generalized epilepsy-common patterns and individual differences. Epilepsia Open. Jul 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/epi4.12252

  • Sahib AK, Erb M, Marquetand J, Martin P, Elshahabi A, Klamer S, Vulliemoz S, Scheffler L, Ethofer T (2018): Evaluating the Impact of Fast-fMRI on Dynamic Functional Connectivity in an Event-Based Paradigm. PLOS ONE

  • Li Hegner Y, Marquetand J, Elshahabi A, Klamer S, Lerche H, Braun C, Focke NK (2018): Increased functional MEG connectivity as a hallmark of MRI-negative focal and generalized epilepsy. Brain Topogr 31, 863–874 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10548-018-0649-4

  • Sahib AK, Mathiak K, Erb M, Elshahabi A, Klamer S, Scheffler K, Focke NK, 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