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Rector of the University of Tartu Toomas Asser

Born 14 July 1954 in Jõhvi

Education:
1986 Candidate of sciences (PhD) in medicine, Moscow N. Burdenko Institute of Neurosurgery
1979 Tartu State University, Faculty of Medicine
1973 Nõo Secondary School

Academic degree:
Candidate of sciences (PhD) in medicine, 1986

Professional career:
2016–2018 University of Tartu, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Head of Department
2000–2009 University of Tartu, Faculty of Medicine, Dean
1996–2016 University of Tartu, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Head of Department
1995– ... University of Tartu, Professor of Neurosurgery
1988–1989 Tohoku University, Institute of Brain Diseases (Japan), Research Fellow
1989–1995 University of Tartu, Neurology Clinic, Associate Professor 
1979–1989 Tartu State University, Neurology Clinic, Assistant

Main fields of research:
Cerebrovascular diseases, surgical treatment of cerebral artery aneurysms. Functional surgery, deep brain stimulation. Pathomorphology and epidemiology of brain tumors, development of new approach for the treatment of malignant gliomas. Functional magnetic resonance imaging

Supervised dissertations:
eight doctoral theses, one master’s thesis

Research-administrative and other duties:
2011−... Member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
1990–... Member of European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS), since 2000 member of EANS Training Committee, 2011–2015 Vice President
1990–... Member of the board of the Baltic Neurosurgical Association (BNA), in 2006–2009 and since 2014 President of BNA
1989–... Member of the Estonian Medical Association
1989–... Estonian Society of Neurologists and Neurosurgeons, Vice President since 1996
European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), member of the executive body of the UEMS Section of Neurosurgery
Member of the Estonian Movement Disorders Society
Member of the Neurology Commission of the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs

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