Prof. Olaf Riess, MD, is head of the Institute of Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics and has more than 20 years of experience in genetically caused disorders. Main focus on neurodegenerative diseases; both from the clinical as well as from the basic research perspective. Special focus on Parkinson, Dystonia and Spinocerebellar Ataxias. He has been coordinator of numerous international, European and national funded consortia. Published more than 250 papers.