Ludwig Kappos grew up in Athens, Greece, and obtained his MD and a Diploma in Clinical Psychology from the University of Würzburg, Germany in 1980. He went on to specialise in Neurology and Neuroimmunology at the University of Würzburg, and became Deputy Chief of the Division of Clinical Neurology, Max Planck Society, Clinical Research Unit for Multiple Sclerosis. In 1990, he was elected Head of the Outpatient Department, Neurology/Neurosurgery and since 2008, he has been Chair of Neurology at the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Ludwig Kappos’ research interests include immunological and molecular studies in neuroimmunological diseases, methodology and conduct of therapeutic studies mainly in the field of MS, standardisation of clinical assessment, and the use of magnetic resonance tomography in elucidating the pathogenesis of inflammatory CNS disease and as a tool in monitoring therapeutic studies.
Ludwig Kappos serves as Chair or member of several steering committees and advisory boards of clinical trials and organisations active in the field of MS and general neurology. Ludwig Kappos has published more than 600 original papers, reviews and book chapters.