Position/Title: Associate Professor Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology (Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Neurogenetics), W2 Professor

Address University of Lübeck; Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23538 Lübeck, Germany

Tel: +49-451-31017517; Fax: +49-451-31017541




1996-2002     University of Bochum, Germany, Medical School

2002   Medical thesis

2002-2004 Residenct in Neurology, Department of Neurology, University of Lübeck

2002-present Research work in the Institute of Neurogenetics, Lübeck with Prof. Christine Klein

2004-2006 Postdoctoral fellow in Neuroepidemiology at the Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, California with Prof. Caroline Tanner

2006-2011 Residenct in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Lübeck

2011-2013 Staff Physician, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and start of the working group of Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology

2012   Habilitation

2013-present W2 Professor in Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and the Institute of Neurogenetics, University of Lübeck



2003-present Ad hoc reviewer for JNNP, Acta Neurologica Scandinavia, Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift, and Movement Disorders

2012-present Editorial board of “biomedical research” and “datasets international”

2012-present Mentor in the Mentoring program of the German Society of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy”

2014 Member of the “Berufungskommission” Psychology

2014-present Mentor in the Mentoring program “women in leading positions” of the University of Lübeck

2014-present Member of the “Promotionskommission” of the University of Lübeck

2015 Chair of the ‘Epidemiology Task Force’ of the Movement Disorder Society



2004-2006 Stipend of the Michael J Fox Foundation

2005 Junior Scholarship Award of the Movement Disorder Society

2009 Travel Grant, Melvin Yahr Foundation

2011 Best Poster Awards, ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurologie’ and ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Nervenheilkunde’



From 66 original publications; total citations: 1,970; h-index: 24

      1. Kasten M, Weichert C, Lohmann K, Klein C. Clinical and demographic characteristics of PINK1 mutation carriers – a meta-analysis. Mov Disord 2010;25:952-954. (IF: 5.6)
      1. Kasten M, Kertelge L, Brüggemann N, …, Klein C. Nonmotor symptoms in genetic Parkinson disease. Arch Neurol 2010;67:670-676. (IF: 7.0)
      1. Marras C, Schüle B, Munhoz RP, …, Kasten M, …, Lang AE. Phenotype in parkinsonian and nonparkinsonian LRRK2 G2019S mutation carriers. Neurology 2011;77:325-333. (IF: 8.3)
      1. Kasten M, Kertelge L, Tadic V, …, Klein C. Depression and quality of life in monogenic compared to idiopathic, early-onset Parkinson’s disease. Mov Disord 2012;27:754-759. (IF: 5.6)
      1. Kasten M, Hagenah J, Graf J, …, Klein C. Cohort Profile: A population-based cohort to study non-motor symptoms in parkinsonism (EPIPARK). Int J Epidemiology 2013;42:128-128k. (IF: 9.2)
      1. Lohmann K, Wilcox RA, Winkler S, …, Kasten M, …, Klein C. Whispering dysphonia (DYT4 dystonia) is caused by a mutation in the ZUBB4 gene. Ann Neurol 2013;73:537-545. (IF: 11.9)
      1. Kasten M, Klein C. The many faces of alpha-synuclein mutations. Mov Disord 2013;28:697-701. (IF: 5.6)
      1. Schmidt A, Jabusch HC, Altemüller E, Kasten M, Klein C. Challenges of making music: what causes musician’s dystonia? JAMA Neurol 2013;70:1456-1459. (IF: 7.0)
      1. Grünewald A, Kasten M (equally contributing first author), Ziegler A, Klein C. Next-Generation Phenotyping Using the Parkin Example: Time to Catch Up With Genetics. JAMA Neurol 2013;70:1186-1191. (IF: 7.0)
      1. Kasten M, Klein C. Genetic risk loci for Parkinson’s disease: Moving from state to trait? Mov Disord 2015;30:747-749. (IF: 5.6)