Presently Chairman of the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital of Antwerp and professor of neurology at the University of Antwerp, Patrick Cras trained as a medical doctor at the University of Antwerp (UA, 1983), as a research fellow in the Laboratory of Neuropathology at the Born Bunge Institute (1983-1985), later in the laboratory of anatomopathology at the University Hospital Antwerp, after which he obtained a specialty certification in neurology (1989). This was followed by a Fogarty Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio (1989-1991). He is the Chairman of the Ethics committee, Antwerp University Hospital (2000-present) and University of Antwerp (2008-present), a member of several committees of the High Council for Medicine (Hoge Gezondheidsraad), the National Bioethics Committee (Raadgevend Comité voor Bioethiek), former chairman of the Belgian Board of Neurology and of the Neurology Committee of the Commission for Accreditation of Medical Doctors, President of the Belgian Society of Neuropathology as well as chairman of the European Board of Neurology (Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes). His research interests involve dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, cerebrospinal fluid, movement disorders and the neuropathology of neurodegenerative diseases. He is also interested in the ethics of human experimentation, end-of-life decisions, euthanasia and research involving vulnerable subjects. He has served as principal investigator in numerous pharmaceutical industry sponsored studies with different compounds in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.