Dr. Tass has a background in medicine, mathematics, and physics. From 1999 to 2007 he was the head of the Magnetoencephalography and Deep Brain stimulation group at the Institute of Medicine, Research Center Juelich, Germany. In 2001 he received his Habilitation and Venia Legendi for Physiology from the University of Aachen. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Tass was professor for therapeutic neurophysiology at the University of Cologne. Since 2007, he has been the Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine – Neuromodulation (INM-7) of the Research Center Juelich, Germany. He has held a chair for Neuromodulation and has been the head of the Research Division of Neuromodulation at the University of Cologne since 2007. He has received several scientific prizes, including The Erwin Schroedinger prize of the Helmholtz Society, and in 2006, Dr. Tass was nominated for the “Deutscher Zukunftspreis” (the prize of the Federal President of Germany).