Carsten Bönnemann, MD

Carsten Bönnemann, M.D. was elected to our Scientific Advisory Board in December of 2019.

Dr. Bönnemann joined the NIH in 2010 as a tenured Senior Investigator and Chief of the Neuromuscular and Neurogenetic Disorders of Childhood Section in the Neurogenetics Branch of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Research in Dr. Bönnemann’s lab revolves around molecular mechanisms underlying early onset neuromuscular disorders such as the congenital myopathies and congenital muscular dystrophies and on the development of molecular, gene and transcript directed treatment approaches to these conditions, including first-in-human intrathecal and intravenous AAV mediated gene transfer trials.

Dr. Bönnemann was a Pew Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences and in 2010 received the Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases (JND). He has authored more than 300 papers, reviews and chapters in the field of pediatric neuromuscular and neurogenetic disorders.

Carsten Bönnemann graduated from Medical School at the University of Freiburg in Germany. He trained in pediatrics in Hamburg and Göttingen (where he was awarded the habilitation/venia legendi in pediatrics), and in neurology/child neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. He did postdoctoral research in genetics and neuromuscular specialty training at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

In 2002, Dr. Bönnemann joined the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania as Co-Director of the Neuromuscular Program, and Director of the Neurogenetics Clinic. After joining the NIH, he continues to be on faculty at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine as Adjunct Full Professor of Neurology.