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University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

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Department of Neurology (113779)

Günter Höglinger

Prof. Dr. med.

Günter Höglinger

Specialized in: neurology

About the Department of Neurology at University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

The Department of Neurology at the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich offers the full range of modern diagnostics and treatment for diseases of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Of particular interest are such diseases as stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, dizziness, neuroinfections, headaches, neurodegenerative disorders, and neuromuscular diseases. The department has modern diagnostic rooms with devices for electroencephalography, electromyography, electroneurography, Doppler ultrasonography, evoked potential recording, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, posturography, and other tests. All these diagnostic options allow the department's neurologists to make an accurate diagnosis and provide the most effective treatment. The department's specialists use modern drugs, botulinum toxin injection therapy, physiotherapeutic procedures, and other methods. The department has a friendly atmosphere and all the conditions for the provision of high-quality medical care. According to Newsweek, a reputable American news magazine, the department ranks among the world's best Neurology Centers.The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Günter Höglinger.

The department's specialists admit patients with various movement disorders, among which the most common are Parkinson's disease, atypical parkinsonism, tremor, and dystonia. Parkinson's disease is a severe disease of the nervous system in which neurons in the brain are damaged. The pathology has a progressive nature, and today it remains an incurable disease. The task of the department's neurologists is to achieve control over Parkinson's disease and slow down its progression. The neurological pathology has 5 stages, so during the diagnostics, the specialists determine the exact stage, assess the severity of symptoms, and assess a patient's general health condition. In the early stages of the disease, good therapeutic results can be achieved with the help of a well-chosen drug therapy regimen and physiotherapy procedures. In advanced stages and in the presence of severe symptoms, the department's neurologists resort to continuous drug infusions and/or deep brain stimulation.

More than 500 patients with chronic headaches are treated in the department every year. Patients with such a diagnosis are examined and treated in a specialized center, where highly qualified specialists work with them. The therapeutic process begins with a clinical examination and neurological examinations, on the basis of which doctors make a diagnosis. As for the treatment, the most effective analgesics and antispasmodics are selected individually for a patient to relieve pain. Sedatives and anticonvulsants are often additionally prescribed. Physiotherapeutic treatment, for example, massage and electrophoresis, can also have a good effect. Thus, when treating chronic headaches, the department's doctors use a comprehensive approach that allows for excellent therapeutic outcomes.

The department's team of neurologists has rich experience in treating patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The pathology is characterized by damage to motor nerve cells in the cerebral cortex and spinal cord. As of today, this disease is incurable, and the goal of doctors is to prolong the patient's life and maintain its high quality. The basis of therapy is the intake of drugs prescribed by a doctor. Whenever required, patients can be treated at home with non-invasive mechanical ventilation using a BiPAP device. The department's doctors also provide patients with palliative care, physiotherapy, and psychological care.

The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of many other neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, myopathies, polyneuropathies, and dizziness. The medical facility also treats benign and malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord (in cooperation with neurosurgeons).

The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the following neurological disorders:

  • Stroke
  • Movement disorders
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Atypical parkinsonism
    • Dystonia
    • Tremor of various origins
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Spasticity
  • Cognitive neurological disorders (for example, memory and speech disorders)
  • Chronic headaches
  • Dizziness and balance disorders
  • Neuroimmunological diseases
  • Neuromuscular diseases
    • Myopathy, including metabolic one
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Mitochondrial diseases
    • Spinal muscular atrophy
    • Myotonia
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    • Polyneuropathies
    • Motor polyneuropathy
    • Vasculitic neuropathy
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord
  • Dementia
  • Other diseases of the nervous system 

The department's range of diagnostic and therapeutic services includes:

  • Diagnostics
    • Electroencephalography
    • Electromyography
    • Nerve conduction velocity test
    • Doppler ultrasonography
    • Registration of somatosensory evoked potentials
    • Registration of visual evoked potentials
    • Registration of auditory evoked potentials
    • Lumbar puncture
    • Neuropsychological tests
    • Posturography
  • Treatment
    • Drug therapy with pills and infusions
    • Botulinum toxin therapy
    • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
    • Deep brain stimulation (in collaboration with neurosurgeons)
    • Physiotherapy procedures
  • Other diagnostic and treatment methods

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Günter Höglinger

Higher Education and Postgraduate Training

  • 1993 Bachelor's degree in Physics, University of Regensburg.
  • 1999 Admission to medical practice, Regensburg and Wuerzburg Universities.
  • 1999 Intern, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK.
  • 2000 Thesis defense in medicine with honors, Universities of Munich, Bern, and Marburg.
  • 2000 - 2004 Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), Salpetriere Hospital, Paris, France.
  • 2007 Habilitation for Neurology, Philipps University of Marburg.
  • 2007 Board certification in Neurology, Hessen State Medical Association.
  • 2012 Additional qualification in Intensive Care, Hessen State Medical Association.
  • 2014 Additional qualification in Geriatrics, Hessen State Medical Association.

Professional Career

  • 1999 - 2001 Physician, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Marburg, Germany.
  • 2004 - 2011 Head of the Section of Experimental Neurology, University Hospital Marburg, Germany.
  • 2008 - 2009 Senior Physician, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Marburg, Germany.
  • 2009 - 2011 Head of the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Marburg, Germany.
  • 2010 - 2011 Head of the Stroke Unit in the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Marburg, Germany.
  • 2011 Deputy Head of the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Marburg, Germany.
  • 2011 - 2019 W3 Professorship for Translational Neurodegeneration, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Munich; Senior Medical Consultant for Neurology, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich.
  • 2017 - 2019 Clinical Research Coordinator and Head of the Department of Clinical Research, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Munich.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Since 2010 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the CurePSP Foundation, New York, NY, USA.
  • 2007 - 2011 Co-Founder of the CurePSP Genetic Consortium.
  • 2012 Chairman of the PSP International Research Consortium, International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS).
  • Since 2015 Advisory Board Member of the Prof. Klaus Tiemann Foundation, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2017 - 2023 President of the German Parkinson Society (DPG).
  • Since 2020 Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Parkinson Foundation, Berlin, Germany.
  • Since 2021 Member of the Steering Committee for Clinical Research, Hannover Medical School.
  • Since 2021 Commission Member for Thesis Assessment "Systemic Neuroscience", Hannover.
  • Since 2021 Member of the Board of Directors of the International Neuroscience Institute, Hannover.

Prizes, Awards, and Honors

  • 1994 - 1999 University Scholarship, Hanns Seidel Foundation.
  • 2001 - 2002 Scholarship, German Research Foundation (DFG).
  • 2003 Scholarship, German Parkinson Foundation.
  • 2004 Award of Excellence in Neuroscience.
  • 2005 Prize, German Parkinson Foundation.
  • 2005 Prize, German Parkinson Association.
  • 2007 Award of Excellence in Fundamental Science, Movement Disorder Society.
  • 2009 First Prize "Innovative Therapeutic Strategies for Neurodegenerative Diseases", Walter and Louise Freundlich Foundation.
  • 2011 - 2016 (W3) Professorship, German Research Foundation (DFG).
  • Dingebauer Research Award for Atypical Parkinsonism, German Society of Neurology (DGN).
  • 2020 Cure PSP Award of Excellence, New York, NY, USA.

Photo of the doctor: (c) LMU Klinikum

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