Albrecht Struppler †

Prof. Dr. med.

TUM Department of Medicine
Former Chair of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology Rechts der Isar University Hospital


Born March 7, 1919

Died June 20, 2009

Scientific work

As the first chair of neurology in the newly established medical department of the Technische Universität München, Albrecht Struppler was director of the Neurological Hospital and Clinic at the Rechts der Isar University Hospital. During his period of service, he accelerated medicine’s connection and awareness of technical developments, thereby creating a modern and internationally recognised clinical and academic institution with a focus on experimental and clinical neurophysiology and functional neurosurgery. Regarding stereotaxis, a field to which he contributed significantly, he was a pioneer of modern medical engineering, with particularly close collaboration among neurology, electrical engineering and information technology. His academic interests focused on, in particular, the somatosensory system and nociceptive pathways. Always a fixture of his work, collaboration among various disciplines and his international contacts continue to influence Albrecht Struppler’s immediate working environment. In 1954, he was the first German intern to go abroad and established professional friendships with academics in other countries, for example in Sweden and the USA. Since his retirement in 1989, he has been active as a renowned personage in the medical field with a small group of collaborators to work on research projects in his field for the German Research Foundation.

 

Short biography

1947 – 1953Education in Internal Medicine and Neurology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
1954Lecturer of Internal Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
1959 – 1963Chief consultant in the Neurology Department of the Städtisches Krankenhaus Rechts der Isar (Rechts der Isar Municipal Hospital), Munich
1961Professor of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
1963 – 1967 Establishment of a stereotaxis group, Neurosurgical Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
1968 – 1989 Chair of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, Technische Universität München

 

Memberships

Nociceptive Pathways, Stereotaxis, Neurology, Functional Neurosurgery, Somatosensory System, Medical Engineering, Experimental Neurophysiology    

President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für klinische Neurophysiologie und funktionelle Bildgebung (German Society of Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Imaging) (until 1950: Deutsche EEG Gesellschaft) (1972)  

Chairperson of the Electromyography Commission of the International Federation of Societies for Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology (IFSECN) (1973-1977)  

President of the Gesellschaft zum Studium des Schmerzes (Society for the Study of Pain) for Germany, Austria and Switzerland (1977-1982)  

President of the International Congress of Electromyography (1983)  

Member of the nomination committee of the International Association for the Study of Pain (since 1984)  

Member of the Committee of Experts of the German Research Foundation (1980-1988)  

Member of the European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery  

President of the International Congress of the World Muscle Society (1990)  

Member of the consultant committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1975-1991)  

Honorary member of the French Neurological Society  

Honorary member of Italian Neurological Society  

Honorary member of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology  

Honorary member of the Yugoslavian Society of Neurophysiology  

Honorary member of the Polish Society of Clinical Neurophysiology  

Honorary member of the European Nuclear Society  

Honorary member of the Deutsche Parkinson-Gesellschaft (German Parkinson’s Society)  

Honorary member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Klinische Neurophysiologie und funktionelle Bildgebung (German Society of Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Imaging)  

  

Reseach projects

Spokesperson and co-project director of the German Research Foundations’s Collaborative Research Centre 50: Cybernetics

Co-project director of the German Research Foundations’s Collaborative Research Centre 220: Motor ability compensation after lesions in the somatosensory system

 

Awards

  • Hans-Berger-Preis of the Deutsche Elektroenzephalographie-Gesellschaft (German EEG Society) (1976)  
  • Deutscher Förderpreis for Pain Research and Pain Therapy (1991)  
  • Bayerischer Maximiliansorden für Wissenschaft und Kunst (2003)  
  • Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-Medaille of the Technische Universität München (2004)

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