Prof. Michael Strupp

Michael Strupp, MD, FRCP, FAAN, FANA, FEAN
Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology and German Centre for Vertigo and Balance Disorders
University Hospital Munich, Germany

Michael Strupp studied medicine at the Technical University of Aachen and in Rochester, N.Y. Then he worked for three years in basic neurophysiological research, mainly doing patch-clamp recordings (at Baylor College, Houston, in Montpellier and in Munich), before he moved to the Department of Neurology at the University and the German Centre for Vertigo and Balance Disorders at the University of Munich, Germany.

His particular area of interest is the therapy of vestibular, ocular motor and cerebellar disorders. Some of his major achievements are: First, demonstration of the effectiveness of vestibular exercises in acute vestibular neuritis in a controlled clinical trial. Second, the benefit of steroids in acute vestibular neuritis, a placebo-controlled, four-arm trial published in the NEJM. Third, introduction of three new therapeutic principles: aminopyridines, as potassium channel blockers, for the treatment of downbeat, upbeat and central positioning nystagmus as well as episodic ataxia type 2; chlorzoxazone for the therapy of downbeat nystagmus; and, more recently, acetyl-DL-leucine for the treatment of certain ataxiasm namely Niemann-Pick Type C. Fourth, the development of new light and practical examination glasses for nystagmus: the “M glasses” and the “positional vertigo App”. He has been the principal investigator of eleven clinical trials. He is also very much engaged in the “International Classification of Vestibular Disorders”.

He has authored 437 PubMed listed papers (h-index 83) and five books on vertigo, dizziness and ocular motor disorders. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Neuro-otology, Joint Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurology and a Member of the Editorial Board of Neurology. He has received many clinical and scientific awards, including the Hallpike-Nylen Award 2106, the Investigator Award of the European Academy of Neurology 2019 and the Galenus von Pergamon Award 2020. He is a very passionate teacher and was awarded ‘Best Teacher’ by the German Neurological Society. Finally, he is a proud father of four children.