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Heiss, Wolf-Dieter (D), MD

Department of General Neurology, Max-Planck-Institute, University Cologne, Germany


Wolf-Dieter Heiss is Professor of Neurology and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Cologne and Director of the Department of General Neurology of the Max-Planck-Institute in Cologne, Germany.

Dr Heiss’s main research interests are treatment and risks of early intravenous thrombolysis for acute ischaemic stroke, stroke prevention, diagnostics in stroke (Imaging in cerebrovascular disease) and rehabilitation after stroke.

Dr Heiss graduated in medicine from the University of Vienna, Austria in 1965. He trained at the Institute of General and Comparative Physiology and at the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, University Hospital in Vienna from 1964 to 1969. He also trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, the Physiology Institute Stockholm, Sweden, the State University of New York, Buffalo, and the University of Minnesota, United States.

Dr Heiss was appointed associate professor at the University of Vienna and at the Department of Neurology, University Hospital in 1976. In 1978 he became head of the clinical scientific branch of the Centre for Cerebral Vascular Research of the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research and director of the Department of Neurology of the city hospital, Cologne-Merheim in Germany. A year later he was appointed professor at that university. In 1981 he was appointed as director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Neurological Research. He has been in his present positions since 1985.

Dr Heiss was president of the International Stroke Society 1991-95, was on the board of directors of the Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, and was deputy editor of the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. He has been chairman of the program committee of the EFNS since 1998. Since 2001 he has been president of the EFNS.

Dr Heiss has authored and co-authored more than 220 publications on cerebrovascular diseases in journals such as Stroke, Annals of Neurology, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Current Opinion in Neurology, Lancet, the Journal of Neurological Sciences, the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, and Neurology. Further, Dr Heiss is an editor for the journals Stroke, and Cerebrovascular Diseases.

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