Michael Strupp


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 ataxias and Niemann-Pick Type C. Fourth, the development of new light and practical examination glasses for nystagmus: the “M glasses”. Currently he is the principal investigator of six ongoing clinical trials. He is very much engaged in the “International Classification of Vestibular Disorders”, leading two of the groups.

He has authored 360 pubmed listed papers 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, is a very passionate teacher and was awarded ‘Best Teacher’ by the German Neurological Society.