Andrea Sylvia Winkler

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Andrea Winkler is the Director of Centre for Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine. She is also affiliated as professor at the Department for Community Medicine and Global Health, at the Institute of Health and Society (50 %).

Academic interests

  • Global Medicine/Global Health
  • Global Mental Health in low income countries
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Basic Neurosciences

Active Major Research projects

  1. German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) within Research Networks for Health Innovation in sub-Saharan Africa (CYSTINET-Africa) 2015, supporting work related to T. solium cysticercosis health networks
  2. European Union (European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)) and German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) within Diagnostic Tools for Poverty-Related Diseases (SOLID) 2016, supporting work related to the evaluation of  T. solium cysticercosis diagnostic tools in Africa

Medical education and research degrees

1987-1994 Medical school, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

Thesis (MD) in basic neurosciences, Institute of Surgical Research, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany (outcome: “summa cum laude”)

1996-2000 Ph.D in clinical neuroscience and medicine, King's College Hospital, London, UK
2007  “Facharzt” (specialist neurologist) exam
2008-2012 Habilitation (German equivalent of “Ph.D”) in Global Neurology/Global Health, Department of Neurology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
Since 2013 Lecturer of Global Neurology/Global Health,  Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
2011-2016 Consultant Neurologist, Department of Neurology, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Since 2011 Head of the Munich Global Neurology Group,  Department of Neurology, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Since 2016  Chair of Global Health and Director of the Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo

Short Narrative

In addition to neurology I practiced in various medical specialities (neurology, internal medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, accident and emergency) abroad (UK, France, Brazil and Tanzania) over more than 10 years. I have also a three-year experience of tropical medicine.

My special interest lies with poverty-related diseases of the infectious as well as non-infectious nature, zoonotic diseases (especially those that affect the central nervous system e.g. neurocysticercosis) with the ensuing One-Health concept, global palliative care as well as migrant medicine.

During the last years I was successful in gaining multinational big research grants together with national and international colleagues for research and capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa. The results of my African research were published well, some of them in internationally highly ranking journals. In addition, my scientific activities got attention from local newspapers and magazines and I maintain good relationships with the local press in Munich as well as some German national newspapers and magazines (e.g. der Spiegel).

My academic network is internationally broad and includes organization like the WHO and the CDC in Atlanta, USA. I have supervised/am still supervising 37 Masters and PhD students in Germany and Africa and I teach students of all levels Neurology and Global Medicine/Global Health.


Tags: Global South


  • Carabin, Helene; Winkler, Andrea Sylvia & Dorny, Pierre (2017). Taenia solium cysticercosis and taeniosis: Achievements from the past 10 years and the way forward. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  ISSN 1935-2727.  11(4) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005478
  • Föger, Kathrin; Gora-Stahlberg, Gina; Sejvar, James; Ovuga, Emilio; Jilek-Aall, Louise; Schmutzhard, Erich; Kaiser, Christoph & Winkler, Andrea Sylvia (2017). Nakalanga syndrome: clinical characteristics, potential causes, and its relationship with recently described Nodding syndrome. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  ISSN 1935-2727.  11:e0005201(2), s 1- 15 . doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005201
  • Laranjo-González, Minerva; Devleesschauwer, Brecht; Trevisan, Chiara; Allepuz, Alberto; Sotiraki, Smaragda; Abraham, Annette; Afonso, Mariana Boaventura; Blocher, Joachim; Cardoso, Luís; Correia Da Costa, José Manuel; Dorny, Pierre; Gabriël, Sarah; Gomes, Jacinto; Gómez-Morales, María Ángeles; Jokelainen, Pikka; Kaminski, Miriam; Krt, Brane; Magnussen, Pascal; Robertson, Lucy; Schmidt, Veronika; Schmutzhard, Erich; Smit, G. Suzanne A.; Šoba, Barbara; Stensvold, Christen Rune; Starič, Jože; Troell, Karin; Rataj, Aleksandra Vergles; Vieira-Pinto, Madalena; Vilhena, Manuela; Wardrop, Nicola Ann; Winkler, Andrea Sylvia & Dermauw, Veronique (2017). Epidemiology of taeniosis/cysticercosis in Europe, a systematic review: Western Europe. Parasites & Vectors.  ISSN 1756-3305.  10:349, s 1- 14 . doi: 10.1186/s13071-017-2280-8 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Watila, Musa M.; Keezer, Mark R.; Angwafor, Samuel A.; Winkler, Andrea Sylvia & Sander, Josemir W. (2017). Health service provision for people with epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa: A situational review. Epilepsy & Behavior.  ISSN 1525-5050.  70, s 24- 32 . doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2017.03.014
  • Barbe, Barbara; Verdonck, Kristien; Mukendi, Deby; Lejon, Veerle; Lilo Kalo, Jean-Roger; Alirol, Emilie; Gillet, Philippe; Horie, Ninon; Ravinetto, Raffaella; Bottieau, Emmanuel; Yansouni, Cedric; Winkler, Andrea Sylvia; van Loen, Harry; Boelaert, Marleen; Lutumba, Pascal & Jacobs, Jan (2016). The Art of Writing and Implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Laboratories in Low-Resource Settings: Review of Guidelines and Best Practices. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  ISSN 1935-2727.  10(11) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005053
  • Janssens, AI; Ruytings, M; Al-Chalabi, Ammar; Chio, Adriano; Hardiman, Orla; Mcdermott, CJ; Meyer, Thomas; Mora, Gabriele; Van Damme, Philip; Van Den Berg, Leonard H; Vanhaecht, Kris; Winkler, Andrea Sylvia; Sermeus, Walter & FOR THE ALS-CARE, Consortium (2016). A mapping review of international guidance on the management and care of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration.  ISSN 2167-8421.  17(5-6), s 325- 336 . doi: 10.3109/21678421.2016.1167911
  • Kurz, Christian; Schmidt, V; Poppert, H; Wilkins, P.; Noh, John; Poppert, Sven; Schlegel, Julia Dorothea; Delbridge, C; da Costa, CP & Winkler, Andrea Sylvia (2016). An Unusual Presentation of Neurocysticercosis: A Space-Occupying Lesion in the Fourth Ventricle Associated with Progressive Cognitive Decline. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  ISSN 0002-9637.  94(1), s 172- 175 . doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0099.
  • Schmidt, Veronika; Kositz, Christian; Herbinger, Karl-Heinz; Carabin, Helene; Ngowi, Bernard; Naman, Ezra; Wilkins, Patricia P.; Noh, John; Matuja, William & Winkler, Andrea Sylvia (2016). Association between Taenia solium infection and HIV/AIDS in northern Tanzania: A matched cross sectional-study. Infectious Diseases of Poverty.  ISSN 2049-9957.  5(1) . doi: 10.1186/s40249-016-0209-7
  • Spencer, PS; Kitara, DL; Gazda, S & Winkler, Andrea Sylvia (2016). Nodding syndrome: 2015 international conference report and Gulu accord. eNeurologicalSci.  ISSN 2405-6502.  3, s 80- 83 . doi: doi: 10.1016/j.ensci.2015.11.001
  • Storz, Corinna; Schutz, Christina; Tluway, Anthony; Matuja, William; Schmutzhard, Erich & Winkler, Andrea Sylvia (2016). Clinical findings and management of patients with meningitis with an emphasis on Haemophilus influenzae meningitis in rural Tanzania. Journal of the Neurological Sciences.  ISSN 0022-510X.  366, s 52- 58 . doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2016.04.044
  • Trevisan, C; Devleesschauwer, Brecht; Schmidt, Veronika; Winkler, Andrea Sylvia; Harrison, W & Johansen, MW (2016). The societal cost of Taenia solium cysticercosis in Tanzania.. Acta Tropica.  ISSN 0001-706X.  165, s 141- 154 . doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2015.12.021.

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  • Klohe, Katharina; Da Costa, Clarissa; Lien, Nanna; Holmboe-Ottesen, Gerd; Rychlik, Michael; Haavardsson, Ingeborg; Stordalen, Gunhild A.; Sudhvir, Singh; Engebretsen, Ingunn Marie S.; Iversen, Per Ole & Winkler, Andrea Sylvia (2017). Nutrition – A global challenge for health. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening.  ISSN 0029-2001.

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Published Feb. 23, 2016 12:05 PM - Last modified Oct. 3, 2017 10:47 AM