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Birgit Högl

Birgit Högl


Laboratorio de sueño. Departamento de Neurología, Universidad Médica de Insbruck (Insbruck).


Máster en Trastornos del Movimiento

Universidad de Murcia


Dr. Birgit Högl is a senior Neurologist and European Sleep Research Society certified Sleep Medicine Specialist at the department of Neurology, Innsbruck Medical University / Austria. She is associated professor of Neurology at Innsbruck Medical University and head of the sleep disorders clinic (sleep laboratories and outpatient sleep clinic) at the department of Neurology, Innsbruck Medical University.

Dr. Högl received her medical education at the Technical University Munich, Germany and underwent resident training in Munich, Germany. She was a clinical research fellow for movement disorders and sleep with Prof. Dr. O. Gershanik in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 1995 to 1997. Back to Munich, Germany she joined the sleep disorders research group directed by Prof. Dr. Claudia Trenkwalder at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry. In 1999 she moved to Innsbruck to join the department of Neurology (Director and Chairman Prof. Dr. Werner Poewe).
She is an author of more than 170 manuscripts published in peer reviewed journals, many of them with high impact, and more than 30 chapters in national and international books and encyclopedia.

Birgit Högl is also associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (official Journal of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine) and section editor of Somnology (official journal of the German, Austrian and Swiss Sleep Medicine Societies), editorial member of Sleep Medicine and co-editor of the book “Sleep Medicine” published by Cambridge University Press in 2008.
Dr. Högl has served on the executive committees of several national and international scientific societies, such as the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM, previous treasurer), International RLS Study Group (IRLSSG current secretary), European RLS Study Group (EURLSSG, past president), International RBD study group (current secretary), and Austrian Society of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research (ÖGSM/ASRA, past president), European Sleep Research Society (Scientific committee), and of patient support groups, current chair of the Medical Advisory Baord for the Willis Ekbom Disoease Foundation  among others. The sleep laboratory and outpatient clinic at Innsbruck Medical University´s Department of Neurology has recently been designated Quality Care Center of the Willis-Ekbom Disease foundation (formerly Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation)
Birgit´s main research interests are restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, motor disorders of sleep, and REM sleep behavior disorder.  Multiple close international cooperations exist with Universities in Europe, US, Latin America, Asia and Australia. She has been invited to lecture in many cities of the continents mentioned above and as a visiting Professor to Rush University Chicago, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo Brazil and Harvard University.