Professor Wolfgang Oertel received his medical education (1970-1976, MD) at the University of Berlin, Germany and Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom. Following three years of post-graduate training in neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, USA (1978-1981), he completed training in neurology at the Department of Neurology Technical University München (1986), received the carrier award Heisenberg Professorship, went to London for a year of training in translational research in movement disorders and returned to Munich in 1988 as an associate professor of neurology at the University of München. From 1996 to 2014, he was the chairman of the Department of Neurology at Philipps University of Marburg. Since 2014, he has held the distinguished Hertie-Senior-Research Professorship. His research focuses on manifest Parkinson’s disease, prodromal Parkinson disease such as REM sleep behavior disorder, atypical parkinson syndromes (pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, imaging, symptomatic and disease modifying pharmacotherapy), Lewy body dementia, pre-clinical models of neurodegenerative diseases, and restless legs syndrome.
Since 2015, he has been a member of the Scientific Panel for Health
of the European Union and since 2018 he is vice president of the European Brain Council.