Hans-Christoph Diener, MD, PhD is Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the Medical Faculty of the University Duisburg-Essen in Essen. He was Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Essen from 1989 to April 2016. He was President of the German Neurological Society (2003-2004), the European Headache Federation (2006-2008) and the International Headache Society (2009-2011).
Dr. Diener received his medical degree at the Albrecht-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, and continued his training there in the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine and Surgery. Prior to joining the University of Essen, he was Associate Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology at the University of Tübingen. He worked at the Neurological Sciences Institute in Portland, Oregon in 1984 and 1985 and at the Department of Neurology, University of New South Wales in Sydney in 1987 and 1988.
Dr. Diener’s special research interests focus on stroke, headache and cerebellar physiology. He has set up the first acute stroke unit in Germany in 1995. He was and is the principal investigator of major trials in the acute therapy and prevention of stroke (ESPS2, MATCH, PRoFESS, SWIFT-PRIME, RE-SPECT-ESUS) and participated in the recent trials on NOACs in stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. Dr. Diener is responsible for several multi-centre stroke registries.
Prof. Diener has authored or co-authored 941 articles in peer reviewed journals (187 as first author, 21 in the NEJM), 345 invited reviews, and 363 book chapters, and served as the editor or author of 83 books. His h index is 108. He is the editor of Neurologie up2date and Arzneimitteltherapie, Deputy Editor of Cephalalgia, Stroke Section Editor of Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports and serves on the editorial boards of Lancet Neurology, Cerebrovascular Diseases, and Future Neurology.