Prof. Thomas M. Stulnig, M.D.

Portrait Prof. Stulnig

CV Prof. Thomas M Stulnig, MD MBA

Univ.Prof.Dr. Thomas Stulnig

Associate Professor of Medicine
Clinical Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Department of Medicine III
Medical University of Vienna


Personal Data

Married to Ulrike Stulnig
Two children (Tobias, Niklas)


Period Education
Secondary school, Gmunden, Austria
1982-1990 University of Innsbruck, Medical School, Austria
Medical Doctor (MD)
1986-1989 Thesis on Muscular Dystrophy, Institute for Medical Biology and Genetics, University of Innsbruck
1991 Examination of the U.S. Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGEMS)
Management Training for Medical Executives at the University of Salzburg, Austria
Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Care Management, Executive Academy of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Employments and Clinical Training

1990-1993 University Assistant at the Institute for General and Experimental Pathology, University of Innsbruck Medical School, Austria
1993-2000 University Assistant at the Clinical Division for Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine III, University of Vienna Medical School, Austria
1999 Certificate in Internal Medicine
2000 Venia docendi ("Habilitation"; state doctorate) in Internal Medicine
Associate Professor and Consultant at the Department of Medicine, Medical University and General Hospital of Vienna, Austria
2003 Certificate in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases
Head Clinic for Hypertension, and Head Clinic for Inborn Metabolic Disorders in the Adult, Medical University and General Hospital of Vienna, Austria

Continuing Medical Education

Period Education
2000 Diploma Clinical Investigator of the Austrian Medical Association
2004 Seminar on Telemedicine, Academy for Laws and Taxes, Vienna, Austria
2006 Intensive Course on Project Management in Science, Vienna
2007 Diploma in Nutritional Medicine, Austrian Medical Association
2007 CME Diploma of the Austrian Medical Association

Scientific Career

Period Activity
Principal Investigator and group leader at the Clinical Division for Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine III, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
1998-2001 Co-Principal Investigator at the Interdisciplinary Cooperation Project "Molecular Medicine" at the University of Vienna
2001-2002 Marie Curie Fellow of the European Commission at the Karolinska Institute, Department of Medical Nutrition, at Novum Research Center, Huddinge, Sweden, with Prof. Jan-Ã…ke Gustafsson
2002-2005 Principal Investigator at the CeMM " Center of Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
Faculty of the elite doctoral program CCHD " Cell Communication in Health and Diseases " supported by the Austrian Science Fund
2008-2011 Coordinator of the EU-Project TOBI " Targeting OBesity-driven Inflammation " with 10 partners from 5 European countries
2011-2016 Head Christian Doppler Laboratory for Cardio-Metabolic Immunotherapy

Clinical Emphasis

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Obesity
  • Lipid disorders
  • Nutritional medicine
  • Diseases of the thyroid gland
  • Inborn disorders of metabolism

Consulting Activities

  • Member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical University and General Hospital Vienna (2004-present)
  • Editorial Board Member: Gerontology; Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
  • Expert reviewer for European Science Foundation, European Space Agency, Health Research Board Ireland etc.
  • Peer Review for numerous international scientific journals, including Science, Diabetes, Diabetologia, European Journal of Clinical Investigation, Blood, Immunological Letters, Lipids, Experimental Gerontology, British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Molecular Membrane Biology, Atherosclerosis, etc.

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Prof. Stulnig has a vivid interest in promoting internal medicine as revealed by his dedicated scientific activities resulting in numerous publications " most of them appeared in international scientific top-journals. His total impact factor is >600 and his publications have been cited more than 4.000 times.

A current list of publications is available in the Internet.

His exceptionally successful scientific activities have repeatedly been awarded both nationally and internationally. Especially noteworthy is the Novartis Prize for Medicine 2004.

To realize his innovative concepts, Prof. Stulnig was granted support by many renowned organisations with an approved total volume of EUR >2.0 Mio (own shares). 

Prof. Stulnig regularly holds lectures at national and international congresses.

Research Areas

  • Obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Inflammation and metabolism
  • Fatty acids
  • Signal transduction, gene regulation
  • Glucocorticoid activation


Year Award
1991 "Talentförderungsprämie" (talent award) of the country of Upper Austria
1995 Johannes-Tuba-Prize of the Tyrolean Medical Association
2000 Ludwig-Heilmeyer Medaille in Silver of the Society for Progress in Medicine, Berlin, Germany
2003 Research Award of the Erste Österreichische Sparkasse in cooperation with the Medcial Association of Vienna
2003 Josef-Skoda Award of the Austrian Association of Internal Medicine (research grant)
2005 Novartis Prize 2004 for Medicine, Austria

Mitgliedschaften in Fachgesellschaften

  • American Diabetes Association (ADA)
  • Austrian Academic Institute for Nutritional Medicine
  • Austrian Atherosclerosis Society
  • Austrian Diabetes Society
  • Austrian Society for Allergology and Immunology
  • Austrian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Austrian Society for Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Austrian Society for Internal Medicine
  • Austrian Thyroid Association
  • European Society for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)
  • Professional Association of Austrian Doctors in Internal Medicine

Activities in Scientific Societies

  • General Secretary of the Central European Diabetes Association
  • General Secretary of the Austrian Academic Institute for Nutritional Medicine
  • Chair of the Section "Obesity and Lipidology" of the Austrian Society for Endocrinology and Metabolism (2004-2008)
  • Convenor of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Workshop on "Targeting Obesity-driven Inflammation" (2007)
  • Organizing team member, Annual Convention of the Austrian Society for Allergology and Immunology (2004)

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Training of students and continuing education of colleagues is a particular concern to Prof. Stulnig, who gives lectures in many graduate and post-graduate courses. For a list of current courses held by Prof. Stulnig at the Medical University of Vienna see here.

Due to his particular interest in training of young medical academics, he has initiated doctoral programs in Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition at the Medical University of Vienna. Current information on the doctoral programs is available in the Internet (PhD, N790).

Furthermore, Prof. Stulnig is faculty member for the elitist doctoral program CCHD - Cell Communication in Health and Diseases

To promote continuing medical education of colleagues, Prof. Stulnig regularly holds courses on lipid disorders, diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome and endocrine diseases for the Austrian and Vienneses Medical Association. 

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