Prof. Dr. med. Christina Haubrich
Professor Dr. med. Christina Haubrich is a specialist in neurology. She brings experience and a lot of passion for her patients. As part of her medical work at the University Clinic in Aachen, she has already set up and successfully established an outpatient clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of neurovegetative disorders.
With the ANS Clinic in the "Neuro Praxis Düsseldorf" in 2017, she established the diagnostics and therapy of neurovegetative complaints and diseases of the autonomic nervous system for the first time under one roof with other medical specialties.
"Medicine is constantly evolving. Personally, I believe that you can only advise and treat your patients well if you are always up to date."
In addition to her medical work, she moved several times to the University of Cambridge, UK, for her research work. Most recently she was Visiting Professor at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK. Her scientific work focuses on acute-traumatic and neurodegenerative diseases, which can lead to disorders of the autonomic nervous system and cerebral blood flow.
Since September 2017, Prof. Haubrich has been coordinating the medical-engineering joint project ParkinsonCompanion at the University of Aachen, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This project is part of the initiative bringing technology to people and aims to design a smat device or mobile companion for Parkinson's patients for diagnosing sleep and vegetative organs.
Clare Hall College Cambridge awarded Prof. Dr. med. Haubrich received Life Membership in 2010.
Prof. Dr. med. Haubrich was accepted into the Academia-Net of the Robert Bosch Foundation in 2015. academia-net.org
Prof. Dr. med. Christina Haubrich habilitated in neurology and has been teaching at the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen since 2008. In 2015 she was appointed adjunct professor of neurology there.
She is particularly concerned with imparting knowledge in the diagnosis and therapy of diseases of the autonomic nervous system. Professor Haubrich has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Working Group on the Autonomous Nervous System (AGANS) since 2011, and as Treasurer since 2013. Since 2015 she has been a member of the Autonomic Nervous Disorders Panel of the European Acadmy of Neurology (EAN) and has been involved in the development of guidelines in the diagnosis of neurovegetative functions and is the author of regular scientific updates from the EAN (Autonomic Disorders Panel) and AGANS. ean.org
She regularly makes her scientific results available to the public. She is the author of over 50 publications in mostly international scientific journals and specialist books. In addition, she regularly imparts her specialist knowledge at international congresses and lecture series.
It is important to convey to her that even rare diseases that affect the autonomic nervous system can be recognized and treated with careful diagnostics. Here is a link to: " When the electrics of the organs on strike " in the January 2017 issue of the Brain & Spirit series, Spectrum der Wissenschaft. spektrum.de
Prof. Dr. med. Christina Haubrich lives in Düsseldorf with her husband and three children. She loves sports and outdoor activities.
Whenever possible, she volunteers in foundations and organizations to promote young academics. Through her now extensive network of international contacts and collaborations as well as many years of scientific work, she advises medical students at the University of Aachen as a mentor. At the University of Cambridge she initiated the UK Academia Net meetings for women scientists. academia-net.org
Why did you specialize in the "autonomic nervous system"?
The autonomic nervous system is a vital impulse generator for an independent and long life. To put it simply, it is about the electrics of the organs.
I am fascinated by the topic and at the same time I want to keep the system working as well as possible with every patient. As a rule, we have many options to help with complaints and to maintain participation and independence for those affected.
What is important to you as a doctor?
My passion is first and foremost helping people. In the meantime I have gained a lot of experience. In the age of digitization, I also discovered that there are many new and very helpful options, for example with medical apps or digital tools, to keep people up to date and thus to be self-determined. Hence, I am interested in providing as much information as possible to patients so that they can participate in the decision-making process in order to find a therapy that is best for them. I would like to support my patients medically as well as with know-how and self-help.
Why are you involved in research at the same time?
Neurology is constantly evolving. I personally believe that you can only advise and treat your patients well if you are up to date with your medical discipline. At the same time, medicine and neuroscience are developing through careful observation of diseases. I am motivated by the desire to support and promote the scientific field with technical solutions that give patients with autonomic diseases better access to new diagnostics and therapies. This motivated the joint project ParkinsonCompanion to develop an intelligent device and an app to support Parkinson's patients. The project is financed by the BMBF (Ministry of Research and Education) and is carried out together with medical colleagues, engineers and computer scientists.