Hermann Toplak (Austria)
After graduating with a M.D. from the University of Graz in 1984, Dr. Hermann Toplak went into military training with aeromedicine before becoming a resident in Laboratory Medicine, at the Metabolism Unit of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Graz.
He then was a resident in Surgery and Internal Medicine in the General Hospital of Rottenmann, Austria as well as a Resident at the Metabolism Unit of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Berne, Switzerland. Since 1988 he is working in the department of Medicine at the Karl-Franzens-University, Graz, where in 1990 he became the Head of the Metabolism Unit. Since October 1997 he is also a Specialist for Endocrinology and Metabolism and Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Toplak is in charge of the entire Medical Curriculum in Internal medicine at the Medical University Graz.
He is a member of various national and international associations such as the Austrian Obesity Association, where he was President from 1997-2000 and 2012-2013. He is at present the President-Elect of the Austrian Diabetes Association, where he is a Council Member since 2005. Since 2001 he has been the Austrian representative in the General Council of IASO where he is also involved in the Education Management Task Force. He was Regional Vice President for Middle Europe and Secretary of EASO where he has become President-Elect in 2012 and will be President of EASO from 2015-18. Additionally he has been member of the Obesity Management Task Force for many years.
As a member of various organising committees he has played a vital role in the organisation of several national and European congresses. He is one of the Founding Fellows of the Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education programme.
Dr. Toplak has published numerous papers covering the whole field of obesity and the metabolic syndrome including nutritional aspects and genetic basis of disease and complications and reviews the following journals: European Journal for Clinical Nutrition, European Journal for Clinical Investigation, Diabetic Medicine, International Journal of Obesity, Obesity Facts, Journal of Obesity, Diabetologia, Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism, Nutrition Journal, Future Lipidology, The European Journal for Clinical Metabolism and Diabetes, Metabolism – Clinical and Experimental, Medical Science Monitor, Gerontology, Austrian Nationalbank, Israelic National Fund, various Austrian journals (not all listed).
Medical University of Graz
Department of Medicine
A-8036 Graz, Austria
Tel: +43 316 385180246
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