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Katarina Stingl

SurnameStingl (born Porubska)
First nameKatarina
Present position and titlePD Dr. med.
Ophthalmologist, Clinical scientist

Business address

Centre for Ophthalmology,
University of Tübingen
Elfriede-Aulhorn-Straße 7
72076 Tübingen

Phone: +49 (0)7071 29-87421
Fax: +49 (0)7071 29-5361

E-mail: katarina.stingl[at]med.uni-tuebingen.de

Academic Education

Year Degree University Field of study
2015 Habilitation Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen Ophthalmology
2011 Facharzt für Augenheilkunde Eberhard-Karls University of  Tuebingen Ophthalmology
2007 MD Eberhard-Karls University of  Tuebingen Neuroscience
2003 Medicinae universae doctor (MUDr.) Charles-University Prague Medicine

Professional Experience

Period Institution Position Discipline
2011 – Center for Ophthalmology, University of Tübingen Ophthalmologist, Clinical scientist Ophthalmology
2006 – 2011 Center for Ophthalmology, University of Tübingen Resident for Ophthalmology Ophthalmology
2003 – 2006 MEG-Center, Institute for Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Tübingen Research fellow Brain imaging (Magnetoencephalography, functional magnetic resonance imaging)

Main research topics

  • Retina Implant: Subretinal visual implant, artificial vision
  • Electrophysiology of vision, functional diagnostics of vision, psychophysiology
  • Neuroophthalmology


2011Poster prize TREATRUSH (Treating Usher Syndrome) Meeting Paris (France)
2009DAAD Travel scholarship for HBM (Human Brain Mapping) meeting San Francisco (USA)
2002Scholarship of Zürich University 5 months, University of Zürich (Switzerland)
2000Scholarship of the IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students’ Association)
Aachen University Hospital, Department for Neurology (Germany)
2000ERASMUS scholarship 6 months, Karl-Franzens-University Graz (Austria)

Memberships and Functions in Scientific Societies

  • DOG (Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft)
  • ISCEV (International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision)
  • ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology)


  1. Hafed ZM, Stingl K, Bartz-Schmidt KU, Gekeler F, Zrenner E. Oculomotor behavior of blind patients seeing with a subretinal visual implant. Vision Res. 2015 Apr 20
  2. Stingl K, Bartz-Schmidt KU, Besch D, Chee CK, Cottriall CL, Gekeler F, Groppe M, Jackson TL, MacLaren RE, Koitschev A, Kusnyerik A, Neffendorf J, Nemeth J, Naeem MA, Peters T, Ramsden JD, Sachs H, Simpson A, Singh MS, Wilhelm B, Wong D, Zrenner E. Subretinal Visual Implant Alpha IMS--Clinical trial interim report. Vision Res. 2015 Jun;111(Pt B):149-60
  3. Kitiratschky VB, Stingl K, Wilhelm B, Peters T, Besch D, Sachs H, Gekeler F, Bartz-Schmidt KU, Zrenner E. Safety evaluation of "retina implant alpha IMS"--a prospective clinical trial. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2015 Mar;253(3):381-7
  4. Doycheva D, Jägle H, Zierhut M, Deuter C, Blumenstock G, Schiefer U, Stingl K, Januschowski K, Voykov B, Stuebiger N. Mycophenolic acid in the treatment of birdshot chorioretinopathy: long-term follow-up. Br J Ophthalmol. 2015 Jan;99(1):87-91
  5. Stingl K, Bartz-Schmidt KU, Gekeler F, Kusnyerik A, Sachs H, Zrenner E. Functional outcome in subretinal electronic implants depends on foveal eccentricity.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Nov 19;54(12):7658-65.
  6. Stingl K, Zrenner E. Electronic approaches to restitute vision in patients with neurodegenerative diseases of the retina.
    Ophthalmic Res. 2013;50(4):215-20.
  7. Stingl K, Bartz-Schmidt KU, Besch D, Braun A, Bruckmann A, Gekeler F, Greppmaier U, Hipp S, Hörtdötfer G, Kernstock C, Koitschev A, Kusnyerik A, Sachs H, Schatz A, Stingl KT, Peters T, Wilhelm B, Zrenner E. 2013 Artificial vision with wirelessly powered subretinal electronic implant alpha-IMS. Proc R Soc B 280: 20130077. dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.0077
  8. Stingl K, Gekeler F, Bartz-Schmidt KU, Kögel A, Zrenner E, Gelisken F. Fluorescein Angiographic Findings in Eyes of Patients with a Subretinal Electronic Implant. Curr Eye Res. 2013 Feb 14.
  9. Stingl K, Bach M, Bartz-Schmidt KU, Braun A, Bruckmann A, Gekeler F, Greppmaier U, Hörtdörfer G, Kusnyerik A, Peters T, Wilhelm B, Wilke R, Zrenner E. Safety and efficacy of subretinal visual implants in humans: methodological aspects. Clin Exp Optom. 2013 Jan;96(1):4-13.
  10. Kusnyerik A, Greppmaier U, Wilke R, Gekeler F, Wilhelm B, Sachs HG, Bartz-Schmidt KU, Klose U, Stingl K, Resch MD, Hekmat A, Bruckmann A, Karacs K, Nemeth J, Suveges I, Zrenner E. Positioning of electronic subretinal implants in blind retinitis pigmentosa patients through multimodal assessment of retinal structures. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Jun 20;53(7):3748-55.
  11. Stingl K, Bartz-Schmidt KU, Besch D, Gekeler F, Greppmaier U, Hörtdörfer G, Koitschev A, Peters T, Sachs H, Wilhelm B, Zrenner E. [What can blind patients see in daily life with the subretinal Alpha IMS implant? : Current overview from the clinical trial in Tübingen]. Ophthalmologe. 2012 Feb;109(2):136-41.
  12. Wilke R, Gabel VP, Sachs H, Bartz Schmidt KU, Gekeler F, Besch D, Szurman P, Stett A, Wilhelm B, Peters T, Harscher A, Greppmaier U, Kibbel S, Benav H, Bruckmann A, Stingl K, Kusnyerik A, Zrenner E. Spatial Resolution and Perception of Patterns Mediated by a Subretinal16-Electrode Array in Patients Blinded by Hereditary Retinal Dystrophies. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Jul 29;52(8):5995-6003
  13. Zrenner E, Bartz-Schmidt KU, Benav H, Besch D, Bruckmann A, Gabel VP, Gekeler F, Greppmaier U, Harscher A, Kibbel S, Koch J, Kusnyerik A, Peters T, Stingl K, Sachs H, Stett A, Szurman P, Wilhelm B, Wilke R. Subretinal electronic chips allow blind patients to read letters and combine them to words. Proc Biol Sci. 2011 May 22;278(1711):1489-97.
  14. Stingl K, Greppmaier U, Wilhelm B, Zrenner E. Subretinale visuelle Implantate. Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 2010 Dec;227(12):940-5.
  15. Stingl K, Hoffmann E, Schiefer U. Adaptation of a digital camera for simultaneous stereophotography in ophthalmology. Br J Ophthalmol. 2010 Oct;94(10):1288-90.
  16. Tschritter O, Preissl H, Hennige AM, Stumvoll M, Porubska K, Frost R, Marx H, Klösel B, Lutzenberger W, Birbaumer N, Häring HU, Fritsche A. The cerebrocortical response to hyperinsulinemia is reduced in overweight humans: a magnetoencephalographic study. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Aug 8;103(32):12103-8.
  17. Porubska K, Veit R, Preissl H, Fritsche A, Birbaumer N. Subjective feeling of appetite modulates brain activity: an fMRI study. Neuroimage. 2006 Sep;32(3):1273-80.