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Walter Tschugguel

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Personal Information


Marital Status:  married to Sabine Tschugguel since 1991

Children:  three

Nationality:  Austria

Date of Birth:  02/06/1966

Place of Birth:  Vienna, Austria




1972 - 1976                            Primary School, Vienna, Austria

1976 - 1984                            High School, Vienna, Austria, Matura

1984 - 1990                            Medical School, University of Vienna, Austria, MD degree


Career History


1986 - 1990                           Academic Tutor, Institute of Anatomy, University of Vienna

1991                                       Resident, Department of Urology, University of Vienna School of 


1992                                       Military Service in the Austrian Armed Force

1992 - 1993                            Coordinator for Liver and Kidney

Transplantation at the Department of Surgery, University of Vienna

1993-1996                              Rotation Internship, Departments of Surgery and Internal Medicine, Krankenhaus Floridsdorf, Vienna, Austria

1996                                       General Physician´s degree

1992 - 1996                            Postdoc, Department of General & Experimental Pathology, Division of Cellular Pathology, University of Vienna

1996 - 2000                            Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Vienna School of Medicine

2000                                       Fellow, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecological Endocrinology & Reproductive Medicine, University of Vienna School of Medicine

2000                                       Associate Professor Certificate (“Universitätsdozent”) and Official title (Amtstitel “Außerordentlicher Universitätsprofessor”) by the Federal Minister of Science and Education, Elisabeth Gehrer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecological Endocrinology & Reproductive Medicine, University of Vienna, School of Medicine

2001                                       Education in “Clinical Hypnosis and Communication” followed by

                                               Education in “Neurolinguistic Programming” (NLP Practitioner and NLP Master according to the “Deutscher Verein für NLP”, DVNLP)

2018                                       Awarded the professional title (Berufstitel) of “University Professor” by the Federal President of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen


Career-related Activities


2001-2014 Chief Officer for Education and Training of Residents at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecological Endocrinology & Reproductive Medicine, Medical University of Vienna


Founder and Co-founder of the Medical University of Vienna Postgraduate Courses in “Medical Hypnosis”, established in 2008.


Official Lecturer of Medical Students in “Clinical Hypnosis in Obstetrics and Gynecology” at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecological Endocrinology & Reproductive Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, established in 2003.


Trainer of Midwifes in “Hypnosis in Obstetrics” at Austrian Society for Medical and Dental Hypnosis (ÖGZH)


Trainer of several workshops and weekend courses for education of physicians in Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy at German Society for Dental Hypnosis (DGZH).


Trainer of psychotherapists and physicians at Milton Erickson Society (M.E.G.) Tübingen, Germany


Trainer of psychotherapists and physicians at German Society of Hypnosis (DGH), Bad Lippspringe, Germany


Education and supervision of several predoctoral diploma and postdoctoral students in the fields of academic Obstetrics and Gynecology and academic Clinical Hypnosis





Austrian Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (OEGGG)

Society for Gynecological Investigation (SGI)

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Ärztliche und Zahnärztliche Hypnose (ÖGZH)

International Society of Hypnosis (ISH)


Grants, Awards, Honors


1998    International Organon Award for Assisted Reproduction

1998    Research Grant of the Österreichische Nationalbank “Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase (iNOS) Induction in Human Endometrium”


2000    Research Grant of the Austrian National Bank “Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase (iNOS) as a Regulator of Apoptosis and Collagenolysis in Cultured Steroid-hormone treated Endometrial Stromal Cells” (ATS 350 000.-)


Reviewer, British Journal of Cancer (since 1999)

Reviewer, Molecular Human Reproduction (since 2000)

Reviewer, Human Reproduction (since 2000)

Reviewer, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment (since 2001)

Reviewer, Molecular Endocrinology (since 2004)

Reviewer, Lancet (since 2005)

Reviewer, Zeitschrift Hypnose-Hypnotherapie (Hypnose ZHH) since 2010


Associate Editor, Zeitschrift Hypnose-Hypnotherapie (Hypnose ZHH) since 2010


2006 Research Grant of the FWF “Endometriose, eine Folge kranken eutopen Endometriums”

(€ 328 062)

Vienna, Österreich


Publications after beeing awarded the Venia docendi


Tschugguel W. Pain as a symbol in the patient context. J Psychosom Res. 2018; Sep;112:13-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2018.06.005. Editorial, peer-reviewed.


Gaba A, Mairhofer  M, Zhegu Z, Leditznig N, Szabo L, Tschugguel W, Schneeberger C, Yotova I. Testosterone induced downregulation of migration and proliferation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells by androgen receptor dependent and independent mechanisms. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2018; 2018 Nov 15;476:173-184. doi: 10.1016/j.mce.2018.05.007.


Yotova I, Quan P, Gaba A, Leditznig N, Pateisky P, Kurz C, Tschugguel W. Raf-1 levels determine the migration rate of primary endometrial stromal cells of patients with endometriosis. J Cell Mol Med. 2012;16(9):2127-39.


Yotova IY, Quan P, Leditznig N, Beer U, Wenzl R, Tschugguel W. Abnormal activation of Ras/Raf/MAPK and RhoA/ROCK II signalling pathways in eutopic endometrial stromal cells of patients with endometriosis. Hum Reprod. 2011; 26(4): 885-897.


Dietrich W, Gaba A, Zhegu Z, Bieglmayer C, Mairhofer M, Mikula M, Tschugguel W, Yotova IY. Testosterone dependent androgen receptor stabilization and activation of cell proliferation in primary human myometrial microvascular endothelial cells. Fertil Steril. 2011; 95(4): 1247-1255.


Tschugguel W, Tschugguel S. Die Problematik des Wirksamkeits- und Effektivitätsnachweises der Hypnotherapie in Studien - eine Anregung. Hypnose-ZHH 2010; (1-2): 253-269.


Tschugguel W, Tschugguel S. Hypnose bei Patientinnen mit gynäkologischen Symptomen. Hypnose-ZHH 2010; (1-2): 121-144. Review.


Tschugguel W, Hunter ME. Paradoxical hypnotic experiences in escaping constraining dilemmas: a clinical example. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2008; 56(4): 373-83. Case report.


Tschugguel W, Hunter ME. Awakening in hypnosis. Contemp. Hypnosis 2008; 25(1): 39-45.


Tschugguel W. Hypnotherapy in a cancer patient. Breast Care 2007; 2: 203-207. Case report.


Tschugguel W. Hypnose bei einer gehörlosen Frau mit chronischem Unterbauchschmerz. Ein Fallbericht. Suggestionen 2006; 1: 63-76. Case report.


Dietrich W, Haitel A, Holzer G, Huber JC, Kolbus A, Tschugguel W. Estrogen receptor-beta is the predominant estrogen receptor subtype in normal human synovia. J Soc Gynecol Investig. 2006;13(7): 512-7.


Wölfler MM, Facchinetti F, Venturini P, Huber A, Helmer H, Husslein P,

Tschugguel W. Induction of labor at term using isosorbide mononitrate simultaneously with dinoprostone compared to dinoprostone treatment alone: a randomized, controlled trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006; 195(6):1617-22.


Demyanets S, Pfaffenberger S, Kaun C, Rega G, Speidl WS, Kastl SP, Weiss TW, Hohensinner PJ, Dietrich W, Tschugguel W, Bochkov VN, Awad EM, Maurer G, Huber K, Wojta J. The estrogen metabolite 17beta-dihydroequilenin counteracts interleukin-1alpha induced expression of inflammatory mediators in human endothelial cells in vitro via NF-kappaB pathway. Thromb Haemost. 2006; 95(1):107-16.


Wölfler MM, Nagele F, Kolbus A, Seidl S, Schneider B, Huber JC, Tschugguel W. A predictive model for endometriosis. Hum Reprod. 2005; 20(6): 1702-8.


Eppel W, Facchinetti F, Schleussner E, Piccinini F, Pizzi C, Gruber DM,

Schneider B, Tschugguel W. Second trimester abortion using isosorbide mononitrate in addition to gemeprost compared with gemeprost alone: a double-blind randomized, placebo-controlled multicenter trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2005;192(3): 856-61.


Stonek F, Dietrich W, Schneeberger C, Vycudilik W, Tschugguel W. Quanitative determination of carbon monoxide in cell culture supernatants by spectrophotometric analysis. J Biochem Biophys Methods 2004; 58(1): 49-58.


Tschugguel W, Berga SL. Treatment of functional hypothalamic amenorrhea with hypnotherapy. Fertil Steril. 2003 Oct; 80(4): 982-985.


Tschugguel W, Dietrich W, Zhegu Z, Stonek F, Kolbus A, Huber JC. Differential regulation of proteasome-dependent estrogen receptor alpha and beta turnover in cultured human uterine artery endothelial cells. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2003; 88(5): 2281-2287.


Fuchsjäger-Mayrl G, Nepp J, Schneeberger C, Sator M, Dietrich W, Wedrich A, Huber J, Tschugguel W. Identification of estrogen and progesterone receptor mRNA expression in the conjunctiva of premenopausal women. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2002; 43(9): 2841-2844.


Wieser F, Schneeberger C, Hudelist G, Singer C, Kurz C, Nagele F, Gruber C, Huber JC, Tschugguel W. Endometrial nuclear receptor co-factors SRC-1 and N-CoR are increased in human endometrium during menstruation. Mol Hum Reprod. 2002; 8(7): 644-650.


Singer CF, Kronsteiner N, Marton E, Walter I, Kubista M, Czerwenka K, Schreiber M, Tschugguel W, Wieser F, Kubista E. Interleukin-1 system and sex steroid receptor gene expression in human endometrial cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2002; 85(3): 423-430.


Gruber CJ, Tschugguel W, Schneeberger C, Huber JC. Production and actions of estrogens. N Engl J Med. 2002 ; 346(5): 340-352. Review.


Stonek F, Tschugguel W, Huber JC, Schneeberger C. Calculated background elimination in quantifying nitric-oxide synthase enzyme activity. J Biochem Biophys Methods 2001; 50(1): 29-32.


Tschugguel W, Stonek F, Zhegu Z, Dietrich W, Schneeberger C, Stimpfl T, Waldhoer T, Vycudilik W, Huber JC. Estrogen increases endothelial carbon monoxide, heme oxygenase 2, and carbon monoxide-derived cGMP by a receptor-mediated system. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 2001; 86(8): 3833-39.


Wieser F, Hosmann J, Tschugguel W, Czerwenka K, Sedivy R, Huber JC. Progesterone increases the number of Langerhans cells in human vaginal epithelium. Fertil Steril. 2001; 75(6): 1234-35.


Publications before the Venia docendi was awarded


Tschugguel W, Schneeberger C, Unfried G, Czerwenka K, Weninger W, Mildner M, Gruber DM, Sator MO, Waldhör T, Huber JC. Expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase in human breast cancer depends on tumor grade. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 1999;56(2):145-151.


Tschugguel W, Schneeberger C, Lass H, Stonek F, Zaghlula MB, Czerwenka K, Schatten C, Kaider A, Husslein P, Huber JC. Human cervical ripening is associated with an increase in cervical inducible nitric oxide synthase expression. Biol Reprod. 1999; 60(6): 1367-72.


Tschugguel W, Pustelnik T, Lass H, Mildner M, Weninger W, Schneeberger C, Jansen B, Tschachler E, Waldhör T, Huber JC, Pehamberger H. Inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression may predict distant metastasis in human melanoma. Br J Cancer 1999; 79(9-10): 1609-12. Erratum in: Br J Cancer 1999 Jun; 80(8): 1302.


Tschugguel W, Schneeberger C, Unfried G, Bräutigam G, Stonek F, Wieser F, Vytiska-Binstorfer E, Czerwenka K, Weninger W, Kaider A, Bursch W, Breitschopf H, Huber JC. Elevation of inducible nitric oxide synthase activity in human endometrium during menstruation. Biol Reprod. 1999; 60(2): 297-304.



Kiss H, Schneeberger C, Tschugguel W, Lass H, Huber JC, Husslein P, Knöfler M. Expression of endothelial (type III) nitric oxide synthase in cytotrophoblastic cell lines: regulation by hypoxia and inflammatory cytokines. Placenta 1998; 19(8): 603-611.


Sator MO, Joura EA, Gruber DM, Wieser F, Jirecek S, Tschugguel W, Huber JC. The effect of hormone replacement therapy on carotid arteries: measurement with a high frequency ultrasound system. Maturitas 1998; 30(1): 63-68.


Weninger W, Rendl M, Pammer J, Mildner M, Tschugguel W, Schneeberger C, Stürzl M, Tschachler E. Nitric oxide synthases in Kaposi's sarcoma are expressed predominantly by vessels and tissue macrophages. Lab Invest. ;78(8): 949-955.


Tschugguel W, Schneeberger C, Unfried G, Bräutigam G, Wieser F, Czerwenka K, Vytiska-Binstorfer E, Kurz C, Weninger W, Mildner M, Waselmayr B, Bursch W, Kaider A, Waldhör T, Breitschopf H, Ellinger A, Huber JC. [The role of nitric oxide in reproduction]. Gynakol Geburtshilfliche Rundsch. 1998;38(1): 44-46. Review. German.


Tschugguel W, Schneeberger C, Unfried G, Czerwenka K, Weninger W, Mildner M, Bishop JR, Huber JC. Induction of inducible nitric oxide synthase expression in human secretory endometrium. Hum Reprod. 1998 Feb; 13(2): 436-444. Erratum in: Hum Reprod 1998 May;13(5): 1414.


Tschugguel W, Zhegu Z, Schneeberger C, Tantscher E, Czerwenka K, Fabry A, Wojta J, Zeillinger R, Huber JC. Estrogen does not induce the calcium-dependent nitric oxide synthase in cultured human uterine endothelial and myometrial smooth muscle cells. J Vasc Res. 1997; 34(4): 281-288.


Wieser F, Gruber DM, Tschugguel W, Huber JC. [Progesterone and nitric oxide systems]. Zentralbl Gynakol. 1997; 119 Suppl 2:12-16. Review. German.


Tschugguel W, Knogler W, Czerwenka K, Mildner M, Weninger W, Zeillinger R, Huber JC. Presence of endothelial calcium-dependent nitric oxide synthase in breast apocrine metaplasia. Br J Cancer. 1996; 74(9): 1423-1426.


Zeillinger R, Tantscher E, Schneeberger C, Tschugguel W, Eder S, Sliutz G, Huber JC. Simultaneous expression of nitric oxide synthase and estrogen receptor in human breast cancer cell lines. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 1996 ; 40(2): 205-207.


Tschugguel W, Blaicher A, Kramer L, Felfernig M, Jüngling G, Kurz M, Gnant M, Zimpfer M. Platelet disorders in uraemia before and after haemodialysis under the influence of low dose aspirin. Thromb Res. 1995; 80(3): 225-233.


Tschugguel W, Zhegu Z, Gajdzik L, Maier M, Binder BR, Graf J. High precision measurement of electrical resistance across endothelial cell monolayers. Pflugers Arch. 1995; 430(1): 145-147.

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