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Anke Winter, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Medical School

MD, University of Aachen, Germany, 2006

Graduate School

MSc in Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010

Post Doctoral Education

Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2009-1012

Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, University of Münster, Germany, 2008-2009

Honors and Awards

Research Fellowship, German Research Foundation (DFG), 2010-2011

International Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 2009-2010

Medical Doctoral Thesis (magna cum laude), University of Münster, Germany, 2009

Research Interests

Dr. Winter is a clinical epidemiologist and assistant professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences. During her work as a physician, Dr. Winter developed a strong interest for population-based research and preventive medicine, and subsequently obtained additional training in clinical epidemiology. 


Dr. Winter’s previous work focused on: 
i) Evaluating risk factors, particularly lifestyle factors and traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors, for neurological diseases. 
ii) Exploring the relationship between neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease and cancer using data from large population-based studies. 


Dr. Winter’s current interest is to establish an independent clinical and outcomes research program within the Division of Public Health Sciences in collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology and the Department of Surgery.

Selected Publications

Winter AC, Berger K, Buring JE, Kurth T. Body mass index, migraine, migraine frequency and migraine features in women. Cephalalgia 2009; 29(2): 268-78.

Winter AC, Hoffmann W, Meisinger C, Evers S, Vennemann M, Pfaffenrath V, Fendrich K, Baumeister S, Kurth T, Berger K. Association between lifestyle factors and headache. J Headache Pain 2011; 12(2): 147-55.

Winter AC, Berger K, Buring JE, Kurth T. Associations of socioeconomic status with migraine and non-migraine headache. Cephalalgia 2012; 32(2):159-70.

Winter AC, Schuerks M, Glynn RJ, Buring J, Gaziano JM, Berger K, Kurth T. Restless legs syndrome and risk of incident cardiovascular disease in women and men: prospective cohort study. BMJ Open 2012 Mar 23; 2(2):e000866.

Schuerks M, Winter AC, Berger K, Buring J, Kurth T. Migraine and restless legs syndrome in women. Cephalalgia 2012; 32(5): 382-389.

Burch RC, Rist PM, Winter AC, Buring JE, Pradhan AD, Loder EW, Kurth T. Migraine and risk of incident diabetes in women: a prospective study. Cephalalgia 2012; 32 (13): 991-7.

Winter AC, Wang L, Buring JE, Sesso HD, Kurth T. Migraine, weight gain and the risk of becoming overweight and obese: a prospective cohort study. Cephalalgia 2012; 32 (13): 963-71.

Szentkiralyi A*, Winter AC*, Schürks M, Völzke H, Hoffmann W, Buring JE, Gaziano JM, Kurth T, Berger K. Restless legs syndrome and all-cause mortality in four prospective cohort studies. BMJ Open 2012; 2:e001652.

Winter AC, Rexrode KM, Lee IM, Buring JE, Tamimi RM*, Kurth T*. Migraine and subsequent risk of breast cancer: a prospective cohort study. Cancer Causes Control 2012. DOI: 10.1007/s10552-012-0092-x.

Winter AC, Schuerks M, Berger K, Buring J, Kurth T. Migraine and restless legs syndrome in men. Cephalalgia 2012. DOI: 10.1177/0333102412466965. 

Dr. Winter on PubMed