Short Curriculum of Research

Birgit Köhler


Charité, Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany
Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity
Contact: birgit.koehler(at)

Research Activities

Genetics, health, care and longterm outcome of individuals with DSD, Gender dysphoria, Adolescent Gynaecology

Education/ Training

1985-1987Economics and Chinese studies, Eberhard   Karls University Tübingen, Germany
1988-1995Medicine, Free University   Berlin, Germany
1996-2001General Paediatrics at Charité,   Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Philipps University, Marburg, Germany
2004-2008Clinical Fellowship in   Paediatric Endocrinology at Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin
2005Board certification Paediatrics
2008 - 2011Paediatric and Adolescent   Gynaecology at Charité
2008Board   certification Paediatric Endocrinology
2010German   Certificate of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology
2010Fellow of the   International Federation of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (IFEPAG)

Research Experience/ Academic Appointments

2001-2003Research fellowship of the   European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) at INSERM 540 Pathologie   des Récepteurs Nucléaire, University of Montpellier, France   
2004-2008Researcher   within the German DSD Research Network (BMBF)
2009-2010Postdoc   fellowship of Charité for the promotion of female researchers
since 2008Senior staff   member in the outpatient clinic of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes,   Charité
since 2010 Coordinator of   the multidisciplinary DSD team at Charité, Berlin
since 2012Coordinator of   the multidisciplinary team of Paediatric Gender Dysphoria at Charité, Berlin

Important Scientific Prizes/ Functions

1998Steps-Award of the German   Association of Paediatric Endocrinolgy (DGKED)
2007Henning Anderson   Price (ESPE)
since 2012Coordinator of   the EU study dsd-LIFE, FP7


  • Thyen U,   Lux A, Jürgensen M, Hiort O, Köhler B. Utilization of Health Care Services   and Satisfaction with Care in Adults Affected by Disorders of Sex Development   (DSD). J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jul 17.
  • Tantawy S,   Mazen I, Soliman H, Anwar G, Atef A, El-Gammal M, El-Kotoury A, Mekkawy M,   Torky A, Rudolf A, Schrumpf P, Grüters A, Krude H, Dumargne MC, Astudillo R,   Bashamboo A, Biebermann H, Köhler B. Analysis of the gene coding for  steroidogenic factor 1 (SF1, NR5A1) in a cohort of 50 Egyptian patients with   46,XY disorders of sex development. Eur J Endocrinol. 2014 Apr   10;170(5):759-67.
  • Streuli JC, Köhler B, Werner-Rosen K, Mitchell C. DSD and   Professionalism from a Multi-lateral View: Supplementing the Consensus   Statement on the Basis of a Qualitative Survey. Adv Urol. 2012:185787. Epub   2012 Jul 9.
  • Köhler B, Kleinemeier E, Lux A, Hiort O, Grüters G, Thyen U, the   DSD Network Working Group. Satisfaction with genital surgery and sexual life   of adults with XY disorders of sex development – results from the German   Clinical Evaluation Study. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Feb;97(2):577-88.   Epub 2011 
  • Köhler B, Biebermann H, Friedsam V, Gellermann J, Maier RF, Pohl   M, Wieacker P, Hiort O, Grüters A, Krude H. Analysis of the Wilms' Tumor   Suppressor Gene (WT1) in Patients with 46,XY Disorders of Sex Development. J   Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Jul;96(7):1131-6.