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Carina Oehrn, MD, MSc

As a medical doctor and neuroscientist, I am involved in basic science projects, as well as their clinical application. My main goal is to contribute to the understanding of the role of cortical and subcortical neural oscillations for physiological and pathological information processing. For the last seven years, I have focused on investigating the role of cortical oscillations for a range of cognitive processes, such as response conflict and memory formation. Currently, I am applying this knowledge to the research of pathological processes aiming to understand oscillatory dysfunction in neurological disease and develop possible neuromodulatory therapeutic interventions.

Throughout my time as a researcher, I have gathered experience with a variety of methods – ranging from animal models of Parkinson’s disease to fMRI and EEG measurements in humans.

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Immo Weber, MSc

I studied biology in Rostock with a main focus on neurophysiology. During work on my diploma thesis I specialized on pathophysiology and treatment of movement disorders, especially Parkinson’s disease. For my PhD in Prof. Timmermann's lab in Cologne, I switched from animal studies to clinical studies. During this time, I acquired a wide array of different recording and analysis techniques, including high resolution EEG measurement, deep brain recordings, time-frequency and source analysis. One of my main research aims was to analyze the information flow between deep brain structures and peripheral muscle activity in Parkinson's disease Patients. I am especially interested in nonlinear analysis tools, as I believe that many common linear techniques do not fully capture the brains complexity. For this purpose I developed NoLiTiA, a free open-source Matlab toolbox readily available at

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Dr. David Pedrosa, MD

With a background in neurology and particularly in tremor and other movement disorders, I have been engaged in clinical as well as basic science projects before. My current research focuses on electrophysiological recordings at different brain regions and different imaging modalities on patients suffering from essential tremor. My aim is to analyse the abnormal interplay of multiple sites within the brain for a clearer understanding of the origin of these unvoluntary rhythmic oscillations.

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Philipp Löhrer, MD

In April 2017, I commenced working as a clinician at the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Marburg. I have completed my medical studies in Gettysburg, Boston, Sydney, London, and Cologne and received my medical degree from the University of Cologne in 2017. During my preclinical studies, I was able to gain experience in the field of functional cancer genomics at the Max-Plank-Institute in Cologne. Consecutively, I continued my research as a doctoral candidate in the team of Professor Timmermann. My primary thematic focus is the concept of communication between distinct brain areas. Here, I am interested in the effects of physiological ageing and disease, in particular Parkinson’s disease, on neuronal communication. Furthermore, I am interested in the diverse non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and try to understand their neurophysiological basis.

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Josefine Waldthaler, MD

During my clinical training at the university of Regensburg, I gathered broad experience in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders with a special interest in deep brain stimulation. Since my time as a postdoc at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, I started to focus on the analysis of eye movements in neurodegenerative diseases. My current aim is to study the pathophysiological mechanisms of saccade generation in movement disorders. The main goal is the development of a tool for earlier diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and atypical Parkinson syndromes to facilitate the implementation of possibly neuromodulatory therapies. My current eye tracking project „Individualisierte Diagnosen für die Früherkennung von Hirnerkrankungen mittels nicht-invasiver Augenbewegungsmessung" (DIADEM), in cooperation with Thomas RECORDING GmbH, is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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Prof. Dr. Lars Timmermann, MD

Nach meinem Medizinstudium und Promotion an der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel legte ich 1998 das United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 2 ab und approbierte 1999 mit dem deutschen Staatsexamen. Während meiner Zeit als Assistenzarzt in Düsseldorf forschte ich in der Arbeitsgruppe von Prof. Alfons Schnitzler mit MEG an der Interaktion von Hirnarealen bei Bewegungsstörungen und leitete ab 2002 die Nachwuchsgruppe „Pathophysiologie von Bewegungsstörungen“. Im Jahr 2007 wechselte ich an die Uniklinik Köln, wo ich als Oberarzt und Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe „Bewegungsstörungen und Tiefe Hirnstimulation“ tätig war. 2007 habilitierte ich mich (Düsseldorf) und bekam 2008 den Ruf auf die W2-Professur „Neurologische Bewegungsstörungen“ an der Uniklinik Köln. Seit 2009 bin ich Leiter der „Klinischen Forschergruppe 219: Basalganglien-Kortex-Schleifen: Mechanismen pathologischer Interaktionen und ihrer therapeutischen Modulation“ mit Förderung durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft und bekam 2015 an der Uniklinik Köln eine W3 Professur auf Lebenszeit für „Neurologische Bewegungsstörungen“. Seit dem 01. September 2016 bin ich Direktor der Klinik für Neurologie an der Uniklinik Marburg. Mich fasziniert die Pathophysiologie von Bewegungsstörungen, wie bspw. Morbus Parkinson, essentieller Tremor oder Dystonie, und die Möglichkeiten diese Erkrankungen mittels Tiefer Hirnstimulation wirkungsvoll zu behandeln.


Alexander Calvano

University programme: Medicine

Project: Auditive stimulation and Parkinson's disease.


Eleen Birnschein

University programme: Dentistry

Project: Emotion and Parkinson's disease.


Wiebke Petershagen

University programme: Medicine

Project: Working memory and Parkinson's disease.


Eva-Lena Bauer

University programme: Medicine

Project: Intraoperative recording in Parkinson's disease patients.



Johannes Busch

University programme: Medicine

Project: Speech processing and production in Parkinson's disease patients.


Lena Molitor

University programme: Medicine

Project: Vegetative nervous system and social interaction.



Hauke Niehaus

University programme: Psychology

Project: Vegetative nervous system and reward processing.


Frederic Gillhausen

University programme: Medicine

Project: Automation of optimal stimulation settings in Parkinson's patients.


Elisabeth Kusche

University programme: Dentistry

Project: Response inhibition in Parkinson's disease.


Carina Robert

University programme: Neurosciences

Project: Subcortical-cortical couplings in Parkinson's patients.


Anna Schönherr

University programme: Medicine

Project: Prediction of epilepsy after first seizure.


Charlotte Bähr

University programme: Medicine

Project: Coupling of cortical and subcortical activity in Parkinson's patients.


Johanna Walter

University programme: Medicine

Project: Modulation of oscillatory activity by deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's patients.


Philipp Astheimer

University programme: Medicine

Project: Intra-individual electrophysiological signature in Parkinson's disease.


Milena Pick

University programme: Medicine

Project: Influence of dopamine on oscillatory activity in Parkinson's patients.



Femke Häußler

University programme: Medicine

Project: Influence of deep brain stimulation on prosodic processing in Parkinson's patients.


Leona Boesehans

University programme: Medicine

Project: .