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Cornelius Weiller


    weiller.jpgProf. Dr. Cornelius Weiller
    Direktor der Neurologischen Universitätsklinik
    Universitätsklinikum Freiburg
    Hugstetter Strasse 49
    D-79106 Freiburg
    Tel.: +49 (0)761 270 53050
    Sek: +49 (0)761 270 53060
    Fax: +49 (0)761 270 53100

Principal Investigator in


Research Topics

  • Stroke
  • Mechanisms of loss and recovery of brain function
  • Structural and functional brain imaging in the language and motor system





Current Position

Professor and head of department

Academic Background

  • Since 04/01/2005: Professor of Neurology (C4) and head of department of Neurology in Freiburg
  • 1999 - 2005: Professor of Neurology (C4) and head of department of Neurology in Hamburg
  • 1996 - 1999: Professor of Neurology (C4) and head of department of Neurology in Jena
  • 1991 - 1996: Senior lecturer (C2) and Oberarzt at the Dep. of Neurology, Essen (Prof. HC Diener)
  • 1990 - 1991: Postdoc at the MRC Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, London (Prof. RSJ Frackowiak)
  • 1984 - 1990: Training in Pathology, Psychiatry and Neurology in Erlangen (Prof. V. Becker), Bonn (Prof. G. Huber) and Aachen (Prof. K. Poeck)



  • 2004 - present: Scientific advisory board, "Brain"
  • 2004 - present: Section Head - Faculty 1000, Neurology
  • 2004 - present: Expert Evaluator, EU
  • 2003:  Founding Director of Neurolmage Nord
  • 2003:  Director of the Lurija Institute, Konstanz
  • 2002 - present: Editorial board “NeuroImage
  • 2001 - present: Co-editor "Neurologie und Rehabilitation"
  • 2001 - 2003: GAFOS Faculty
  • 2000 - present: Fachgutachter/ Kollegiat DFG
  • 1998 - present: Kuratorium of the Tom-Wahlig Stiftung
  • 1995 - present: Senior honorary Fellow, UCL, London, UK
  • 1994 - 2003: Biomed II and 5th Framework: Cooridnator in two large EU concerted actions
  • 1994:  Hugo-Spatz Preis der DGN
  • 1991 & 1993: Young investigators awards of ICBF society



Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Weiller C, May A, Limmroth V, Jüptner M, Kaube H, v.Schayck R, Coenen HH, Diener HC (1995) Brain stem activation in spontaneous human migraine attacks. Nature medicine 1: 658-660
  • Weiller C., Chollet F, Wise RJS, Friston K., Frackowiak RSJ (1992) Functional reorganisation of the brain in recovery from striatocapsular infarction in man. Annn Neurol 31:463-472
  •  Liepert J, Bauder U, Miltner WHR, Weiller C (2000) Treatment induced cortical reorganisation after stroke in humans. Stroke;31:1210-1216
  • Weiller C, Ramsay SC, Wise RJS, Friston KJ, Frackowiak RSJ (1993) Individual patterns of functional reorganization in the human cerebral cortex after capsular infarction. Ann Neurol 33:181-189
  •  Warburton E, Wise RJS, Price CJ, Weiller C, Hadar U, Ramsay S, Frackowiak RSJ (1995) Studies with Positron Emission Tomography of Noun and Verb Retrieval by Normal Subjects. Brain 119:159-179
  • Howard D, Patterson K, Wise R, Brown WD, Friston K, Weiller C, Frackowiak RSJ (1992) The cortical localisation of the lexicons: PET evidence. Brain 115: 1769-1782
  • Weiller C., Isensee C., Rijntjes M., Huber W., Müller S., Bier D., Dutschka K., Woods R., Noth J., Diener HC (1995) Recovery from Wernicke`s Aphasia – A PET Study. Ann Neurol 37: 723-732
  • Ringelstein EB, Biniek R, Weiller C, Ammeling B, Nolte P,Thron A (1992) Type and extent of hemispheric brain infarctions and clinical outcome in early and delayed middle cerebral artery recanalization. Neurology 42: 289-298
  • Liepert J, Miltner WHR, Bauder H, Sommer M, Dettmers C, Taub E, Weiller C (1998) Motor cortex plasticity during constraint-induced movement therapy in stroke. Neurosc Lett 1998, 250: 5-8.
  • Jüptner M, Weiller C (1995) Does measurement of regional cerebral blood flow reflect synaptic activity – implications for PET and fMRI. NeuroImage 2 (2):148-156

Some Personal Favourites Articles

  • Weiller C, Ringelstein EB, Reiche W, Thron A, Buell U (1990) The large striatocapsular infarct: A clinical and pathophysiological entity. Arch Neurol 47: 1085-1091
  • Weiller C, Willmes K, Reiche W, Thron A, Isensee C, Buell U, Ringelstein EB (1993) The case of aphasia or neglect after striatocapsular infarction. Brain 116: 1509-1526
  • Weiller C, Isensee C, Rijntjes M, Huber W, Müller S, Bier D, Dutschka K, Woods R, Noth J, Diener HC (1995) Recovery from Wernicke's Aphasia - A PET Study. Ann Neurol 37: 723-732
  • Weiller C, Jüptner M, Fellows S, Rijntjes M, Leonhardt G, Kiebel S, Müller S, Diener HC, Thilmann AF (1996) Brain representation of active and passive movements. NeuroImage 4:105-110
  • Rijntjes M, Dettmers C, Büchel Ch, Kiebel S, Frackowiak RSJ, Weiller C (1999) A blueprint for movement. Functional and anatomical representations in the human motor system. J neuroscience 19(18): 8043-8048
  • Musso M, Kiebel S, Bülau P, Thilmann AF, Rijntjes M, Müller S, Weiller C (1999) Training induced brain plasticity in aphasia. Brain 122:1781-1790
  • Weiller C, Rijntjes M (1999) Learning, plasticity and recovery in the central nervous system. Exp Brain Res 128: 134-138
  • Musso M, Moro A, Glauche V, Rijntjes M, Reichenbach J, Büchel C, Weiller C (2003) The role of Broca’s area and the language instinct. Nature Neuroscience 6:774-782
  • Saur D, Kreher BW, Schnell S, Kümmerer D, Kellmeyer P, Vry MS, Umarova R, Musso M, Glauche V, Abel S, Huber W, Rijntjes M, Hennig J, Weiller C (2008) Ventral and dorsal pathways for language. PNAS 105: 18035-40
  • Umarova RM, Saur D, Schnell S, KAller CP, Vry MS; Glauche V, Rijntjes M, Hennig J, Kiselev V, Weiller C (2009) Structural Connectivity for visuo-spatial attention:significance of ventral pathways. Cerebral Cortex, April (Epub ahead of print) 


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