Hartwig R. Siebner

 Foto: Jon Norddahl


born on the 06th Jan. 1965 in Tübingen (Germany)
married, two children (Thomas 20 years, Anna 9 years)


Work adddress
Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR), Hvidovre Hospital,
Kettegaard Allé 30, 2650 Hvidovre, Denmark; Tel: +45 3862 6541,
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; http://www.drcmr.dk/siebner


1982 High School Examination, Hindenburg Gymnasium Trier
1982-1985 Study of Medicine, Med. Faculty, Saarland University, Homburg-Saar
1985-1989 Study of Medicine, Med. Faculty, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
1989 Medical State Examination


Employment history
1989-1990 Junior house officer (Arzt im Praktikum), Dept. of Internal Medicine,
Mutterhaus Hospital, Trier, Special training in Oncology (1989-1990)
1990 Full Medical Licence (November 1990)
1990- 1991 Medical officer, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Bundeswehrzentralkrankenhaus, Koblenz
1992- 1995 Senior house officer, Dept. of Neurology, St. Vinzenz-Hospital Paderborn
1995-2002 Senior house officer, Dept. of Neurology, Munich University of Technology (TUM),
2000 Board Certified Neurologist
2002–2008 Consultant, Dept. of Neurology, Christian-Albrechts-University (CAU), Kiel,
2008 -2010 Consultant, Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR)
Hvidovre Hospital (HvH), University of Copenhagen (KU)
2010-2011 Head of Department, DRCMR, HvH, KU
2012- Head of Research, Center for Functional and Diagnostic Imaging and Research (includes
2013- Head of Research, Movement Disorders Research, Department of Neurology,
Copenhagen University Hospital Bispebjerg, KU


Academic Appointments
1991 Dissertation at Saarland University (german ”dr. med.”, corresponding to a MD)
1995-2002 Clinical Research Fellow, Dept. of Neurology, TUM, Munich
2000-2002 Visiting researcher at Sobell Dept. for Motor Neuroscience and Movement
Disorders, Institute of Neurology London, UK
2002 Visiting professor at Dept. of Brain Pathophysiology, Kyoto University, Japan
2002-2008 Principle Investigator for “Neuroimaging of Motor Control and Movement
Disorders”, Brain Imaging Center “NeuroImage-Nord”, Hamburg-Kiel, Germany
2003 Dr. med. habil. (corresponds to D.M.Sc. - Doctor Medicinae) and
Privatdozent in Neurology, Dept. of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, CAU, Kiel,
2004-2008 Professor for Functional Imaging and Movement Disorders, CAU, Kiel, Germany
2009- Professor for Functional Neuroimaging, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, KU


Research leadership
1997-2000 Head of “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” group, TUM, Munich, Germany
2002-2008 Head of “Neuroimaging of Movement Disorders” group, CAU, Kiel, Germany
2010- Head of the ContAct (Control of Action) research group at DRCMR, KU
2013 - Research leader - Movement Disorders Research group, Dept. of Neurology,
Copenhagen University Hospital Bispebjerg, KU


Editorial and reviewing activities
2013- Associative editor: Journal of Neuroscience
2012- Reviewing editor: Journal of Physiology (London)
2011-2013 Handling editor: Systems Neuroscience Section, Neuroimage
2014- Senior editor: Neuroimage
2008- Editorial board member for Brain Stimulation

Ad-hoc reviewer for > 40 neuroscientific journals, more than 100 ad hoc reviews per year
(e.g. Brain, Current Biology, Lancet-Neurology, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, Science)

Grant application reviewing for 18 funding agencies and 6 universities
(e.g. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Medical Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet, Wellcome Trust)

Appointed Member of advisory boards & steering groups
2009- Scientific Advisory Board, Danish Multiple Sclerosis Association
2008- Scientific Advisory Board, Luria Institute for Neurorehabilitation
2010- Steering group: Center for Integrated Molecular Brain Imaging (CIMBI)
2012- Steering group: Center for Clinical Intervention & Neuropsychiatric Schizophrenia
Research (CINS)
2012- Steering group: National Danish 7T MRI project
2013- Steering group: Danish Society for Medical Magnetic Resonance (DSMMR)
2014- Scientific Advisory Board, Danish Parkinson´s Disease Association


1982-1989 Student Fellowship, Cusanuswerk, Germany
2000-2002 Educational Research Fellowship (German Research Council)
2002 Visiting Professor Grant, Kyoto University, Japan
2003 Oppenheim Prize, German Dystonia Research Foundation
2009 Richard Jung Prize, German Society of Neurophysiology
2014a Global Excellence Award 2014 awarded by the Capital region of Denmark


Graduate Advising / Supervision
17 Post-doc, 25 Ph.D. Students: 20 Master Students


Research funding
37 research grants from various funding sources from 1997-2014 (17 grants were active during
2011-2014) including project grants from the German Research Council (DFG, 5 grants), Danish
Research Council (6 grants), German Ministery for Education and Research (BMBF, 3 grants),
VolkswagenStiftung (2 grants) and Lundbeckfonden (4 grants), Capital Region of Denmark (2 grants),
The John and Birthe Meyer Foundation Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Jeppe
Juhl og Hustru Ovita Juhl’s Mindelegat 2008, Danish Multiple Sclerosis Association
(Scleroseforeningen), Danish Parkinson Association, Henry Hansen og Hustrus Legat 2009. The total
funding for research (projects and equipment) amounts to ca. 150 Mill. DKK / ca. 20 Mill. €.


Key indicators - Scientific productivity
● 239 invited Lectures and Chairs at professional Societies and Academic Institutions
● Organisation of 30 scientific or educational symposia, courses or workshops.
● 309 peer-reviewed scientific publications:
232 original papers, 35 reviews, 7 editorials, and 35 book chapters
H-Index: 53; No. of citations: 9054 (without self-citations)


10 selected publications (last three years)
1. Bergmann TO, Mölle M, Schmidt M, Lindner C, Marshall L, Born J, Siebner HR (2012).
EEGguided TMS reveals rapid shifts in motor cortical excitability during the human sleep slow
oscillation. J Neurosci. 32:243-53. [IF = 6.74]
2. Groppa S, Werner-Petroll N, Münchau A, Deuschl G, Ruschworth MF, Siebner HR (2012)
Novel dual-site transcranial magnetic stimulation paradigm to prob fast facilitatory inputs from
ipsilateral dorsal premotor cortex to primary motor cortex Neuroimage 62 500-9. [IF = 6.13]
3. Hartwigsen G, Bestmann S, Ward NS, Woerbel S, Mastroeni C, Granert O, Siebner HR
(2012) Left dorsal premotor cortex and supramarginal gyrus complement each other during
rapid action reprogramming. J Neurosci 32:16162-71. [IF = 6.74]
4. van Nuenen BFL, Kuhtz-Buschbeck J, Schulz C, Bloem BR, Siebner HR (2012)
Weight-specific anticipatory coding of grip force in human dorsal premotor cortex.
J Neurosci 32:5272-83. [IF = 6.74]
5. Hartwigsen G, Saur D, Price CJ, Baumgaertner A, Ulmer S, Siebner HR (2013)
Perturbation of left posterior inferior frontal gyrus triggers adaptive plasticity in the right
homologue during speech production. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110:16402-7. [IF = 9.81]
6. Kassuba T, Menz MM, Röder B, Siebner HR (2013) Multisensory interactions between auditory and
haptic object recognition. Cereb Cortex 23:1097-1107. [IF = 8.35]
7. Macoveanu J, Rowe JB, Hornboll B, Elliott R, Paulson OB, Knudsen GM, Siebner HR (2013)
Serotonin 2A receptors contribute to the regulation of risk-averse decisions. NeuroImage
83:35-44. [IF = 6.13]
8. van der Vegt JPM, Hulme OJ, Zittel S, Madsen KH, Weiss MM, Buhmann C, Bloem BR,
Münchau A, Siebner HR (2013) Attenuated neural response to gamble outcomes in drug-naive
patients with Parkinson’s disease. Brain 136:1192-1203. [IF = 10.23]
9. Herz DM, Christensen MS, Bruggemann N, Hulme OJ, Ridderinkhof KR, Madsen KH, Siebner
HR (2014) Motivational tuning of fronto-subthalamic connectivity facilitates control of action
impulses. J Neurosci 34:3210-7. [IF = 6.74]
10. Herz DM, Haagensen BN,Christensen MS, Madsen KH, Rowe J, Løkkegaard A, Siebner HR
(2014) The acute brain response to levodopa heralds dyskinesias in Parkinson’s disease. Ann
Neurol 75:829-36. [IF = 11.91]