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Prof. Dr. Cornelius Weiller: Curriculum Vitae, Awards, Publications

Current position: Professor and head of Department of Neurology in Freiburg Research: Stroke, mechanisms of loss and recovery of brain function. Structural and functional brain imaging in the language and motorsystem.

Curriculum Vitae


  • since 2005 Professor of Neurology (C4) and head of Dept. of Neurology in Freiburg
  • 1999-2005 Professor of Neurology (C4) and head of Dept. of Neurology in Hamburg
  • 1996-1999 Professor of Neurology (C4) and head of Dept. of Neurology in Jena
  • 1991-1996 Senior lecturer (C2) and Oberarzt at the Dept. of Neurology, Essen (Prof. HC Diener)
  • 1990-1991 Postdoc at the MRC Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, London (Prof. RSJ Frackowiak)
  • 1984-1990 Professional training in pathology, psychiatry and neurology in Erlangen (Prof. V. Becker), Bonn (Prof. G. Huber), and Aachen (Prof. K. Poeck)


  • 1993 Habilitation
  • 1987 Medical Doctor
  • 1984 ECFMG
  • 1976-1983 Study of human medicine in Gent, Erlangen, and Aachen

Honors & Awards

  • 2005-present Board of Directors, Hermann-Paul Institute for Linguistics, Freiburg
  • 2004-present Scientific advisory board, “Brain”
  • 2004-present Section Head – Faculty 1000, Neurology
  • 2004-2005 Expert Evaluator, EU (6th +7th framework)
  • 2003 Founding Director of NeuroImage Nord
  • 2003 Director of the Lurija Institute, Konstanz
  • 2002-present Editorial board “NeuroImage”
  • 2001-present Co-editor “Neurologie und Rehabilitation”
  • 2001-2003 GAFOS Faculty
  • 2000-2007 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
  • 1990 Feodor-Lynen Scholar


>350 original papers in peer reviewed journals
h-index: 95 (12/2018)

"Top ten" - cited publications

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Liepert J, Bauder U, Miltner WHR, Weiller C (2000) Treatment induced cortical reorganisation after stroke in humans. Stroke;31:1210-1216
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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 (other) personal favourites

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Weiller C, Rijntjes M (1999) Learning, plasticity and recovery in the central nervous system. Exp Brain Res 128: 134-138
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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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