Center Description

More than 2000 patients with movement disorders are treated annually in the in- and out-patient services of the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Würzburg.

Diverse studies aim at improving the therapeutic potentials in the treatment of movement disorders and allow a careful management of individual patients.
In particular, we helped to establish deep brain stimulation as one of the most potent therapies for patients with movement disorders. Our laboratories use a wide range of clinical and experimental techniques to study the dysregulation of motor circuits underlying human movement disorders, such as parkinsonism, dystonia, myoclonus and tremor. These involve molecular brain imaging studies with simultaneous deep brain and cortical recordings and biomechanical measurements. We aim at a better understanding of the neuronal encoding mechanisms of motor control towards new and personalized treatments.

Center Director and Staff

Jens Volkmann MD, PhD

Dr. Volkmann graduated and completed residency training in Neurology at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (Germany). He then received a doctoral degree in Medical Sciences at the New York University (USA). He was among the first neurologists in Germany to establish a program for the surgical treatment of movement disorders at the Department of Stereotaxy and Functional Neurosurgery of the University of Cologne (Germany). He continued this work as associate professor of neurology at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (Germany). In 2010, he was appointed Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Würzburg (Germany).

Ioannis U. Isaias MD, PhD
Chief of the Motor Control and Neuroimaging Division

Dr. Isaias received his medical degree from the University of Pavia (Italy) and the University of Leipzig (Germany). After completing residency training in Neurology at the University of Milano-Bicocca and at the Parkinson Institute of Milan (Italy), he pursued fellowship training in Movement Disorders at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York (USA). He later obtained a PhD in Human Physiology at the University of Milan (Italy). In 2015, Dr. Isaias became full professor at the University Hospital Würzburg (Germany).

Movement disorder specialists (attending physicians)

  • Jens Volkmann, MD, PhD – Chairman
  • Kai Boelmans, MD, PD – Neurogeriatric ward, Huntington Outpatient Clinic
  • Christine Daniels, MD – Neuro-geronto-psychiatric Day Care Clinic and advanced therapies
  • Chi Wang Ip, MD, PD – Outpatient Clinic, Botulinum Toxin Clinic
  • Ioannis Isaias, MD, PhD – Motor Control and Neuroimaging Division
  • Frank Steigerwald, MD – DBS Service and advanced therapies
  • Daniel Zeller, MD, PD – Clinical Neurophysiology

Movement Disorder Fellows

  • Thomas Musacchio, MD – Center for Rare Diseases
  • Martin Reich, MD

Motor Control and Neuroimaging Division

  • Ioannis Isaias, MD, PhD – Division Chief
  • Gregor Brandt, MD – Neurology Resident
  • Joachim Brumberg, MD – Nuclear Medicine Resident
  • Eng. Andrea Canessa, PhD
  • Virginia Maltese, MD – Neurology Resident
  • Chiara Olivieri, MTA
  • Eng. Chiara Palmisano, PhD-student
  • Nicolò G. Pozzi, MD, PhD-student

Support Staff

  • Marion Labisch, RN – Parkinson nurse
  • Christine Leypold, RN – Parkinson nurse
  • Karola Saile-Fritzsche – Chief of the Physiotherapy Division
  • Jennifer Dietzsch – Speech therapist
  • Dunja Radosavljevic, MSc. – Speech therapist
  • Mathias Frost – Occupational therapist
  • Elisabeth Jentschke – Psychologist
  • Katharina Nohl – Psychologist

Clinical Collaborators

  • Cordula Matthies, MD – Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Division, Full Professor
  • Peter Heuschmann, MD, PhD – Chair of Epidemiology, Full Professor, “QualiPa-Registry” for DBS and infusion therapies
  • Andreas Buck, MD – Chairman of the Nuclear Medicine Department, Full Professor
  • Samuel Samnick, PhD – Chief of the Radiochemistry Division (Nuclear Medicine Department), Full Professor
  • Erdmute Kunstmann, MD, PD – Genetic Counseling

Services available

  • Clinical assessment and patient management, including advanced therapies (i.e. DBS, infusion therapies and treatment with botulinum toxin)
  • Genetic counseling
  • In-vivo biomarkers analysis (e.g. skin biopsies, CSF, etc.)
  • Neuropsychological evaluation and rehabilitation
  • Neurophysiological evaluation (including 128ch EEG-TMS, EMG, etc.) and neuromodulation therapies (rTMS, tDCS, etc.)
  • Brain-imaging studies (i.e. transcranial ultra-sound, PET, SPECT, MRI-3T and -7T for morphological and functional studies)
  • Gait analysis and kinematic analysis of movement (including virtual and augmented reality systems)
  • Physical, speech and occupational therapy

For more information

Neurologische Klinik und Poliklinik
CJosef-Schneider-Str. 11, Haus B1
97080 Würzburg (Germany)

Tel: (0931) 201-23751 / Fax: (0931) 201-23697