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Arno Villringer

Department of Neurology at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences


Arno Villringer is a neuroscientist and neurologist. He is director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, the Dept. of Cognitive Neurology at Leipzig University Hospital, and Academic Director of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt University, Berlin. He studied medicine at Freiburg University where he also received the doctorate degree (molecular biology), he did a postdoc at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and his neurology residency at LMU Munich. He was chief neurologist at Benjamin Franklin Hospital, Charité and holds professorships at Leipzig University, Medical University of Vienna, and Charité, HU-Berlin

Arno Villringer received awards from DFG (Gerhard Hess Prize) and the Pater Leander Fischer Award from the German Laser Society. He (co-)founded several large-scale research projects in Berlin and Leipzig, such as a Clinical Research Group on neuroimaging (coordinator), the Berlin Neuroimaging Center (speaker), German Competence Net Stroke (coordinator), Excellence Cluster NeuroCure (PI), Berlin School of Mind and Brain (speaker), translational research center IFB on adiposity diseases (PI), SFB Obesity Mechanism (board of directors), International Max Planck Research School NeuroCom (Speaker), and Leipzig Research Centre for Civilization Diseases (LIFE, board of directors). Recently he initiated the Max Planck School of Cognition (speaker), a new national graduate school.

His research focusses on human cognition and neuro-plasticity in the context of mind-body interactions; he investigates how they relate to the development of risk factors such as obesity and hypertension eventually leading to stroke and dementia. He also studies mechanisms of neuro-plasticity to optimize recovery after stroke.