The research focus of the Hummel Lab is on systems and translational neuroscience. The main research topics are targeted towards neuroplasticity, neuronal control of sensorimotor function, motor skill acquisition and learning, healthy aging and especially on functional reorganization and recovery after focal Brain lesions by using multimodal systems neurosciences approaches including modern neuroimaging, brain stimulation and psychophysical and clinical evaluations. We are especially interested in the understanding of underlying mechanism of healthy aging and of functional regeneration after focal brain lesions, such as after stroke or traumatic brain injury and how they can be modulated, e.g. by non-invasive brain stimulation with overarching goal to translate the knowledge from “bench” to daily life clinical “bedside”.

One of our main characteristics is the multimodal methodological expertise in our lab. As such we use modern neuroimaging and neurostimulation.

Multimodal neuroimaging

  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)
  • Multichannel Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Multifocal Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Noninvasive brain stimulation

  • Virtual lesion approaches
  • Neuromodulation using: transcranial Electrical Stimulation (tES) & neuronavigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Behavioral, psychophysical and clinical assessment

Our interdisciplinary team consists of postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, medical doctors and therapists. Our scientific focus lies on stroke in the acute and chronic phase, healthy aging, neurofibromatosis and extrapyramidal movement disorders like dystonia. Our research is embedded in internal and international cooperations/collaborations.