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Scherberger, Hansjörg, Prof. Dr.

Group Leader Primate Neurobiology

  • Dipl. math. (MS Math), University of Freiburg, Germany, 1993

  • Dr. med. (MD), University of Freiburg, Germany, 1996

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Neurology, University of Zürich, Switzerland, 1995 – 1998

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1998 – 2000

  • Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 2000 – 2004

  • Work group leader, Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETH / University of Zürich, Switzerland, 2004 – 2009

  • Professor for Primate Neurobiology, University of Göttingen and Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH, since 2008

Major Research Interests

We are interested in how hand movements are generated in the primate brain and how intentions to grasp objects can be decoded for controlling a neural prosthesis. For this, we investigate the cortical representation of hand movements in motor-related cortical areas and their relation to sensory systems and decision making. Furthermore, we are developing brain-machine interfaces that can read out such movement intentions to control robotic devices. Such systems could be useful for future applications aiming to restore hand function in paralyzed patients.

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Selected Recent Publications

  • Townsend BR, Subasi E, Scherberger H (2011) Grasp movement decoding from premotor and parietal cortex. J Neurosci 31:14386-14398.

  • Fluet MC, Baumann M, Scherberger H (2010) Context-specific grasp movement representation in macaque ventral premotor cortex. J Neuroscience, 30: 15175-15184.

  • Baumann M, Fluet MC, Scherberger H (2009) Context-Specific Grasp movement representation in the macaque anterior intraparietal area. J Neuroscience 29: 6436–6448.

  • Scherberger H (2009) Neural control of motor prostheses. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 19: 629–633.

  • Scherberger H, Andersen RA (2007) Target selection signals for arm reaching in the posterior parietal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 27: 2001–2012.

  • Scherberger H, Jarvis MR, Andersen RA (2005) Cortical local field potential encodes movement intentions in the posterior parietal cortex. Neuron 46: 347-354.

  • Musallam S, Corneil BD, Greger B, Scherberger H, Andersen RA (2004): Cognitive control signals for neural prosthetics. Science 305: 258–262.

Scherberger, Hansjörg


Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Scherberger
German Primate Center
Research Group Neurobiology
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen

Tel.: +49-(0)551-3851494
Fax: +49-(0)551-3851228
e-mail: hscherberger@dpz.eu

GGNB Affiliation

Neurosciences (IMPRS)
Systems Neuroscience
Theoretical and Computational Neur

Sensory and Motor Neuroscience