Walter Paulus

Department of Clinical Neurophysiology
University Medical Center


Research Interests


  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Cortical plasticity
  • Brain Stimulation
  • Visual system
  • Pain / headache
  • Peripheral Neurology
  • Clinical Neurophysiology



Education and Employment

1992 -Professor, Head of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Medical Faculty of the University of Göttingen
1984 - 1987Resident and Senior Registrar at the Neurological University Clinic of Munich, Klinikum Grosshadern
1982 - 1984Resident at the Department of Neurology with Clinical Neurophysiology, Alfried Krupp Hospital, Essen
1978 - 1982Clinical Resident at the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Düsseldorf
1978Dr. med., University of Düsseldorf



Selected honours and awards

2016Hans Berger Preis
2014Chairman of the European Chapter of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
1997 - 1998President of the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology


Selected publications

Alekseichuk I, Turi Z, Amador de Lara G, Antal A & Paulus W. (2016). Spatial working memory in humans depends on theta and high gamma synchronization in the prefrontal cortex. Current Biology 26, 1513-1521.

Czesnik D, Howells J, Negro F, Wagenknecht M, Hanner S, Farina D, Burke D & Paulus W. (2015). Increased HCN channel driven inward rectification in benign cramp fasciculation syndrome. Brain: A Journal of Neurology 138, 3168-3179.

Trenkwalder C, Winkelmann J, Inoue Y & Paulus W. (2015). Restless legs syndrome-current therapies and management of augmentation. Nature Reviews Neurology 11, 434-445.

Voss U, Holzmann R, Hobson A, Paulus W, Koppehele-Gossel J, Klimke A & Nitsche MA. (2014). Induction of self awareness in dreams through frontal low current stimulation of gamma activity. Nature Neuroscience 17, 810-812.

Polania R, Nitsche MA, Korman C, Batsikadze G & Paulus W. (2012). The importance of timing in segregated theta phase-coupling for cognitive performance. Current Biology 22, 1314-1318.