Martin Sommer

Department of Clinical Neurophysiology
University Medical Center


Research Interests


  • Movement disorders
  • motor cortex excitability
  • Parkinson's disease
  • stuttering
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • somatosensory evoked potentials
  • structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging



Education and Employment

2010 -Professor, Clinical Neurophysiology, Medical Faculty of the University of Göttingen
2001 - 2002Visiting Fellow at the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Department of Neurology, University of Hamburg
1997 - 2010Residency and Fellowship in Neurology, Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, University Medical Center Göttingen
1996 - 1997Visiting fellow in the Human Motor Control Section, National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH Bethesda, MD, USA
1997Dr. med., RWTH Aachen



Selected honours and awards



Selected publications

von Lewinski F., Schwan, M., Paulus, W., Trenkwalder, C., & Sommer, M. (2013). Impairment of brainstem implicit learning paradigms differentiates multiple system atrophy (MSA) from idiopathic Parkinson syndrom. BMJ Open 3(9): e003098.

Sommer, M., Norden, C., Schmack, L, Rothkegel, H, Lang, N. & Paulus, W. (2013): Opposite optimal current flow directions for induction of neuroplasticity and excitation threshold in the human motor cortex. Brain Stim. 6(3): 363-370.

Neef, N.E., Paulus, W., Neef, A., von Gudenberg, A.W. & Sommer, M. (2011). Reduced intracortical inhibition and facilitation in the primary motor tongue representation of adults who stutter Clin. Neurophysiol. 122(9): 1802-1811.

Sommer, M., Knappmeyer, K., Hunter, E.J., Gudenberg, A.W., Neef, N. & Paulus, W. (2009). Normal interhemispheric inhibition in persistent developmental stuttering. Mov. Disord. 24(5): 769-773.