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Michael Bach

Short CV

1950 Born in Berlin
1970 Studied Physics, Psychology and Computer Science in Bochum and Freiburg
1978–81 PhD thesis, supervised by Prof Burkhart Fischer und Prof Jürgen Krüger: “Interaction between neurones in the visual cortex based on recordings with a multi-microelectrode”
1983 Head of the Electrophysiological Laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Freiburg
1991 Habilitation and venia legendi for ‘Neurobiophysik’
1998 Appointed as Professor (APL)
1999 Professional appointment as “Akademischer Direktor”
Head of Section Visual Function / Electrophysiology
2004–now President of ISCEV


CV of Michael Bach [pdf]

Scientifc Interest

  • All things vision

Further Activities

  • President of the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision


  • Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (DOG)
  • Pro-Retina AK klin. Fragen
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • VSS
Michael Bach
Michael Bach

Research Group

Section Visual Function / Electrophysiology


University  Eye Hospital Freiburg

Killianstrasse 5
79106 Freiburg



Key Publications

  1. Bach M, Maurer JP, Wolf ME (2008)
    VEP-based acuity assessment in normal vision, artificially degraded vision, and in patients.
    Brit J Ophthalmol 92:396–403
  2. Bach M (2007)
    The Freiburg Visual Acuity Test – Variability unchanged by post-hoc re-analysis.
    Graefe’s Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 245:965–971
  3. Bach M (2006)
    The effects of glaucoma on the latency of the multifocal visual evoked potential (editorial).
    Brit J Ophthalmol 90:1076–1077
  4. Heinrich SP, Aertsen A, Bach M (2008)
    Oblique effects beyond low-level visual processing.
    Vision Res 48:809–818
  5. Heinrich SP, Andrés M, Bach M (2007)
    Attention and visual texture segregation.
    JOV 7:6,1–10
  6. Höffken O, Grehl T, Dinse H, Tegenthoff M, Bach M (2008)
    Paired-pulse behavior of visually evoked potentials recorded in human visual cortex using patterned double-pulse stimulation.
    Exp Brain Res 188:427–435
  7. Kornmeier J, Bach M (2008)
    Object perception: When our brain is impressed but we do not notice it.
    J Vision
  8. Kornmeier J, Hein CM, Bach M (2008)
    Multistable Perception: When bottom-up and top-down coincide.
    Brain & Cognition
  9. Normann C, Schmitz D, Fürmaier A, Döing C, Bach M (2007)
    Long-term plasticity of visually evoked potentials in humans is altered in major depression.
    Biol Psychiat 62:373–380
  10. Poloschek CM, Kloeckener-Gruissem B, Hansen LL, Bach M, Berger W (2008)
    Syndromic choroideremia – sublocalization of phenotypes associated with Martin-Probst deafness mental retardation syndrome (MPDMRS).
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 49:4096–4104

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