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Ulrich Schiefer

Short CV

Ulrich Schiefer studied medicine at the University of Düsseldorf, spending his practical year at the Medical Center (Department of Anaesthesiology) of the University of Colorado, Denver, U.S.A. and at St.Joseph's Hospital, Wuppertal, Germany.

In 1983 he received his final Medical State Examination and in March 1984 he finished his dissertation in experimental cardiophysiology supervised by Prof. G. Arnold with 'summa cum laude'.

Since 1986 he worked as a scientist at the University Eye Hospital Tübingen, Dept. II (Pathophysiology of Vision and Neuro-Ophthalmology). He received his board exam in ophthalmology in 1988.

Since 1989 Ulrich Schiefer is a senior resident at the University Eye Hospital Tübingen, Dept. II and 1993 he received his Habilitation in ophthalmology.

From 1994 - 1998 he was responsible for teaching affairs at the University Eye Hospital and since 1994 he is deputy of the director of the department and executive senior resident.

1999 he got an appointment as Assistant Professor.

Ulrich Schiefer is vice president of the International Perimetric Society (IPS) since 2002. He received the award of the University of Düsseldorf ("Best thesis of the year", 1984), the award of the German Ophthalmologic Society (DOG) für an outstanding educational video film (1992) and the Elfriede-Aulhorn-Award of the DOG in 1996. In 2002, he received the Federal Teaching Award (Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, Baden-Württemberg).

Ulrich Schiefer
Ulrich Schiefer

Research Group

Visual Pathway


University of Tuebingen
Centre for Ophthalmology

Schleichstr. 12-16
72076 Tuebingen

Phone: +49 - 7071 29-87429
Fax: +49 - 7071 29 - 4162



Scientifc Interest

  • new perimetric techniques
  • influence of visual field defects on driving performance
  • assessment of visual field defects
  • glaucoma progression


  • International Perimetric Society (IPS);
    board member since 2002, vice president 2002-2004; treasurer since 2004
  • German Ophthalmological Society (DOG)
  • Commission in DOG for quality control of  visual psychophysical methods and devices (Head: since 2007)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

Further Activities

Reviewer for Scientific Journals including:
Brain, Neurology, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS), Vision Research, Epilepsia, Archives of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica, Graefe´s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Ophthalmologica, Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde, Der Ophthalmologe, Fortschritte der Ophthalmologie

Key Publications

  1. Papageorgiou E, Ticini LF, Hardiess G, Schaeffel F, Wiethoelter H, Mallot HP, Bahlo S, Wilhelm B, Vonthein R, Schiefer U, Karnath HO (2008)
    The pupillary light reflex pathway: Cyto-architectonic probalistic maps in hemianopic patients
    Neurology 70:956-63
  2. Nevalainen J, Krapp E, Paetzold J, Mildenberger I, Besch D, Vonthein R, Keltner JL, Schiefer U (2008)
    Visual field defects in acute optic neuritis – distribution of different types of defect pattern, assessed with threshold-related supraliminal perimetry, ensuring high spatial resolution
    Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 246:599-607
  3. Nevalainen J, Paetzold J, Krapp E, Vonthein R, Johnson CA, Schiefer U (2008).
    The use of semi-automated kinetic perimetry (SKP) to monitor advanced glaucomatous visual field loss.
    Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol.] 246(9):1331-9
  4. Hermann A, Paetzold J, Vonthein R, Krapp E, Rauscher S, Schiefer U (2008)
    Age-dependent normative values for differential luminance sensitivity in automated static perimetry using the Octopus 101
    Acta Ophthalmol 86:446-55
  5. Schiefer U, Pascual JP, Edmunds B, Feudner E, Hoffmann EM, Johnson CA, Lagreze WA, Pfeiffer N, Sample PA, Staubach F, Weleber RG, Vonthein R, Krapp E, Paetzold J:
    Comparison of the new perimetric “German Adaptive Threshold Estimation” (GATE) strategy with conventional full-threshold and SITA Standard strategies
    accepted Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci
  6. Reinhard J, Schreiber A, Schiefer U, Vonthein R, Trauzettel-Klosinski S (2004)
    Visuelles Restitutionstraining bei homonymer Hemianopsie
    Z Prakt Augenheilkd 25:305-312
  7. Nowomiejska K, Vonthein R, Pätzold J, Zagorski Z, Kardon R, Schiefer U (2005)
    Comparison between semi-automated kinetic perimetry and conventional Goldmann manual kinetic perimetry in advanced visual field loss.
    Ophthalmology 112:1343-54
  8. Dolderer J, Vonthein R, Johnson CA, Schiefer U, Hart WM (2006)
    Scotoma mapping by semi-automated kinetic perimetry – The effects of stimulus properties and the speed of subjects' responses
    Acta Ophthalmol Scan 84: 338-344
  9. Schreiber A, Vonthein R, Reinhard J, Trauzettel-Klosinski S, Connert C, Schiefer U (2006)
    Effect of Visual Restitution Training on Absolute Homonymous Scotomas
    Neurology 67: 143-145

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