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Michael Hoffmann

Short CV

2004-present Head of the Visual Processing Lab (Section for Clinical & Experimental Sensory Physiology) at the Ophthalmic Department Magdeburg, Germany
2013 Adjunct professor (apl. Prof.)
2007 Habilitation & venia legendi for neurobiology
2002-2004 Research fellow at the Ophthalmic Department Freiburg, Germany
1999-2003 Postdoc at the Royal Holloway University London, UK (Prof. A. Morland): fMRI-investiations of the human visual system
1999 Postdoc at the Ophthalmic Department Freiburg (Prof. M. Bach): Human motion perception
1995-1998 PhD thesis at the Ophthalmic Department Freiburg (Prof. M. Bach): "Investigation of visual motion perception in man with the EEG: Discrimination of eye- and object-induced motion"
1994 Diploma thesis at the Ophthalmic Department Tübingen (Prof. F. Schaeffel): "Investigation of the influence of melatonin on deprivation-myopia in the domestic chicken"
1988-1993 Undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Münster, University of Tübingen, University of Sussex, UK
1967 Born in Münster, Westfalen


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Scientifc Interest

  • Retina & visual cortex
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Non-invasive electrophysiology
  • Plasticity & reorgansiation of the human visual system
  • Visual perception & visuo-motor integration


  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft
  • Center for Behavioural Brain Sciences
Michael Hoffmann
Michael Hoffmann

Research Group

Visual Processing Laboratory

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University of Magdeburg

Department of Ophthalmology
Visual Processing Laboratory

Leipziger Str. 44
39120 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 (0) 391 6713585
Fax: +49 (0) 391 6713570



Key Publications

  1. Klemen J, Hoffmann MB, Chambers CD (2012)
    Cortical plasticity in the face of altered input to V1.
    Cortex 48:1362-1365
  2. Hoffmann MB, Kaule FR, Levin N, Masuda Y, Kumar A, Gottlob I, Horiguchi H, Dougherty RF, Stadler J, Wolynski B, Speck O, Kanowski M, Liao YJ, Wandell BA, Dumoulin SO (2012)
    Plasticity and stability of the visual system in human achiasma.
    Neuron 75:393-401
  3. Wolynski B, Kanowski M, Meltendorf S, Behrens-Baumann W, Hoffmann MB (2010)
    Self-organisation in the human visual system - visuo-motor processing with congenitally abnormal V1 input.
    Neuropsychologia 48:3834-3845
  4. Wolynski B, Schott BH, Kanowski M, Hoffmann MB (2009)
    Visuo-motor integration in humans: Cortical patterns of response lateralisation and functional connectivity.
    Neuropsychologia: 47:1313-1322
  5. Hoffmann MB, Stadler J, Kanowski M, Speck O (2009)
    Retinotopic mapping of the human visual cortex at a magnetic field strength of 7 Tesla.
    Clinical Neurophysiology 120:108-16
  6. Hoffmann MB, Wolynski B, Meltendorf S, Behrens-Baumann W, Kaesmann-Kellner B (2008)
    Multifocal visual evoked potentials reveal normal optic nerve projections in human carriers of oculocutaneous albinism type 1a.
    Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences 49:2756-2764
  7. Hoffmann MB, Seufert P, Schmidtborn LC (2007)
    Perceptual relevance of abnormal visual field representations - static visual field perimetry in human albinism.
    British Journal of Ophthalmology 91:509-513
  8. Hoffmann MB, Lorenz B, Morland AB, Schmidtborn LC (2005)
    Misrouting of the optic nerves in albinism: Estimation of the extent with visual evoked potentials.
    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences 46:3906-3912
  9. Heinrich SP, van der Smagt MJ, Bach M, Hoffmann MB (2004)
    Electrophysiological evidence for independent speed channels in human motion processing.
    Journal of Vision 4:469-475
  10. Hoffmann MB, Tolhurst DJ, Moore AT, Morland AB (2003)
    Organisation of the visual cortex in human albinism.
    Journal of Neuroscience 23:8921-8930

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