Visual Processing Lab
(Sektion für klinische und experimentelle Sinnesphysiologie)

CV - Professor Dr. rer. nat. habil. Michael B. Hoffmann

07/2004-present: Head of the head of the Section for Clinical and Experimental Sensory Physiologyat the Ophthalmic Department (University of Magdeburg, Germany): Clinical investigations and basic research on the human visual system
01/2013: Adjunct professor (apl. Professor)
12/2007: Habilitation - Venia legendi for Neurobiology
2002-04: Research Fellow at the Ophthalmic Department (University of Freiburg, Germany): Cortical organisation and visual function in albinism.
1999- 02: Postdoc with Tony Morland in Andy Smith's lab (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK): Reorganisation of the human visual cortex.
1999: Postdoc in Michael Bach's lab (University of Freiburg, Germany): Visual motion perception.
1995-98: PhD Thesis: "Investigation of visual motion perception in man with the EEG: Discrimination of eye- and object-induced motion" (Michael Bach, University of Freiburg, Department of Ophthalmology).
1988-94: Biology Diplom (masters degree) - Universities of Tübingen, Sussex (UK - ERASMUS scholarship) & Münster
1993-94: Diplom Thesis: "Investigation of the influence of melatonin on deprivation-myopia in the domestic chicken" (Schaeffel Group, University of Tübingen, Department of Ophthalmology)
1992: Project on size constancy with Tom Collett at the University of Sussex
1978-87: High school (grammar school, Gymnasium Paulinum, Münster)
1984 (autumn): Students' exchange - Fresno, California (scholarship)
1974-78: Primary school (Overbergschule, Münster)
1967: Born in Münster

Awards & Scholarships

2016 Elfriede-Aulhorn Award donated by 'Gesellschaft zur Förderung der neuro-ophthalmologischen Forschung e.V.' for outstanding research in neuro-ophthalomology
(DOG 2016 meeting, Berlin)
2006 Award by the Ophthalmol. Soc. Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen for the presentation:
Einfluss von Nystagmus auf visuell evozierte Potentiale - Suhl
2005 Award by the Ophthalmol. Soc. Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen for the presentation:
Relevanz abnormal projizierender Netzhautareale bei Albinismus-Patienten - Haldensleben
2004 Award by the Ophthalmol. Soc. Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen for the presentation:
Bestimmung der Sehnervenfehlkreuzung bei Albinismus mit mfVEPs - Jena
1997 Travel scholarship for the annual meeting of ARVO, USA (Med. Soc. Freiburg)
1991/2 Students exchange - Biology, Univ. Sussex (ERASMUS Scholarship), UK
1984 Students exchange - Fresno (Scholarship by City of Münster), USA

Organisation of Meetings & Symposia

2017 Symposium "Human Visual System - Advances in Research, Diagnostics & Therapy" with DOG, NWG and HORIZON2020-ITN "NextGenVis", Mageburg
2016 Symposium "Bridging the gap in Ophthalmology - From Physics to Cognition" at 2016 meeting of the Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft, Berlin
2016 Symposium "Human Visual System - Physiology, Pathophysiology, Rehabilitation & Restoration" with DOG, NWG and HORIZON2020-ITN "NextGenVis", Magdeburg
2014 Symposium "Looking into Function" at 2014 meeting of the Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft, Leipzig
2011 Symposium "Plasticity in the human visual system - Probing dysfunction with functional magnetic resonance imaging" at 2011 meeting of the German Society for Neurosciences, Göttingen
2006 Meeting of the Ophthalmological Physicists (AKOO) in Magdeburg (Gommern)
1999 Neuroworkshop "Mittelbauern-Treffen" in Münster (Bösensell)
1998 Neuroworkshop "Mittelbauern-Treffen" in Freiburg (Buchenbach)


2021-25: HORIZON 2020 MSCA-ITN-2014-ETN (955590)
OptiVisT: European Training and Research Program in Translational Vision Science to ensure Optimal support of Visually Impaired Individuals through Tests and Tools of Functional Vision
2015-2018: DFG (HO 2002/12-1)
Achromatopsia: Exploring nature and plasticity of vision in the absence of functional cones
2020-2022: DFG (HO 2002/22-1)
Strengthening the link between subjective and objective visual acuity
2019-2021: DFG (HO 2002/20-1)
Gait control: Visuo-motor interactions and plasticity in glaucoma
2019-2021: DFG (HO 2002/10-3)
Selbstorganisation des visuellen Systems bei Sehbahnabnormalitäten
2016-19: HORIZON 2020 MSCA-ITN-2014-ETN (675033)
Egret+: European Glaucoma Research Training Program Plus
2015-2018: DFG (HO 2002/12-1)
Achromatopsia: Exploring nature and plasticity of vision in the absence of functional cones
2015-19: HORIZON 2020 MSCA-ITN-2014-ETN (641805)
NextGenVis: Training the Next Generation of European Visual Neuroscientists for the benefit of innovation in health care and high-tech industry
2014: Industry (FAN GmbH)
Characterization of Multiple Sclerosis specific disease entities by MRI and examinations of the visual system
2013-2016: DFG (HO 2002/10-2)
Selbstorganisation des visuellen Systems bei Sehbahnabnormalitäten
2012-2014: CBBS (Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt)
Advanced fMRI-based analysis of human sensory cortex
2009-2013: DFG (HO 2002/10-1)
Selbstorganisation des visuellen Systems bei Sehbahnabnormalitäten
2009-2013: DFG (HO 2002/9-1)
Reorganisation im Sehsystem von Patienten mit Makula-Degeneration
2008-2009: Industry (Hoya Surgical Optics GmbH)
Effect of blue-block filters on retinal responses
2008-2011: DFG (HO 2002/6-1)
Neuronale Mechanismen der audio-visuellen Bewegungswahrnehmung
2006-2009: DFG (HO 2002/4-1/2)
Visuelle Verarbeitung und kortikale Organisation bei Albinismus
2002-2005: DFG (HO 2002/3-1)
Kortikale Organisation und visuelle Funktion bei Albinismus

Reviewer for Scientific Journals

Acta Ophthalmologica
American Journal of Neuroradiology
Brain Communications
Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research
British Journal of Ophthalmology
Cerebral Cortex
Clinical Neurophysiology
Clinical Ophthalmology
Current Eye Research
Documenta Ophthalmologica
Experimental Eye Research
Eye and Vision
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Frontiers in Psychology
Graefes Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Human Brain Mapping
International Journal of Psychophysiology
International Ophthalmology
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Journal of Clinical Medicine
Journal of Neurology
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
Journal of Neuroscience
Journal of Neurophysiology
Journal of Psychophysiology
Journal of Vision
Journal of Visualised Experiments
Klinische Monatsblätter f�r Augenheilkunde
Neurobiology of Aging
Neuroscience Letters
Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics
Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Scientific Reports
The Online Ophthalmology Journal
Translational Vision Science and Technology
Vision Research
Visual Neuroscience
Zeitschrift für Medizinische Physik

Reviewer for Grants

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (G)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, G)
Dunhill Medical Trust (UK)
Einstein Stiftung (G)
French National Research Agency (ANR, F)
Foundation Friends of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NL)
German Israeli Foundation (G/IL)
Innovationgrant (G)
Medical Research Council (MRC, UK)
Neurological Foundation of New Zealand (NZ)
Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (G)
Technology Foundation STW (STW, NL)
Wellcome Trust (UK)


Center for Behavioural Brain Sciences - CBBS
Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft - DOG
Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft - NWG
International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision - ISCEV
Society for Neuroscience - SFN
Verein zur F�rderung der Augenklinik Magdeburg (Treasurer)

Employment History

01.07.04 - present Research scientist Ophthalmology, Univ. Magdeburg, Germany (Univ. Magdeburg)
01.06.02 - 30.06.04 Research
Ophthalmology, Univ. Freiburg, Germany (DFG)
01.10.99 - 31.04.02 Research associate Psychology, Royal Holloway Univ. London, UK (Wellcome Trust)
01.07.99 - 31.09.99 Research associate Biophysics, Imperial College, UK (Wellcome Trust)
01.03.95 - 31.04.99 Research associate Ophthalmology, Univ. Freiburg, Germany (DFG)
01.06.94 - 31.12.94 Research assistant Ophthalmology, Univ. Tübingen,Germany (Fortüne)

Last update by Michael Hoffmann