Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Hummel

Prof.José del R. Millan

Defitech Foundation Logo


Prof. Friedhelm Hummel was trained in Medicine at the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and the University of Bordeaux (France). He received his training to become a certified neurologist at the University Medical Centers in Tuebingen (Germany) and Hamburg (Germany). After his post-doctoral appointment at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS, NIH) in Bethesda, MD (USA) and the Department of Neurology in Tuebingen (Germany), he established the BrainImaging and NeuroStimulation (BINS) Laboratory at Hamburg University Medical Center. Furthermore, he worked clinically as Leading Senior Attending and from 2013 as Vice-Director of the Department of Neurology.
Since September 2016 he is appointed as Defitech Foundation Chair in Clinical Neuroengineering and leads the Hummel-Laboratory at the CNP. He further holds an Associate Professorship of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University Medical Center of Geneva and a Guest Professorship at Favoloro University, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hummel’s systems neuroscience research is focused on neuroplasticity, motor control, learning, brain stimulation and neuroimaging to better understand the mechanisms of functional recovery after stroke and healthy aging, and to develop innovative treatment strategies to enhance recovery.


Stroke is one of the most frequent diseases and the main cause of long-term disability with major impact on individual professional and private life of the patients, their relatives and the society. Recovery from stroke is still limited and there is a strong need to develop novel treatment strategies to enhance functional recovery.

Thus the mission of the Hummel-Lab is to better understand the underlying systems neuroscientific mechanisms during the course of stroke recovery and healthy aging with a strong focus on motor control, motor learning and skill (re-)acquisition. To address these goals the Hummel-Lab use a multimodal approach. A strong emphasis lies on neuroscience projects investigating healthy subjects, healthy aging and stroke patients by combining neurostimulation (TMS, tDCS) methods with neuroimaging techniques (high resolution (f)MRI and structural MRI, multichannel EEG, bifocal TMS).


Neuroimaging, Neurostimulation, Stroke Rehabilitation, healthy aging, motor control, motor learning.