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Univ.Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Straube


Dept. of Neurology
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Klinikum Großhadern
Marchioninistr. 15, 81377 Munich, Germany

Tel. ++ 49 89 4400-73901
Fax ++ 49 89 4400-73677

Further Information: Marie Curie Training Site



Klinische Schwerpunkte / Clinical core area


  • Headache
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Movement disorders
  • Neurooncology


Main Research Topics


1. Oculomotor research (together with Dr. Thomas Eggert): The main area of interest is the control of higher order eye movements (e.g. memory saccades, anti-saccades, vergence eye movements) and the influence of focal brain lesions on these eye movements. Furthermore, we investigate how these eye movements influence psychophysics as the recognition of targets etc.. In the lab, video-oculography, search coil, and 3 D presentation of target are established. Further co-worker: Dr. F. Filippopulos, Dr. B. Blum.

2. Limb movement control (together with Dr. Thomas Eggert): Limb movements toward a target can be done using different combinations of joint angles. In daily life the system restricts the use of this possibility and typically we use only a limited set of possible joint positions. How this is achieved by the motor control system and influenced in the pathological situation is investigated in the lab using an ultrasonic motion analysis system (Zebris) and target presentation as in the oculomotor lab. Together with PD Dr. J. Szecsi we also investigated if the electrical stimulation of the lower limb allows an increase in muscle power during cycling and if this also transfers to walking. The idea is that the electrical reciprocal stimulation of the limbs results in sustained activation of the spinal locomotor pattern generator. Further co-worker: Murat Can Özdemir

3. Headache and neuropathic pain: Based on the observation that general inflammatory processes are often followed by headache, we investigated the influence of cytokines and immune cells on headache, especially in primary headache syndromes. The laboratory is equipped with cell culture, RIA and NO measurement and histology.

4. Adult stem cells and bone marrow transplantation: Beside the clinical course and features of complications in bone marrow transplantation, where we could show the important role of adhesion molecules (like VCAM and ICAM) we have become interested in the possible uses of adult stem cells in the treatment of neurological disorders. We use in-vitro as well as in-vivo preparations and follow the question whether stem cells can be helpful in focal or global ischemia, brain injury or global hypoxia.

3. Somatic pain (together with PD Dr. R. Ruscheweyh): Unspecific pain back and limb pain is one major reason for retirement. We investigate how feedback training is able to reduce the nociceptive reflexes (spinal reflexes) and whether this also reduces pain sensation. Furthermore, we investigate if a deficit in this descending nociceptive control can be seen in chronic pain patients. In the lab the measurement of reflexes, quantitative sensory testing, and heat evoked potentials are established. Further co-worker: S. Krafft

4. Headache (together with PD Dr. R. Ruscheweyh, Dr. O. Eren, K. Kamm, V. Sorgenfrei): Headache is one of the most prevalent clinical symptoms. We investigate how the autonomic system is changed during headache phases and if the influence of the autonomic system can help to treat migraine. CGRP is one of the main transmitters of the trigeminal system and we measure the CGRP in the tears and the blood and correlate this with the headache syndrome. Together with colleagues from the children’s hospital (Prof. F. Heinen, Prof. R. von Kries) we investigate the influence of stress (school) and possible interventions on the headache disability. Further co-worker: Dr. F. Filippopulos

5. Neuro-oncology (together with PD Dr. L. von Baumgarten): The lab established an in-vivo mouse model of the primary CNS lymphoma which permits imaging of the implantation of tumor cells in the brain and the further growth as well as the interaction of the lymphoma cells with targeting lymphocytes. Another objective is the identification of possible markers of the lymphoma or meningeosis in the CSF and blood in order to get better prognostic factors. Different staining techniques, cell culture and the animal model are established. (Further coworker: S. Langer, M. Mulazzani, W. Zhang, X. Zhou.


Selected Literature


  • Eggert T, Robinson FR, Straube A.Modeling Inter-trial Variability of Saccade Trajectories: Effects of Lesions of the Oculomotor Part of the Fastigial Nucleus. PLoS Comput Biol. 2016 Jun 28;12(6):e1004866. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004866.
  • Schankin CJ, Kästele F, Gerdes LA, Winkler T, Csanadi E, Högen T, Pellkofer H, Paulus W, Kümpfel T, Straube A. New-Onset Headache in Patients With Autoimmune Encephalitis Is Associated With anti-NMDA-Receptor Antibodies. Headache. 2016 May 31. doi:0.1111/head.12853
  • Rauschel V, Straube A, Süß F, Ruscheweyh R. Responsiveness of the autonomic nervous system during paced breathing and mental stress in migraine patients. J Headache Pain. 2015 Dec;16(1):82. doi: 10.1186/s10194-015-0567-8. Epub 2015 Sep 16. PMID:26377932
  • Zhang L, Straube A, Eggert T. Under Threshold Position Control, Peripheral Mechanisms Compensate Efficiently for Small Perturbations of Arm Movements. Motor Control. 2015 Jun 9.
  • Henriques DY, Filippopulos F, Straube A, Eggert T. The cerebellum is not necessary for visually driven recalibration of hand proprioception. Neuropsychologia. 2014 Sep 30; 64C:195-204.
  • Albers L, Heinen F, Landgraf M, Straube A, Blum B, Filippopulos F, Lehmann S, Mansmann U, Berger U, Akboga Y, von Kries R. Headache cessation by an educational intervention in grammar schools: a cluster randomized trial. Eur J Neurol. 2014 Sep 22
  • Szecsi J, Straube A, Fornusek C.A biomechanical cause of low power production during FES cycling of subjects with SCI. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2014 Aug 16;11(1):123.
  • Krüger M, Eggert T, Straube A. Age-Related Differences in the Stabilization of Important Task Variables in Reaching Movements. Motor Control. 2013 Jun 10.
  • Birnbaum T, Langer S, Roeber S, von Baumgarten L, Straube A. Expression of B-cell activating factor, a proliferating inducing ligand and its receptors in primary central nervous system lymphoma. Neurol Int. 2013 Mar 21;5(1):e4. doi: 10.4081/ni.2013.e4




1) Infrared oculography (IRIS-system, Skalar Delft; AMTECH-system , Heidelberg) with the possibility of real-time processing (UNIX based PC-system) and stimulus presentation using a laser system or fast video graphics

2) 3-dimensional monocular search coil eye movement recordings (Remmel-Lab-system, USA)

3) Motion analysis by a 3-dimensional infrared video system (Elite, BTS, Milano) and 3-dimensional ultrasonic system (Zebris, Elite) with the possibility of on-line correction of the video-graphics.

4) TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation; single, double and rapid stimulation)

5) Immunohistochemistry; Radio-Immune-Assay, cell cultures, in-vivo experiments (Gerbil)




Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft: "Klinische Forschergruppe" and

Sonderforschungsbereich 462 "Sensorimotor Systems: Biological analysis, modeling and technical applications in medicine."

BMBF-Verbund chronischer Kopfschmerz

DFG: Forschergruppe “Temporale Dynamik bei visuellen Objekt- und Ereignisverarbeitung“

Marie Curie Training Site "Spatial Orientation: Sensorimotor System Research in Humans and Animals" (Start: 1/2001)


Team Members


Oculomotor: Thomas Eggert

Headache: Stefanie Förderreuther, MD

TMS and motor programming:



Cooperation with


Z. Kappula, CERN, Paris

AF Fuchs and RF Robinson, Primate Center Seattle, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

H Deubel, Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Psychology, Munich

H-J. Kolb; Medical Clinic, Großhadern, Munich

E. Holler, Medical Clinic, Regensburg

K. Culmsee, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Munich



Neurologische Klinik und Poliklinik & Deutsches Schwindel- und Gleichgewichtszentrum DSGZ
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Klinikum Großhadern, Marchioninistraße 15
D-81377 München

Univ.Prof. Dr. med. Marianne Dieterich, FANA, FEAN

Tel. (089) 4400-0



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