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Dr. Lüder Deecke is a neurologist, neuroscientist, teacher and physician whose scientific discoveries have impacted brain research and the treatment of neurological disorders.

Full Professor and Head, Department of Clinical Neurology at the University of Vienna Medical University of Vienna, professor emeritus since OCT 2006, Deecke is also head of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Functional Brain Topography and is the author of a number of books and more than 500 publications in the fields of neurology, clinical neurology, neurophysiology, clinical neurophysiology, neurosciences, brain research, movement disorders, etc..

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His early research with Hans Helmut Kornhuber in the mid sixties led to the discovery of the Bereitschaftspotential (or readiness potential), which is a measure of neural activity in the brain that precedes voluntary movements. This discovery set an important standard in research and rehabilitation of motor control systems.


1938, June 22 born on the shore of the North Sea (Lohe, Dithmarschen, Holstein, Germany). High school years at Celle near Hanover

1958 Baccalaureat at 'Humanistisches Gymnasium-Ernestinum Celle'. Study of Physics, University of Hamburg

1959-60 Military service (Lieutenant of the reserve)

1960-66 Study of Medicine at the universities of Freiburg (im Breisgau), Hamburg and Vienna, Austria. Stipend of the 'Studienstiftung'

1965 Graduation in Medicine

1966 Promotion to M.D. on the basis of doctoral thesis regarding the discovery of the Bereitschaftspotential or readiness potential together with his mentor Hans Helmut Kornhuber

1966 ECFMG examination of the US (Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates) in Frankfurt/Main, Germany

1966-68 Internship at the Neurological University Hospital with Neurophysiology Freiburg (Prof. Richard Jung)

1968-70 Resident, Neurological University Hospital Ulm (Prof. H.H. Kornhuber)

1970-71 Research Fellow, Oto-Neurophysiology Laboratory, University of Toronto (Prof. J.M. Fredrickson

1972-74 Senior Resident Neurological University Hospital Ulm (Prof. H.H. Kornhuber)

1974 'Habilitation (thesis to become Professor) for Neurology and Neurophysiology

1978 Associate Professor of Neurology

1982 1 year of Visiting Professorship with Hal Weinberg, Brain Behaviour Laboratory Simon Fraser University Vancouver

1985 Full Professor (Professor Ordinarius) University of Vienna, Austria, Chair of Clinical Neurology

1985 Head, Neurological University Hospital Vienna

1992 Founder of the 'Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Functional Brain Topography' and head of the institute

2000 Head, Department of Clinical Neurology University of Vienna

2006 Professor emeritus (o. Univ. Prof. em. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Lüder Deecke, formerly head, Department of Clinical Neurology, Medical University Vienna & Vienna General Hospital, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna, Austria, Phone: +43 1 320 5558, Fax: +43 1 320 0309, Cellular phone: +43 664 499 4023, e-mail:

1987 till present President of the Austrian Multiple Sclerosis Society

Awards and Recognitions

2009 Adjunct Professor Simon Fraser University Vancouver

  • 2000 Hans Berger Award of the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology
  • 1997 Hoechst Award
  • 1989 Dr. Herbert Reisner Award
  • 1971 Scientific Award of the City of Ulm, Germany


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