Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

University Department of Neurology

Neuromuscular Disorders



Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Vielhaber (Spokesperson)
Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Feistner (Director)
Prof. Dr. med. Christian Mawrin (Deputy Director)



Dr. med. Susanne Abdulla (Rotation Assistant)
Dr. med. Ute Bock (Senior Neurologist, MVZ)
Dr. Heike Stephanik (Neurologist)
PD Dr. med. Stefanie Schreiber (Neurologist)

Clinical Psychology

Judith Wesenberg, M. Sc.
Frau M. Veit, B. Sc.

Outpatient Clinic

Christa Sobetzko (Secretary)
Schw. Heike Knape (Nurse)
Schw. Andrea Goedecke (Nurse)

The Muscle Center: An Overview

In the Magdeburg Neuromuscular Center patients with neuromuscular diseases are cared for by an interdisciplinary team of cooperating neurologists, heart and lung specialists, geneticists, orthopedists, rheumatologists, dermatologists, pediatricians and neuro-pediatricians, physiotherapists and social workers. The center is managed by Director Professor Dr. med. Helmut Feistner, Spokesperson Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Vielhaber and Deputy Director Professor Dr. med. Ch. Marwin. In 2008 it became one of first German centers to be certified with a seal of quality by the German Society for Muscular Dystrophy. » mehr...

Main focusses of The Magdeburg Muscle Center are the care for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (with scientific studies being conducted in conjunction with Prof. Drs. R. Dengler and S. Petri of the Hannover Medical School). Special ambulances for patients with post-polio syndrome patients and patients with inflammatory muscle diseases and peripheral neuro-immunological disorders (e.g., as myasthenia gravis, chronic inflammatory neuropathies) are held. Nevertheless patients with all kinds of neuromuscular diseases are cared for in the centre.

Sponsorship of Research

The Christa Lorenz ALS Research Award
The "Christa Lorenz ALS Research Award" is given for outstanding original scientific papers on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The award, which provides an endowment of 15,000 Euros, was presented the first time by the Frankfurt am Main based Foundation for Medical Science on September 5, 2009 at the Magdeburg Faculty of Medicine. The initial recipient was scientist and clinician at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Dr. med. Stefan Lorenzl. In 2010 the award was given to Prof. Dr. Manuela Claudia Neumann, who works as an Assistant Professor of Experimental Neuropathology and Senior Physician at the Institute of Neuropathology at the University Hospital Zurich. In 2011 Professor Dr. Michael T. Heneka from the University Hospital of Bonn received the award for his outstanding scientific papers on ALS. In 2013 the award went Professor Dr. med. Susanne Petri of the Hannover Medical School (MHH) for her work on the use of stem cells to treat neuromuscular diseases, with ALS serving as a representative case. (more information)

The Frankfurt am Main Foundation for Medical Sciences was founded in 1999 by Christa Lorenz, who was herself afflicted with ALS and ultimately died from it. The Foundation’s purpose is to promote scientific research on this neurodegenerative disorder, which is regarded a model for other age-related neurological illnesses, such as dementia, that involve selective cell death.

» Adresses and Office Hours at the Magdeburg Muscle Center and Department of Neurology
» Magdeburg Muscle Center and Associated Hospital Departments


Department of Neurology Homepage
The German Society for Muscular Dystrophy e.V. (DGM)
Regional Association of the DGM
Centre for medical aid supply
Scientific Information
Neurology Events
Christa-Lorenz-ALS-Research Prize/Research Award

Selected Publications

Stoppel CM, Vielhaber S, Eckart C, Machts J, Kaufmann J, Heinze HJ, Kollewe K, Petri S, Dengler R, Hopf JM, Schoenfeld MA. Structural and functional hallmarks of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis progression in motor- and memory-related brain regions. Neuroimage Clin. 2014 Jul 22;5:277-90. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2014.07.007. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25161894 [PubMed - in process] Free PMC Article Related citations Select item 251550202.

Schreiber S, Abdulla S, Debska-Vielhaber G, Machts J, Dannhardt-Stieger V, Feistner H, Oldag A, Goertler M, Petri S, Kollewe K, Kropf S, Schreiber F, Heinze HJ, Dengler R, Nestor PJ, Vielhaber S. Peripheral nerve ultrasound in ALS phenotypes. Muscle Nerve. 2014 Aug 25. doi: 10.1002/mus.24431. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25155020 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] Related citations Select item 250593913.

Cardenas-Blanco A, Machts J, Acosta-Cabronero J, Kaufmann J, Abdulla S, Kollewe K, Petri S, Heinze HJ, Dengler R, Vielhaber S, Nestor PJ. Central white matter degeneration in bulbar- and limb-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. J Neurol. 2014 Jul 25. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25059391 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] Related citations Select item 250229384.

Schuster C, Kasper E, Machts J, Bittner D, Kaufmann J, Benecke R, Teipel S, Vielhaber S, Prudlo J. Longitudinal course of cortical thickness decline in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. J Neurol. 2014 Jul 15. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25022938 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] Related citations Select item 250089795.

Abdulla S, Vielhaber S, Kollewe K, Machts J, Heinze HJ, Dengler R, Petri S. The impact of physical impairment on emotional well-being in ALS. Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener. 2014 Sep;15(5-6):392-7. doi: 10.3109/21678421.2014.932380. Epub 2014 Jul 10. PMID: 25008979 [PubMed - in process] Related citations Select item 250078296.

Abdulla S, Vielhaber S, Machts J, Heinze HJ, Dengler R, Petri S. Information needs and information-seeking preferences of ALS patients and their carers. Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener. 2014 Jul 10:1-8. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25007829 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] Related citations Select item 250048917.

Abdulla S, Machts J, Kaufmann J, Patrick K, Kollewe K, Dengler R, Heinze HJ, Petri S, Vielhaber S, Nestor PJ. Hippocampal degeneration in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Jun 11. pii: S0197-4580(14)00401-1. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.05.035. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25004891 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] Related citations Select item 249818728.

Machts J, Bittner V, Kasper E, Schuster C, Prudlo J, Abdulla S, Kollewe K, Petri S, Dengler R, Heinze HJ, Vielhaber S, Schoenfeld MA, Bittner DM. Memory deficits in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis are not exclusively caused by executive dysfunction: a comparative neuropsychological study of amnestic mild cognitive impairment. BMC Neurosci. 2014 Jun 30;15:83. doi: 10.1186/1471-2202-15-83. PMID: 24981872 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article Related citations Select item 248255689.

Schreiber S, Drukarch B, Garz C, Niklass S, Stanaszek L, Kropf S, Bueche C, Held F, Vielhaber S, Attems J, Reymann KG, Heinze HJ, Carare RO, Wilhelmus MM. Interplay Between Age, Cerebral Small Vessel Disease, Parenchymal Amyloid-β, and Tau Pathology: Longitudinal Studies in Hypertensive Stroke-Prone Rats. J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Jan 1;42(0):S205-15. doi: 10.3233/JAD-132618. PMID: 24825568 [PubMed - in process] Related citations Select item 2462704510.

Hübers A, Marroquin N, Schmoll B, Vielhaber S, Just M, Mayer B, Högel J, Dorst J, Mertens T, Just W, Aulitzky A, Wais V, Ludolpf AC, Kubisch C, Weishaupt JH, Volk AE. Polymerase chain reaction and southern blot-based analysis of the C9orf72 hexanucleotide repeat in different motor neuron diseases. Neurobiology of Aging 2014; 35: 1214.e1-1214.e6 IF: 6,166

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