Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Michael Nitsche

Nitsche_web Head of Department

Psychology and neurosciences

Phone: +49 / 231 1084 301 (-302 Office)

Curriculum Vitae:

  • 2015-present: W3 Full Professor and Scientific Director, Leibniz Institut für Arbeitsforschung an der TU Dortmund, IfADo
  • 2006-2015: Consultant (chief epileptologist) at Dept. Clinical Neurophysiology, University Medical Center, Goettingen
  • 2006-2015: Neurology, Georg-August-University Goettingen
  • 2006: Habilitation (PD Dr. habil.)
  • 2005: Board Certification (Neurology)
  • 2000: Doctoral Degree (Dr. med.)
  • 1999-2005: Neurophysiology, Georg-August-University Goettingen
  • 1999: License to practice medicine, M.D.
  • 1995: Diploma Psychology
  • 1991-1998: Study of Medicine, Georg-August-University Goettingen
  • 1987-1995: Study of Psychology, Georg-August-University Goettingen
Publications in Pubmed


  • Antal, A.; Alekseichuk, I.; Bikson, M.; Flöel, A.; Nitsche, M. A.; Rothwell, J.; Hallett, M.; Paulus, W.: Low intensity transcranial electric stimulation: safety, ethical, legal regulatory and application guidelines
    Clin. Neurophysiol. XX: epub ahead of print (2017)
  • Yavari, F.; Jamil, A.; Samani, M. M.; Vidor, L. P.; Nitsche, M. A.: Basic and functional effects of transcranial Electrical Stimulation (tES): an introduction
    Neurosci. Biobehav. Rev. XX: epub ahead of print (2017)
  • Lugon, M. D.; Batsikadze, G.; Fresnoza, S.; Grundey, J.; Kuo, M.-F.; Paulus, W.; Nakamura-Palacios, E. M.; Nitsche, M. A.: Mechanisms of nicotinic modulation of glutamatergic neuroplasticity in humans
    Cerebral Cortex 27: 544-553 (2017)
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  • Pavlova, E. L.; Lindberg, P.; Khan, A.; Ruschkowski, S.; Nitsche, M. A.; Borg, J.: Transcranial direct current stimulation combined with visuo-motor training as treatment for chronic stroke patients
    Restor. Neurol. Neurosci. 35: 307-317 (2017)
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  • Grundey, J.; Amu, R.; Batsikadze, G.; Paulus, W.; Nitsche, M. A.: Diverging effects of nicotine on motor learning performance: improvement in deprived smokers and attenuation in non-smokers
    Addict. Behav. 74: 90-97 (2017)
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  • Kuo, M. F.; Chen, P. S.; Nitsche, M. A.: The application of tDCS for the treatment of psychiatric diseases
    Int. Rev. Psychiatry 29: 146-167 (2017)
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  • Batsikadze, G.; Paulus, W.; Hasan, A.; Grundey, J.; Kuo, M.-F.; Nitsche, M. A.: Compromised neuroplasticity in cigarette smokers under nicotine withdrawal is restituted by the nicotinic alpha4beta2-receptor partial agonist varenicline
    Sci. Rep. 7: 1387 (11 pp) (2017)
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  • Yavari, F.; Nitsche, M. A.; Ekhtiari, H.: Transcranial electric stimulation for precision medicine: a spatiomechanistic framework
    Front. Hum. Neurosci. 11: 159 (19 pp) (2017)
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  • Costa-Ribeiro, A.; Maux, A.; Bosford, T.; Aoki, Y.; Castro, R.; Baltar, A.; Shirahige, L.; Nitsche, M. A.: Transcranial direct current stimulation associated with gait training in Parkinson's disease: a pilot randomized clinical trial
    Dev. Neurorehabil. 20: 121-128 (2017)
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  • Jongkees, B. J.; Sellaro, R.; Beste, C.; Nitsche, M. A.; Kühn, S.; Colzato, L. S.: L-Tyrosine administration modulates the effect of transcranial direct current stimulation on working memory in healthy humans
    Cortex 90: 103-114 (2017)
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  • Lefaucheur, J. P.; Antal, A.; Ayache, S. S.; Benniger, D. H.; Brunelin, J.; Cogiamanian, F.; Nitsche, M. A.; Paulus, W.: Evidence-based guidelines on the therapeutic use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
    Clin. Neurophysiol. 128: 56-92 (2017)
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  • Buch, E. R.; Santarnecchi, E.; Antal, A.; Born, J.; Celnik, P. A.; Classen, J.; Nitsche, M. A.; Cohen, L. G.: Effects of tDCS on motor learning and memory formation: a consensus and critical position paper
    Clin. Neurophysiol. 128: 589-603 (2017)
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  • Giordano, J.; Bikson, M.; Kappenman, E. S.; Clark, V. P.; Coslett, H. B.; Hamblin, M. R.; Nitsche, M. A.; Calabrese, E.: Mechanisms and effects of transcranial direct current stimulation
    Dose Response 15: 1-22 (2017)
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  • Jamil, A.; Batsikadze, G.; Kuo, H.-I.; Labruna, L.; Hasan, A.; Paulus, W.; Nitsche, M. A.: Systematic evaluation of the impact of stimulation intensity on neuroplastic after-effects induced by transcranial direct current stimulation
    J. Physiol. (London) 595: 1273-1288 (2017)
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  • Kuo, H. I.; Paulus, W.; Batsikadze, G.; Jamil, A.; Kuo, M. F.; Nitsche, M. A.: Acute and chronic effects of noradrenergic enhancement on transcranial direct current stimulation-induced neuroplasticity in humans
    J. Physiol. (London) 595: 1305-1314 (2017)
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  • Kim, M. S.; Koo, H.; Han, S. W.; Paulus, W.; Nitsche, M. A.; Kim, Y. H.; Yoon, J. A.; Shin, Y. I.: Repeated anodal transcranial direct current stimulation induces neural plasticity-associated gene expression in the rat cortex and hippocampus
    Restor. Neurol. Neurosci. 35: 137-146 (2017)
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  • Rivera-Urbina, G. N.; Nitsche, M. A.; Vicario, C. M.; Molero-Chamizo, A.: Applications of transcranial direct current stimulation in children and pediatrics
    Rev. Neurosci. 28: 173-184 (2017)
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  • Hulst, H. E.; Goldschmidt, T.; Nitsche, M. A.; de Wit, S. J.; van den Heuvel, O. A.; Barkhof, F.; Paulus, W.; Geurts, J. J.: rTMS affects working memory performance, brain activation and functional connectivity in patients with multiple sclerosis
    J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatry 88: 386-394 (2017)
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  • Fiori, V.; Nitsche, M.; Iasevoli, L.; Cucuzza, G.; Caltagirone, C.; Marangolo, P.: Differential effects of bihemispheric and unihemispheric transcranial direct current stimulation in young and elderly adults in verbal learning
    Behav. Brain Res. 321: 170-175 (2017)
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  • Knotkova, H.; Nitsche, M. A.; Tronnier, V.: Neurostimulation: (Editorial)
    Neural Plasticity 2016: 1 p. (2016)
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