Brain stimulation to relieve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Professor Hartwig Siebners: Brain stimulation to relieve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease


Hartwig Siebner’s project is receiving a grant of DKK 35 million from The Lundbeck Foundation

Professor Hartwig R. Siebner, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) Hvidovre Hospital. Photo: Joachim Rode.

Parkinson’s disease has a range of symptoms that have a pronounced impact on the patient’s quality of life – and these symptoms, for instance motor problems, can only partially be relieved by therapies available today.

However, it may be possible to stimulate certain areas of the brain using magnetic field therapy and thus to develop new therapies for Parkinson’s disease.

Hartwig Siebner – professor at the University of Copenhagen and head of the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) at Hvidovre Hospital – aims to study this with the help of his Collaborative Projects grant worth DKK 35 million, awarded by the Lundbeck Foundation.


There is much to indicate that disruptions to cerebral cortex function have a negative impact on areas deep inside the brain, and that this causes many of the symptoms Parkinson’s patients struggle with.

Hartwig Siebner is a neurologist and an expert in precision medicine, and he will use his research project to seek new knowledge about the specific nerve pathways in the brain that appear in connection with Parkinson’s disease.

He will also study the use of magnetic stimulation for treating Parkinson’s symptoms.


Hartwig Siebner’s co-applicants and partners are:

Professor Andrea Kühn, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany, and Professor Angela Cenci Nilsson, Lund University, Sweden.


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